Cole Brownholtz, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound quarterback from Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif., will be in Boise this weekend to throw for the coaching staff.
"They are looking for a JuCo quarterback to step in and fill the spot," Brownholtz said. "Running backs coach Lee Marks came out and filmed me earlier this spring and they've been in contact ever since."
Boise State co-offensive coordinator Zak Hill has been in regular communication with Brownholtz, who has three years of eligibility remaining, plus a redshirt season if needed. A scholarship opportunity is potentially on the table if the coaches like what they see from him.
Brownholtz hails from Carmichael, Calif., where he attended Jesuit High School and graduated in 2015. He wasn't recruited as a prep athlete outside of a few Division II colleges, but since then he has grown two inches, added 25 pounds of muscle, and found a junior college offense that better fits his skill set.
"I ran the triple option in high school," he said. "I'm fast and can do that, but I'm really a pocket passer."
Washington State was showing interest in Brownholtz this spring as well, even traveling to see him throw on two occasions. But the Cougars elected to offer someone else instead.
"Obviously I'm disappointed," Brownholtz said. "But I'm going to go to a school that believes in me."
And that school may be Boise State, or a host of other schools showing interest in the late blooming QB. Eastern Michigan, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State, and Florida A&M and NAU have all been in recent contact, and Cole is hoping to hear from some Southern Schools as well since, as he explains, "my dad played at Georgia and both my parents went there."
Another interesting connection is Fresno State, where his uncle, Billy Volek, starred on his way to playing in the NFL for 12 years.
With a pedigree like that, (Fresno and Georgia), it's surprising that he wasn't more heavily recruited out of High School, but Brownholtz shrugs such thoughts off. "Being recruited now is better than never," he said. "I'm looking forward to showing what I can do this weekend."
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