By Joe Davidson
The Sierra Foothill League has long been one of the elite prep football conferences in the state.
Some would argue that it is annually the best collection of teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section with Del Oro, Granite Bay, Nevada Union, Roseville, Woodcreek and Rocklin.
But only one player in the power-packed league signed a national letter of intent today, though a number of other SFL players are expected to advance as walk-ons or play at smaller four-year programs.
For now, the spotlight returns to Jimmy Laughrea (above).
The Rocklin quarterback signed with Boise State, a school that courted him hard last year and offered him a deal last spring. He accepted then and never wavered, never took recruiting trips at other spots.
Laughrea will follow in the Thunder footsteps to Idaho behind Chase Baker, a starting defensive tackle in the 2010 season for Boise State, and tight end/receiver Holden Huff, who accepted a scholarship to Boise State last season.
Laughrea has the skill and upside that intrigues Boise State coach Chris Petersen, a star quarterback in his Yuba City High and UC Davis days. Petersen couldn't speak on the record about Laughrea when I visited him in Idaho earlier this season because the player hadn't formally signed yet. But when asked what he thought of the Laughrea's potential, Petersen grinned.