San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels told the Idaho Press-Tribune late Monday night that his official visit to Boise State was “eye-opening” and said the Broncos have emerged as one of three possible destinations for his college choice.
Carta-Samuels, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound, four-star quarterback, was in Boise on Sunday and Monday and said he will likely decide between Boise State, Washington and Vanderbilt later this week.
Boise State is in need of quarterback depth with the graduation of Joe Southwick and the likely transfer of Nick Patti. They currently have two quarterbacks — senior Grant Hedrick and redshirt freshman Ryan Finley — on scholarship. JUCO quarterback Tommy Stuart is set to enroll at Boise State today but it’s unclear whether he will receive a scholarship or be a preferred walk-on.
Carta-Samuels originally committed to Vanderbilt but re-opened his recruitment when coach James Franklin left for Penn State.
Here’s the full conversation between Carta-Samuels and the Idaho Press-Tribune late Monday night:
Idaho Press-Tribune: How was the visit to Boise State?
K.J. Carta Samuels: “It was awesome. It was eye-opening a little bit. I got to see the stadium, I got to see the facilities, I got to meet the coaches, got to hang out with the players for a little while. It was a good experience.
“It was more than I thought it was going to be. The coaches were really cool. I loved them. The stadium and the field has a different atmosphere with that blue turf. It's pretty sweet. The facilities are top notch, the weight room and everything and the players were pretty cool. They took me out for the night and I had a good time with them, so seeing what they are like and what the locker room is probably like was a good experience.”
What did you know about Boise State before the visit and what did you find out while in town?
“I didn't know much about Boise State before. Every time I would think about it I would think of Kellen Moore and what he did there, that was my thought of Boise State, that they aired it out and win a lot of games, but when I got there, it was a pretty cool place. It was a nice little town, definitely more than I thought it was going to be. It was an awesome place and somewhere that for the football situation, it's awesome.”
What did the coaching staff sell to you about coming to Boise State?
“They want a quarterback that they can build their program around. They don't have too many quarterbacks on the roster so they are lacking depth there and they want a good quarterback to come in and hopefully play within the next one or two years. They are a great coaching staff. They have a lot of energy and you know they are going to win a lot of games because they will get their team pumped up.”
Is that exciting to think about playing early in your college career and how does that play into your decision?
“It's really exciting, in terms of football, getting the thought that your chance is that much closer in major college football. It's a factor but its not the ultimate deciding factor because we all know, football can end at any minute, so even if I start as a freshman and get hurt, my life could completely change. Yeah its sort of a factor, but its not the only thing I'm basing my decision off of.”
You visited Washington prior to Boise State. How would you compare the two?
“It was different man. That's the biggest thing, just the difference between the two. For one you have Washington which is like a really populated area. They were hosting the Seahawks game and that's all close to the university and then you have Boise State, where they are the talk of the town and the focus of the town and on their own a little bit. It was cool to see the difference between the two. They both have the same weather a little bit, the facilities were awesome at both. Obviously the stadium at Washington seats a few more, but they are both pretty sweet. The coaching staffs are really different but really cool in the same point. They have a different vibe but they both come off as good and unique.”
So what is next? Do you have any more visits planned?
“I don't think I'm going to visit Penn State. I might visit Vanderbilt this weekend depending on how this week goes. I have to sit down with my parents because they weren't with me in Boise so I have to sit down with them and talk about my decision and how I'm feeling and go from there. If I'm not ready and want to take that visit to Vanderbilt to see if they are still in the mix then I'll do that, but the next couple days will be about sitting down and talking with my parents.”
So are those the three schools you are considering and is there a leader?
“I think it's a combination of the three. I won't rule out Vanderbilt yet but those are the clear three. They are pretty much neck-and-neck right now. I have to sit down with my parents and see which one comes out as the leader. Right now they are neck-and-neck.”
Do you have any in-home visits planned this week?
“Coach (Jonathan) Smith from Washington is coming down on Wednesday I believe and coach (Bryan) Harsin and coach (Mike) Sanford are both coming down Wednesday also I believe so we're trying to work out a different date.”
When do you think you might make a decision?
“I think sooner rather than later. I think it will be in the next couple days.”