New recruit from Texas: ‘Boise State is my last visit’

New coaches start gathering in Boise; focus will be on recruiting for the next month.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJanuary 7, 2014 

  • BSU RECRUITING SHUFFLE

    COMMITS

    Æ CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)

    Æ WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS

    Æ OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

    Æ ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS

    Æ OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS

    Æ DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)

    Æ DE Will Dissly, 6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS

    Æ S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-2, 200, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)

    Æ C Tennessee Su'esu'e, 6-2, 295, East HS (Salt Lake City)

    Æ TE David Lucero, 6-5, 210, Holtville (Calif.) HS

    RECONSIDERING

    Æ DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

    Æ DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS

    Æ OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS

    Æ DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

    FORMER COMMITS

    Æ WR Shay Fields (USC)

    Æ RB Squally Canada (Washington State)

    Æ DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)

    Æ TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)

    Æ QB Jalen Greene (USC)*

    Æ TE Drew Sample (Washington)*

    * indicates players who left after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

— The Boise State football team’s recruiting class began to come together over the weekend, and much of its new coaching staff arrived Monday.

The Broncos received the first three commitments of the coach Bryan Harsin era — elite safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, a former Texas A&M commit; center Tennessee Su’esu’e and tight end David Lucero.

Sumner-Gardner is one of the highest-rated recruits in school history — a top-10 player at his position and top-100 player in the country, according to recruiting websites. Su’esu’e and Lucero are old-school Boise State recruits — lightly recruited players with high upsides.

The coaching staff also is trying to hold together some of the Chris Petersen-built recruiting class. Of the 13 recruits who were committed when Petersen took the Washington job, two have accepted scholarships elsewhere and at least four are checking their options.

Wide receiver Sean Modster said he was relieved when the new staff told him his scholarship offer would be honored. He has looked into backup options but wants to stay with the Broncos, he said.

“Bryan Harsin seems like a really great guy,” Modster said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Many of the coaches flew to Boise on Monday after helping Arkansas State, their previous employer, beat Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

Here’s what the three new recruits told the Idaho Statesman in interviews Monday:

Sumner-Gardner (6-foot-2, 200 pounds): The West Mesquite High (Mesquite, Texas) star will visit Boise State for the first time the weekend of Jan. 18. He’ll return home, then move to Boise to enroll in school Jan. 21.

“Boise State is my last visit,” he said.

He formed a strong bond with Marcel Yates at Texas A&M. He opted to follow Yates, now the Boise State defensive coordinator, to Idaho without seeing the state.

One reason: Yates’ history of producing NFL defensive backs during his previous tenure with Boise State.

“I have a better chance of going to the NFL at Boise than at A&M,” Sumner-Gardner said. “I looked into it. That’s one of the reasons I followed coach Yates.”

Sumner-Gardner also likes the idea of helping the Broncos rebuild.

“I want to be a person who can change around Boise State’s program and make it better,” he said.

Lucero (6-5, 210): The Holtville (Calif.) High standout plays in California’s small-school Division 5. He also drew offers from UTEP and Montana State.

He’ll visit Boise State for the first time the weekend of Jan. 25.

“From where I’m at, it’s pretty rare to get a Division I scholarship,” he said. “So I’m pretty excited about that. … Hearing about all the new stuff they’re doing with the program and just the name and reputation that they have for football made them kind of stand out.”

Harsin and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford have extensive experience in tight end-friendly offenses. That caught Lucero’s attention, too.

“They pretty much base their offense around their tight end,” he said.

Su’esu’e (6-2, 295): The East High (Salt Lake City) product mostly was recruited by lower-division schools in Utah. He played two years of high school football after an irregular heartbeat that forced him to quit sports disappeared.

He was eager just to play again. College football wasn’t his focus.

“(The scholarship offers) just came out of nowhere,” he said. “Just a big blessing for me and my family. We weren’t sure when I was getting back into football how it was going to go.”

His dad has cheered for Boise State for a long time, he said, and an uncle, John Tia, played there.

Su’esu’e (pronounced Sue-ay-Sue-ay), who is Samoan, made an unofficial visit to Boise State in November. “Right when I got there, I knew it was for me,” he said.

EWU assistant joins coaching staff

Eastern Washington wide receivers coach Junior Adams will be named Boise State’s wide receivers coach, completing the full-time coaching staff, according to multiple social media posts Monday night.

FootballScoop.com tweeted Adams’ addition. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. posted a lengthy congratulatory note on Instagram that mentioned Junior Adams’ new job. And former Washington and Prosser (Wash.) High receiver Cody Bruns sent Adams a congratulatory note on Twitter. The notes from his former players were posted before the news broke on FootballScoop.

Adams, 34, is a former All-American wide receiver at Montana State who also played at Oregon State. He has spent the past five years coaching wide receivers for Eastern Washington, one of the top FCS programs.

Adams coached at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2008 and was the wide receivers coach at Prosser in 2007, where he worked for Tom Moore — father of former Broncos Kellen and Kirby Moore. Adams coached at Montana State after his playing career ended in 2002.

“He’s a great coach and mentor,” Vernon Adams Jr. said on Instagram. “… Coach Adams has been producing the best receivers ever.”

NOTES: Boise State will pay Idaho State $425,000 for the 2015 football game in Boise. … Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn will play in the Medal of Honor Bowl on Saturday in Charleston, S.C.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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