Boise State football offense gets boost from SoCal tailback

The Broncos filled a key hole Monday with a commitment from running back Cory Young of Norco High in Southern California.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJanuary 13, 2014 

The Broncos filled a key hole Monday with a commitment from running back Cory Young of Norco High in Southern California.

Young (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) is a speed back who rushed for 2,450 yards and 22 TDs last year. He is the only running back in the Broncos’ 2014 recruiting class.

Young visited Nov. 16 and was offered a scholarship by the previous staff. He wanted to take his visit to San Jose State, so he didn’t commit. Then coach Chris Petersen and most of his staff left for Washington.

The new staff contacted Young about a week before Christmas. They got to know Young over Skype, with Young calling in three times a week and the coaches calling him once a week to comply with NCAA rules.

Young canceled a visit to Washington State. He also talked to Washington, but its coaches recently let him know he was not a high priority on their list.

“I was just ready to commit,” Young said. “It’s just a great fit for me (at Boise State). They want me to come in and play for them early.”

Young’s other offers were from Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Wyoming, Cal Poly, UC Davis, South Dakota State, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State.

He models his game after Oregon standout De’Anthony Thomas.

“He’s my role model, my idol,” Young said. “I feel like we’re not the biggest people on the field, but we’re definitely the quickest and the fastest. I like making people miss, using my speed. If I have to run somebody over, I can do it, but I prefer making them miss.”

Young played varsity for four years but wasn’t the featured back until his senior year. He runs the 40 in 4.49 seconds, he said.

“I get it from my dad — he ran track,” he said. “The whole family is fast.”

Young’s older brother, Kelsey, is a running back/wide receiver at Stanford. He played for new Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.

JC lineman commits

Boise State has received a commitment from Jerhen Ertel (6-6, 275) of Glendale CC in Arizona. He has two years to play two seasons and is eligible to join the team this month. His commitment was confirmed by Glendale offensive line coach Jason Jewell. Ertel played at Bagdad (Ariz.) High.

Other Bronco notes:

• Wide receiver A.J. Richardson of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., confirmed via text message Monday that he still plans to enroll next week as a grayshirt. He committed in February, but never signed a letter of intent because of academic and injury issues.

• Former Boise State safety Gerald Alexander, a graduate assistant coach expected to follow coach Bryan Harsin from Arkansas State to Boise State, has decided to join the staff at Washington instead.

• Former Boise State wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn made two catches for 16 yards Saturday in the Medal of Honor Bowl in South Carolina.

• Washington released salaries for Chris Petersen’s assistant coaches Monday. The total for nine coaches is more than $3 million. He had more than $2.4 million at his disposal in 2013 at Boise State. Harsin has $2.2 million for 2014. Former Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski tops the Washington staff with a $485,000 salary, $133,000 more than he made at Boise State.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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