Boise State football adds seven players to roster (w/video)

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJanuary 22, 2014 

The Broncos beefed up their roster Tuesday — the first day of spring semester — with highly touted Texas safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner and grayshirt wide receiver A.J. Richardson.

BSU did not indicate how many of the seven new players are scholarship recruits.

The most notable is Sumner-Gardner, who was ranked as high as No. 7 in his high school class at safety and as high as No. 86 overall. He made 141 tackles, including 14 for loss, as a senior at West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas. He was committed to Texas A&M until new Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates left the Aggies to join the Broncos. He is an early college enrollee.

Junior college offensive lineman Jerhen Ertel and Richardson, who committed shortly before National Signing Day last year but sat out a semester for injury and academic reasons, are other confirmed members of the 2014 recruiting class.

Quarterback Thomas Stuart of Butte College, who has four years to play three seasons, wouldn’t tell reporters whether he would be on scholarship.

The three previously unreported additions: long snapper Kolton Donovan, a former starter at Southern Utah who went on a mission; wide receiver Dusty Fisher, who was a non-playing student at Boise State in the fall; and running back/defensive back Skyler Seibold, a true freshman.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS (1)

• S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 202, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas): Played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. Ranked No. 7 safety (Scout.com) and No. 86 overall player (Rivals.com). Made 141 tackles, including 14 for loss, as a senior.

COLLEGE TRANSFERS (3)

• LS Kolton Donovan, 6-4, 248, so., Southern Utah (Washington, Utah): Started at long snapper for Southern Utah in 2012, then went on a mission. Made more than 120 perfect snaps.

• OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-5, 258, R-jr., Glendale CC (Bagdad, Ariz.): Two-year starter at Glendale, mostly at left tackle. Played eight-man football at Bagdad High, where he was a tight end, offensive lineman and defensive end.

• QB Thomas Stuart, 6-0, 190, so., Butte College (Baltimore): Named Nor-Cal Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led Butte to the California Junior College state championship last fall. He was the title game MVP. He was 132-for-204 for 1,927 yards and 29 touchdowns with three interceptions. At Calvert Hall College High in Maryland, he posted a 21-3 record and led the team to its first state title.

GRAYSHIRTS WHO SIGNED IN 2013 (1)

• WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 199, Narbonne HS (Lomita, Calif.): Named a Semper Fidelis All-American after his senior season. Ranked the No. 50 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. Caught 60 passes for 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior.

OTHER (2)

• WR Dusty Fisher, 6-2, 179, R-fr., Douglas (Nev.) HS: Attended Boise State last fall. Two-year letterman in football and three-year letterman in baseball at Douglas. Named all-state receiver as a senior with 1,100 receiving yards and 15 TD catches.

• RB/DB Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 182, Chaparral HS (Temecula, Calif.): Named second-team All-Southwestern League on offense as a senior in 2012. Rushed 85 times for 571 yards and seven TDs. Also recorded 34 tackles on defense.

NOTES

Offensive lineman Troy Bacon of Oak Hills, Calif., reaffirmed his commitment to Boise State on Tuesday night, passing on a trip to Cal. “Boise is my final destination,” he wrote in a text message. ... On the other hand, offensive lineman Jesse Sosebee of Huntington Beach, Calif., became the 10th decommit of the 2014 class, the sixth since coach Chris Petersen left and the fourth to land with Petersen at Washington. Sosebee confirmed his commitment to the Huskies via text message Tuesday night. He joins recent decommits Greg Gaines (defensive lineman, Washington) and Ryan Griswold (offensive lineman, TCU). ... Former starting center Thomas Byrd will join the Boise State staff as an offensive graduate assistant, a source told the Idaho Statesman. Byrd posted on Facebook over the weekend that he was headed to Boise State. He was a graduate assistant under Bryan Harsin at Arkansas State.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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