A few days after breaking a couple of toes while participating in the Boise State elite football camp, Tyler Eiguren, Fruitland High School (Fruitland, Idaho) tight end, made his way Pocatello to compete in the Idaho high school rodeo championships.
"About three quarters of the way through (the camp) a guy stepped on my foot," Eiguren said. "It hurts, but it's nothing. You gotta forget about it and go to work."
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound recruit competes in team roping and tie down roping while also making time to be at various football camps over the summer. The toughness he has learned rodeoing has paid dividends on the gridiron.
Hailing from talent-rich Fruitland, Eiguren has leaned on some of his former teammates and friends who are now playing in college for advice. Three of them are at Boise State; linebacker Joe Martarano, tight end Alec Dhaenens and offensive lineman Garrett Larson.
"I'm really excited to get the opportunity to play," he said. "It's nice to be able to talk to them and ask them questions about recruiting and all that. They figured it out on their own, and I have some help."
And it would be an understatement to say that Eiguren has kept tabs on the Broncos. They are his childhood favorite after all.
"We've had season tickets since I was little," he said. "We always go to the games."
Eiguren is hoping for a Boise State offer. Currently just Idaho, Idaho State and Columbia have extended offers, but he is talking to the Broncos, Portland State, Montana State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, BYU, Washington and Washington State.
"I'm hoping Boise State offers," Eiguren said. "It sounds like it's really close to happening." However, regardless of childhood favorites or geographic location, Eiguren was very clear that he is open to any and all schools recruiting him. "I want to keep all my options open", he stated adamantly.
Eiguren is LDS and is looking forward to serving a two-year mission. He says that hasn't affected his recruitment negatively. In fact, it's been the opposite.
"Teams like it," he said. "I'm young and it will help my body grow. A lot of coaches worry about players getting into trouble in their first two years of college. They're glad that they wouldn't have to worry about me."
Eiguren says he is nowhere close to a commitment at the moment. He wants to be sure he is making the correct decision.
"I'm just kind of waiting to see what happens," he said. "All these schools can talk to me but it doesn't mean anything unless they offer. I'm probably not going to commit until sometimes before signing day. I'm not going to make a mistake and back out. Once I commit, I commit for good."
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