2013 Boise State football recruiting: All-Idaho 3A Player of the Year commits to the Broncos

Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

Joe Martarano of Fruitland High School has turned down a shot in major-league baseball to play football for Boise State.

The 2012 All-Idaho 3A Football Player of the Year has dropped any plans to enter the June draft in major league baseball. Instead, the 3-star ranked football recruit has told Scout.com that he plans to play football for Boise State and will play this fall as a true freshman.

"I've been talking to a lot of guys that are close to the draft," Joe Martarano told Scout.com. "I was told I'd go somewhere in rounds 3-5 and in the first or early second 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."

Martarano verbally committed to Boise State almost two years ago, but after struggling with the possibility of a baseball career, he told Boise State football coach Chris Petersen of his firm commitment to join the Broncos. The Fruitland High School senior has been cast as a fifth-round baseball draft pick, but he could go higher. While he is not on ESPN’s list of the top 100 high school prospects, according to the Idaho Statesman another recruiting site has ranked him at No. 86. The University of Utah has also offered him a baseball scholarship.

Martarano, 6-4, 230 lbs., is slotted by the Broncos at linebacker. Last year he racked up 50 solo tackles, 84 assisted tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

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