Coeur d’Alene tight end switches from Washington to Boise State

Chase Blakley is the first recruit to flip south after five Bronco commits followed Chris Petersen to Seattle.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJanuary 29, 2014 

— The Boise State football program’s new coaching staff added a second marquee recruit to the 2014 class Tuesday.

Coeur d’Alene High tight end Chase Blakley, who originally committed to former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, switched to Boise State.

Rivals.com lists Blakley as the No. 8 tight end in the class of 2014 (Scout.com ranks him No. 15). That gives Boise State two top-10 players at their position in this class. The other, safety and former Texas A&M commit Dylan Sumner-Gardner, already has enrolled.

Blakley (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) was an Idaho Statesman All-Idaho first-teamer as a tight end and defensive lineman last season when he made 49 catches for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns.

“Freak of an athlete who changed the game on both sides of the ball,” Capital coach Todd Simis said last year. “Seemed to always make a play when it had to be made.”

Blakley declined comment Tuesday night. He said he’d prefer to talk about his decision Wednesday.

The Broncos’ new staff recruited Blakley, who didn’t have an offer from the previous coaching staff. Former coach Chris Petersen now is the head coach at Washington. He recruited former Boise State tight end recruit Drew Sample to join him there.

Blakley is the first Washington commit to flip to Boise State after five Boise State commits bailed to join Petersen.

Blakley is the 16th known member of the Broncos’ recruiting class. Boise State also added offensive lineman Andres Preciado (6-4, 245) of Imperial Beach, Calif., on Monday. Preciado was an All-San Diego Section first-team pick.

Preciado chose Boise State over Colorado State, San Jose State, Columbia, Dartmouth and Navy, U-T San Diego reported.

“This was a tough choice, and I thought long and hard about it,” he told U-T San Diego. “I spent hours talking with my family. But I felt like I fit in at Boise State. I valued all my visits, but over the next four or five years, I felt this was right.”

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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