The Next Great Bronco RB?

Sam Barlow HS RB Malcolm Johnson (Gresham, OR) became the fourth 2009 Boise State commitment back on June 2nd. Johnson has been preparing for his future at Boise State ever since he committed and he's hoping to end his high school career on a positive note this season. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his official visit to Boise State and his thoughts on where he fits in with the program.

Sam Barlow HS RB Malcolm Johnson (Gresham, OR) became the fourth 2009 Boise State commitment back on June 2nd. "I'm 100% committed to Boise State," he said. "The visit was great."

Johnson (6'1, 185) made the trip along with his father and both came away very impressed. "My dad loved it," he said. "They treated us well. My family thinks I made a great decision," he added.

The standout RB was recruited by Coach (Jeff) Choate and Coach (Justin) Wilcox. "Coach Choate and Coach Wilcox recruited me," he said. "They kind of bring that family environment to the team. I really like that," he added.

Johnson is excited to have the opportunity to play for Chris Petersen. "Coach Pete is great," he said. "He loves his players. I'm going to love playing for him."

Malcolm has been on the radar of the Boise State coaching staff since his freshman season. "My school has been going to the Boise State camp every summer," he said. "Boise State has always been at the top of my list." The Bronco coaching staff wasted no time in recruiting Johnson. "Coach Wilcox visited my school," he said. "The coaches told me they like that I can carry the ball a lot. I'm fast and they like my attitude." He got an offer in the mail from Boise State shortly after. "Coach Pete sent me a letter," he said. "I was surprised when I got the offer. I remember sitting there and staring at it for a while," he added. All the hard work had finally paid off for Malcolm Johnson.

The gameday atmosphere at Bronco Stadium impressed Malcolm during his official visit. "The atmosphere was great on gameday," he said. "It was fun to be a part of it. I enjoyed seeing them get pumped up in the locker room," he added.

The reason Malcom Johnson committed to Boise State is a familiar tune that we have heard throughout this recruiting season. It was all about the coaches. "The coaches are why I committed," he said. "The way they treated me was great. They showed they really cared and they have a great program," he added.

Many fans believe the win against Oregon was a program changing win, and Malcolm agrees with that thought. "I think the Oregon win was a program changing win," he said. "It showed that Boise State is for real." The standout Oregon RB was fortunate enough to be in attendance on that day. "Oregon gave me season tickets for the year," he said. "I took a few friends with me and one of them was a diehard Duck. It was great to have bragging rights," he added.

Johnson's goal for his senior season is to simply be a leader on the field. "I'm a team captain," he said. "I want to lead by example." Sam Barlow HS carried a 2-2 record through their first four games. "I have about 900 yards this season," he said. "I have like nine or ten TDs." An excellent start to the season to say the least.

Malcolm's goal after his senior season is to prepare for his future at Boise State. "I also play basketball and track," he said. "My goal is to get bigger, stronger, and faster."

The question remains. Is Malcolm Johnson the next great Bronco RB? Well, if appearances mean anything then the answer is a resounding yes. He has the attitude and work ethic to make it happen, he leads by example and is working hard to be ready for when begins his career at Boise State.

BroncoCountry.com will have updates throughout Malcolm Johnson's senior season.

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