Highlights from four-star Boise State commit Hank Bachmeier
The Boise State football team usually lands its quarterback in the current recruiting cycle early, and the Broncos landed a big one Wednesday night.
Hank Bachmeier, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound passer from Murrieta (Calif.) Valley High, announced his verbal commitment after a recruitment that saw attention from across the country. He visited Boise twice — last summer, and for last October's game against Wyoming.
"It really came down to comfort for me. I was really comfortable there," Bachmeier said. "It was a combination of everything. The city, the people, the players, the program. When I was there I felt at peace and at home."
Bachmeier is one of the most highly ranked recruits in history to commit to the Broncos — he is rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals and No. 8 by 247Sports. He reported offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Colorado, California and Washington State, among others.
"I know at Boise State, they put guys in the NFL, they run an offense that fits me and I'll get a chance to compete to start right away," Bachmeier said. "Those were major factors in my decision. I didn’t look at it as a conference issue. I thought of it like what was the best for me. It's about the product, not the helmet."
The decision, which ended a recruitment that has gone on since his freshman year of high school, was a bit of relief, but he said he was a bit nervous calling coach Bryan Harsin. Right after he finished the call, he had practice.
"I still feel like the same person, but I went out to practice, I felt good throwing it," Bachmeier said. "When I got done, it kind of hit me, and it just felt right. I was happy."
One of California's most prolific passers, Bachmeier has thrown for 10,001 yards in his prep career, completing 68.5 percent of his passes with 124 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. He also has rushed for 21 touchdowns.
“From a mental standpoint, I think my ability to prepare is something I try to take advantage of, watching film, understand what the defense is doing," Bachmeier said. "I can run a little bit, escape the rush. I won’t run like Michael Vick, but I can get around."
Bachmeier is the second known commitment of the Broncos' 2019 recruiting class, joining STUD end Alec Pell of Cherry Creek High near Denver. Using 247Sports' composite ranking, which averages recruiting sites' grades on players, Bachmeier is 0.9263 (1.000 is tops), the second-highest in the database for a Boise State commit. Only safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (0.9623 in 2014) was more highly touted.
Now, Boise State will fight to keep Bachmeier in the fold — quarterbacks Micah Wilson and Zach Wilson committed in April 2015 and June 2017, respectively, before each decommitted less than two weeks before signing day. Neither had the big offer list like Bachmeier before picking Boise State, however. Bachmeier intends to sign in December and may enroll in January if Boise State wants him to do so, he said.