Garden State ATH Will Walk-On At Boise State

Immaculata HS ATH Dallas Whitaker (Somerville, NJ) held numerous offers from schools at the FCS level, but his dream was always to play at the highest level of college football. He'll get an opportunity to do just that as he accepted a preferred walk-on spot from Boise State last week. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his decision to walk-on at Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Immaculata HS ATH Dallas Whitaker (Somerville, NJ) held numerous offers from schools at the FCS level, but his dream was always to play at the highest level of college football. He'll get an opportunity to do just that as he accepted a preferred walk-on spot from Boise State last week. Boise State's walk-on program is one of the best in the country and that was the driving force behind Whitaker's decision.

"Honestly, I have always felt they were the best coached team in the country," he said. "They've had lots of success with walk-on players and they don't take the prototypical size players. I thought this would be my best chance for success at a big-time program," he added.

Whitaker sent film to Boise State a few months back and reached out to TEs Coach Scott Huff. Coach Huff instantly remembered seeing Whitaker's film and told the future Bronco that a walk-on position could be a possibility.

"I sent my tape to them a few months ago and one day I decided to call them," he stated. "I spoke to Coach Huff and he said he was familiar with who I was and that they don't recruit New Jersey too often. He spoke to Coach Petersen and they decided they wanted me as a walk-on after a couple months."

Whitaker played on offense sparingly throughout his HS career and Boise State likes him as a TE/Slot Receiver. One current Bronco that he compares himself to is Tyler Shoemaker.

"I can't wait to get started," Whitaker said. "They've got guys like Tyler Shoemaker and I think I could be someone similar to that. I think I could be a guy that could get open across the middle of the field."

Dallas believes making the transition from defense to offense shouldn't be too difficult. He has a solid pedigree as his dad played TE for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the early 80s.

"I don't think it'll be too difficult. I think I can make the transition pretty easily," said. "I'm not that fast, but I have a knack for getting open. I see the field pretty well and I know where I need to be."

The "Kyle Wilson Effect" played a role in Whitaker's decision to become a Bronco.

"Well, I remember vividly how Boise State always played those weird Tuesday and Thursday games," he said. "I remember they had a punt returner from Piscataway HS and that caught my attention since we scrimmage them every year. That's how I first became interested in them. I also grew up a Sooner fan and I remember crying when Boise beat them."

As a senior, Whitaker (6'2, 215, 4.68) saw limited action due to a leg injury. On offense, he had 5 receptions for 133 yards and 1 TD.

"I missed half the season with a leg injury," he said. "I just couldn't play at the time. My leg is fine now," he added.

Whitaker held offers from Marist, Sacred Heart, Towson, Monmouth, Stony Brook, and Albany.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Dallas Whitaker.

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