Linebacker Riley Whimpey committed to the Boise State football team Wednesday, San Clemente (Calif.) High coach Jaime Ortiz said.
Whimpey will go on an LDS mission and join the team in the summer of 2017, Ortiz said.
Whimpey (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) changed his Twitter profile to indicate his committed status and retweeted several congratulatory posts and Boise State coach Bryan Harsin’s tweet signaling the commitment.
Whimpey recorded 172 tackles in 14 games this season. His older brothers, Kevin and Kyle, played offensive line at Utah State.
“Our school record for a single season was 115 (tackles),” Ortiz said. “He shattered that record. I call him Superman.”
Whimpey can sign a letter of intent with Boise State next Wednesday, which is National Signing Day. The Broncos’ confirmed commitments are below.
Whimpey transferred to San Clemente from Utah for his senior year. Here is a story on him from the preseason.
He arrived at San Clemente on June 20 and was voted one of three team captains in August.
“From the minute he stepped on campus, he was a leader,” Ortiz said. “The kids gravitated toward him. He leads by example. He has a physical presence about himself.”
Whimpey’s family moved because his dad worked for a construction company building a shopping center by San Clemente High. Ortiz heard from some college coaches that he was about to get a terrific player.
Whimpey was named the team and conference defensive MVP, all-county and all-region.
“You name it, Riley was able to accomplish it in a short amount of time here in California,” Ortiz said. “ We finished 12-2 and won our league championship. None of that would have been possible without Riley.”
Boise State linebackers coach Andy Avalos visited San Clemente in late October, Ortiz said, to check out Whimpey. The Broncos extended their offer later in the season.
Utah State gave Whimpey his only other offer.
“In my opinion, it was a no-brainer,” Ortiz said. “Coach Avalos and Coach Harsin did a great job recruiting him. He felt like that was home and was ready to pull the trigger.”
GO BRONCOS! What a phone call! #Bo15seBound— Coach Bryan Harsin (@bryanharsin) January 29, 2015
2015 RECRUITING CLASS
Signed, on campus
— QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)
— S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205, R-So., Butler CC (Dallas)
— CB Ray Ford, 6-0, 175, Riverside CC (Gardena, Calif.)
— OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
— WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— CB Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183, South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)
— DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195, Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles)
— WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 180, Leesburg (Fla.) HS
— LB Drew Berger, 6-3, 223, Coeur d’Alene HS
— OT John Molchon, 6-5, 270, Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas)
— DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Jr., Grossmont College (San Diego)
— RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 195, Arlington (Texas) HS
— S Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Corona, Calif.)
— TE Matt Pistone, 6-4, 235, Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS
— OL Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 285, West Covina (Calif.) HS
— LB Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, San Clemente (Calif.) HS
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