As interest in his recruiting picked up, Huntington Beach (Calif.) High senior tight end Nick Crabtree spoke with his family earlier this summer.
"If Boise State offered, I was going to commit," he said. "I just knew it was the school for me."
On Friday, the offer came on a phone call with Bronco coach Bryan Harsin and tight ends coach Kent Riddle. Crabtree wouldn't let the call end without telling them he was verbally committing.
"It was the offer I was waiting for," Crabtree said. "... since I was young, it's a place I've been interested in. Great coaches, great tradition, great town. It checked off every box."
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He visited Boise late last month after checking out Fresno State and Nevada, both schools that had offered him. He also had a San Jose State offer. Though Bronco coaches kept in consistent contact, they hadn't offered, but Crabtree had to make the trek to Boise, he said.
With the 2016 recruit, the Broncos are getting a big target - Crabtree is 6-foot-6, 250 pounds. According to MaxPreps, he had 21 catches for 332 yards last season as a junior. His build could lead to an eventual move to offensive line, where his athleticism would no doubt be a boon, but he currently plans to stay at tight end.
"My goal is to play tight end, but I know I can put on weight and still move if that's needed," Crabtree said. "I think I could lose a little weight once I get there, add muscle and play tight end at 250, 260."
All things around the Boise State program were a fit for Crabtree, but on the field, yet again, it is the sort of system that he's excited to play in. Crabtree is ranked as Scout.com's No. 44 tight end nationally, No. 9 on the West Coast.
"Ever since our first conversation, coach Riddle told me how they use a bunch of tight ends, sometimes four at once, so that's something I'm looking forward to, hopefully contributing early," Crabtree said.