Joey Martarano To Be In Boise For Junior Day

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commitment in program history when he chose to pledge to the Blue and Orange in June of 2011. His stock has continued to rise since that time in both football and baseball, but has the increasing interest from the Diamond caused any second thoughts? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about the upcoming Junior Day event and more.

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commitment in program history when chose to pledge to the Blue and Orange in June of 2011. His stock has continued to rise since that time in both football and baseball, but he says he's focused on playing football at Boise State.

"Me and Alec have the ACT on Saturday morning and then we're going to head to Junior Day together," he said. "We're going to help out with some of the other guys...tell them what we like about Boise State," he added.

"I'm definitely going to watch the LBs," he stated. "I went to a couple of the practices and watched the LBs closely."

"I just loved watching the defense at practice," said Martarano. "They're just so aggressive and fast. Everyone seems to think that Boise State is going to be down this year, but I think the defense is going to be just as good."

At 235, he says he could possibly "grow" into a D-end, but will definitely start his Bronco career at LB.

"I could possibly get up to 250 or so," he said. "It's LB right now, but I think D-end would be fun too. On passing downs, our coach puts me and Alec on the D-line. That allows us to get a good pass rush."

"It'll be really fun to play with Alec," he said. "We've been best friends for a long time...it'll be great," he added.

Martarano is also a top baseball prospect as well, but maintains that he's focused on a football career at Boise State and beyond.

"Right now, I'm just worried about playing football at Boise State," he said. "My dad tells me to worry about football and knows my heart is set on that."

"Honestly, I played more baseball than anyone while growing up," said Martarano. "I've played more than one hundred games a summer since I was about six. I started playing competitively with the ten year olds when I was seven."

He went on to say that baseball is fun, but football and the physicality of the sport puts it just ahead of baseball on his list.

"I love the contact in football. It's always been my favorite sport," he said. "In terms of ability, I think it's pretty even. Some think I'm better at football and others think it's baseball."

And lastly, he'll be back in Boise this summer (with Alec Dhaenens) for the annual football camp at Bronco Stadium.

"I'm going to the camp for a day at Boise State," he said. "Me and Alec are also going to the Nike one in June," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joey Martarano.




Bronco Country Top Stories