Boise State football lands Dallas prospect

South Oak Cliff High QB Ladarryl Blair said he likely will play cornerback.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJune 3, 2014 

Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates' recruiting prowess has landed the Broncos another cornerback.

Ladarryl Blair of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas committed to the Broncos on Monday. The 6-foot, 183-pounder will play cornerback, he said.

Blair is the projected starting quarterback for South Oak Cliff this fall. He was a cornerback during his sophomore year and part of his junior year.

"I'm a very athletic kid," he said. "… I like defense. I like hitting people."

Blair chose Boise State over Arizona State, he said. He also received offers from Tulsa, Arkansas State, Boston College, Colorado State and Texas State, he said.

He has not visited Boise but intends to in about a week.

"One reason I know he'll excel at cornerback is he's a kid who loves to compete," South Oak Cliff coach Emmett Jones said. "Any time you put him in a competitive situation, he's going to stand up to the challenge. I hate to say it, but from our program's perspective, he's a Percy Harvin-type of player - just dynamic, explosive. He can hurt you anywhere on the football field. He learns quick. He's a natural leader. He's one of those guys who is very sudden when he touches the ball."

Blair was recruited by Yates and defensive backs coach Julius Brown during the past month. He first met Yates as a high school freshman.

"Every time we cross paths … you just gravitate toward him," Blair said.

Blair transferred to South Oak Cliff from Kimball, where he threw for 1,318 yards and led the team in rushing despite splitting time much of last season.

He committed to Boise State at the beginning of summer to focus on his season.

"I won't have a lot on my plate my senior year, so I can just play," he said.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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