"I'm super excited," Joel Velazquez told BroncoCountry. "When I went on my visit (to Boise) a couple of weeks ago, I loved the spirit of the program. At other programs stuff is just handed to players. Not at Boise State. They work hard."
And that desire to put in maximum effort is what drives the Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native.
"The ultimate goal is the NFL," he said. "I feel ike Boise is a good place to be for me to get there."
Velazquez is a full-service kicker. He has the leg to boot the ball into the end zone on kickoffs, the precision to pin opponents deep with a punt, and the accuracy to hit field goals from multiple points on the field. He had a scholarship opportunity to punt at Kent State University and walk-on offers to Oregon and Cal Poly, but felt Boise State had more of what he was looking for than anywhere else.
"The full scholarship was important," Velazquez said. "My family doesn't have a lot of money, so a full ride was important. The offer to kick, not just punt, appealed to me more. And the coaches told me I would possibly have the opportunity to punt as well."
Velazquez was able to tour various schools around the country, visiting Arizona State, Alabama, UCLA, Wisconsin and Clemson, among others. Through this process, he was able to get a better idea of what he was looking for in a college.
"All the visits were awesome and eye-opening," he said. "It was cool to see all the campuses and programs. It was awesome to see the different styles of coaches.
"I wanted a program where I liked the coaches and they liked me. It felt exactly like that at Boise State."
Velazquez plans on studying mechanical engineering. And, if the NFL doesn't work out, he wants to design cars or military vehicles.
The exact date is not set, but Velazquez plans on taking his official visit to Boise State in December.
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