"The coaches are great at BSU," he said. "I felt a really good connection with them. I love the schematics of the four-front defensive line they use there. It's a perfect fit for me."
Rufai held additional offers from Oregon State and Wyoming, and at one point Oregon was involved. After the Ducks dropped out, it was a race between the Broncos and the Beavers.
"My timeline for the decision came down to meeting with both of those universities, drawing up the schematics and deciding which was the best fit for me," he said. "That ended up being Boise State."
The chance to get on the field as a true freshman played a role in Rufai's decision.
He visited Boise on Dec. 12, the same weekend recent Bronco commit John Bates was in town. Bates was an Oregon State pledge at the time, and the two hit it off and became friends.
"I met him on my visit to Oregon State," Rufai said. "It was cool to meet someone going through the same process."
Rufai projects as a defensive end in college, but he knows Boise State likes to recruit versatile linemen and sometimes moves them around depending on need and body development.
"I'll be a defensive end, but I have an open mind," he said. "Coaches told me that's what I have to do. I'm only 17 years old and who knows how my body will change when I get to college."
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