Chase Hatada Makes His Call To Boise State

Chase Hatada knew the time was right to make the call to commit to Boise State, all he needed to do was track down one of the Bronco Coaches to accept his call.

Chase Hatada was antsy. He wanted to make the phone call. Waiting wasn't an option.

Despite Boise State's coaches not being available to talk Sunday night, the Rocklin High School (Rocklin, Calif.) defensive lineman was persistent until he got ahold of head coach Bryan Harsin Monday morning.

Then he committed to the Broncos.

"I've been messaging the coaches on Twitter back and forth for a good time to call them," Hatada said. "They had no idea I wanted to commit. I called them this morning and told them. I wanted to do it last night, but they weren't available."

The timing of the 6-foot-3, 255-pound prospect's commitment has everything to do with when the Broncos offered. His father, Ian, ran track at Boise State in the 1990's and BSU is a school has had high interest in for a long time.

"I've been exposed to Boise since I was little," Hatada said. "My dad graduated from in 1998. I've been watching the games since I was little (and) it was kind of a dream school for me. I was waiting for that offer."

The Broncos finally extended a scholarship opportunity to him last week, and it didn't take long for him to pull the trigger.

"When it came, I sat down with my parents and talked about if it was the right decision. It was," Hatada said. "It's a place I can make an impact early. Getting an education there would be amazing as well. If I blow out my knee my first year there, Boise is a place I can see myself living. It's more than football."

Having finally committed to the Broncos, Hatada had no problem discussing his excitement.

"It's a great day," he said. "I cant imagine myself anywhere else but Boise."

Hatada chose the Broncos over offers from Washington State, San Diego State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, Wyoming, Air Force, Army, New Mexico and Sacramento State. He said his father had nothing to do with his decision.

"That's not the case," Hatada said. "He wanted me to go wherever I felt comfortable and wherever was the best fit.

"He's really happy for me."

Hatada is from the same high school as former Bronco standout defensive lineman Chase Baker. The two have developed a relationship since the Broncos offered Hatada.

"I've talked to Chase Baker a few times," he said. "It's kind of ironic. It's kind of funny."

With Houston Texans standout J.J. Watt as his role model on and off the field, Hatada plays at Rocklin as a defensive end, but projects as a tackle at the college level.

"Coach (Steve) Caldwell said he wants me as a three-technique," he said. "When I get there I assume there going to put some weight on me and move me to the middle. I'm versatile and can play wherever I'm needed. I just want to play.

"I look up to (Watt) a lot. He's got a motor, and that's one thing I try to do. I never give up on a play. I want to be a great player on the field and an even better person off."

Hatada will visit his future college in June when Boise State hosts a camp. He also knows that schools may try to persuade him away from the Broncos, but he's not having any of it.

"That's for them to decide," Hatada said. "I'm a man of my word. If I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it. I plan on honoring my commitment to Boise State and I plan on playing there.

"This is definitely one of the best days of my life so far."


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