BRONCOS CORNERBACK RECRUIT GOING TO UW
The four coaches who met the media Wednesday expressed optimism about the 2014 recruiting class even as they lost another commitment.
Cornerback Brandon Lewis, one of the longest-standing commits in the class, accepted a scholarship offer to Washington. He became the seventh commit in the 2014 class to take an offer elsewhere and at least four more are reconsidering their options.
The new coaching staff has been in contact with recruits but cant get out to see them in person until Jan. 16. Signing day is Feb. 5.
The next 30 days are extremely important for us once we get out on the road and we have official visit weekends, coach Bryan Harsin said.
Harsin likes the vibe inside his coaching staff and is eager to showcase that for recruits. Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said he plans to recruit the same level of players at Boise State as he did the past two years at Texas A&M.
Hell return to the Los Angeles market that he recruited so successfully in the past. High school coaches called him to pitch their players when he was hired, Yates said.
Yates already has landed a top-100 player in safetyDylan Sumner-Gardner.
The one thing that weve seen is just the Boise State brand, its one thing that is very powerful, Harsin said. Thats one thing these coaches have been really excited about, the opportunities were having in recruiting because of that.
Boise State has lost two commits to Washington and former coach Chris Petersen. More could follow.
Its up to us to stop them from getting those players, Yates said.
THE LEGACY CONTINUES
Associate head coach Kent Riddle, who will coach special teams and running backs, inherits junior tailback Jay Ajayi. He coached Brock Forsey, David Mikell, Ian Johnson and Lee Marks in his first stint with the Broncos.
Riddle already has started building a relationship with Ajayi, who rushed for 1,425 yards and 18 TDs in 2013.
Hes obviously a special talent, Riddle said. I cant wait to work with him. I had the good fortune last time I was here of coaching some great backs. Hopefully we can push (Ajayi) to be the best yet.
THE HAMMER TO STAY
The Broncos will retain the Hammer tradition started by special teams coach Jeff Choate in 2006. The Hammer usually goes to the player with the best hit on special teams.
That will be a big part of what we do, Riddle said.
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