Chase Cord wanted to share the biggest decision of his life with as many people as he possibly could.
Cord, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Sunrise Mountain High in Peoria, Ariz., knew a few days ago Boise State is where he wanted to play college football. He decided to wait until Monday to tell everyone, from his family to the Broncos’ coaching staff.
“I looked into every last variable, and there was nothing about Boise I didn’t like,” said Cord, who visited Boise State two weeks ago. “I had told my dad it was where I wanted to go, but I thought on Memorial Day, I’d tell everyone. I had like 20 people at our house and had coach (Zak) Hill and coach (Bryan) Harsin on speaker phone to tell them I committed.”
Cord’s verbal commitment is the Broncos’ second of the 2017 recruiting class. Last season for the Mustangs, Cord threw for 3,173 yards and 52 touchdowns, and ran for 1,059 yards and 13 more TDs.
“I felt like a major priority when I visited. I loved the coaches, the academics, how they’ve been able to get the most out of their quarterbacks,” Cord said.
Boise State was among 17 offers Cord received, including Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, Utah State, San Diego State, Utah, Oregon State, Princeton and Harvard, among others. Cord holds a 3.4 weighted GPA and has interest in a broadcast journalism career.
“It was really special to have those Ivy League offers, and I was amazed at what Colorado offered, but I was sold completely once I went to Boise State, saw how I could fit,” Cord said.
Cord has seen his recruitment explode in the past few months, but he’s done it without taking the traditional route of going to offseason camps, where many players tend to pick up offers before their senior years. Cord tore his ACL in December playing basketball, though he said his rehab has been ahead of schedule. He expects to be cleared for competition in July.
“It’s been tough not being able to go to camps, do stuff other quarterbacks will do,” Cord said. “I thought it was tough even before all the offers happened, just thought it was a blessing from disguise. I’m still trying to find exactly why it happened, but I’ve accepted it. I think there’s been a silver lining. It’s shown me what hard work really is, showed me where I belong.”
On Thursday, Boise State picked up its first commitment of the 2017 class, also from Arizona, in Queen Creek offensive lineman Mike Young. Cord is rated as the nation’s No. 25 pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com, and No. 18 by ESPN. The accolades are nice, but Cord had a slight laugh being labeled as simply a pocket passer.
“I couldn’t tell you why they have me as a pro-style, I even e-mailed them about it. I ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash last year,” Cord said. “I can throw the ball, but if things break down, I can escape or make plays with my legs or my arm. That kind of wants to make me prove them wrong every day, show I can get it done both ways.”
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin tweeted this soon after Cord’s commitment:
Here is Cord on his visit earlier this month:
2017 BOISE STATE COMMITMENTS
OT Mike Young, 6-6, 335, Queen Creek (Ariz.) HS
QB Chase Cord, 6-3, 185, Sunrise Mountain High (Peoria, Ariz.)