Fruitland High senior Joe Martarano, the Idaho Statesman's reigning All-Idaho 3A Football Player of the Year, has decided he won't be swayed by the outcome of the major-league baseball draft in June, according to a report Wednesday.
The multi-sport star told Scout.com that he plans to honor his commitment to play football for Boise State, starting this fall as a true freshman.
"I've been talking to a lot of guys that are close to the draft,'' Martarano told Scout.com. "I was told I'd go somewhere in rounds 3-5 and told them that wasn't good enough.
"I talked with my family about it. We decided it would have to be either the first or early second round for me to choose baseball over football. Going in rounds 3-5 just wasn't going to be enough for me to choose baseball.''
Martarano, who made his original commitment to Boise State in June 2011, told Scout.com that he's informed Boise State football coach Chris Petersen of his decision.
"It's a big weight lifted off my shoulders,'' Martarano told Scout.com. "I've been trying to decide for about a year now on what I wanted to do. Now I can focus on football. ... It's going to be awesome to play for Coach Pete. It just shows what type of guy he is for him to hear me out on all of this baseball stuff. I'm real excited to play for him.''
Martarano could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
Baseball America has tagged Martarano as a fifth-round talent, but analysts say he could go higher. Baseball America ranks him as the No. 86 high school prospect in this year's draft. He is not included on ESPN's list of top 100 prospects.
Martarano started at quarterback for the Grizzlies, but was recruited by Petersen and his staff for his talent at linebacker.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder finished his senior campaign with 50 solo tackles, 84 assisted tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
Heading into the 3A state baseball tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Fruitland High, Martarano is batting .493 with 45 RBIs, nine home runs, nine doubles and five triples for the defending champion Grizzlies.
Martarano signed his letter of intent with Boise State in February and now appears set for summer workouts and fall camp in August.