Yakoo Brings 'Added Motivation' To Boise

Steele Canyon HS OL Mario Yakoo (Spring Valley, CA) was committed to UCLA for 9 months, until a parting of ways left him scrambling with only 12 days until Signing Day. Enter Boise State, who stepped up and offered an official visit just last weekend. He left Boise with an offer, and says he's now eager to sign on the dotted line tomorrow morning. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his decision

Steele Canyon HS OL Mario Yakoo (Spring Valley, CA) was committed to UCLA for about nine months, but an unfortunate situation took place that left him scrambling with only twelve days until Signing Day. Boise State jumped right in the mix and brought him up on an official visit just last weekend. He left Boise a Bronco and says he's now eager to sign on the dotted line tomorrow.

"I upgraded," he said. "I'm going to the better program in a better environment," he added.

"Honestly, I felt like UCLA didn't want to honor my commitment," he stated. "They've had my SAT scores for nine months and now all of a sudden that tell me my writing part of the test isn't good enough? It's cool, though. I don't want to play for somebody who doesn't want me."

"I've got lots of added motivation," said Yakoo. "I'll still get to play in the Rose Bowl, but it'll be in a BCS Bowl or for the National Championship."

The UCLA situation aside, he says (Bronco commit) Chanceller James helped him get the offer from Boise State.

"Chance set everything up," he said. "He's my best friend and said before the season started that we should go to the same school. He called Coach K and told them about me. Coach K then asked me to send him a highlight tape, they liked it, and then decided last Tuesday to bring me up for an official. Coach K pretty much told me I'd be getting the offer that day, but I got it officially while sitting in Coach Petersen's office."

"Coach Petersen wanted to know what I thought of the visit," he said. "I told him I think you just found yourself a Bronco. Everything on the visit was great. They're #2 in the APR, ahead of UCLA, and I feel like I definitely upgraded in this situation. I loved everything about it."

"There's not a coach in college football that cares more about his football players than Coach Petersen," said Yakoo. "He said his main goal isn't to win, but to develop his players into men. He told me the wins will come if you take care of business in the classroom and on the field. He cares about every single kid in that program."

So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Yakoo? He says he loves playing "smash-mouth" football and going one-on-one with the D-line.

"I see myself as a nasty lineman and having that mentality of smash-mouth football," he said. "I love running the football, laying out the D-lineman, and just bringing 100% on every play. I play as nasty as I can get without being dirty."

Yakoo (6'4, 318) and James will sign and fax their LOI to Boise State tomorrow morning at 8 am. He says it's a relief to finish the recruiting process and is looking forward to tomorrow.

"It was a huge relief when I got back," he said. "At 8 am, we'll go into the Hall of Champions and have a signing ceremony. That's where we'll take care of business. Me and Chance will be decked out in Boise stuff."

He chose Boise State over offers from Arizona, Eastern Washington, Nevada, and Air Force.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Mario Yakoo.

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