Southwick Pulls The Trigger

Joe Southwick

The top-rated quarterback in Northern California, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Joe Southwick, took an unofficial visit this week to a WAC school and made his decision on the visit...

Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley quarterback Joe Southwick (6-2, 183), continued a busy month for quarterbacks in the Golden State, making his college choice.

"I made my decision and I'm a Bronco," said Southwick. "I committed to Boise State on Tuesday."

Southwick took an unofficial visit to Boise earlier this week, already confident that Boise State would be the place he'd commit to. After visiting the campus and meeting with Coach Chris Petersen and the Broncos offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, Southwick saw no reason to wait any longer.

"I was up there yesterday, and they had a full day planned for me," said Southwick. "They even had me meet the university president. The coaches are so sincere, and that's a place I want to be. The town is crazy. Boise State fans are crazy for football. They're doing a huge renovation, all their home games are sold out, it's just a crazy town for football."

What struck Southwick was the relationship he had built with the Bronco coaches.

"There is many things that they've been great about so far in the recruiting process, but the big thing for me was the sense of security with them. Some schools, I didn't trust what they said, but with Coach Pete and Coach Harsin, I felt they were 100% sincere. My mind was made yesterday, and there was no need for me to come back home and think about it," said Southwick.

Southwick felt like he'd pull the trigger on the trip.

"I'd obviously been thinking about it for a long time," said Southwick. "Before I got on the plane, I felt like I was going to commit. The trip itself was the cherry on top. Coach Pete, I can't say enough about him. The coaches are all about football and very, very knowledgeable. Coach Pete said we'll run up to 40 different packages. It's a lot of offense and a lot of dynamics."

Southwick was also struck by how successful different quarterbacks have been in the Broncos system.

"Their last three quarterbacks, Ryan Dinwiddie, Jared Zabransky and Tayler Tharp, were all different kinds of quarterbacks, but this offense is so diverse that they could have these three quarterbacks and be successful," said Southwick.

With Southwick's decision out of the way, he's excited to focus on his senior season, without the distraction of recruiting.

"I didn't think it would be a relief, but once it did happen, it was a relief," said Southwick. "It turned out to be relaxing. My family was ecstatic for me. The big thing my mom and father said, is that it's a place, you'll live four or five years and that community is so crazy about that football team. Now all my focus is on the team. We'll have to make some leaps and bounds but we're really excited and we have a good team being assembled."

Southwick is planning to head back up to Boise in June for their two day camp.

One of the best big-game quarterbacks out West, Southwick threw for 3,165 yards on a 63% completion rate, threw 35 touchdowns and ran for three of them after leading Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley to the CIF-NCS 3A and Section title.

Academically, Southwick has a 3.67 GPA.

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