Corral Conversations: Grant Hedrick

Central HS QB Grant Hedrick (Independence, OR) signed with Boise State in February as a member of the 2010 recruiting class. The standout QB arrived in Boise in early June, went home for the holiday break, and arrived back in town on Wednesday. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com and offered his thoughts on beginning his college career on The Blue.

Central HS QB Grant Hedrick (Independence, OR) signed with Boise State in February as a member of the 2010 recruiting class. The standout QB arrived in Boise in early June, went home for the holiday break, and arrived back in town on Wednesday. What are his thoughts on beginning his college career? "It's been pretty smooth and it's good to fit in with the team," he said. "I feel the family atmosphere. All the players look out for each other and the coaches are always there to talk to you," he added.

Grant's roommates are Joe Southwick, Kirby Moore, and Chris Roberson. All three have helped the new Bronco QB as he gets settled in and ready for fall practice. "They know what I'm going through and they've been a lot of help," he stated. "They showed me around and the things to do around Boise."

Joe Southwick is slowly taking that next step as he hopes to compete for the backup role behind Kellen Moore. Southwick had a solid spring and Hedrick believes he has a good grasp of the offense. "I think Joe has come a long ways. He definitely has a good grasp of the offense," he said. "He's just getting better and better. It's exciting for me to see how much he has improved due to that redshirt year since I'll be redshirting too."

The jump from HS to college can be intense. It's a big jump in both academics and athletics. Walking into the weight room for the first time was quite an eye-opener for Grant. "The biggest difference is just the intensity," he said. "You can't sit around and go through the motions. You have to get after it and the strength coaches get in your face. It's pretty intense throughout the day. I know it's a lot more intense than HS."

Hedrick (6'0, 183, 4.5) will benefit greatly from having a redshirt year. He'll be able to learn the system, put on more weight, and watch as a student of the game from the sidelines. "I think they want me to put on a little more weight. I came in at 176 and weigh about 183 right now. They want me at 190," he said. "They want me to get a little bigger without losing my speed. That takes time. I've got to lift hard, run hard, and work on explosiveness."

Looking back, it was all about the family atmosphere for the newest Bronco QB. He committed last summer following a solid performance at the Boise State Football Camp in June and is excited about his future on The Blue. "I think the family atmosphere is why I chose Boise State. Everyone made me feel comfortable," he said. "The facilities are good, the players are phenomenal, and they're one of the best teams in the nation. It's an exciting place to be," he added.

In 2009, Hedrick was named First Team All-State as he threw for 2,500 yards and 34 TDs. He also rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 TDs.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Grant Hedrick.
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