It was well worth the trip for Thomas Sperbeck (Carmichael, Calif./Jesuit), as the senior took an official visit to Boise State this past weekend and returned with a scholarship offer from the Broncos.
It is the fourth offer for the 6-foot, 167-pound, two-way standout, as Boise State joins Army, Colorado State and San Jose State. At this point, it looks like a three-team race between the Rams, Spartans and Broncos, which Sperbeck visited in that order over the past three weekends.
Sperbeck said upon returning home from the visit that he thinks his commitment will be to one of those three schools and could come "probably pretty soon, to be honest."
It's going to be an interesting decision from Sperbeck, as he has an added element in his recruitment that he is trying to keep from altering his thought process. While some recruits fall into the athlete category and could wind up at two different positions in college, Sperbeck takes that to another level. The four schools who have offered all see him contributing at a different spot.
Army is recruiting Sperbeck as a quarterback. Colorado State said he would come in as an athlete. San Jose State sees him as a wide receiver. Boise State offered as a free safety.
"I really just love football," Sperbeck said. "I will play anywhere. I just have to find the right program to play in and not focus on where I'm going to play."
This season, Sperbeck threw for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 932 yards and nine scores, caught four passes for 66 yards, recorded 69 tackles and a sack, returned a fumble 85 yards for a score and returned a punt 88 yards for a score.
"I'm kind of coming down to making my decision," he said. "It's getting exciting. I have to feel comfortable, which I did at all those places. And I have to like the coaching staff, and where the program is headed."
The latest offer was big for Sperbeck, but he didn't respond with a commitment.
"I kind of thought they would offer, but you never know. It was good to hear him say it," Sperbeck said of Boise State coach Chris Petersen. "When he offered, he said to go home, think about it and talk to my mom and dad."
It was Sperbeck's first time visiting Boise State, and he very much enjoyed the trip.
"It was cool to see the stadium and how the whole community is behind the program," he said. "I had a good time with my host and the town was cool. I really like the campus and the coaching staff."