Mountain View DT To Walk-On At Boise State

Mountain View HS DT Austin Brown (Meridian, ID) garnered First Team All-State honors as a junior & senior, but flew under the radar through the recruiting season. Boise State offered him as a preferred walk-on around two months ago & he will join the program this summer as he realizes his dream of becoming a Bronco. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his decision to walk-on at Boise State..

Mountain View HS DT Austin Brown (Meridian, ID) garnered First Team All-State honors as a junior and senior, but flew under the radar through the recruiting season. Boise State offered him as a preferred walk-on around two months ago and he will join the program this summer as he realizes his dream of becoming a Bronco.

"I talked to them a bit my junior year and then went to the camp over the summer," he said. "I also went there on an official visit last weekend," he added.

"I had an offer from Eastern Oregon and thought about taking that," he stated. "I just decided I'd rather stay around here and become a Bronco. I've grown up watching them."

"I've always loved the Broncos," said Brown. "I was born and raised around here and I've been going to the games since I was little. It's a great program. They aren't into the hype, but instead work hard and keep at it."

Defensive Coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski offered Brown some high praise while on his official visit last weekend as he compared him to (former Bronco) Billy Winn.

"Coach K sees me as a younger Billy Winn," he said. "He likes that I'm big, fast, and use my hands a lot."

"I watched some film with Coach K while on the visit," he said. "We went over the schemes, talked about what he looks for in a player, and that type of stuff."

He also had a meeting with Head Coach Chris Petersen just before he left campus.

"Me and my family sat down with Coach Petersen too," said Brown. "He was telling us how it is, how they work hard, school is just as important, and stuff like that. You can tell that he doesn't just care about football, but wants his players to get their degree and education as well."

"He said if I come in and work my tail off that I possibly could earn a scholarship," he said. "It's going to take a lot of hard work, but I'm ready for that."

Brown went on to say that he believes HS players in Idaho fly under the radar due to the lack of exposure.

"We just don't have that exposure here," he said. "We always hear about the lack of population, competition, and stuff like that. There's a lot of guys that can play around here and Boise State has done a good job with those kids."

As a senior, Brown (6'3, 255) and his teammates went 8-3 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs to (eventual champion) Coeur d'Alene.

"It was disappointing to lose in the first round," he said. "Personally, I set big expectations for myself going into the year. I felt like I did well. I busted my butt in the weight room all off-season."

What can Bronco fans expect to see from Austin Brown?

"I'd say my best attributes are how I use my hands and my smarts on the field," he said. "I'd say I'm pretty good at everything, but I'm probably best at run stopping," he added.

As a senior, he racked up 70 tackles and 4 sacks.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Austin Brown.




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