Incoming Bishop Kelly High sophomore Alicia Chatterton verbally committed to a full-ride scholarship from the Boise State women’s soccer program Tuesday, giving the Broncos another prospect from the Treasure Valley and two from the same family.
Chatterton is the younger sister of forward Aubree Chatterton, who is entering her sophomore season with the Broncos this fall.
The 14-year-old Chatterton said other schools recruited her, but Boise State was the only one to offer her a scholarship so far. It was the only one she needed.
“I just love Boise,” said Chatterton, a part of the 2021 recruiting class. “I like having family support here, and I love being here.”
Chatterton said that even though her sister has enjoyed her time with the Broncos, that didn’t factor into her decision. She said she’d always wanted to play for the Broncos.
Because she is four years younger than her sister, the two won’t overlap at Boise State unless Aubree were to need to redshirt one year.
The commit will reunite the center back with Boise State head coach Jim Thomas, who coached Chatterton’s club team with FC Nova two years ago. While Chatterton sat out the season with three broken toes, she started to develop a relationship with Thomas.
“It made my decision a lot easier because I know him,” Chatterton said. “I know that I love him as a coach.”
Boise State has recruited the Treasure Valley’s burgeoning girls soccer scene heavily in recent years. The Broncos will feature nine players from the Boise area on their roster this fall, including the reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, Raimee Sherle, and four incoming freshmen.
Boise State had four homegrown players on its roster in 2016.
EAGLE’S SMITH COMMITS TO BYU
Eagle senior midfielder Olivia Smith, a second-team 5A SIC selection last fall, became the eighth member of the Treasure Valley’s 2019 class headed to a Division I program with her commitment to BYU.
The others are Borah’s Kylee Geis (Utah) and Payton McBride (Utah); Bishop Kelly’s Lauren Elwer (Gonzaga) and Tatum Seastrand (Boise State); Timberline’s Haley Apple (Boise State); Centennial’s Grace Pekovich (Hawaii); and Vallivue’s Elizabeth Gonzalez (Montana).