Huntington Beach (Calif.) athlete Nick Crabtree, at 6 foot 6 and 250 pounds, plays with the ferocity and force needed to make an impact on every down. He has a college-ready body and will add to the already deep position pool at Boise State when he arrives next summer. With soft hands to go along with the size, Crabtree considers himself a jack-of-all-trades.
"I like to think I'm very balanced," he said. "Blowing up a linebacker is just as fun as catching a touchdown."
Crabtree committed to Boise State Friday evening, seconds after tight ends coach Kent Riddle called to offer him a scholarship. A day later, he says it hasn't sunk in.
"(It hasn't) at all," Crabtree said. "I'm still on cloud nine. I'm still so stoked."
The three-star tight end has coveted an offer from the Broncos for years, calling Boise State his dream school. He fell in love even more when he visited campus in July.
"It's just a school that takes football so seriously and the fans love the team," Crabtree said. "It's a beautiful town. It's a little far from home, which is what I wanted. I wanted to experience something new."
Much has been said about Crabtree's size and many have wondered if he projects better as an offensive lineman at the next level. While he is willing to switch positions if necessary, his heart is set on playing tight end.
"Once I get in there, I'm sure I'm going to lose some weight from all the conditioning, then gain it back in muscle," Crabtree said. "My playing weight is 250 to 260 pounds. I'm dedicated to tight end and I've put in the work to be there."
Crabtree credits says his family has been behind him during the recruiting process and that his parents are just as excited about his verbal commitment to Boise State as he is.
"My parents have played a huge role in my recruitment," he said. "Both of my parents have supported me with the decisions I want to make. They've been huge."
Crabtree hasn't set a date for his official visit to Boise State this fall, but hopes to be there for the Hawaii game on Oct. 3.
"There are going to be a lot of recruits there that weekend, so I hope I can be there as well," he said.
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