Grant Hedrick: 'Powerhouse' is Perfect Fit

Central HS QB Grant Hedrick (Independence, OR) became the second Boise State commitment for the 2010 recruiting class in June. He's been working hard ever since and is all set to begin his senior season with the Panthers. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his offseason conditioning, his senior season, and his future as a Bronco.

Central HS QB Grant Hedrick (Independence, OR) became the second Boise State commitment for the 2010 recruiting class in June. He's a solid Bronco commit and very happy with his decision. "I'm 100% committed," he said. "I called all the schools that were recruiting me and thanked them for recruiting me," he added.

Looking back, Boise State was just a perfect fit for Hedrick. The Bronco coaching staff planned on taking one QB in the 2010 class and they got their guy. "I went to the camp and worked with the coaches," he said. "I looked at the facilities and it was just a place I wanted to be. I knew if they offered that I was going to jump on it. Boise is full of great people and the team is a powerhouse. It was a perfect fit."

Grant has kept in touch with (Offensive Coordinator) Bryan Harsin ever since he made his verbal commitment to Boise State. "I call Coach Harsin about once a week," Hedrick said. "I spoke to Coach (Chris) Petersen about two weeks ago. We chatted and talked about what was going to happen with my official visit. They'll also be coming to one of my games." The current plan is for Hedrick (6'1, 183, 4.56) to take his official visit in December following his senior season. The Bronco coaching staff will be in attendance sometime in October to watch Grant in action.

The future Bronco has taken part in a rigorous summer conditioning program. "We've been throwing and running on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday," Hedrick said. "I personally have been going to Beaverton and working with Chris Angel about three times a week. Chris Angel has really helped me a lot and prepared me for the combine in Oakland."

The expectations have never been higher for the Central Panthers. The Panthers finished 12-1 in 2008 and those close to the program hope to bring a state championship home in 2009. Grant is just looking to take it one game at a time. "We've got high standards now," he said. "Everyone expects us to have a big year in the playoffs. I'm just focused on getting better and reaching our potential," Hedrick added.

The Panthers open the 2009 season with a tough matchup against Marist HS. Central was victorious in a shootout in 2008 and the future Bronco expects more fireworks again this season. "They are very good," he said in reference to Marist. "We played them last year and beat them 56-49. They beat us the year before that. They'll be #1 or #2 and we'll be the opposite."

A team can't succeed without leadership from the QB position. Some QBs are more vocal than others. Hedrick hopes to provide that vocal leadership this upcoming season. "I want to be a more vocal leader," he said. "I want them to be able to look to me for motivation. I've slowly gotten into that role." One other aspect that Grant hopes to work on is his consistency. "I just want to be consistent. I'm pretty accurate but I want to be there every single time. I also want to keep working on my speed."

The Broncos are getting the definition of a dual-threat QB in Grant Hedrick. In 2008, he threw for 3,100 yards and 21 TDs. He also was a threat to take off and run the ball with each and every snap. "I've got pretty good speed and field vision," Hedrick said. "I have good accuracy as well. I don't have the strongest arm but I can get it there pretty good."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Grant Hedrick throughout his senior season.

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