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Boise State football lands FCS transfer, and he’s got a name to remember

Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding on his promotion, spring game

Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding, promoted during spring practices, speaks after the April 6, 2019 spring game.
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Boise State defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding, promoted during spring practices, speaks after the April 6, 2019 spring game.

Boise State football found a late 2019 addition Thursday night — and he’s got a name worth talking about.

Coach Bryan Harsin tweeted on Thursday his customary “Go Broncos” when the team has added a new commit, along with the 2019 class hashtag. On Friday, the mystery man revealed himself.

Defensive back Khafari Buffalo signed with Boise State as a graduate transfer and will join the team this summer. Buffalo comes to the Broncos from The Citadel, a Football Championship Subdivision school in South Carolina.

At The Citadel, Buffalo had 79 tackles in three seasons with an interception and a fumble recovery. Boise State signed him as a safety. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sumter, S.C., native primarily played cornerback last season for the Bulldogs but was a safety as a sophomore. He was fifth on the team with 38 tackles in nine games in 2018 and broke up six passes.

Boise State has a deep group at safety, but recently saw attrition at cornerback when junior Robert Lewis was dismissed following spring practices.

Citadel coach Brent Thompson told the Post and Courier last fall that Buffalo was one of the team’s two fastest players. Oh, and his name? Khafari is a combination of his father’s name, Kamau, and safari.

“My dad says it means ‘concrete jungle,’ ” Buffalo told the Post and Courier.

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.
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