2017 All-Idaho football players of the year unveiled
Shea McClellin, Matt Paradis, Leighton Vander Esch — Boise State has mined Idaho's small schools in recent years and found some gems. Keegan Duncan could be next.
Duncan, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound running back from Declo High, announced his commitment to the Broncos' 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday.
"I love Boise, the program is going in the right direction, and I thought it would be really cool to represent my state and play here at home," Duncan said. "You see those kind of guys that played at smaller schools like me, I want to continue that tradition. They worked hard and earned it, exactly what I want to do."
The numbers Duncan put up last season for the 2A Hornets en route to a second straight state title game are mind-boggling — 2,843 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on the ground and nine special teams TDs. Duncan was the Idaho Statesman's 2A state player of the year.
“The only other player I have seen dominate like him at any level in this state is (Highland grad and New Orleans Saints QB) Taysom Hill,” Aberdeen coach Jeff Duffin said.
Last month, Duncan won the 200- and 400-yard dash at the 2A state track and field championships in 22.21 and 48.7 seconds, respectively. He finished second in the 100-yard dash (11.14 seconds) and also carries a 3.96 GPA.
"For Boise State to get him, this is perfect for both parties," Declo coach Kelly Kidd said. "He can play anywhere … with their strength and conditioning, what they can build out of him is a heck of an athlete."
Utah, Utah State, Oregon State and BYU also offered Duncan, Kidd said. Stanford and Washington were showing strong recent interest. BYU and Boise State were the most interested in Duncan playing offense, Kidd said, with others looking at him as a linebacker or safety. Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson visited Declo multiple times.
"He's a humble kid, he's not going to be the type who wanted to wait just so he could say 30 schools offered him," Kidd said. "Boise State did a great job of recruiting him."
Duncan's recruiting profile continuously grew over the last year playing in the town of 400, and probably would have with a massive senior season, but he felt the time was right to make a decision. He said he could have seen himself playing at any of the places that offered, but "Boise State gave me a different feeling than all of them."
Duncan is Mormon, but said he does not currently plan on serving a two-year mission, instead hoping to find other ways to be active in the church while pursuing football immediately.
Declo won state titles in 2012 and 2013, and like the Hornets that he grew up watching, he hopes to cap off his high school career with back-to-back championships.
"I'm not worried about topping anything I did personally last season," he said. "I want to win another state championship."
BOISE STATE FOOTBALL 2019 RECRUITING COMMITMENTS
STUD Alec Pell, 6-4, 215, Cherry Creek High (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
QB Hank Bachmeier, 6-3, 190, Murrieta (Calif.) Valley High
STUD/LB Casey Kline, 6-5, 215, Brawley (Calif.) Union High
OL Jacob Golden, 6-6, 280, Peoria (Ariz.) High
RB Keegan Duncan, 6-3, 215, Declo High