Picking a college is one of the toughest choices a high school student has to make. Bozeman Hawk senior Will Dissly made his decision this week, deciding to head west to play for Boise State.
"It's just a great fit for me," said Dissly. "I feel like that's where I need to go to be successful as a football player and also as a person in life, so that's what I decided."
Dissly had offers from his home town Montana State Bobcats and even the Griz but decided that the opportunity to play for the 8-4 Broncos was too much to pass up. His parents supported his decision, even if it is a little farther west.
"My mom was sold pretty early," Dissly said. "My dad was just real proud of me, we're all pretty excited. Hard to say no to the hometown. Coach Ash and Coach McEndoo, built a great relationship with those two guys and they have a great program there. Definitely gonna be hard to leave."
Other Division 1 suitors included Colorado State, Idaho, Idaho State and Northern Arizona.
Dissly helped lead the Hawks on offense and defense to a State Championship this season, being named to the 'AA' All-State teams on offense and defense along with being named the Co-Defensive MVP for the second straight season. On Thursday he was also named the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year.
"It's really special," he said. "There was twenty-one other guys out there on that field doing their jobs helping me out."
Dissly is being projected as a defensive end for the Broncos but says it doesn't matter which side of the ball he's on, he just wants to play.
"It didn't really matter to me through this whole process," Dissly said. "I'm just excited to be on the field. I'm gonna work hard to get there and be the best player I can be."
"His athleticism is just outstanding," said Bozeman Hawk head coach Troy Purcell. "His upside is just up, up, up because he's just a young kid. You can put another 20-30 pounds on the guy. He's just gonna get faster and stronger."
One big question still remains, what will it be like to play on that all blue field?
"It was different," Dissly said as he smiled. "But I think I'll adjust accordingly. Don't think it'll be to big a distraction."
"I told him wherever he went he had to take me with him," Purcell laughed. "So hopefully Boise knows they'll have a defensive end coach down there with him."