There was no promise of early playing time for Paramount (Calif.) High School defensive back Donzale Roddie. There was, however, a guarantee from the Boise State coaches that the best players would see the field.
It was entirely up to him.
That honesty -- and the fact that the cornerback positions for the Broncos are somewhat up in the air -- are why the three-star prospect eventually picked Boise State over a slew of other offers, including Pac-12 members Colorado and Utah, a school to which he had previously given a verbal commitment.
"The (coaches) told me that playing time depends on me and how I do in practice," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Roddie said. "I just have to show them what I can do this summer. But I think I can come in as a true freshman and play."
And he is determined to make his mark. In terms of a football role model, Roddie patterns his game after a budding star who currently suits up for the Arizona Cardinals.
"I really like Tyrann Mathieu and how he plays," Roddie said. "His work ethic is outstanding. That's who I try to be like."
Roddie was one of three "silent commits" that pledged to Boise State, but kept it quiet until signing day. He verbally committed "one or two weeks" before putting pen to paper and making it official.
"I didn't want anybody to tell me anything about my decision," Roddie said. "After decommitting from Utah, I heard a bunch of stuff. I wanted to go where I feel comfortable."
And "comfortable" ended up being the crucial component of his recruitment.
"The thing I liked the most was I was comfortable with Coach (Bryan) Harsin and Coach (Marcel) Yates," Roddie said. "I wanted to go to a school that I was comfortable with and that felt like home. Boise State was that school."
The 2015 recruiting class will report to campus in early July. Between now and then, Roddie will continue to get ready physically and mentally. Currently, he is a member of the Paramount High School track team.
"Right now I'm working on my grades and running track," he said. "I run mainly sprints, but sometimes I do long distance. I'm running track because of football.
"I've been working out a lot. I'm trying to prepare for Boise."