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Boise State football adds three to recruiting class in key spots; one had Alabama offer

Watch highlights of Boise State TE recruit Tyneil Hopper, one of nation's best

Tight end Tyneil Hopper of Roswell (Ga.) High signed with the Boise State football team on Feb. 7, 2018. Here are some highlights from a high school career that drew an offer from Alabama. (Video courtesy of Roswell High)
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Tight end Tyneil Hopper of Roswell (Ga.) High signed with the Boise State football team on Feb. 7, 2018. Here are some highlights from a high school career that drew an offer from Alabama. (Video courtesy of Roswell High)

After a successful signing period in December, Boise State football coaches said they wanted to sign a high school quarterback, another offensive lineman and a tight end.

Mission accomplished.

The Broncos added three new signees Wednesday to the 20 inked during December’s early signing period, hitting those three key positions.

Quarterback Riley Smith and offensive lineman Dallas Holliday were known commitments, but a pleasant surprise was delivered to Bronco fans in the form of tight end Tyneil Hopper, from Roswell, Ga.

[Related: Recruiting expert breaks down Boise State’s class]

Hopper publicly announced his committment and promptly signed Wednesday morning, ending a recruitment that saw him exercise patience after getting some offers from the sport’s heavy hitters a year ago, including Auburn, West Virginia and Alabama.

A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, Hopper had 350 yards receiving as a senior. He is ranked as 247Sports’ No. 20 tight end in the nation.

“Tyneil Hopper is first and foremost an outstanding young man from a great family,” Roswell coach Matt Kemper said. “He will bring not only a physical blocking style, but an ability to stretch the field to Boise State. His ball skills are second to none. He can make all the catches and creates a tremendous matchup problem for defenses.”

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QB Riley Smith, 6-5, 215, Bartram Trail High (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Three-star prospect according to ESPN, 247sports and Rivals. Named to the Florida Times-Union Super 11 Team, and to the paper’s All-First Coast Second Team in 2017. Completed 63.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,495 yards and 18 touchdowns, and ran for 633 yards and eight scores as a senior at Bartram Trail. Helped Bears to 11-4 record and an appearance in the Florida Class 7A title game, where the team fell to Venice. The title-game appearance was the first in school history. Threw for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 65.9 percent of his passes as a junior in 2016. Also rushed for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin: “As were looking through the quarterbacks and what we were looking for, he had size, length, speed. But a very unique situation. Statistically, he didn’t have the numbers, because he shared time with another player that went to Auburn.”

TE Tyneil Hopper, 6-3, 230, Roswell (Ga.) High

Four-star recruit according to Rivals. Three-star recruit according to ESPN and 247sports. Senior year was named Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Region, in addition to garnering Georgia 7A All-State Honorable Mention and second-team All-Region 4-7A accolades. Honors came following a season in which he caught 22 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. Junior year caught 18 passes for 214 yards and three scores. Brother Tyrone is a linebacker for North Carolina.

Harsin: “A little bit later in the process, we were looking for the tight end position. If we didn’t find it, we weren’t just going to take somebody ... played with Boise State in NCAA (video games), he’d known about our program for a long time.

“We feel like we got a really good player at the position, which we needed.”

OL Dallas Holliday, 6-4, 300, Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Three-star recruit according to 247sports. 2017 All-CIF SS Division 2 First Team selection. 2017 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Marmonte League. Ventura County Coaches Association All-County First Team selection in 2017. Two-time All-Marmonte League First Team honoree. Was a part of an Oaks Christian team that won the CIF SS Division 2 title in 2017. Also competed in track and field, winning the 2017 CIF title in the shot put.

Harsin: “This guy, as we got to know him, the mindset ... exactly what you want. When he was on his official visit, he was putting the pads on, the helmet, he’s a massive, massive man right now.”

Highlights of high school quarterback Riley Smith's senior season at Bartram Trail. He's a target of Boise State. (Video courtesy of Bartram Trail High)

Boise State 2018 recruiting class

Signed Wednesday

QB Riley Smith, 6-5, 215, Bartram Trail High (Jacksonville, Fla.)

TE Tyneil Hopper, 6-3, 230, Roswell (Ga.) High

OL Dallas Holliday, 6-4, 300, Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Grayshirt; expected to sign December 2018

DL Scott Matlock, 6-4, 250, Homedale High

Signed in December

WR Billy Bowens, 6-1, 175, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High

WR Stefan Cobbs, 6-0, 170, Fossil Ridge High (Keller, Texas)

OL Garrett Curran, 6-5, 288, Granite Hills High (El Cajon, Calif.)

DE/LB Kukea Emmsley, 6-5, 230, Kapolei (Hawaii) High

NT Keeghan Freeborn, 6-1, 300, Rocky Mountain High

C Kekaniokoa Gonzalez, 6-2, 291, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.)

LB Brandon Hawkins, 6-3, 210, Georgetown (Texas) High

QB Jaylon Henderson, 6-2, 210, Trinity Valley CC (Kingwood, Texas)

WR John Hightower, 6-3, 175, Hinds CC (Landover, Md.)

NT Scale Igiehon, 6-3, 334, Del Valle (Texas) High

CB Tyric LeBeauf, 6-2, 178, Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High

LB Phillip Mills, 6-3, 224, Paloma Valley High (Menifee, Calif.)

DB Chris Mitchell, 6-1, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High

TE Cole Ramseyer, 6-4, 216, Coeur d’Alene High

LB DJ Schramm, 6-2, 224, Clovis West High (Fresno, Calif.)

WR Khalil Shakir, 6-0, 180, Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High

RB Danny Smith, 6-0, 210, Oxnard (Calif.) High

WR Cameron Thomas, 6-4, 205, Westwood High (Austin, Texas)

RB Andrew VanBuren, 6-1, 215, Chaminade Prep (West Hills, Calif.)

STUD Demitri Washington, 6-5, 245, Santa Fe Christian High (Solana Beach, Calif.)

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