It's All About That Next Step For Locher

Since signing day, Matt Locher's life has been a nice mix of working out and relaxing from the stress of recruiting that plagued his Senior year up to that point. Free from the worry of where he'd spend the next four or five years of his life, the big D-Lineman has reinvested in his workouts and seen results, already putting on muscle as he prepares to join the Broncos this summer.

Matt Locher's life has been considerably less busy since Feb. 4.

His phone is no longer incessantly ringing with calls and text messages from colleges, and his mailbox isn't being stuffed by over-burdened carriers delivering letters and information from football teams vying for his services.

Since he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Boise State, the Los Alamitos High School (Calif.) defensive lineman has been able to sit back and appreciate where life has taken him.

"I'm just enjoying my senior year and getting ready for the summer," Locher said. "After signing day it was relaxing. I wasn't calling and talking to coaches all the time. It's nice to know where I'll be for the next four or five years."

 The Blue and Orange Store

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound recruit received an offer late from the Broncos and pounced on it, committing after an official visit just a few days before signing. He had been verbally pledged to Cal Poly, but his trip to the Gem State changed his mind.

"Once I arrived in Boise, seeing the blue field, the facilities and talking to the coaches I knew it was the place for me," Locher said. "I liked everything I saw and heard."

With more time on his hands, he has been hitting the gym. Using the workout packet Boise State sent him, Locher has his sights set on being physically prepared for fall camp in Boise.

"My friends come with me and we hit the weights every day," he said. "I've put on 5-10 pounds of muscle since I signed. Especially when I get in Boise and I can eat the meals with the team and work with the training staff."

Boise State defensive line coach told Locher that he reminds him of redshirt senior-to-be Tyler Horn. The compliment is a nod to Horn's versatility, something that Locher possesses.

"I'm going in as a Defensive end," Locher said. "And maybe (I will) go inside if I gain enough weight. It really depends on where I am needed and how my body responds."

With a stacked defensive line returning to the team for Locher's first year on campus, he expects to redshirt.

"The coaches probably want me to redshirt, but you never know what might happen," he said. "The plan is to be ready no matter what."




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