GOODING – The College of Idaho hasn’t played a single football game in its second iteration, but Hank Boeger is all too eager to be a part of it.
In front of a packed auditorium, Boeger signed a letter of intent Thursday to join the Coyote program, which will resume play later this year after a 30-plus-year hiatus.
“They were with me from the beginning, and that showed me that they really wanted me,” said Boeger, a two-way star for the Senators who will start out on offense in Caldwell. “At first I was worried because it was all brand new, but after a while that got me excited.”
Boeger will have a chance to start right away, in part because of his physical prowess. He’s almost 6-foot-4 and wiry, and Gooding coach Cameron Andersen said the College of Idaho staff wants to use him as a hybrid receiver similar to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham – a big target who can block as a tight end but is equally capable of lining up across the formation and creating mismatches.
“I think it will be easier to a point, because I don’t have to worry about playing defense too,” Boeger said. “But I also think it will be harder because now I’ll have to master every little in and out of the position.”
Eventually he could move to defense, as he was one of the higher-regarded free safeties in the state, but his versatility is a big deal to coaches and is part of why he became the seventh college signee in Andersen’s five-year tenure in Gooding.
“One of the reasons our guys are so recruitable is that they can play so many different positions,” Andersen said. “Hank was recruited for four positions on defense. … The thing with these kids is that they’re all great athletes and they’re great students. Colleges aren’t interested in anything but great athletes and great grades. We do what we can to help get film to coaches, but it’s on these guys to take care of things so that they can realize these dreams.”
The College of Idaho has done a large chunk of its recruiting in the Magic Valley starting last year and heading into this year as it embarks upon a return to college football.
Boeger will join former Gooding quarterback Josh Faulkner, and a number of other former area standouts, in Caldwell in the fall.
“I looked up to (Faulkner) a lot when he was here, and I’m excited to get to play with him again,” Boeger said. “I know a lot of other guys from the area and I’m glad to get to play with them instead of against them.”