Kole Bailey, the Twin Falls (Idaho) offensive lineman, recently reached a milestone in his life - one years in the making - when he was officially announced by the football program as an early-enrolling member of Boise State's 2016 recruiting class on Dec. 16.
"To be officially announced as a part of the team is surreal," Bailey said. "I actually signed a couple months ahead of time. The coaching staff had (my letter of intent) faxed over to my high school and I signed it then. It's been a big deal to me."
Bailey verbally committed to the Broncos in June of 2015 after receiving an overture from Oregon. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound recruit continued to hear from various coaches and programs since giving his pledge to the blue and orange. But, after all he and Boise State had invested in one another - not to mention the opportunity to play for the program he grew up watching - he dismissed the idea of going elsewhere.
"A bunch of other schools were recruiting me and trying to get me to take visits," Bailey said. "BSU had helped me get my grades in order to graduate early and I didn't feel right talk to any other schools."
His excitement to be a Bronco remained intact throughout.
"It's truly amazing," Bailey said. "You grow up as a little kid watching the team win bowl games, and now you're part of it. I've seen the fan base explode. I watched the Boise State that we know today become what it is. Now I'm part of it."
Bailey has enrolled in courses and will step into his first college class on Jan. 11. He plans on studying kinesiology and met with a professor of kinesiology during his official visit in early December, but his major isn't set in stone.
What is secure, however, is Bailey's participation in spring ball. He is scheduled to line up at right guard for the Broncos.
(Coaches) are saying not to get discouraged in spring ball (because) it's going to be a lot to take in at once," Bailey said. "They're going to decide about redshirting me or not after spring ball. It's cool to get in early and have an opportunity to play early. Some guys have left or can't play anymore, so there is a chance I could play. That's an exciting possibility."
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