Born in Florida to Haitian parents, Zeke Birch (birth name Zarrek) was adopted by Marji and Dennis Birch and brought home to Rexburg shortly thereafter. Always one of the biggest kids his age, Birch grew into a 6-foot-5, 270-pound Swiss Army Knife of athlete who can line up anywhere across the defensive line - and sometimes on offense.
Tuesday saw the eastern Idaho sleeper receive his first scholarship offer as Boise State made its bid for Birch's services.
"The coaches have been talking to me for about a month," he said of the Broncos. "I guess they had been talking to my high school coaches and they like my personality. They said I’m a good player."
The Boise State offer for Birch is unlikely to be his only as both BYU and Weber State have expressed interest.
"Weber State has been talking to me since I was a sophomore," Birch said. "They’ve been in communication with me and they’re interested in me. I don’t know if BYU is going to offer.
"I was super surprised when Boise offered. It was exciting."
Very much an introvert, Birch is anything but on the gridiron. Opposing offenses have to account for him every play, and often a double team comes his way.
With plenty of strength to match his natural size, Birch has played at every defensive line position and specializes in rushing the passer. Which spot does he like the best?
"I don't know. I don't care," he said. "I just like to play football."
It will be hard to keep Birch a secret much longer as the first offer usually means more are on the way. He isn't too concerned about it, however.
"I love football and want to focus on my senior year," he said. "I’m going to wait and see how things go. There’s no reason to rush it."
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