Six days after Boise State extended a scholarship offer to the Mesa Community College standout, he committed to the blue & orange

With just two years of eligibility remaining, quarterback Rathen Ricedorff was looking for an opportunity to maximize his potential and have success both on and off the football field. He found it over the weekend in the chilly winter air of Boise, Idaho.

Six days after Boise State extended a scholarship offer to Rathen Ricedorff, the Mesa Community College standout committed to the blue and orange while on an official visit.

"The coaching staff, I really like what they've done there and the people that they are. We connected right away," Ricedorff told BroncoCountry. "They've built such a family-oriented team there. They love what they're doing and they have fun. We fell in love with Boise itself. It's a great fit."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ricedorff prepped at Show Low High School in Arizona before serving an LDS mission in North Carolina. When he returned, he walked on at Arizona State and redshirted during the 2014 season. His path then led him to Mesa Community College.

"I felt like I wasn't getting a fair chance (at ASU)," he said. "I saw myself being able to do the things that (the other quarterbacks) could do, but I wasn't getting the opportunities to do it. I learned a lot there and it was a great experience. It was a blessing. Plus I met my wife there."

During his sophomore year at Mesa CC,  Ricedorff eviscerated the competition as he threw for 4,082 yards and 47 touchdowns. He drew offers from a host of Big Sky schools, plus East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky and Akron.

Preparing to graduate from Mesa, and needing to pick a school to play at for the next two years, Ricedorff fielded late offers from New Mexico and Boise State. He visited both last week, but ultimately chose the Broncos.

"I went to New Mexico on Wednesday until Friday morning," he said. "From there we flew straight to Boise."

Ricedorff committed on his visit, citing the opportunity to challenge incumbent starter Brett Rypien.

"They're looking for us to compete in the spring," he said. "They said the best player is going to be playing. I'll go in there and fight.

"They also said they want to put some packages designed for me with my capability to use my legs. They feel the offense has been somewhat limited because of that and they want some different packages for me. I look forward to that and I look forward to competing with Brett. Competition makes us better."

At 24 years old, Ricedorff brings a level of maturity and real-world experience rarely seen in college locker rooms.

"One of the biggest and most unique thing I bring to the table is my maturity," he said. "I'm a 24-year-old junior coming into the program. I've been around longer and I've seen a lot of things most of the other guys haven't. They expect me to come in and provide some leadership."

There was little time to celebrate, however, as Ricedorff returned home Sunday night and began taking his finals Monday morning. He and his wife Kizzy - a graduating volleyball player at Arizona State - are moving to Boise this weekend as he prepares for the spring semester at Boise State.

"It's a super busy time, but an exciting time," he said.

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