Fruitland High junior offensive lineman Garrett Larson won’t be signing his letter of intent to play college football until a year from now.
But he already knows where he’ll be going.
Larson became the first player in the 2015 recruiting class to commit to coach Bryan Harsin and Boise State about two weeks ago, but was asked to keep his commitment quiet until after the 2014 class became official on Wednesday.
“It was a struggle to keep my mouth shut,” Larson said. “My parents and my coaches knew, but that was it.”
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Larson plays on both sides of the ball at Fruitland but was recruited to Boise State to play on the offensive line. He’s friends with Boise State redshirt freshman Joey Martarano and Alec Dhaenens, who both also went to Fruitland High.
“I’m friends with them and I like the coaching staff there,” Larson said. “I like the facilities, I like the area and I think its a good fit for me.
“I’ve always had Boise in my sights, and it’s nice to have the recruitment off my shoulders and I can go out there my senior year and just play.”
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall had already visited Larson in Fruitland and said additional members of the Cougars’ coaching staff were scheduled to visit him in the near future. That visit has been canceled.
“I told them not to come,” Larson said.
Speaking in general terms at Wednesday’s signing day, Harsin said getting the best in-state players from Idaho to come to Boise State was a big priority for the new coaching staff.
“We want this to be the program that’s the dream school for all of our local players,” Harsin said.
For at least one, it apparently was.