The Boise State football team has its first known commitment of the 2016 signing class, and it's at a position where the Broncos are stockpiling talent.
Isaiah Hayes, a safety from Calabasas (Calif.) High, verbally committed to Boise State on Friday. Hayes (6-foot, 185 pounds) also had offers from Nevada, Indiana, Utah, Idaho and Kent State.
"I just wanted to get my recruitment over and focus on training, school and my family," Hayes said. "The coaches were very committed to me and I wanted to commit to them.
"I like the way they structure their team, love the facility, the fans, the field."
The Broncos inked eight defensive backs on signing day Feb. 4 for the 2015 class. Hayes was offered by Boise State on Monday. He said it wasn't a long process, but it was intensive.
"It felt right to want to play for coaches like that, I developed a strong relationship with (defensive coordinator Marcel) Yates and coach (Bryan) Harsin," Hayes said. "I did a lot of research, ready a lot of articles, watched a lot of videos."
Per MaxPreps, Hayes had 63 tackles and an interception last season as a junior. He will team up on the back end at Calabasas with Marquel Dismuke, who committed to Cal on Thursday. Cougars receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. recently added a Boise State offer, too. He's one of the top-rated receivers in the 2017 class, and Hayes considers him "family." He said the two were born three days apart in the same hospital when their fathers played for the Jets. Hayes' father, Chris, played seven NFL seasons with the Jets, Packers and Patriots.
Hayes expects to make his first visit to Boise "very soon," but is not certain when it will be. He said there's some pride in being the first commitment of the class.
"I had it instilled in me pretty early to want to be a leader," Hayes said. "I'm really driven. I'll always be a contributor, but I really want to be a leader."
Season Highlights - Isaiah Hayes highlights , If you watch this video you just saw the next EARL THOMAS ! http://t.co/9GAXyrNG6M— Keyshawn Johnson (@Thromedamnball) February 23, 2015