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Boise football helps lure hoops prospect

Blue turf: unique, distracting, aesthetically questionable. What about persuasive?

Boise State's football program is riding an all-time high right now. If the stars align (and by "stars," I mean the performances of various other teams as represented in computerized data sets) the Broncos have a legitimate chance to crash the BCS national championship game in January. The world belongs to Boise. Get on the bus.

But is all that football fervor enough to lure recruits to Boise State's less-than-stellar hoops program? It just might be. From the Idaho Statesman:

It didn't take Boise State's first-year men's basketball coach Leon Rice long to figure out how best to sell his new school. And it didn't take long for that sales pitch to secure a commitment. [...] The atmosphere helped convince point guard Michael Thompson to commit to the Broncos. Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior at Canyon Springs High in North Las Vegas, committed Tuesday. "What impressed me most was how the atmosphere was," Thompson said.

That's right: An out-of-state recruit who was also being chased by Oregon, LSU and Colorado -- not exactly powers these days, but recognizable high-major brands all the same -- was instead convinced to head to Boise State. Why? Because the football atmosphere is just that awesome.

Never again doubt the power of the blue turf. Indeed, it works in mysterious ways.