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National Signing Day recap: Boise State holds off Florida for DB, posts Mountain West's top class

Fruitland's Garrett Larson, who is going to Boise State (football), signs his letter of intent at Fruitland High flanked by his mother Arwyn (right) and Fruitland coach Ryan Tracy (left). Feb. 4, 2015.
Fruitland's Garrett Larson, who is going to Boise State (football), signs his letter of intent at Fruitland High flanked by his mother Arwyn (right) and Fruitland coach Ryan Tracy (left). Feb. 4, 2015.

If you missed anything during National Signing Day, you should be able to find it here. Boise State signed 21 players in the class of 2015, including three who are already on campus.

Here is the story that ran in Thursday's paper.


Boise State gets MW’s top class

Mountain West team recruiting rankings:

46. Boise State

65. San Diego State

66. San Jose State

84. Fresno State

96. Utah State

104. Air Force

106. UNLV

113. Wyoming

114. Nevada

121. New Mexico

126. Hawaii

128. Colorado State

60. San Jose State

64. Boise State

73. San Diego State

86. Fresno State

100. UNLV

102. Air Force

103. Wyoming

116. Nevada

120. New Mexico

122. Colorado State

126. Utah State

127. Hawaii

55. Boise State

58. San Jose State

67. San Diego State

83. Fresno State

103. Utah State

108. Wyoming

111. Nevada

115. UNLV

117. New Mexico

119. Colorado State

122. Air Force

129. Hawaii

CB Horton signs despite late Florida offer

Cornerback Tyler Horton of Edison High in Fresno, Calif., announced his signing with Boise State around 3:30 p.m. Mountain. He had a homemade sign with four choices on it, which included Boise State, Miami, Fresno State and Cal. Then he put four hats in front of him — adding Florida and leaving out Boise State. He pulled the victorious Boise State hat from his backpack.

New Gators coach Jim McElwain previously recruited Horton at Colorado State and made a late push for him.

“It was just surprising,” said Horton, who is from Fresno, Calif. “It was like, ‘Oh, I never knew they were interested in me.’ You had to think twice about the whole process.”

Like he did with his other offers, he called Boise State defensive backs coach Julius Brown to tell him about Florida’s interest. And Horton said he never backed off his Boise State commitment.

“I always had my mind set,” he said. “Ever since I went out there (in January), it was just unbelievable. It’s a thing nobody would know unless they’ve been out there. It was a wonderful visit.”

For his signing ceremony, he placed hats from Miami, Florida, Cal and Fresno State on the table.

Brown didn’t mind ceremonial theatrics — he already had Horton’s letter of intent in hand. But Horton was supposed to send his letter at about 7:10 a.m. Pacific. He waited about 90 more minutes, making him the last member of the 21-man recruiting class to sign.

“I wanted to get Juice all fired up, especially since I’ve been talking to him about all these coaches,” Horton said. “Every now and then, it doesn’t always have to be serious. We can mess around and have fun.”

Said Brown: “I’ll get back at him the first day of practice.”

Coaching staff staying put, and other notes from Bryan Harsin

Highlights from Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin’s National Signing Day press conference:

— All of the coaching staff will return for 2015. The assistants received interest from other schools, Harsin said. “There’s a reason why we came from different programs back to Boise,” he said. “Will all the guys stay here down the road, probably not, but right now we think we’re building something special. This is the first opportunity to spend the whole time recruiting a class. This last season showed we can be successful here. I think the families and coaches on staff are really enjoying it.”

— All of Boise State’s recruits received four-year scholarships instead of the traditional one-year agreements. Harsin doesn’t expect that to change the way he operates, though — players still can be dismissed for academic and off-field issues. The four-year deal protects players against having their scholarships taken away for athletic reasons.

— Having a full year to assemble the class, the Broncos’ coaches were able to create more of a plan. They discussed what they wanted in terms of size and speed, for example, and decided they’d need a compelling reason to go outside the model. “We really didn’t,” Harsin said. “Every one of them fit the mold we were looking for and then the characteristics of the players academically and who they were as a person.”

— Harsin enjoyed the response to the staff’s joke about “Left Shark.” “I don’t know if anybody was more talked about than Boise State (last night),” he said. “That’s our staff. They think ahead a little bit. They think outside the box.” He joked that they would recruit Right Shark for 2016.

— Harsin isn’t concerned about running back Raymond Sheard’s academics. He was unaware Sheard also signed with Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. Sheard said that was a backup plan in case of academic issues, but coaches say they aren’t aware of any problems. Trinity Valley’s Twitter announcement of Sheard’s signing was removed later in the day.

— Boise State’s motto this year: “Further, Faster.” It’s a reference to Harsin’s expectation that they operate at the beginning of the 2015 season like they did at the end of the 2014 season, since they’re not starting over with a new staff. “We come out of spring, we need to be ready to play,” he said. Spring ball opens March 9. Fall camp opens Aug. 5 or 6.

— Harsin compared tight end Matt Pistone to former tight end Richie Brockel, who plays for the Carolina Panthers. “He’s very smart and can do a lot of different things. Coach (Eliah Drinkwitz) just fell in love with him because of that.”

— Harsin said the jersey numbers in front of the three early enrollees at their in-house ceremony were the players’ current numbers. Quarterback Brett Rypien has No. 4, not No. 11 as he had tweeted out previously.

Kansas safety picks Boise State

Safety Darreon Jackson of Derby, Kan., chose Boise State at his afternoon ceremony Wednesday. His other finalists were Kansas and Kansas State.

He committed to Texas Tech but didn’t feel the fit was right when he visited. He chose Boise State over Kansas and Kansas State — in-state schools, but he had only lived there a year. He was raised in Cleveland but spent four years in Texas and then moved to Kansas because his dad is a Navy recruiter.

His Boise State visit convinced him to become a Bronco.

“It felt just like home,” he said. “I had a really good time. I didn’t want to leave.”

He’ll be back in the summer to join a defensive backs room that will be transformed by an infusion of eight fresh faces.

“It’s like they’re trying to have a defensive backs squad,” Jackson said. “I’m just ready to get out there and compete.”

Cornerback Roddie signs with Boise State

Cornerback Donzale Roddie of Paramount, Calif., signed with Boise State on Wednesday morning. He hadn’t announced his commitment and was scheduled to make an announcement Wednesday night.

But he committed to Boise State about a week ago. Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates told him to wait for National Signing Day to make sure it’s what he wanted.

Roddie chose Boise State over Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, he said. He was committed to Utah at one time.

“When I went on my visit, it was like a bond between me and my coaches and the players,” he said. “I think it was a good fit for me.”

He played cornerback, safety and wide receiver in high school. He’s coming to Boise State as a cornerback first but also could play wide receiver, he said.

“I’m a big playmaker,” he said.

He will be the first member of his family to go to college.

“That’s big for me,” he said. “(My family members) are very excited. They’ve got my back.”

His visit to Boise was crucial to his recruitment. He previously visited Colorado and Utah.

“I really didn’t expect a lot to do out there,” he said. “I thought it was boring. That was big for me. I’d say about three days later I just told my mom that I want to go there.”

JC D-lineman won’t sign

Grossmont College defensive lineman Ben Moa didn’t sign a letter of intent Wednesday because of his academic record, he said in a direct message on Twitter. But he still plans to join the Broncos. His brother, David Moa, is a redshirt freshman on the team.

“I have to finish this semester due to my academic history,” Ben Moa said. “But when I am finished and ready I will sign after this semester.”

Coeur d’Alene LB joins ‘brother’ in Boise

Coeur d’Alene High linebacker Drew Berger extended what has become a small pipeline into North Idaho, which used to be lost territory for Boise State.

Berger signed with the Broncos on Wednesday. He follows close friend Chase Blakley, a tight end who signed with Boise State last year.

For his last two years of high school, Blakley lived with Berger and his family. They consider each other brothers.

“It’s awesome,” Berger said. “I’m pumped for him to be down there, too.”

Still, that wasn’t the deciding factor for Berger.

“He played a minute influence,” Berger said. “He told me he wants what’s best for me.”

Berger played linebacker and running back in high school. Running back was his first love.

“There’s nothing like scoring touchdowns,” he said. “Then I figured out how to score them on defense and that was just as fun.”

He chose Boise State over Idaho. Washington State also expressed interest, he said.

“I fit into what their picture of a Boise State football player is,” Berger said. “I think it just all fit.”

Linebacker Byron Hout in 2008 was the first North Idaho high school player to sign with Boise State in 11 years. Blakley and Berger have made it more of a trend.

“A couple Fiesta Bowls doesn’t kill the mood,” Berger said. “Once you get down there, you never want to leave.”

Two Idaho players join the class

The Broncos’ two in-state recruits in this class submitted their letters of intent moments apart: offensive lineman Garrett Larson of Fruitland and linebacker Drew Berger of Coeur d’Alene.

Arizona TE Matt Pistone makes history

Tight end Matt Pistone of Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic High signed his letter of intent with Boise State on Wednesday — breaking a 20-year drought for his city.

The last Yuma high school football player to go straight to a Division I football program, according to the Yuma Sun, was defensive back Dempsey Dees, who also went to Boise State, in 1995.

Pistone originally committed to Oregon State last summer. He kept it touch with Boise State and was reconsidering even before Beavers coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska.

“It’s been a long recruiting process,” Pistone said. “I’ve gone through some coaching changes and some unofficial and official visits. I’m pretty excited to bring it to an end.”

Pistone (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) began drawing recruiting interest about a year ago. His first offers were from Austin Peay and South Dakota State. His first Football Bowl Subdivision offer came from Oregon State. Boise State got involved last spring. Washington, Wyoming, Northwestern and Vanderbilt were among the other schools to offer.

He narrowed his list to four — Boise State, Oregon State, Washington and Vanderbilt — and then two, Oregon State and Boise State.

He took a road trip with his dad for some unofficial visits last summer and hit Boise State and Oregon State back to back. He decided on Oregon State on the 20-hour drive home.

“Honestly, it was the wow factor,” Pistone said. “It’s a Pac-12 school. It was my first big-time offer. It had a lot to do with it was the last school I saw.”

Boise State, though, didn’t give up. Tight ends coach Eliah Drinkwitz maintained contact with Pistone without pushing.

“Coach Drinkwitz was calling me every week, checking in with me,” Pistone said. “He never really pushed it too much to switch commitments, but he let time take its toll.”

Pistone visited Boise State in December after Riley left. He was planning that visit before the coaching change, he said. New Oregon State coach Gary Andersen also offered him a scholarship.

“I felt a really good connection with coach Drinkwitz over at Boise State,” he said. “I wanted to open things back up to make sure I was making the right decision.”

Pistone said he enjoyed some of the recruiting process but not all of it.

“The part I enjoyed the most was wondering every day if I was going to get another scholarship offer and what school would be next if I was lucky enough to get one,” he said. “Once it got down to choosing which school to go to it got pretty stressful.”

WR Akilian Butler leads Texas trio

Wide receiver Akilian Butler of Mesquite, Texas, was the first Bronco recruit from the Central Time Zone to sign. Running back Raymond Sheard of Arlington, Texas, was next. Cornerback Ladarryl Blair joined shortly before 7 a.m.

“Fired up about @AkilianButler6 being the next great Bronco WR! What a dynamic player and Run-After-Catch guy,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford tweeted.

WR Bryan Jefferson is first in

Wide receiver Bryan Jefferson of Leesburg (Fla.) High sent his letter of intent just moments after 7 a.m. Eastern, or 5 a.m. in Boise. He was the first signee of National Signing Day for Boise State.

Linebacker Marquis Hendrix of Ocala, Fla., followed Jefferson by a few minutes.

The next round of signees, from the Central Time Zone, are expected beginning at 6 a.m.

Boise State’s top-ranked recruits

According to, here are Boise State’s best recruits in this class:

1. QB Brett Rypien (four stars, No. 15 at QB)

2. LB Drew Berger (three stars, No. 28 at MLB)

3. TE Matt Pistone (three stars, No. 35 at TE)

4. DL/LB Matt Locher (three stars, No. 47 at MLB)

5. RB Raymond Sheard (three stars, No. 73 at RB)

What goes into these rankings? Check out this story.

Signing Day Eve fun

In case you missed it Tuesday evening:

The Boise State football coaching staff had a little fun with the fans on the eve of National Signing Day. For two hours, they promoted “game-changing” news that was going to make the 2015 recruiting class even better.

Then coach Bryan Harsin made the announcement below:

Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports were among the national outlets to mention Harsin’s gag online.


Signing Day preview blog

Recruit photo gallery

Wide receivers, defensive backs hold keys to this class


Confirmed signings

LB Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Fr., Coeur d’Alene HS

CB Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 180, Fr., South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)

WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 180, Fr., West Mesquite HS (Dallas)

*CB Raymond Ford, 6-0, 175, R-Jr., Riverside CC (Los Angeles)

LB Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 225, Fr., Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala, Fla.)

CB Tyler Horton, 6-1, 175, Fr., Edison HS (Fresno, Calif.)

S Darreon Jackson, 6-1, 185, Fr., Derby (Kan.) HS

WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-1, 190, Fr., Leesburg (Fla.) HS

OL Garrett Larson, 6-5, 275, Fr., Fruitland HS

DL Matt Locher, 6-3, 250, Fr., Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS

*S Kam Miles, 6-2, 207, R-So., Butler CC (Dallas)

OT John Molchon, 6-6, 275, Fr., Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas)

TE Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230, Fr., Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS

OL Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 280, Fr., West Covina (Calif.) HS

CB Donzale Roddie, 5-11, 175, Fr., Paramount HS (Compton, Calif.)

*QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Fr., Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)

RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 200, Fr., Arlington (Texas) HS

S Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Fr., Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Corona, Calif.)

LB Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr., San Clemente (Calif.) HS

DL Sam Whitney, 6-3, 235, Fr., Folsom (Calif.) HS

S Damion Wright, 6-1, 185, Fr., Bishop Mora Salesian (Fontana, Calif.)

* already enrolled


DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Jr., Grossmont College (San Diego). Won’t sign at least until after the spring semester. See news & notes section above.

Returning missionary

DE Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah)

Note: Roddie was the first of three expected “silent commit” signings. Tyler Horton of Fresno, Calif., (signed with Boise State) and Darreon Jackson of Derby, Kansas, (signed with Boise State) also were still considering the Broncos. Other players who had shown interest in Boise State included wide receiver George Wilson of Tustin, Calif., (signed with Utah), wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins of Buena Park, Calif., (signed with Cal) and defensive back Nathan Meadors of San Bernardino, Calif., (signed with UCLA).

About scholarships: With three members of this class already on campus, I count 14 available scholarships. The Broncos have signed 18 today. However, Whimpey plans to go on a mission and Whitney expects to grayshirt and join the team in January. Miles, though, is expected to join the team this year. So the Broncos project about three scholarships over the 85 limit. There likely will be some roster attrition between now and August — there always is — and they can grayshirt additional recruits if necessary.


This will be updated throughout the day:

LB Drew Berger, 6-1, 225, Fr., Coeur d’Alene HS

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Four-star recruit per 247Sports, rated No. 8 nationally at his position and No. 2 overall in Idaho. Rated 28th nationally at middle linebacker by Scout. Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following a senior campaign that included 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions. Also led the Vikings with 549 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Named to the 5A All-Idaho first team on defense. Led Coeur d'Alene to the 5A championship as a junior, picking up 83 tackles and nine TFLs along the way.

CB Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 180, Fr., South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Played his senior season for South Oak Cliff High after transferring from Dallas Kimball High. In his final prep campaign, caught 33 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushed 24 times for 171 yards and three scores. Named first-team all-district. Played quarterback as a junior, throwing for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. Dual threat also rushed for more than 700 yards. Sophomore season registered 72 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles at cornerback.

WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 180, Fr., West Mesquite HS (Dallas)

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Helped lead West Mesquite High to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Texas 5A Division I Playoffs. Finished the year with 48 catches for 686 yards and 12 touchdowns, garnering a third straight first-team 10-4A All-District accolade. As a junior caught 37 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns, leading his squad to the playoffs. Sophomore year caught 29 passes for 399 yards and three scores.

*CB Raymond Ford, 6-0, 175, R-Jr., Riverside CC (Los Angeles)

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Played in 12 games as a Riverside sophomore, ranking third on the team with 59 tackles (40 solo), including three tackles for loss. Intercepted a team-high six passes on the season and ranked second with nine pass breakups. Played in eight games as a Riverside freshman, recording 34 tackles (26 solo). Ranked tied for second on the team with four interceptions. In high school, a four-star recruit per 247Sports rated the No. 13 cornerback in the country. Limited to just seven games during his final prep campaign due to injury. Junior year garnered first-team all-state, first-team All-Southern Section and first-team All-Mission League honors.

LB Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 225, Fr., Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala, Fla.)

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Three-time first-team all-county honoree also garnered second-team all-state honors as a senior. Recorded 129 tackles and three sacks during his final prep campaign. Junior season registered 122 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Blocked three punts as a senior and two as a junior. Sophomore season had 125 stops, 14 tackles for loss and three sacks.

CB Tyler Horton, 6-1, 175, Fr., Edison HS (Fresno, Calif.)

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Official bio: Named to the Fresno Bee Fab 50 following his final prep campaign. Earned MVP honors at the DBGuru All-Star Game, returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Helped lead his squad to the Division I SoCal Regional finals as a senior. Played cornerback, wide receiver and punt returner. Hauled in four interceptions. As a junior, registered nine interceptions, returning four for touchdowns en route to first-team All-County-Metro honors.

S Darreon Jackson, 6-1, 185, Fr., Derby (Kan.) HS

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Official bio: Named AVCTL-I Defensive MVP and first-team all-league on both offense and special teams at Derby High as a senior. Recorded 126 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Also had two punt returns for touchdowns and two kick returns for touchdowns. Scored seven touchdowns without taking an offensive snap. Was also named all-state. Junior season competed for Mesquite Horn High in Texas. Named first-team all-district at outside linebacker and was honorable mention 5A All-State. Registered 89 tackles, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-1, 190, Fr., Leesburg (Fla.) HS

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Team captain hauled in 42 catches for 801 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Junior season caught 41 passes for 609 yards and five touchdowns, helping to lead his squad to a district championship and the second round of the 6A playoffs. Sophomore season caught 41 passes for 551 yards and five touchdowns as team finished as district runner-up.

OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 280, Fr., Fruitland HS

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment, Enjoyed low-key recruiting

Official bio: Two-way starter at offensive and defensive tackle for Fruitland. Started 48 straight games on the offensive line. Helped lead Fruitland to the state championship game in each of his four varsity seasons. Part of an offensive line that plowed the way for Fruitland to average 290 rushing yards and 33.3 points per game in 2014. Named 3A All-Idaho first team from 2012 to 2014. Wrestled for three seasons at Fruitland and won state title at heavyweight as a junior.

DE Matt Locher, 6-3, 245, Fr., Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Named Orange County Register Defensive Player of the Year. Sunset League co-MVP as a senior in 2014. Registered 155 tackles, seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery during his final prep campaign. Also rushed for 233 yards and nine touchdowns on offense. Helped lead Griffins to the Sunset League title in 2014. Missed all but one game as a junior in 2013 due to a foot injury. Sophomore season named his squad's Varsity Rookie of the Year and garnered second-team all-league honors. Recorded 144 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

*S Kam Miles, 6-2, 207, R-So., Butler CC (Dallas)

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment, Signed

Official bio: Member of's Juco Top 100 (No. 63). Ranked No. 28 among junior college prospects by 247Sports. Recorded 50 tackles (27 solo) with two pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss at Butler in 2014. Redshirted at Texas A&M in 2013. Rated a four-star recruit by, and out of high school. ESPN and Rivals graded him the No. 13 safety overall in his class while had him 10th. U.S. Army All-American during his senior season.

OT John Molchon, 6-6, 275, Fr., Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas)

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Two-time Nevada 1-A All-State Team (2013 and 2014). Named Division 1-A Lineman of the Year in 2013 after leading Faith Lutheran to its first state title. Sunset League Lineman of the Year as a senior. Spent time as a tight end and blocking back before being moved to offensive tackle at Faith Lutheran. Named all-conference in 2012.

TE Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230, Fr., Yuma (Ariz.) Catholic HS

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Rated No. 8 overall in Arizona and No. 15 nationally at his position by ESPN. Helped lead Shamrocks to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. Finished his prep career with 74 catches for 1,036 yards and 26 touchdowns. As a senior was named to Arizona FCA's 2014 All-State Top 25 (all divisions) Team. Two-time Arizona FCA Division V All-State Team selection (2013-14).

OL Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 280, Fr., West Covina (Calif.) HS

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: First offensive lineman to earn Offensive MVP honors in the Hacienda League as a senior. Was also named All-CIF Southern Section First Team and earned a spot on the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area Team. Part of an offensive line that helped the Bulldogs rush for 3,155 yards in 2014.

CB Donzale Roddie, 5-11, 175, Fr., Paramount HS (Compton, Calif.)

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Official bio: Caught 28 passes for 611 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2014. Helped lead Paramount to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals. Hauled in 30 passes for 514 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior in 2013 and on defense made 36 tackles with an interception.

*QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Fr., Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment, Plans to sign early, Signed

Official bio: Consensus four-star recruit and top-15 quarterback nationally. Enrolled at Boise State for the spring semester. At the time of his signing, he was rated eighth nationally at his position by Rivals. Named the Washington State Player of the Year by the Seattle Times and the Tacoma News Tribune. Concluded his career as the state passing leader, amassing 13,044 yards. Also combined for 134 touchdowns. The yardage total is the eighth-most by a quarterback nationally. Set a state single-season record with 4,552 passing yards during his senior season. Also threw for 50 touchdowns in his final prep campaign. Threw for 3,266 yards and 46 touchdowns as a junior.

RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 200, Fr., Arlington (Texas) HS

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Selected to All-District 4-6A First Team as a senior. Ran for 1,502 yards with 17 touchdowns on 211 carries in 2014, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Earned second-team All-District 3-5A spot in 2013 after rushing for 951 yards and eight touchdowns. Named District 3-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2012 after rushing for 672 yards and nine touchdowns for Arlington. Also ran track for Arlington, winning the District 4-5A Championship in the 100 and 200 meters as a sophomore.

S Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Fr., Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Corona, Calif.)

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Team captain was named to the All-Big VIII First Team and All-Inland Area honorable mention as a senior. Made 51 tackles (38 solo) as a safety in 2014. As a junior in 2013 recorded 84 tackles (65 solo) along with a sack over eight games. Picked up 51 tackles as a sophomore. Concluded his prep career as his school's all-time tackles leader. Also a standout in track and field, winning the league championship in the 400 meters as a sophomore and junior.

LB Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr., San Clemente (Calif.) HS

Video highlights

Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Named CIF Southern Section Southwest Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year while claiming the same honor from the Sea View League. Earned spot on All-Orange County first team from the Orange County Register. Set the San Clemente record with 172 tackles over 14 games in 2014, leading the Tritons to the league title. Spent first three years as a prep at Lone Peak High in Utah. Recorded 101 tackles for Lone Peak in 2013 as the team reached the 5A state semifinals. Named to Utah's 5A All-State second team as well as first-team academic all-region as a junior. Older brothers Kevin and Kyle played at Utah State. Will take his LDS mission after high school graduation and return to the Broncos in 2017.

DL Sam Whitney, 6-3, 235, Fr., Folsom (Calif.) HS

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Three-star recruit per rated No. 18 in the West at defensive end. Two-way starter for Folsom High, also playing center on the offensive line. Selected to MaxPreps' California All-State second team and All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section first team in 2014. Named the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year and league MVP in 2014, recording 13 sacks among his 47 tackles as Folsom went 16-0 and captured the CIF Division I state title.

S Damion Wright, 6-1, 185, Fr., Bishop Mora Salesian (Fontana, Calif.)

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Idaho Statesman stories: Commitment

Official bio: Named to All-Angelus League first team as a senior. Helped lead Salesian to the CIF Southern Section Southeastern Division semifinals in 2014. Previously played at Jurupa Hills High, where in 2013 he passed for 2,512 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 1,001 yards and 18 touchdowns. Led Jurupa Hills to the CIF East Valley Division title, the school's first. Was named All-CIF Southern Section East Valley Division Offensive Player of the Year.

*indicates already enrolled



3 Tommy Stuart, 5-11, 193, R-So.

15 Ryan Finley, 6-4, 190, R-So.

18 Alex Ogle, 6-3, 203, R-Fr.

16 Anthony Upshaw, 5-11, 187, R-Fr.

11 Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Fr.


21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 203, Sr.

26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 174, R-Jr.

35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 200, R-Jr.

37 Ryan Wolpin, 5-8, 194, R-So.

13 Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 195, So.

31 Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 185, R-Fr.

10 Cory Young, 5-10, 185, R-Fr.


Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 200, Fr.


20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 174, R-Sr.

14 Troy Ware, 6-2, 183, R-Sr.

1 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 158, Sr.

29 Rick Smith, 5-9, 174, R-Jr.

19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 178, R-Jr.

6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 182, R-Jr.

82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 173, Jr.

80 D.J. Dean, 6-1, 195, R-So.

83 Tanner Shipley, 6-1, 181, R-So.

39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 166, R-So.

24 Dusty Fisher, 6-2, 179, R-So.

28 A.J. Richardson, 6-0, 199, R-Fr.

8 Sean Modster, 5-11, 189, R-Fr.


Akilian Butler, 5-10, 180, Fr.

Bryan Jefferson, 6-1, 190, Fr.


84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 238, R-Sr.

85 Holden Huff, 6-6, 222, R-Sr.

93 Brennyn Dunn, 6-3, 215, R-Jr.

87 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 239, R-So.

88 Jake Roh, 6-3, 228, R-So.

86 Chase Blakley, 6-4, 234, R-Fr.

91 David Lucero, 6-5, 213, R-Fr.


Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230, Fr.


72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 286, R-Sr.

71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 310, R-Sr.

76 Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 271, R-Sr.

73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 298, R-Jr.

70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 289, R-Jr.

66 Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 339, R-Jr.

60 Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 290, R-Jr.

74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 283, R-So.

75 Eli McCullough, 6-5, 288, R-So.

52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 280, R-So.

59 Mason Hampton, 6-3, 274, R-So.

56 Troy Bacon, 6-3, 291, R-Fr.

78 Andres Preciado, 6-6, 258, R-Fr.

57 Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-1, 289, R-Fr.

68 Jake Templeton, 6-2, 275, R-Fr.

63 Sitini Kauvaka, 6-2, 287, R-Fr.

77 RJ Thorne, 6-2, 295, R-Fr.


Garrett Larson, 6-5, 275, Fr.

Eric Quevedo, 6-5, 280, Fr.

John Molchon, 6-6, 275, Fr.


32 Rondell McNair, 6-2, 242, R-Sr.

97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 221, R-So.

14 Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 229, R-Fr.


33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 231, Jr.

8 Kamalei Correa, 6-3, 247, Jr.

Jabril Frazier, 6-4, 225, R-Fr.

On mission:

Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.


69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 273, R-Sr.

90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 287, R-Sr.

58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 286, R-Sr.

98 Antoine Turner, 6-1, 290, R-Sr.

55 Tutulupeatau Mataele, 6-3, 294, R-Sr.

40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 301, Sr.

96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 271, R-Jr.

94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 250, R-Jr.

99 Dereck Boles, 6-2, 294, R-Fr.

48 David Moa, 6-3, 249, R-Fr.

92 Paul Semons, 6-3, 249, R-Fr.


Matt Locher, 6-3, 250, Fr.

Sam Whitney, 6-3, 235, Fr.


36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 229, Sr.

51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 235, R-Jr.

44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 224, Jr.

20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 228, Jr.

7 Joey Martarano, 6-3, 234, R-So.

43 Joe Provenzano, 5-11, 205, R-Fr.

95 Leighton Vander Esch, 6-4, 215, R-Fr.


Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Fr.

Marquis Hendrix, 6-1, 225, Fr.

Riley Whimpey, 6-2, 205, Fr. (going on mission)


5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 152, Sr.

Raymond Ford, 6-0, 175, R-Jr.

30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 187, Jr.

47 Eric Yates, 5-9, 161, R-Fr.


Ladarryl Blair, 5-11, 180, Fr.

Donzale Roddie, 5-11, 175, Fr.

Tyler Horton, 6-1, 175, Fr.


9 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 197, R-Sr.

37 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 186, R-So.

31 Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 184, R-Fr.


4 Darian Thompson, 6-2, 208, R-Sr.

28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-1, 208, R-Sr.

22 Chanceller James, 6-2, 208, R-Jr.

17 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 194, R-So.

Kam Miles, 6-2, 207, R-So.29 Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 196, So.

34 Jaxon Pryor, 5-9, 205, R-Fr.


Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180, Fr.

Damion Wright, 6-1, 185, Fr.

Darreon Jackson, 6-1, 185, Fr.

On mission:

Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Fr.


49 Tyler Rausa, 5-9, 192, R-Jr.

16 Blake Gonzalez, 5-9, 168, R-Fr.


19 Sean Wale, 6-2, 186, R-Jr.


46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 207, Sr.

42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 189, R-So.

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