Broncos nab local recruit said to be the 'cream of the crop'

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Avery Westendorf


by Jay Tust

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Posted on February 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:17 PM

BOISE -- The first Wednesday in February is signing day for high school student-athletes going on to college sports.

Boise State is known for taking talent right out of their backyard to help grow the most consistently successfully football team in the NCAA.

This past fall, there were 24 guys from the Gem State on the Bronco roster.  Take out the three that redshirted, and 11 of the remaining 21 played in every single game for BSU.

So who has the opportunity to be our next local legend?

Well, when we call Cole Valley Christian's Avery Westendorf a can't miss prospect it’s because at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds -- you literally can't miss him.

Westendorf was so set on this opportunity that he passed up a full-ride from the University of Idaho. In fact, he even politely declined a free trip up to Moscow to tour the campus.

Instead, he's on the verge of making a life long dream become a reality.

"I just want to get in, contribute to the team, be a part of it, the great culture that they have there," said Westendorf.  "I've grown up watching them.  I couldn't refuse the opportunity to go play there.  They've got a great record of winning, and just the great tradition that they have." 

If Avery is wondering, "Who's comin with me?" A look at the other local prepsters jumping on board Coach Pete's train to success, there is Mountain View defensive tackle Austin Brown and Capital High offensive lineman Kellen Buhr who will head into next fall as preferred walk-ons, while Eagle High's D.J. Dean signed his name on the dotted line of a college scholarship.

Now, with only one Idaho kid on scholarship in this class that is little as opposed to years past.  Still, Coach Pete confident he got the cream of the crop.