Is Joe Martarano trading green for The Blue?
Well, according to an article by Jared Crews of BroncoCountry.com, he is. The article reports that Fruitland Idaho High School multiple-sport standout Joe Martarano is choosing to be a linebacker for the Broncos instead of a career in professional baseball.
This is quite remarkable, considering the Idaho Statesman has reported that Martarano is rated as the No. 86 overall high school prospect in the United States by a top baseball recruiting site. This means he would no doubt be drafted in a decent position in the 2013 MLB draft.
That means that choosing to play football at Boise State also means turning down a healthy paycheck.
But, Martarano seems to be true to his word. In a 2012 ESPN article, Martarano is quoted as saying he would probably choose football over baseball anyway.
In that article, he said:
I have a lot of people in my ear asking me which sport I am going to choose when I leave high school, I love both sports. But right now I would probably pick football
Martarano's high school football coach Bruce Schlaich seemed to confirm what the player was saying. The coach added his comments in the same article:
His dream is to play football for Boise State, and I think that is probably the direction he will stay on
Martarano is one of the most complete athletes to come out of the state of Idaho in a very long time. At 6'3" and 228 pounds, he also has the size.
While he has an impressive presence on the baseball diamond, Martarano is even more impressive on the grid iron.
According to BroncoSports.com, the Fruitland High School star is a four-year letter winner who helped his team to achieve an appearance in four straight state title games.
He was also named honorable mention Parade All-American, Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year, Snake Valley Player of the Year on both offense and defense and earned Idaho's 3A State Player of the Year after his senior season.
On the defensive side of the ball, he was a monster in high school, racking up 147 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks. On offense, all he did was throw for over 1,300 yards, rushed for over 600 and accounted for 24 total touchdowns in his senior season alone.
The crazy thing is, Martarano was also a four-year letter winner in baseball and earned a letter three years in basketball. He helped his basketball team to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012 and was named Idaho's top baseball player by MaxPeps.
If Martarano sticks by his comments to BroncoCountry.com—and there is no reason to doubt him—then Boise State is going to get a very special player this fall.