Tanner Vallejo Is All Bronco

Nevada Union HS LB Tanner Vallejo (Grass Valley, CA) verbally committed to Boise State last summer, but that hasn't stopped other schools from trying to recruit him. He recently garnered interest from Texas Tech but says he's "all Bronco" and is looking forward to beginning his playing career on The Blue. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about that interest from Texas Tech, his senior season, & more.

Nevada Union HS LB Tanner Vallejo (Grass Valley, CA) verbally committed to Boise State last summer, but that hasn't stopped other schools from trying to recruit him. He recently garnered interest from Texas Tech but says he's "all Bronco" and is looking forward to beginning his playing career on The Blue.

"Basically, it (Texas Tech) was sort of like an offer," he said. "The coach that recruited me while at Washington State is now at Texas Tech and he just wanted to let me know that they're interested," he added.

"I got a message from Coach Gregory this morning asking me about it," he stated. "He just wanted to make sure that I'm still committed and I told him I'm as committed as can be. I'm all Bronco."

"Coach Gregory was here for an in-home visit about a month ago," said Vallejo. "It was pretty cool to have him in my house and he'll be coming back with Coach Pete on January 17th. I'm really looking forward to that."

He went on to say that he believes the Bronco defense is a perfect fit for what he can do on the field.

"I love how they swarm to the ball," he said. "You rarely see anyone break a big play on them. I also love the blitzes they come up with, they're sneaky. You never know where the blitz is coming from and sometimes they'll back off and not blitz at all. With my speed, I feel that's a really good fit for me."

"My parents believe it's a perfect fit for me as well," he said. "I love the coaches and the program and they do too."

The news that Boise State will be returning to the Mountain West didn't come as a big surprise to the future Bronco. As a matter of fact, he says he prefers staying in the Mountain West now that Rutgers and Louisville have left the conference.

"I'm glad we're staying in the Mountain West now," said Vallejo. "With my brother being at UNR, it looks like we might get to play against each other now. I think originally that it was a good idea, but when Rutgers and Louisville left it really made the Mountain West a better conference to me. Who knows? Maybe we'll be in another conference before my career is over. It has been changing a lot lately."

Vallejo (6'2, 225) and his teammates finished the 2012 season with a disappointing 6-5 record. Their goal was to win a section championship but he says some guys simply weren't dedicated enough to make it happen.

"We were all in as seniors but some guys weren't," he said. "I think that's what stands out to me. Some of the kids just didn't buy in and put forth the effort."

"Personally, I thought I played pretty well," he said. "My goal going into the year was 150 tackles and I ended up with around 130 or so. That's not too bad. I also had 3 sacks and 2 INTs."

So, what can Bronco fans expect to see from Tanner Vallejo?

"I think the main thing I bring is speed and knowing how to finish a play," he said. "I like to hit and no matter how big the other guy might be...I'm still going to hit him," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Tanner Vallejo.




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