Bailey Buys Into Boise State Culture

Kole Bailey only needed a few days to realize that the glam and glitz of recruiting is nice, but what matters is what's real.. the tradition, the history, the culture, the family atmosphere, and the coaching. Once he settled on that, he knew he wanted to commit to Boise State and shut down his recruitment.

One day after committing to Boise State, his childhood favorite school, Twin Falls (Idaho) offensive lineman Kole Bailey said it still hasn't settled in.

"I'm excited," Bailey told BroncoCountry Saturday evening. "I know it was the right decision and I'm happy about it."

Bailey was offered by the Broncos last Sunday, one day after attending the Elite Camp on Boise State's campus. Wanting to see what else was out there for him, he attended a camp at Oregon during the week. He left Eugene without an offer, but the trip helped give the 6-foot-4.5, 285-pound tackle a sense of clarity and focus on what he wanted for his future.

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And that future includes a whole lot of blue and orange.

"Going to Oregon was kind of like me getting out to see if the more hyped up schools are better," Bailey said. "I feel like they have an advantage with funding and that sort of thing, but Boise State is right there with them and it wasn't enough to sway me from the Broncos."

It was the tradition, history, culture, brotherhood and coaching that sealed the deal for Bailey to commit to his long-time favorite university.

"I've gone to a few other schools and camped at a few of them," he said. "Something about the way Boise State's coaches, assistants and students treated me, even the people working at the BroncoShop treated me, was incredible. It felt right.

"A few of the recruits who are committed to Boise (messaged) me and welcomed me to the team. That goes back to the culture and the type of player (Boise State) recruits. They've all realized it and bought in as well. I'm excited about it."

Friday morning Bailey tweeted, "It's time to bring everything back down to earth and do what I've known has been right for me the whole time. My vision is clear again." A little while later Bailey announced his pledge to Boise State.

Saying he has never been one for the hype or attention that a big-time college recruitment involves, Bailey verballed to the Broncos and immediately shut things down.

"Things started to get really crazy and there were a bunch of prep high schools trying to get me to play my senior year there," he said. "There were a ton of colleges and media trying to get my attention. It's never been my thing to get my name on the front page or the top 300 players for ESPN. I wanted to settle down and commit to Boise State."

Bailey is excited to have his recruitment done so he settle down and focus on his senior year with the Twin Falls Bruins.

"That's huge for me," he said. "There hasn't been a state championship at Twin Falls in about two decades. We have a talented class and we have a chance this year. It'll be nice to focus on that and put the work in for my senior year."

Bailey is aware that other schools may contact him and gauge his interest in them. He says he will remain firm with the Broncos.

"I'm pretty solid to Boise State," he said. "If they get a hold of me, it will be a pretty quick conversation."




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