Broncos Over Baseball For Joey Martarano

Broncos Over Baseball For Joey Martarano

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commit in program history when he pledged to the Broncos back in 2011 & will now officially play his college football on The Blue. The future Bronco was a top baseball prospect as well, but has decided to focus on playing football at Boise State. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about choosing football over baseball & more.

Fruitland HS LB Joey Martarano (Fruitland, ID) became the earliest verbal commit in program history when he pledged to the Broncos back in 2011 and will now officially play his college football on The Blue. The future Bronco was a top baseball prospect as well, but has decided to focus on playing football at Boise State.

"I've been talking to a lot of guys that are close to the draft," he said. "I was told I'd go somewhere in rounds 3-5 and told them that wasn't good enough," he added.

"I talked with my family about it," he stated. "We decided it would have to be either the 1st or early 2nd round for me to choose baseball over football. Going in rounds 3-5 just wasn't going to be enough for me to choose baseball."

"It's a big weight lifted off my shoulders," said Martarano. "I've been trying to decide for about a year now on what I wanted to do. Now I can focus on football."

Head Coach Chris Petersen jokingly told Martarano that he knew he'd pick football the entire time.

"I talked to Coach Pete about it," he said. "He said he knew I was a football guy from the start. He was real excited when I told him."

"It's going to be awesome to play for Coach Pete," said Martarano. "It just shows what type of guy he is for him to hear me out on all of this baseball stuff. I'm real excited to play for him."

Martarano could also see playing time as a true freshman this fall. He says his main focus right now is studying the playbook.

"Coach K told me to come in like I'm going to start right away," he said. "It's really going to come down to me learning the system. I've picked up some of it and will be studying it for the next month."

And being a Bronco? Joey says it's a dream come true.

"It's a dream come true for me," he said. "I'm pumped and have been dreaming about it since I was little," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joey Martarano.



BroncoCountry.com Recommended Stories


Up Next


Tweets