By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football program has landed its next quarterback.
Jalen Greene of Serra High (Gardena, Calif.) and a resident of Los Angeles committed to the Broncos for the class of 2014, he said Tuesday evening.
The 6-foot-3, 194-pound lefty plans to graduate from high school early and join the Broncos in January. He runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.
He visited Boise for the first time two weeks ago with his dad and sat on his scholarship offer for 10 days before committing. The Broncos are the only team to offer so far.
He said coaches told him he was their top target at quarterback.
“I just felt that Boise was the place that I wanted to be — there’s no reason to be waiting,” he said. “There’s nothing better in my opinion.”
He said his visit sold him on the Broncos.
“One, how excited the coaches were once me and my dad first came,” he said. “The other thing is the family atmosphere — not just the teammates, but how close the players are to the coaches. Leaving here, I’ll just be going to another family, so that would be great.”
Greene has played football since fifth grade but didn’t become a quarterback full time until ninth grade. He was a wide receiver until he threw a ball back to the quarterback, from 40 yards away, one day as an eighth-grader.
He played on the freshman team for a year and has started the past two years. He led Serra to the CIF Division II state championship.
“People think I’m run first, but I’m most definitely pass first,” he said. “When things break down, I use my feet to get me out of situations.”
He said he enjoys the leadership aspect of his new position.
“I just like that kind of responsibility,” he said.
His growth as a quarterback was considered one of the keys to Serra’s 14-2 season and state title last year. He tended to take too many risks early in the season.
He was 7-of-13 for 141 yards and two TDs while rushing for 105 yards in the title game.
Here is a feature story written about Greene late last season.
In 2014, Boise State’s quarterbacks should be: senior Grant Hedrick, junior Jimmy Laughrea, sophomore Nick Patti, redshirt freshman Ryan Finley and true freshman Jalen Greene. They’ll be competing to replace Joe Southwick.
2014 RECRUITING CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-0, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)