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Midland, TX Defensive Lineman Has Same Approach To Recruiting As He Does Game, Relentless Pursuit

West Texas prospect Traver Vliem approaches recruiting differently than others. Yes, there are schools the Midland High School defensive lineman would like to play at more than others, but Vliem is taking his time and doing his research on each school that has offered him, pursuing the best long term decision.

 Traver Vliem is giving every school recruiting him, including favorite Boise State, a fair shake at earning his services.

"It's an important decision," the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end said. "It's a 40-year decision, not a 4-year decision."

Vliem has visited Central Florida and Air Force, is currently visiting Georgia Southern, and has a visit with Boise State lined up for Jan. 29. He may visit Fresno State as well. He holds offers from those four programs, plus NevadaArmy, Ohio, UTEP, New MexicoArkansas State, and Toledo, among others. Iowa State and Purdue have also showed interest.

With so many options available, Vliem knows exactly what he wants in a school.

"The important things are academics and being comfortable with and being able to trust the staff," he said. "I want to go somewhere that I can win, but I think more than that I just want to be happy in all aspects with where I end up."

That's why Boise State has risen to the top for Vliem. He says he had coveted an offer from the Broncos for quite some time. It finally came over the summer, much to his delight.

"I love everything about the program," he said. "The culture, coaches, facilities and the football parts are easy. What's not to love about Boise State? It's one of the offers I've wanted from the beginning.

"Boise is just one of those places where you can commit because it's Boise and not (because of) any particular coach. The program stands on its own. Very few, if any, have the culture Boise has."

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin will be in Texas to visit Vliem after the dead period. With signing day a couple of weeks away, he says he doesn't have a time frame for making a commitment yet. But he hopes to finish his visits and do his due diligence.

"If (open) spots allow it, I would like to wait until my last visit, Vliem said. "Or it could happen on any visit before then. I have no idea right now. Anything can happen."


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