Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commit in program history when he pledged to Boise State a year ago and just wrapped up perhaps the most dominating performance ever in the state baseball tournament as he hit a grand slam, threw a no hitter, and dominated the competition in every aspect. With that said, he maintains that he's focused on football and is looking forward to beginning his career on The Blue.
"It was great to win state," he said. "We went up against some pretty good 4A and 5A competition. Overall, I felt that we played really good."
"To be able to pitch and throw a no hitter was just great," he said. "I just wanted to do what I can to help our team win," he added.
"Coach Pete and Coach Gregory email me just about every week now," he stated. "It's good to keep in touch with them. They congratulated me on the baseball stuff and said they can't wait to get me there."
Martarano is an outstanding baseball prospect, but says playing for Boise State and being able to possibly play in the NFL one day continues to outweigh the possibility of a baseball career.
"I'm focused on football. It would take a lot of money to get me away from Boise State," he said. "I've wanted to play football for Boise State for forever. The scouts know I'm committed there and that it will take a lot to get me to change my mind."
"Playing for Coach Pete and Coach Gregory will be awesome," said Martarano. "I've gotten to know them well and for them to make it a point to talk to me every week just shows how great they are. I know it's going to be a lot of fun. They're both great coaches."
Martarano went on to say that the coaching staff believes he compares favorably to Shea McClellin and that the future Bronco has the potential to be drafted just as high following his Boise State career.
"Shea going in the first round was cool since I'll likely be playing the same position," he said. "I'm thinking that I'll end up in that hybrid position right now. At 6'4, I'll be able to play LB or D-end."
"They have already told me that they feel I could be drafted just like Shea," said Martarano. "It's crazy to think that I could be in the draft in just four years. It's been my dream to play in the NFL."
Could Martarano be the State of Idaho's first ever selection for the U.S. Army All-American Game? It's certainly a possibility right now.
"I'm really hoping that I get invited to that. I'm thinking that I'll probably know around the beginning or middle of football season," he said. "To see that type of competition would be awesome. It's a nationally televised game so that would be a lot of fun."
"It would be great to represent Idaho in that game."
For Martarano it will be a typical summer, but a busy one at that.
"I'm going to the Nike Camp in Eugene and then Boise State too," he said. "I've also got the area code games for baseball, legion ball, and I'll be training with our (high school) team. It's going to be a busy summer, but a fun one too."
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