For the three-star John Molchon, who projects to be a tackle, the only thing to worry about is having to wake up at 6 a.m. for his workouts that he does six times a week in preparation for his first Fall camp.
“Oh I’m excited,” he said. “I’ve been able to not only learn about the program and talk with coach Harsin and coach Huff, I was able to go to the Fiesta Bowl. It was my Christmas present from my parents. Such a great time. I’m looking forward to getting out there with my teammates. I’m really excited to meet the guys. It’ll be a few months, but I hope they go by quickly.”
Following the Crusaders’ second-round loss to Desert Pines in November, Molchon (6’6”, 277) has turned all of his attention to preparing for the next challenge: getting bigger without losing any of the athleticism that helped make him what some think to be the top sleeper of the 2015 recruiting class. Most of that is due to the fact that this is only his second season ever playing football after a childhood of basketball. What was layups and boxing out people in the low post, is now hand placement and footwork.
“My coaches have really helped me learn the position quickly, so I’ve had two full years to learn it,” he said. “I think it’s an advantage (to have 2-years’ experience). It’s been a blessing. I feel like God has blessed me to be able to learn something new each day. I feel like it’s great that I’ll be able to learn from coach (Scott) Huff as I move on to the next level.” He’s preparing by trusting his trainer Corky Field, whose program has already paid dividends in just a couple of months. Utilizing a low-weight/high-repetition workout plan that focuses on being as explosive as possible, Molchon has seen tangible gains in his squat strength and athleticism.
“We’re in the middle of a 12-week program,” he said. “We’re not testing maxes. Six weeks ago, I couldn’t dunk at all and now I’m able to dunk with two hands. Cardio-wise I feel so good. I’m more explosive and I’m still able to keep my weight up.”
Due to the relative newness of the position, Molchon is realistic about his playing prospects next season, but is willing to help the team in whatever way he can. “I just want to be able to add onto the team as much as possible,” he said. “I’ll be redshirting. When it comes to being a practice player, I just want to be as good as I can to help the team, to give good looks and to help us improve.”
As excited as Molchon is to join the Broncos, he’s equally as excited to get started on his education. Truth be told, it was a bigger draw for the Molchon family that Boise State has one of the top engineering programs in the nation.
“We honestly were open-minded,” said Molchon, who has a 3.75 gpa and plans to major in Materials Engineering. “We weren’t bound to a college as a family, so we weren’t really thinking about which school would be best. We were really interested in a high quality education the most. And then when we started trying to match that with the athletics side, Boise just seemed like the perfect fit.”
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