Flathead High School junior Brock Osweiler, who made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Gonzaga after his freshman season, has now changed his mind and committed to playing football at Arizona State.
“It’s just the right decision at the right time,” Osweiler said Thursday.
Osweiler committed to the Sun Devils and coach Dennis Erickson on Wednesday and told Gonzaga his plans the same day.
The 6-foot-8 Osweiler impressed basketball scouts as a freshman, but has since generated some impressive stats on the football field.
He passed for 2,454 yards and led Flathead to the Class AA semifinals as a sophomore. This past fall, he completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,935 yards and 27 touchdowns, drawing interest from major college football programs.
Osweiler says he’s struggled with the decision over whether to play football or basketball for some time.
“It’s been a constant thought in my mind,” he said. “I haven’t slept very good for months.”
He made his decision Wednesday morning at school and called his parents.
“He’s been laboring over this stuff for a long time,” John Osweiler said. “His heart was more with football, and (Arizona State) is a good situation for him.”
Osweiler said Gonzaga assistant coach Leon Rice supported his decision.
“He said, ‘If that’s where you heart is set, that’s what you need to do,'” Osweiler said of his conversation with Rice.
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