Rocklin's Huff signs with Boise State

Starred at receiver and tight end for Thunder
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High football star Holden Huff signed a letter of intent to attend Boise State on a football scholarship today. Huff, who played tight end as a senior for the 14-1 Thunder, caught 41 passes for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He was a unanimous choice for all league (Sierra Foothill League) as a junior (receiver) and a senior (tight end). Huff set Rocklin High records for receiving yards (1,664) and touchdown receptions (16) in a career. “Holden moved to tight end this year which made the team better,” Rocklin coach Greg Benzel said. “He is an example of the kind of unselfishness that made our chemistry so powerful. Boise State is getting a player who understands the value of putting the team first.” Thunder junior quarterback Jimmy Laughrea threw plenty of passes to Huff over the last two seasons. “He was good as a junior and then in the off-season he just got a lot bigger and stronger and they moved him to tight end,” Laughrea said. “He was a key part of the offensive line and also one of the top receivers. He had to do both, block and go out for passes, and he did a great job. As a junior he didn’t really have to block as much but he stepped up and took that role (as a senior).” Huff, 6-foot-6, started his senior football season at about 205 pounds but he lost close to 20 pounds during the season. Boise State wants him to put on lots of weight before he takes the field in college. “I didn’t do much lifting (during the season) and now I’m trying to force myself to eat a lot and I’m doing lots of heavy lifting,” said Huff, who currently weighs about 200 pounds. Huff is probably going to gray shirt instead of start at Boise State right away. He plans to attend Sierra College for one semester (less than 12 units) and then start at Boise State during the spring semester. This was the path that Boise State junior defensive lineman Chase Baker took. Baker graduated from Rocklin High in 2007 and started for Boise State’s 14-0 team this season as a sophomore. Baker was a senior at Rocklin when Huff was a freshman. The two text quite frequently. “He enjoys (Boise) a lot,” Huff said. Huff went on his official visit to Boise State in mid-January. “It was really eye opening. I thought that Boise was basically potato fields with a stadium right in the middle but it was a big-city type of thing,” Huff said. “I thought there would be nothing there but there is city life and everyone is extremely nice and giving. And the campus was amazing and all the coaches are amazing. When I went around with all the hosts they couldn’t say anything negative about the coaches and the (players) seem like they have a good bond.” Huff is very excited about his future at Boise State. “I have always wanted to go to Boise ever since I started wanting to go to college for football – they started talking to me my junior year and came to the school after my junior year,” Huff said. “Sac State had offered me a scholarship and I was about to go on a visit to Oregon State (weekend of Jan. 23) but Boise offered me (a scholarship) the weekend before.”