"Coming into this week I kept hearing about Boise and I couldn't wait to get up there," Matt Locher said. "I was hoping for a Boise offer."
After touring the football facilities, campus and various parts of the city of Boise with his parents, Locher realized he had found his new home and flipped to the Broncos Sunday morning.
"I realized I wanted to go to school there Saturday after we visited the business building and campus," he said. "I was impressed with the technology and everything. I knew it was the place for me as I am going as a business major.
"I want to compete for conference titles and to win championships. Boise is a great opporunity to do just that."
Locher, a three-star prospect who was named the Orange County Defensive Player of the Year after amassing 155 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception his senior season, didn't see much recruiting interest until late in the process.
"I tore a ligament during my junior year," Locher said. "I had a lot to prove."
Locher finally received offers from Ivy League schools Yale and Harvard, service academies Navy and Air Force plus FCS universities Montana State, UC Davis and Cal Poly. Fresno State, Nevada and San Jose State all offered in the past few days as well, but Locher committed to Cal Poly, a place where his brother was once a walk-on member of the football team.
Then Boise State came calling.
"After (my parents and I) saw all the facilities, the campus and everything Boise had to offer, we all agreed this was the place I wanted to play football and go to school," he said.
Locher is expected to redshirt his first season as he builds his frame in the weight room. He says coaches want him as a defensive end, or even a defensive tackle if he can bulk up enough.
"I am hoping to gain some weight and play after my redshirt year," Locher said. "After the seniors graduate there will be an opportunity to play."
Los Alamitos High School is no stranger to Boise State alum as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Bronco offensive coordinator Mike Sanford are both graduates. Locher is excited to be the next in line.
"I can't wait to officially become a Bronco," he said.