The excitement was too much. Kyler Manu couldn't wait to tell Boise State football coaches he wanted to commit, so he gave them a call a few minutes after midnight Sunday.
Manu, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior linebacker at Pocatello's Highland High, was on hand for the Broncos' spring scrimmage Saturday. He went to his uncle's house in Boise afterward, spoke with his family for about an hour, then decided to tell linebackers coach Andy Avalos he wanted to be a Bronco in 2015.
"It has everything I'd want in a school. It's close to home, and my mom said, 'If you feel comfortable, do it,' so I did," Manu said. "The coaches told me when I left to call them whenever it felt right. It was after midnight, but they still were watching film."
Before he arrives at Boise State, Manu hopes to add about 20 pounds. He anticipates playing weakside linebacker for the Broncos. Last season, he had 92 tackles (4.5 for loss) and three interceptions for the state runner-up Rams.
"I love to hit, I'm not afraid of anyone," Manu said. "I like to cover in space, too. I think I have some good speed."
Manu, a 5A All-Idaho selection as a junior, was offered last October by the previous Boise State staff and also held an Idaho offer. Washington and Utah State showed heavy interest, he said, while Wisconsin was set to visit Manu at Highland in two weeks.
"I'm very happy," Manu said of his decision. "I'm just going to enjoy the end of my high school career and not worry about who's watching me or where I'll end up."