Boise State football ready to welcome recruits on National Signing Day

Twenty-two players are enrolled or committed entering the big day.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comFebruary 5, 2014 

  • BOISE STATE RECRUITING LIST

    ENROLLED

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

    WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 190, Fr., Narbonne HS (Lomita, Calif.)

    OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 275, Jr., Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (Bagdad, Ariz.)

    QB Tommy Stuart, 6-0, 190, So., Butte College (Baltimore)

    COMMITMENTS

    HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

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

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

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

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

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

    RB Cory Young, 5-10, 183, Norco HS (Eastvale, Calif.)

    DT Dereck Boles, 6-2, 240, Lakeland (Fla.) HS

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

    RB/WR Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 190, Santa Margarita HS (Long Beach, Calif.)

    CB Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS

    OL Andres Preciado, 6-4, 245, Mar Vista HS (Imperial Beach, Calif.)

    TE Chase Blakley, 6-4, 240, Coeur d’Alene HS

    QB Alex Ogle, 6-3, 205, Jensen Beach HS (Palm City, Fla.)

    DL Kaleb Hill, 6-2, 216, Samuel Clemens HS (Schertz, Texas)

    JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS

    DL Antoine Turner, 6-3, 280, Fullerton College (New Orleans)

    DE Rondell McNair, 6-4, 255, Contra Costa College (New Bern, N.C.)

    DL Edmund Fa'imalo, 6-3, 290, Riverside City College (Redlands, Calif.)

    FORMER COMMITS

    • WR Shay Fields (Colorado)

    • RB Squally Canada (Washington State)

    • DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)

    • TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)

    • QB Jalen Greene (USC)*

    • TE Drew Sample (Washington)*

    • DL Greg Gaines (Washington)*

    • OL Ryan Griswold (TCU)*

    • CB Brandon Lewis (Washington)*

    • OL Jesse Sosebee (Washington)*

    • DE Will Dissly (Washington)*

    • DL/LB Jaylen Johnson (Washington)*

    • DB Khalil Oliver (TBA)*

    * Decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

— The Boise State football team enters National Signing Day with 22 recruits committed or enrolled in school.

All but five were landed by the new coaches, who didn’t assemble for their first meeting until the week of Jan. 6. The latest, tweeted by coach Bryan Harsin late Tuesday night, is unknown.

They’ll come from a host of unexpected places — two from Florida and one each from Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Maryland; one each from Salt Lake City and Coeur d’Alene, nearby territories where the Broncos have not fared well in the past; and one each from tiny towns in the Southwest (Bagdad, Ariz., and Holtville, Calif.).

They will be united in blue by the chance to pursue their college football dreams, in many cases to prove they were overlooked, and to play for a young, energetic coaching staff that earned raves for its recruiting approach.

“It really felt like home,” cornerback Zavior Hoxie of Buford, Ga., said. “They treat you like you’re already on the team. I felt like I was part of it already.”

Hoxie should be one of the first new Broncos to sign his national letter of intent Wednesday. Prospects can sign at 7 a.m. local time, which means Hoxie’s fax could be in Harsin’s hands shortly after 5 a.m.

Those faxes will come from four time zones. The players will come from at least 10 states.

“It’s real indicative of Boise State — going back to (former coach) Dirk Koetter, they have had the ability to scour the parts unknown to find guys that fit into what they’re doing,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman said. “That’s good evaluation and good scouting when you can do that. Guys like (tight end David Lucero of Holtville), he dominated his level. If you find a guy who’s coming out of nowhere, you at least want him to dominate when he’s in the middle of nowhere.”

Holtville High has about 500 students and is near the California, Arizona and Mexico borders. College athletes from Lucero’s league are rare.

“Since I was little,” he said, “hardly anyone in the valley would get a scout to come down here. So for me to get a Division I school to give me an offer for a full ride, it’s amazing.”

Hoxie is a holdover from Harsin’s one season as head coach at Arkansas State. Assistant coach Julius Brown recruited Hoxie for the Red Wolves — he hadn’t committed — and told him almost immediately he wanted to bring him to Boise.

Hoxie, like many of this year’s recruits, hadn’t visited Idaho before 2014. He was recruited by Big Ten schools Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, he said, but wasn’t ready to commit when they needed answers.

He experienced no such reluctance when he arrived in Boise.

“From down South over here, we think of Idaho as farmland and country, but it’s nothing like that at all,” Hoxie said. “The city is super clean, which is different from Atlanta. The downtown is really nice. They’ve got the mountains. They’ve got a lot of stuff to do. That was surprising to me most of all.”

Last weekend, the Broncos drew commitments from three junior college defensive linemen from varied backgrounds who bonded during their visits: Antoine Turner (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) of Fullerton College, Rondell McNair (6-4, 255) of Contra Costa College and Edmund Fa’imalo (6-3, 290) of Riverside City College, all in California.

Turner grew up in New Orleans, where he endured Hurricane Katrina. He moved to California to pursue football and an education and was homeless in spurts before his girlfriend’s uncles welcomed him into their home.

McNair grew up in North Carolina and followed a coach to Contra Costa. He left after his freshman season to help his family deal with the destruction of Hurricane Irene, then returned after a semester off. Fa’imalo is from Redlands, Calif.

On Wednesday, they’ll join the football program that made them fast friends.

“It’s a relief, really,” McNair said. “It’s like a big relief. Now I’m pretty much set with my school and finally going to get my degree.”

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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