Hunter Nettles, who attended and played football at Snow College in Ephraim (Utah) the last few years, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Broncos. He says it's a dream come true.
"I've always been a giant Boise State fan. I was raised that way," Nettles said. "I was the Boise State ball boy one season. I was there for the Oregon game in 2009. It was cool to get a taste of what it was like."
Nettles is essentially a late addition to the 2015 recruiting class as the 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman will be on campus, on The Blue and in pads this summer.
Originally a prep student at Centennial High School in Boise, Nettles transferred to Capital midway through his junior year. With his grades a concern, the change in scenery was exactly what the doctor ordered. Nettles was able to improve his GPA and work towards eligibility.
Unfortunately, by the time he qualified academically to play NCAA football, it was well past the recruiting cycle. Nettles decided to go an alternate route.
"I got a hold of Snow and was interested in them," he said. "The coaches came and saw me at Capital and offered me a scholarship. I was so excited to be able to play in college."
An opportunity to suit up for his dream school seemed like a long shot, that is until Boise State coaches saw Nettles in action. They first noticed him when they traveled to Ephraim to watch defensive line target Handsome Tanielu.
"They came down to practice this Spring," he said. "Coach (Steve) Caldwell saw me and was impressed. I didn't think much of it and assumed that was that. But a couple of Saturdays ago they texted my coach and asked if I was interested in playing at Boise State."
Nettles jumped on the opportunity.
"I am more than happy to walk on and earn my spot with the team," he said. "It's what I've always wanted."
Nettles will have three years to play three at Boise State if a medical redshirt waiver he applied for goes through, which he expects to happen.
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