Chase Hatada lives in California but he has watched Boise State football games as a fan since he was 6 or 7 years old.
That made for a fairly easy decision when the Broncos offered the defensive lineman a scholarship. Hatada (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) committed Monday to the football team’s 2016 recruiting class.
His dad, Ian Hatada, was a Big Sky 110-meter hurdles champion for BSU in 1996.
“We’ve been watching games ever since I was little,” Chase Hatada said. “Ever since then, I’ve had this love for Boise State. I was pretty much waiting for that offer, and when I got it, I couldn’t not commit there.”
Hatada also held offers from Washington State and many Mountain West schools, he said.
A plus for Boise State was the presence of seven seniors on this year’s defensive line, which means the team will need help next year.
Hatada also considered how he would fit at Boise State if he couldn’t play football.
“Would I be happy where I was at?” he said. “That was a definite yes. I can see myself living there.”
Hatada has played offensive line and defensive line in two varsity seasons at Rocklin. He will play fullback and defensive line this season.
At Boise State, he’ll follow in the footsteps of one of his high school’s best-known athletes: former defensive tackle Chase Baker.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing college football ever since I started watching football,” Hatada said. “It’s pretty unreal that it’s actually happening now.”
2016 RECRUITING CLASS
• S Isaiah Hayes, 6-0, 185, Calabasas (Calif.) HS
• WR Derrion Grim, 6-0, 194, McNair High (Stockton, Calif.)
• QB Micah Wilson, 6-3, 205, Lincoln Christian School (Tulsa, Okla.)
• DL Chase Hatada, 6-3, 260, Rocklin (Calif.) High