Khalil Oliver, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior at Rocky Mountain High in Meridian, was a second-team selection on the Idaho Statesman's 5A All-Idaho football team last fall, helping the Grizzlies advance to the state playoffs.
Oliver, a cornerback/safety, will be a senior in the fall and can sign with Boise State in February.
"I decided that BSU was the place for me because with their academics they're second in the APR ratings," Oliver said. "As far as their coaches go, they're the best around. You won't find any other coaches that are going to get to know you as a player."
Boise State was tied for second in the NCAA's APR rankings in 2012. The APR measures eligibility, retention and graduation for each student-athlete.
Oliver also had interest from Arizona State, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Missouri, Washington State and Oregon State.
"Boise State picked up an outstanding young man who is a very, very good football player," Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner said.
The Rocky Mountain defense ranked first in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference, limiting opponents to 19 points and 292 yards per game in 2012. During the regular season, Oliver had 43 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, five tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and two interceptions.
"(Boise State defensive backs coach Jimmy) Lake, in my opinion, I believe he is one of the best DB coaches there is," Oliver said. "I feel like he is going to make me a better player and make me excel in my position."
Oliver also is a track standout. He ranks first in the state according to athletic.net in the long jump (21 feet, 2 inches) and triple jump (44-11) and second in the 110 hurdles (15.14 seconds). Oliver finished third at state in the 110 hurdles last season in 14.67.
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