Blair Ewers Drawn To Boise State's Philosophy

Near the end of his junior year, San Jose (Calif.) linebacker Blair Ewers suffered what many thought was a career-threatening knee injury as he torn his ACL, MCL and meniscus at the same time. But Ewers, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker out of Valley Christian High School, was not deterred. He worked his way back and was able to play at the top of his game his entire senior year.

He worked his way back and was able to play at the top of his game his entire senior year.

On Tuesday, Blair Ewers' dedication paid off as he accepted a preferred walk-on spot with Boise State University.

"My (high school) coaches said I was one of the fastest to come back from an injury like that," Ewers said. "It was something I really wanted to work on, to get back. I'm 100% healthy now. You can see through my tape that I make plays."

The injury scared some schools away from recruiting him, but early in his senior year Oregon offered the northern California prospect a walk-on spot. He turned it down because he "didn't fit the scheme very well."

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Ewers drew interest from San Jose State, Fresno State, Cal, Tulane and Eastern Washington, but had no bites. An NAIA school in California offered a scholarship, but he was hoping for more. He knew he was capable of more.

Ewers sent his highlight tape to Boise State offensive line coach Scott Huff and linebackers coach Andy Avalos. They got in contact with him a short time later.

"They said they really like it," Ewers said. "They said they were working on some scholarship stuff for people they had already offered and they would get back to me. At first I didn't think it was going to work out."

A little while later, Avalos called to gauge Ewer's interest in a walk-on spot with the Broncos.

"I've always known about Boise State and how good the team always is," Ewers said. "I had to sit down and think about it all.

"What drew me to Boise State is their philosophy on football. They try to bring the best character out of people and they get the most from their players. I'm an expressive person and I like to express myself. Boise State is the perfect spot for me to be myself. It's the little things that I liked."

Ewers will graduate in May and arrive in Boise for summer classes in July. He hopes to play on special teams as a true freshman.

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