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Boise State football gets back in-state commit, adds prolific Hawaii defensive back

Kahuku High cornerback Kekaula Kaniho committed to Boise State on Sunday. Kaniho had five interception returns for touchdowns this past season as a senior for the Honolulu school.
Kahuku High cornerback Kekaula Kaniho committed to Boise State on Sunday. Kaniho had five interception returns for touchdowns this past season as a senior for the Honolulu school.

On the first recruiting weekend since the month-long dead period ended, the Boise State football team added a pair of commitments — one, a rare re-commit, and another, a ball-hawking defensive back from Honolulu.

Highland High (Pocatello) defensive end Aisa Kelemete committed to the Broncos on Saturday night, while Kahuku (Hawaii) High cornerback Kekaula Kaniho confirmed his commitment via Twitter on Sunday.

Kelemete (6-4, 225) initially committed to Boise State in July, but then flipped to Washington State in December. However, Cougars defensive line coach Joe Salave’a was hired at Oregon on Friday. He confirmed his re-commitment to Boise State on Sunday.

Kaniho (6-0, 170) had offers from Colorado, Hawaii, San Diego State and Washington State, among others. He returned five interceptions for touchdowns this season, one shy of the national record, according to the National Federation of High Schools. Four of those touchdowns came in four straight games in the playoffs. Check out the video below for highlights of all of them.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_BroncoBeat

BOISE STATE 2017 COMMITMENTS

SIGNED, ENROLLED AND ON CAMPUS

▪ S Mike Young, 6-0, 205, Dodge City CC (Raytown, Mo.)

▪ QB Rathen Ricedorff, 6-1, 200, Mesa CC (Show Low, Ariz.)

▪ OL John Ojukwu, 6-6, 285, Boise High

▪ DB Marques Evans, 6-1, 180, Newbury Park (Calif.) High

▪ OL Zach Troughton, 6-5, 310, Butte College (Maxwell, Calif.)

VERBALLY COMMITTED, EXPECTED TO SIGN FEB. 1

▪ OT Mike Young, 6-6, 335, Queen Creek (Ariz.) High

▪ LB Breydon Boyd, 6-4, 215, Katy (Texas) High

▪ QB Chase Cord, 6-3, 185, Sunrise Mountain High (Peoria, Ariz.)

▪ OL Isiah Moore, 6-5, 315, Mesa CC (Tiffin, Ohio)

▪ CB Jermani Brown, 5-11, 175, Midlothian (Va.) High

▪ DB Tyreque Jones, 6-3, 190, San Gorgonio High (San Bernardino, Calif.)

▪ DB Quentin Brown, 6-2, 190, Conroe (Texas) High

▪ WR Cartrell Thomas, 5-9, 160, Lancaster (Texas) High

▪ LB/S Roman Kafentzis, 6-2, 200, Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, Calif.)

▪ DE Aisa Kelemete, 6-4, 225, Highland HS (Pocatello)

▪ DB Kekaula Kaniho, 6-0, 170, Kahuku (Hawaii) High

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