The Boise State football team got a jump on the 2016 recruiting class Wednesday by signing four players who can join the program in January. It was the first day of the signing period for mid-year enrollees.
Two of the players are transfers who should address immediate needs: offensive lineman Will Adams of Auburn, a graduate transfer who is eligible to play in 2016 but only has one year of eligibility, and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
The other two are high school seniors who are choosing to start college a semester early: offensive lineman Kole Bailey of Twin Falls High and linebacker Tyson Maeva of San Diego.
Adams (6-foot-7, 303 pounds) is a career backup who never started a game at Auburn. He is from Tyrone, Ga., where he earned two all-state honors. He should provide depth if nothing else for an offensive line that unexpectedly lost two promising tackles (Eli McCullough for medical reasons and Troy Bacon who left the program) this year and graduates left tackle Rees Odhiambo and center Marcus Henry.
Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz is a former assistant of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, which might have contributed to Adams’ decision.
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Wilson was named a second-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, which covers most of the country but not California.
He contributed 66 catches for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns this season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He ranked fourth in the nation in touchdown catches and third in receiving yards per game (116.1).
He ranked second in catches, first in yards, first in touchdowns and first in yards per catch for the high-powered Coffeyville offense.
Wilson is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. The Broncos only have one scholarship receiver who is taller than 6-1 — 6-foot-2 Austin Cottrell, a junior college transfer who joined the team this year but only has one catch.
Wilson, who is from Memphis, Tenn., has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He played quarterback in high school.
His dad, Cedrick Wilson Sr., played at Tennessee and spent seven years in the NFL with the 49ers and Steelers (2001-07).
Bailey (6-5, 285) made the All-Idaho 4A first team this week. He helped the Bruins average 6.7 yards per carry.
Maeva (6-0, 230) played middle linebacker and fullback in high school. He was named to the All-San Diego Section first team as a linebacker this year.
The Broncos’ other known JC commit, defensive tackle Danielson Auelua, can’t enroll until summer and likely will sign in February.
2016 RECRUITING CLASS
Signed letter of intent
– OL Will Adams, 6-7, 303, Sr., Auburn (Tyrone, Ga.)
– WR Cedrick Wilson Jr., 6-3, 190, Jr., Coffeyville CC (Memphis, Tenn.)
– OL Kole Bailey, 6-5, 285, Fr., Twin Falls High
– LB Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 230, Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego)
– QB Micah Wilson, 6-3, 205, Lincoln Christian School (Tulsa, Okla.)
– DL Chase Hatada, 6-3, 260, Rocklin (Calif.) High
– CB Robert Lewis, 5-10, 170, Augustus Hawkins High (Los Angeles)
– RB Robert Mahone, 6-0, 200, Prosper (Texas) High
– WR Julian Carter, 6-2, 175, Saguaro High (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
– OL Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 270, Bethel High (Spanaway, Wash.)
– CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-11, 175, Heritage High (Colleyville, Texas)
– LB/S Desmond Williams, 6-0, 190, Centennial High (Corona, Calif.)
– RB Damarea Crockett, 5-11, 211, Little Rock (Ark.) Christian
– TE Nick Crabtree, 6-6, 250, Huntington Beach (Calif.) High
– LB Ali'i Niumatalolo, 6-2, 225, Broadneck HS (Annapolis, Md.)
– DE Derriyon Shaw, 6-4, 225, Legacy High (Las Vegas)
– K/P Joel Velazquez, 6-1, 225, Trabuco Hills High (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
– DT Danielson Auelua, 6-2, 285, Mesa CC (Alpine, Utah)
– DB De'Andre Pierce, 5-11, 175, Long Beach Poly HS (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
Note: Boise State is believed to have one more commitment who hasn’t publicly announced his decision.