Boise Commit One Of Idaho's Best For 2013

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) will be one of the top (if not the top) prospects in the State of Idaho for the 2013 class & does it all for Fruitland on both sides of the ball. He spoke to about his commitment to Boise State & his goals heading into his senior season.

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commit in program history when he pledged to Boise State back in the summer of 2011. The talented LB will be one of the top (if not the top) prospects in the State of Idaho for the 2013 class and does it all for Fruitland on both sides of the ball.

"I spoke to Coach Pete last Friday and Coach Gregory too," he said. "We just kind of talked about the recruiting class, how good it was, and how they can't wait to get me there so I can be a part of their family. It was mostly stuff like that."

"Coach Pete said it's a great class," he stated. "All the top schools in the nation were trying to get their recruits, but they stuck with Boise State. That just shows that Boise State can get the big recruits too."

"I wanted to go to a school that wins a lot too," said Martarano. "Boise State has a great program. They win a lot, Fruitland wins a lot, and that's the main thing that I like."

Football or baseball? This has been debated quite a bit and Martarano could literally go to any school in the Pac-12 to play baseball, but says his heart is with football and Boise State.

"Pretty much the entire Pac-12 has been recruiting me for baseball," he said. "For me, I've wanted to play football at Boise State since I was little. Football has always been my passion and I would rather focus on that in college."

"I'm 100% committed."

The Bronco offense gets the most recognition in the media, but the defense has turned it up a notch over the past few years as well. That hasn't gone unnoticed by the future Bronco.

"The defense looks really aggressive and fast," he said. "They probably had one of the best D-lines in the nation last year. Almost all of those guys are going in the draft too. It will definitely be a fun defense to play on."

Martarano and his teammates will have plenty of motivation heading into off-season workouts as they came up just short in their quest for a state championship. Snake River pulled the upset by a score of 35-33, but expectations will remain high heading into the 2012 season.

"I felt like we definitely had the better team, but we came in and made a lot of mistakes," he said. "You have to give them credit too. They have a solid team, but I felt like we had way more talent. We just came up short."

"We'll have a lot of motivation," said Martarano. "We have a lot of young guys coming back next year. For me, anything under a state title will be a disappointment since we have a ton of talent coming back."

Martarano (6'3, 233) has also taken care of business in the classroom as he sports a 3.6 GPA.

"I'm doing good academically," he said. "I'm going to try to take both the SAT and ACT in April," he added. will continue to have updates on Joey Martarano.

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