Tackling Machine Eyes Options

After several seasons of success, and five WAC Championships in a row, the Boise State football program has fought to be considered in the same regard as powerhouse programs from across the country. The Broncos, however, have already achieved that goal for one recruit..

Scott Ramirez (6' 230lbs) is a powerful linebacker that has twice been named his league's defensive player of the year. He has posted more than 180 tackles in the past two seasons, more than half of those were solo jobs.

Bronco fans who have had the opportunity to see the hard hitting Ramirez play will automatically be reminded of Andy Avalos, and for many more reasons than their shared heritage.

He has the hole-stuffing size at 230 pounds to play middle linebacker in a 4-3 set, but also the athletic ability and speed to play from the inside out in a 3-4 scheme, which has caught the eye of schools from across the country, particularly west coast powers.

While Ramirez favors either of the SoCal powerplants, UCLA or USC, Boise State is also solidly in his sights.

"Those two schools (USC and UCLA), along with Notre Dame and Boise State would be my top four choices," Ramirez said. And that interest is not mere lip service to the school that virtually had to hit the BCS over the head with a sledgehammer to earn an elite bowl invite.

"I found Boise State to be very interesting. In just a few years they have really put themselves on the national map," Ramirez added.

What has kept Ramirez off of the radar for some schools is the fact that he did not attend pre-season camps, an increasing requisite for serious recruits seeking Division I offers. But Ramirez has a resume that is hard to deny, camps or no camps. The three year varsity starter has absorbed football into his blood.

"I would like to become a football coach myself one day," Ramirez said, and his football education has been advanced. "Last year I was the only junior allowed in the seniors only football meetings."

With location a minor factor in Ramirez's decision, the Broncos still have a good shot at landing the defensive stalwart. "Tradition is very important," Ramirez said. "I want to play for a successful program."

Earning a BCS bid following one of the school's most successful seasons certainly helps in that regard.

Of course, landing recruits like Ramirez is one way to help keep that tradition enduring.

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