Blackfoot Ath Hopes Lightning Strikes Twice

Blackfoot HS ATH Anthony Clarke (Blackfoot, ID) has decided to walk-on at Boise State. Clarke received 4A Player of the Year honors following his unbelievable senior season as he led the Broncos to a state championship. What led to him turning down scholarship offers to walkon in Boise, and what position will he play at Boise State? Anthony spoke to BroncoCountry.com to fill us in..

Blackfoot HS ATH Anthony Clarke (Blackfoot, ID) has decided to walk-on at Boise State. Clarke received 4A Player of the Year honors following his unbelievable senior season as he led the Broncos to a state championship. "It felt great to win that award and go out on top," he said. "To finish 11-1 and win state was a great moment to share with my teammates," he added. Anthony was a dual-threat QB for Blackfoot. He racked up 1,500 yards rushing and 1,555 yards passing. Overall, he had 25 TDs total.

Clarke (5'10, 180, 4.5) went to the football camp held at Boise State for three straight years and made his presence known on the field as a WR. "I played WR at the camp," he stated. "I got WR MVP of the camp. It just felt natural to me and that's where I wanted to play in HS. I had to play QB since we needed one."

Assistant Head Coach Brent Pease was the primary recruiter for Clarke. "Coach Pease recruited me," he said. "He's a great coach and it'll be great working for him. He pushes his kids and is really motivated. He likes to win."

Anthony chose to walk-on at Boise State over an offer from Idaho State. One of the main reasons? "Coach Pete is one of the main reasons I didn't want to take that full ride," Clarke said. "I love his attitude and he's a great guy to be around. If you can play, he will let you play."

The high-powered offense at Boise State has gained a lot of recognition over the years. The future Bronco looks forward to learning from the current group of receivers at Boise State. "(Austin) Pettis and (Titus) Young are two great WRs," he said. "It's going to be great to practice with them and learn from them."

Blackfoot's outstanding football program is no stranger to Boise State. J.C. Percy was also a walk-on just a couple of years ago and now he's earning major playing time for the Blue and Orange. Clarke knew he had 'it' in him the whole time. "JC was on our 2007 team. Seeing a kid from our school just gives me more motivation," he said. "He's a great player and person. He has always been that kid pushing himself to be better than everybody else. He carries himself high and always takes it to the next level."

The Boise State coaches see Clarke playing a similar role to (former Bronco) Vinny Perretta. "They see me playing a role like Vinny Perretta," he said. Boise State fans will certainly be happy with that.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Anthony Clarke.

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