The Boise State football team received three scholarship commitments and at least one walk-on commitment over the weekend. Three of the four players have announced their intentions publicly. The rundown:
— Linebacker Marquis Hendrix committed on Saturday during his visit to campus. Hendrix (6-foot-1, 228 pounds), of Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Fla., was an all-state second-team selection in the 3A classification in Florida.
Hendrix hadn’t heard from Boise State until two or three weeks ago, when director of recruiting Antwon Murray contacted him through Twitter.
“He asked me if I was interested in Boise State,” Hendrix said. “I said I highly was. It took off from there pretty much.”
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Hendrix drew an offer from Cincinnati early in the recruiting cycle but the coaches who recruited him aren’t there anymore. He also had offers from Texas State, Appalachian State and several FCS schools. His other visit was to Charleston Southern.
Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and linebackers coach Andy Avalos visited his home.
“It’s like a family there,” Hendrix said. “That’s what I was looking for in a college. Boise State is big-time football.”
— On Sunday, linebacker Matt Locher of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High announced his commitment to Boise State on Twitter. Locher previously committed to Cal Poly. He was the Orange County Register’s defensive player of the year.
Earlier this year, Boise State linebacker Chris Santini announced his transfer to Cal Poly.
Announcing my decision to switch my committment to Boise State! Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far pic.twitter.com/WCDdEaQqRU— Matt Locher (@MattLocher42) February 1, 2015
— Also Sunday, local quarterback Garrett Collingham of Mountain View committed to walk on at Boise State.
Collingham turned down a full-ride scholarship at Idaho State and a walk-on offer at Washington, he said.
“As a kid you always want to go to the home-town school, and especially playing for Boise State,” Collingham said. “ Even if you’re a preferred walk-on, all the kids there and all the players, they still accept you just like they accept any other guy going there.”
Collingham led the Mavericks to a runner-up finish in the 5A state playoffs last fall, accounting for 360 total yards and three touchdowns in the title game.
The 6-foot-4, 207-pounder helped the Mavericks to their best record in program history with 1,655 passing yards for 12 touchdowns and 958 yards on the ground with 11 more scores.
“Garrett is equally great with his legs and his feet,” Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said. “He’s extremely fast for a big guy, and once he hits his stride in the open field, he’s gone.”
Collingham said he plans to enroll at Boise State this summer.
“That’s one thing that actually helped my decision is they have a good reputation of giving walk-ons scholarships,” Collingham said. “They definitely told me I just have to work hard and earn it.”
Boise State has five quarterbacks already on the roster, including scholarship recruit Brett Rypien. Rypien enrolled in January.
(The portion of this post about Collingham was written by Rachel Roberts, our high schools reporter.)
2015 RECRUITING CLASS
Signed, on campus
— QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)
— S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205, R-So., Butler CC (Dallas)
— CB Ray Ford, 6-0, 175, Riverside CC (Gardena, Calif.)
— OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
— WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— CB Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183, South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)
— DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195, Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles)
— WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 180, Leesburg (Fla.) HS
— LB Drew Berger, 6-3, 223, Coeur d’Alene HS
— OT John Molchon, 6-5, 270, Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas)
— DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Jr., Grossmont College (San Diego)
— RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 195, Arlington (Texas) HS
— S Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Corona, Calif.)
— TE Matt Pistone, 6-4, 235, Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS
— OL Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 285, West Covina (Calif.) HS
— LB Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, San Clemente (Calif.) HS
— LB Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 228, Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala, Fla.)
— LB Matt Locher, 6-3, 247, Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS
Updating this story from Saturday, here are Boise State’s spring football dates:
First practice: March 9.
Practice weeks: March 9-20, March 31-April 13 (spring break in between).
Spring Game: April 11.
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