Less than 24 hours after the Broncos offered Zachary Wilson, the Beehive State signal-caller, he gave his verbal pledge.
"Boise state is a school I have always wanted to play for," Wilson told BroncoCountry on Sunday. "So when I got an offer I knew that was a place I wanted to play and I decided to commit early."
Wilson's stock was soaring, having thrown at a UCLA camp recently. He was one of the hottest-rising quarterbacks in the country when BSU head coach Bryan Harsin and offensive coordinator Zak Hill were able to see him perform in person. Wilson immediately became the Broncos' No. 1 quarterback target. The coveted offer came his way, and his flames quickly burnt blue and orange.
"I'm not as caught up in the power 5 kind of schools a lot of kids dream (about)," said Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect. "I'd rather a school that fits me well and is on a reasonable level to have an opportunity to play. It was definitely an offer I was hoping for."
The Broncos were the easy choice for Wilson.
"I decided to go with Boise State because I feel it was a perfect fit for me developing as a QB," he said. "Having Coach Harsin and Coach Hill as QBs in the past is something big, learning from people who know what they're doing and who have been through it all."
The proximity to home was a big bonus.
"My family is something huge for me and that's why I'm excited about Boise State," Wilson said. "My grandparents, who have never missed a game, can make it out to watch me play. It's almost something to repay my parents for all their help in my life getting me to where I am. The best thing I can do for them is stay somewhere."
Wilson says he plays like a mix of Aaron Rodgers and Brett Rypien and throws the ball very well on the run. He thrives on making plays both through the air and on the ground.
He plans to take advantage of the new early signing period and ink with BSU in December before enrolling early in January. He looks forward to returning to Boise, an area he fell in love with during his visit. He can't wait to work with Harsin and Hill some more.
"The campus is amazing," Wilson said. "It's definitely one of the best I've seen for sure. There is just something about the school that makes it have comfortable atmosphere. You can really tell all the players really enjoy being there.
"I'm really grateful coach Harsin and coach Hill gave me the opportunity to workout for them and show they what I'm made of. I learned a lot from just working out with them."
With his recruitment completed, Wilson is eager to focus on his final year at Corner Canyon High School, where he has been the varsity starter since partway through his sophomore season.
"Obviously I want to go undefeated this year and get to a state championship," he said. "I want to go out with a bang. We have all been working hard this off season and now that I know where I'm going to school next year I'm going to be fully dedicated to my senior year."