Geraldo Hiwat: I Want To Be A Champion

Capital Senior HS WR Geraldo Hiwat (Boise, ID) made the long trek from the Netherlands in hopes of earning a scholarship to play football in the United States. He made that dream a reality and committed to Boise State within a week of receiving the offer. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his commitment to Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Capital Senior HS WR Geraldo Hiwat (Boise, ID) made the long trek from the Netherlands in hopes of earning a scholarship to play football in the United States. That dream became a reality when he received an offer from Boise State. "I didn't want to go anywhere else," he said. "My host family supports me and the coaches do too. Boise State is a pretty good program and getting better. I want to be a part of the Bronco program."

Hiwat (6'3 185) is one of two future Broncos in the 2009 class that made the move from the Netherlands. "Me and Ricky (Tjong-A-Tjoe) played together in the Netherlands," he said. "He's a really good player. At BSU, he'll learn more about football. He's real athletic for his size," he added.

Tjong-A-Tjoe played a little joke on Hiwat just after his commitment to Boise State. "He sent me a text saying he committed," Hiwat said. "He told me it was Oregon and then he told me he was just kidding."

Geraldo was recruited by Coach (Brent) Pease. "Coach Pease recruited me," he said. "He's a nice guy and I think I can learn a lot from him. I'm really excited to work with him."

Hiwat is looking forward to playing for Chris Petersen. "He's a really nice guy," he said. "I went to his place on my official visit. He has a nice family. I'm excited to play for Coach Pete."

The coaches took notice of Hiwat when they were in attendance at one of his games. "I had a real good game when we played Caldwell," he said. "Coach Pete and Coach Pease were there and they offered me a week later."

What does Geraldo bring to the Broncos? "Well, I think I'm an outside receiver. They say I'm pretty fast. I can catch the ball and shake defenders off." Hiwat last ran the 40 in the Netherlands where he was timed at 4.57. "I'm faster now," he said.

Hiwat will bring hard work, determination, and a winning mentality to the Broncos. "I want to be a champion," he said. "I want to give 110% and fit into my role."

Geraldo battled injuries during the 2008 season. "We were 8-2," he said. "I had 7-8 TDs because I missed two games. I had an injury to my hip."

Hiwat plans on staying in-shape and properly conditioned. "Right now, I have lifting class during school," he said. "I lift after school as well. I also do the long jump and I'm going to run track."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Geraldo Hiwat.

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