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Southwick Prepares For Senior Season
San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, CA) was the first 2009 commitment for the Broncos. He knows he made the right choice. "I'm done with recruiting," he said. "I'm committed to Boise State."
Southwick (6'2 185), the 43rd ranked QB in the nation by Scout.com, currently holds offers from Nevada and San Jose State as well. He could certainly have quite a few more had he pursued his opportunities. "Arizona State, Arizona, Fresno State, and Oregon State told me I would have an offer if I came to their camps," he said. "I told them I'm completely committed to Boise State," he added.
The highly-rated NorCal QB felt a high level of comfort with Boise State and the coaches. "Honesty was a big thing for me," he said. "I wanted to be able to trust the coaches that were recruiting me and I felt that comfort level with Boise State." Southwick was recruited by Coach (Bryan) Harsin and Coach (Chris) Strausser. "Coach Harsin and Coach Strausser made me feel very wanted," he said.
Perhaps the biggest factor in Southwick's decision were the conversations he had with Head Coach Chris Petersen. "Coach Pete told me I was their only QB recruit in this class," he said. Joe was impressed with one particular quote from Petersen. "Coach Pete told me at Boise State they get the guys that are just an inch shorter, ten pounds lighter, and 1/10 slower," he said. "He told me they all have more than enough heart and determination and that is most important. It unites them as a football team," he added.
Southwick took an unofficial visit in late May and that sealed the deal for him. "They treated me like a king," he said. To say that Joe is impressed with the facility improvements would be an understatement. "The facilities at Boise State are amazing," he said. "Coach Pete even gave me a hard hat and took me up to see the new press box. I really enjoyed that." Joe also spoke very highly of the new indoor practice facility. "It gets cold at times in Boise," he said. "It's good to know that we have a place to practice in those type of conditions." Southwick committed to Boise State at the end of the visit. "Me and my parents knew it was the place for me," he said. "I committed to Coach Pete."
It was a short return home for Southwick as he came back one month later for the high school camp held at Boise State. "I was introduced to (RB commit) Malcolm Johnson when I went to the camp," he said. "He can bring it. I was very impressed with his ability and I can't wait to play with him," he added.
Southwick also offered his impression of the blue field at Boise State. "The blue field is awesome," he said. "It's distinguished with Boise State Football. It's unique."
Southwick is pumped for the start of the upcoming season. "We were 12-1-1 last season," he said. "My goals are all about the team. I just want to win." San Ramon Valley HS didn't make it to the state playoffs due to the absurd configuration of the playoff system. That has now been changed. "California has changed the state playoff system," he said. "More teams will now be able to participate." One other exciting note is the addition of longtime NorCal powerhouse De La Salle to San Ramon Valley's division. "We'll be playing De La Salle starting this season," he said. "I'm excited to have that opportunity and we get to play them at home this season." Bronco fans will be able to catch Joe Southwick and his teammates in action against De La Salle on the California FSN affiliates as the game will be televised on November 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. PST.
Boise State fans have plenty to be excited about when it comes to Joe Southwick. Last season, he threw for over 3,200 yards and 37 TDs. He now holds the San Ramon Valley all-time TD record as he surpassed former Arizona State/Nebraska QB Sam Keller. He also holds a 3.6 GPA and 1580 SAT score.
BroncoCountry.com will have updates on Joe Southwick throughout his senior season.
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