Once again, patience paid off for Will Dissly.
Dissly, the standout Bozeman High defensive end who committed to Boise State on Dec. 2 only to see its head coach, Chris Petersen, leave for the University of Washington six days later, told the Chronicle on Dec. 6 that he was going to let the situation play out and consider his options.
The Montana Football Gatorade Player of the Year visited UW in Seattle this weekend. After further conversations with Petersen and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, who moved with Petersen to Washington, Dissly changed his commitment.
Because of NCAA regulations, Petersen and his staff can’t comment until Dissly signs his letter of intent Feb. 6.
“I feel comfortable with where I am at and how it all worked out,” Dissly said Sunday night prior to boarding a flight back to Bozeman. “I'm buying into what Coach P is preaching over there, and I think he's going to make me a better football player and better person. I just want to be all about that.”
Dissly earned multiple resume-building accolades during a senior season in which Bozeman won its second Class AA championship in four years. He cited the strong bond he formed with Petersen and Kwiatkowski as one of the key factors for his initial pledge to Boise State, which he chose over four FCS schools – Montana, Montana State, Idaho State and Northern Arizona – and FBS programs Colorado State and Idaho.
Dissly was named AA Co-Defensive MVP with Bozeman teammate and Montana State commit Grant Collins this fall . He shared the honor with current Montana State defensive lineman Devin Jeffries in 2012.
Dissly collected 57 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles forced, two fumbles recovered and two touchdowns in 2013.
He caught 55 passes for 917 yards and 11 touchdowns and was also named to the AA first team as a tight end for the second year in a row.
Dissly noted how the fortuitous circumstances surrounding Petersen's shift have positively impacted him. He'll now have the opportunity, once his shoulder heals from a recent surgery, to play in the Pac-12, one of the top FBS conferences in the country.
He also called it an honor that Petersen and Kwiatkowski thought enough of him to continue recruiting him despite his shoulder injury.
“That is no offense to the Mountain West or Boise State, but for coach Petersen and Coach K to want me to come up a higher level and play Pac-12 football is an honor,” Dissly said. “It's always been the goal to be as big as I can, and the Pac-12 is an unbelievable conference. It's exciting, and I'm going to have to work that much harder.
"It hasn't slipped my mind, don't worry about that.”
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