SoCal LB Commits To Boise State

Rancho Verde HS LB Emil Smith (Moreno Valley, CA) became the sixth verbal commitment for Boise State on Wednesday when he received that long awaited offer and committed on the spot. Smith went to the Boise State Football Camp two weeks ago and earned the offer through hard work and determination. What set Boise State apart from the other schools? Well, according to Emil it's...

Rancho Verde HS LB Emil Smith (Moreno Valley, CA) became the sixth verbal commitment for Boise State on Wednesday when he received that long awaited offer and committed on the spot. Smith went to the Boise State Football Camp two weeks ago and earned the offer through hard work and determination. What set Boise State apart from the other schools? "I loved the coaching staff," he said. "They were fired up and enthusiastic. The facilities were excellent too," he added.

Running Backs Coach Keith Bhonapha took notice of Smith while on a recruiting trip in California. He watched a few practices and told him he'd like for him to come to the camp so the coaches could evaluate him. "Coach B came down for a couple of our practices," he stated. "He really wanted me to go to the camp so Coach (Jeff) Choate could see me in person. I went to the camp and Coach Choate told me I have a lot of potential."

Emil (6'1, 195, 4.77) went to Boise knowing that he would commit right away if he received an offer. He was one of the top performers at the camp and was thrilled when he got that phone call from the Bronco staff letting him know that he was getting an offer. All that hard work had paid off. "Coach B offered me and I committed right away," he said. "It's mind blowing that I'm going to be a Bronco. I'm more than excited. It's just a blessing to be a part of a program like this." Smith also held offers from UTEP, Air Force, and Duke.

The Bronco defense is all about work ethic and intensity. That's exactly what Smith brings to the gridiron. "I bring a high intensity level. I love hitting and playing man coverage," he said. "I just love laying the hat on people. That's what I liked so much about the camp. We scrimmaged with live tackling. I hadn't ever done that at a camp," he added.

Last season, the Rancho Verde Mustangs finished with a record of 11-1. They've come close to winning a CIF championship many times and Smith believes this could be their year. "We looked solid during spring ball. We have a lot of speed and size returning this year," he said. "I just want to be a great leader and a great captain for my team. It's a relief that I can focus on my senior season and winning a CIF championship."

The future Bronco won't be taking any time off this summer. He plans on being in the weight room each day. "I'm hitting the weights hard right now," he said. "I'm also doing some sparq training, conditioning drills, and running."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Emil Smith.

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