The Boise State football team will have another early-arriving quarterback in 2014.
Jalen Greene of Los Angeles - a 6-foot-3, 194-pound lefty with good speed - committed Tuesday. He plans to graduate from high school early and enroll in January, just like Nick Patti in 2012.
Greene is a two-year varsity starter who led Serra High of Gardena, Calif., to the CIF Division II state title last season.
BSU is the only school to offer a scholarship, he said.
"I just felt that Boise was the place that I wanted to be - there's no reason to be waiting," Greene said. "There's nothing better in my opinion."
The Broncos began recruiting Greene midway through his junior season, he said. They indicated that he was their top choice, he said, and made the scholarship offer March 23. Greene and his dad visited campus that week - their first trip to Boise. They left impressed.
"One, how excited the coaches were once me and my dad first came," Greene said. "The other thing is the family atmosphere - not just the teammates, but how close the players are to the coaches. Leaving here, I'll just be going to another family, so that would be great."
Greene has played football since fifth grade but didn't become a quarterback full time until ninth grade. He was a receiver until he threw a ball back to the quarterback, from 40 yards away, as an eighth-grader. That got the coaches' attention.
He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
Greene was 7-of-13 for 141 yards and two TDs while rushing for 105 yards in the state title game. That capped a breakthrough season for him in that he learned to fine-tune his decision-making. He generated more than 3,000 yards of offense and accounted for more than 30 TDs on a 14-2 team.
"People think I'm run first, but I'm most definitely pass first," he said. "When things break down, I use my feet to get me out of situations."
For video of Greene's junior season, go to blogs.idahostatesman.com/broncobeat