Meet Boise State football's offensive signees
The Boise State football program reloaded Wednesday by signing 24 players on National Signing Day. Another four joined the team in January and two committed players didn’t sign to give the Broncos some wiggle room under signing rules. All are listed below.
Cornerback Reid Harrison-Ducros of Colleyville, Texas, was the first to submit his letter of intent Wednesday.
Wide receiver Bubba Ogbebor of Frisco, Texas, was the first “silent” commit to sign. Defensive end Curtis Weaver, another silent commit, was the last to make his choice public. He chose Boise State over USC and Washington State in his signing ceremony.
Defensive lineman Josh Fatu (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) of Long Beach City College surprisingly signed with USC. He had committed to Boise State. His coach told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that USC called to offer a scholarship at 6:50 a.m. Pacific.
2016 RECRUITING CLASS
Signed letters of intent on Wednesday
– DT Daniel Auelua, 6-2, 290, Jr., Mesa CC (Alpine, Utah)
– TE John Bates, 6-6, 215, Fr., Lebanon (Ore.) HS
– WR Julian Carter, 6-3, 190, Fr., Saguaro HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
– OL Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 275, Fr., Bethel HS (Spanaway, Wash.)
– QB Jake Constantine, 6-1, 185, Fr., Camarillo (Calif.) HS
– TE Nick Crabtree, 6-6, 250, Fr., Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS
– OL Austin Dixon, 6-6, 265, Fr., Corona del Sol HS (Tempe, Ariz.)
– DL Emmanuel Fesili, 6-2, 280, Fr., Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS
– S Jordan Happle, 6-1, 180, Fr., Jesuit HS (Portland)
– OL Donte Harrington, 6-2, 300, Fr., San Clemente (Calif.) HS
– CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-11, 175, Fr., Heritage HS (Colleyville, Texas)
– DL Chase Hatada, 6-2, 255, Fr., Rocklin (Calif.) High
– CB Robert Lewis, 5-10, 170, Fr., Hawkins HS (Los Angeles)
– RB Robert Mahone, 5-11, 190, Fr., Prosper (Texas) HS
– RB Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 200, Fr., San Bernardino (Calif.) HS
– WR Bubba Ogbebor, 6-1, 190, Fr., Heritage HS (Frisco, Texas)
– CB DeAndre Pierce, 5-11, 175, Fr., Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS
– DE Kayode Rufai, 6-4, 240, Fr., Lincoln HS (Portland)
– DE Derriyon Shaw, 6-3, 230, Fr., Legacy High (North Las Vegas, Nev.)
– K/P Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 230, Fr., Trabuco Hills HS (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
– S Jalen Walker, 6-0, 175, Fr., Lawndale (Calif.) HS
– S/LB Desmond Williams, 6-0, 190, Fr., Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)
– DL Jabari Watson, 6-3, 255, Fr., Summit HS (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
– DE Curtis Weaver, 6-4, 280, Fr., St. Anthony HS (Long Beach, Calif.)
Joined team in January
– OL Will Adams, 6-7, 303, Sr., Auburn (Tyrone, Ga.)
– WR Cedrick Wilson Jr., 6-3, 190, Jr., Coffeyville CC (Memphis, Tenn.)
– OL Kole Bailey, 6-5, 285, Fr., Twin Falls HS
– LB Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 230, Fr., Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
– LB Ali'i Niumatalolo, 6-2, 225, Broadneck HS (Annapolis, Md.). Didn’t sign but has re-affirmed his commitment to Boise State. Plans to go on a mission next year.
– DB Kekoa Nawahine, 6-3, 190, Rocky Mountain HS (Meridian). On a mission but has re-affirmed his commitment to Boise State. He signed in 2014.
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– OL Will Adams, 6-7, 303, Sr., Auburn (Tyrone, Ga.): Transferred from Auburn after appearing in 38 games as a reserve in the past three seasons. Was a three-star prospect out of high school.
– DT Daniel Auelua, 6-2, 290, Jr., Mesa CC (Alpine, Utah): Recorded 2.0 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss among his 39 tackles with three forced fumbles over nine games in 2015 at Mesa...As a freshman (2014), played 10 games, recording 38 tackles (15 solo) with a forced fumble. Played at Lone Peak High.
– OL Kole Bailey, 6-5, 285, Fr., Twin Falls HS: Three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247 sports...top-ranked recruit in the state of Idaho according to Scout.com and 247Sports Composite...named to the All-Idaho 4A First Team as a senior...was a second-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection as a junior.
– TE John Bates, 6-6, 215, Fr., Lebanon (Ore.) HS: Three-star recruit per ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports.com...spent his first two years at Nyssa High School in Oregon before moving to Lebanon...two-time Oregon 5A selection, named to the first team as a senior and to the second team as a junior...named to Oregon 3A Second Team as a sophomore...named to The Oregonian's All-State Second Team as a senior...thrice named all-league, earning All-Mid Willamette Valley Conference honors at wide receiver, defensive back and punter in 2014 and 2015...named to All-Eastern Oregon League First Team as a defensive back while earning second-team honors as a receiver following his sophomore season...also competed in basketball and track...in basketball was named to All-EOL First Team as a sophomore and All-MWVL honorable mention as a junior...three-time qualifier for the Oregon State Track Championships, helping SCHOOL to team titles in 2014 (3A) and 2015 (5A) while capturing consecutive titles in the 110-meter hurdles (2014-15) in addition to the javelin title in 2015...named all-level Male Athlete of the Meet at state as a junior, as along with his hurdles and javelin titles he finished second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
– WR Julian Carter, 6-3, 190, Fr., Saguaro High (Scottsdale, Ariz.): The No. 9 player in the state of Arizona, Carter is rated as a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, and Scout.com has him ranked as the No. 160 player...helped Saguaro High School to a 12-2 season and the Arizona Division III State Championship...was an all-section selection as a junior and a senior...concluded his senior season with 626 receiving yards, 41 catches and seven touchdowns...had similar numbers as a junior, recording 701 receiving yards, 49 catches and seven touchdowns...made the honor roll in high school.
– OL Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 275, Fr., Bethel HS (Spanaway, Wash.): 247Sports Composite ranks him a three-star recruit and the No. 24 player in Washington, along with the No. 107 player at his position in the country...a two-star according to Rivals.com... racked up 41 tackles and four sacks in his senior campaign at Bethel HS...was named Bethel's defensive player of the year and was also a member of the Washington all-state team as chosen by the Associated Press...also earned lineman of the year honors in his conference after being named a first-team all-area defensive lineman and a first-team all-conference offensive lineman...also played baseball and wrestled while at Bethel.
– QB Jake Constantine, 6-1, 185, Fr., Camarillo (Calif.) HS: Three-star recruit per ESPN and 247Sports.com, two-star per Yahoo...helped lead Camarillo to a 15-1 record, the CIF Southern Section Northern Division title and an appearance in the CIF State Division II-AA Football Championship Bowl in 2015...named 2015 CIF Southern Section Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year in 2015...selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Team as a senior...also named Camino League Player of the Year...as a senior threw for 3,988 yards and 51 touchdowns with a 72.2 completion percentage.
– TE Nick Crabtree, 6-6, 250, Fr., Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS: Three-star recruit per ESPN, Scout.com, 247Sports.com...ranked as a "tight end/wide receiver to watch" by the Orange County Register prior to the 2015 season...caught 21 passes for 332 yards as a junior.
– OL Austin Dixon, 6-6, 265, Fr., Corona del Sol HS (Tempe, Ariz.): Rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com...started at offensive tackle, being named to the All-Section and All-City First Teams...helped lead Corona del Sol to an appearance in the state playoffs...also played volleyball for Corona del Sol, earning one letter and expecting to earn a second in 2016...named a "Scholar Baller" at Corona del Sol, as owner of a GPA of 3.5 or above.
– DL Emmanuel Fesili, 6-2, 280, Fr., Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS: Three-star recruit per Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com... helped take Poly to the PAC-5 semifinals in 2014...earned spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division Team as a senior...named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram 2015 Dream Team Second Team...recorded 8.0 tackles-for-loss among his 39 tackles (28 solo) as a senior for Long Beach Poly...that performance followed up a junior season in which he made 97 tackles (83 solo) with 3.0 sacks and 10.0 TFL.
– S Jordan Happle, 6-1, 180, Fr., Jesuit HS (Portland): Metro League Defensive Player of the Year both his junior and senior seasons for head coach Ken Potter...three-year letterwinner was also first-team all-league at both safety and wide receiver in each of his final two seasons...was named Class 6A All-State on both sides of the ball each year, earning first-team honors on defense both years...was first-team all-state on offense as a junior, and second-team all-state as a senior...helped lead Jesuit High School to league championships his sophomore through senior seasons, winning the state championship during his final season...team also finished runner-up during his sophomore year and made the quarterfinals during his junior season...caught 50 passes for 779 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...junior season hauled in 74 passes for 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading the Metro League in each statistical category...had six interceptions as a senior...finalist for the Oregon Sports Awards Prep Football Player of the Year following his junior season...lettered three times in basketball and twice in track and field.
– OL Donte Harrington, 6-2, 300, Fr., San Clemente (Calif.) HS: Three-star recruit according to Scout.com and the 247Sports Composite...rated as the 13th-best center nationally in the 2016 class...also rated No. 1 at the position in California and No. 3 in the West...four-year starter for the Tritons helped lead his squad to a runner-up finish in the CIF Southwest Division in his final prep campaign...named first-team All-Sea View League, first-team All-CIF Southwest Division and first-team All-Orange County as a senior for head coach Jaime Ortiz...did not allow a sack on the season...junior year garnered first-team All-Sea View League, first-team All-CIF Southwest Division and third-team All-Orange County honors...allowed only one sack...two-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient was also twice named to the superintendent's honor roll...seven-time member of the principal's honor roll.
– CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-11, 175, Fr., Heritage High (Colleyville, Texas): Three-star recruit per ESPN.com, rated as the No. 66 player at his position...three-star recruit according to 247 Sports Composite, rated No. 181 nationally for his position...member of the USA Football U19 National Team that defeated Canada, 33-0, at the International Bowl Jan. 31 at Cowboys Stadium...made three solo tackles, including one for loss, in the contest...Scout.com second-team all-state selection in Texas as a senior...first-team all-district honoree and second-team academic all-state his senior season...recorded 68 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception his final year at Colleyville Heritage HS in Colleyville, Texas...played varsity football for three years and was also a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
– DL Chase Hatada, 6-2, 255, Fr., Rocklin (Calif.) High: Three-star recruit according Rivals.com and 247Sports Composite, which ranked him as the No. 67 amongst all strong-side defensive ends in the country...as a senior, was named the defensive player of the year in the Sierra Foothill League after registering 40 tackles and six sacks...first-team All-Metro, All-Sac-Joaquin and All-Northern California his senior season...recorded 45 tackles and eight sacks his junior year, earned first-team All-Metro and All-Sierra Foothill League selections as well...named to the all-state team for juniors that same year...his father, Ian Hatada, attended Boise State and was a Big Sky 110-meter hurdles champion in 1996.
– CB Robert Lewis, 5-10, 170, Fr., Hawkins HS (Los Angeles): Ranked as a three-star recruit per 247Sports Composite, rated as the No. 166 player at his position...Scout.com also has him rated as three-star and the No. 111 at his position, including the No. 19 cornerback in the state of California...an all-league selection both his junior and senior seasons, and tacked on an all-city honor during his senior year...combined for 81 tackles, six sacks, and three interceptions over the course of his junior and senior seasons...lettered in track and field three times along with doing so twice in football...honor roll member.
– LB Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 230, Fr., Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego): Three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports...two-way player saw action at both middle linebacker and fullback...first-team All-San Diego Section at linebacker following his senior campaign...junior year recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions and one sack.
– RB Robert Mahone, 5-11, 190, Fr., Prosper (Texas) High: A two-star running back according to Scout.com...after playing his first two years of high school football as a safety, Mahone switched to running back and immediately excelled, racking up 868 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season...continued to grow as a senior, finishing the year with 1,172 yards and 16 touchdowns on 125 carries...first-team All-District 10-5A his junior and senior seasons, along with being named team captain both years as well.
– RB Alexander Mattison, 5-11, 200, Fr., San Bernardino (Calif.) HS: Three-star recruit per ESPN, Yahoo, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...twice named to San Bernardino Sun First Team (2014-15)...selected to play in both the Inland Valley Football Classic following his senior season...ran for over 2,000 yards in each of his final two seasons, going for 2,017 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and 2,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2015...won a league wrestling title at 195 pounds and was named all-league as a junior...also ran track, winning the Mountain Valley League title in the 110 hurdles...boasts a 4.8 cumulative grade-point average.
– WR Bubba Ogbebor, 6-1, 190, Fr., Heritage HS (Frisco, Texas): Three-start recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports...three-year letterwinner rated one of the top 20 receivers in the state of Texas according to Scout...named first-team All-District 9-5A both his junior and senior seasons for head coach Che Hendrix...caught 74 passes for 1,282 yards and 14 touchdowns during his final prep campaign...caught 64 passes for 1,056 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, leading the Coyotes to the district championship...as a sophomore, garnered honorable mention All-District 10-4A honors after catching 11 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns...two-time letterwinner in track and field.
– CB DeAndre Pierce, 5-11, 175, Fr., Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS: Three-star recruit per ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.com...selected to the USA Football U19 National Team that defeated Canada, 33-0, in the International Bowl on Jan. 31...made a solo tackle and broke up a pass in the contest...helped take Long Beach Poly to the PAC-5 semifinals in 2014...intercepted a pair of passes and recorded 54 tackles (37 solo) with 2.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles-for-loss as a senior...picked off a pair of passes as a junior along with 73 tackles (64 solo), 3.0 sacks and 6.5 TFL...knocked down a combined 13 passes over his final two seasons...played at Poly under his father, Antonio Pierce, ESPN analyst and former Pro Bowl linebacker and Super Bowl XLII champion with the New York Giants.
– DE Kayode Rufai, 6-4, 240, Fr., Lincoln HS (Portland): Three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and 247Sports...ranked No. 7 in Oregon per 247Sports and No. 9 in the state by Rivals...began his high school career at Lake Oswego High School before transferring to Lincoln High School for his senior season...named first-team All-Portland Interscholastic League and honorable mention all-state following his final prep campaign.
– DE Derriyon Shaw, 6-3, 230, Fr., Legacy High (North Las Vegas, Nev.): Three-star recruit per ESPN, Scout.com, 247Sports.com...played his senior season at Legacy after moving to Nevada from Georgia, where he played at Lanier High...at Legacy in 2015, was selected to USA TODAY High School Sports' All-USA Nevada First Team...also named to the NevadaPreps.com All-State Second Team, All-Region First Team and All-Southwest League First Team after making 7.0 sacks among his 48 tackles...as a junior at Lanier, made 61 tackles with 11.0 sacks...helped lead Lanier to state playoff appearances in 2013-14 and a region title in 2014...lettered one year in track and field at Lanier.
– K/P Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 230, Fr., Trabuco Hills HS (Mission Viejo, Calif.): Three-star recruit per ESPN, Scout.com...selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Southwest Division Team as a punter in 2015...named to All-Sea View League First Team, Orange County Register's All-County Third Team as punter...was a perfect 35-for-35 on PAT attempts and went 6-for-9 on field-goal attempts...sent 41 of his 54 kickoffs for touchbacks...averaged 39.4 yards over 56 punts with a long of 72...competed in shotput and discus for the Trabuco Hills track and field team, earning three varsity letters...holds top-10 school marks in 10-lb. and 12-lb. shotput events, and in 1.6-kg discus.
– S Jalen Walker, 6-0, 175, Lawndale (Calif.) HS: Played both defensive back/linebacker and wide receiver for Lawndale High School...recorded 116 tackles (76 solo) during his final prep campaign, including 23 for-loss and four sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Ocean League...junior year had 46 tackles (17 solo)...intercepted a pass both seasons...offensively, caught 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, and 27 passes for 458 yards and six scores as a junior...was named first-team All-Ocean League as a junior at wide receiver.
– DL Jabari Watson, 6-3, 255, Summit HS (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.): Three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports...three-year letterwinner helped lead Summit High School to the Sunkist League championship during his final prep campaign, registering 85 tackles and team highs in both tackles-for-loss (19) and sacks (nine) for head coach Nick Matheny...also had an interception and four forced fumbles...named first-team All-Sunkist League, first-team All-CIF and San Bernadino Sun All-Area...selected to the Inland Valley Football Classic Eastern All-Star roster...prior to attending Summit High School, attended Rancho Cucamonga High School, where he garnered all-area and all-league honors as a junior...had 72 tackles and 16.5 sacks that season for the Cougars en route to first-team All-Baseline League accolades...sophomore year picked up five sacks, earning honorable mention all-league honors...was a two-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner, picking up the accolade as a junior and senior...honor roll all four years...two-time letterwinner in track and field.
– DE Curtis Weaver, 6-4, 280, Fr., St. Anthony HS (Long Beach, Calif.): Three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports...one of the top 10 defensive ends in California per Scout...four-year letterwinner saw action on both offense and defense for head coach Mario Morales...registered 60 tackles and seven sacks during his final prep campaign...earned All-CIF Southern Section honors...junior year picked up 55 stops, 13 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks, helping to lead the Saints to their first league title in 15 years...was also named first-team All-CIF Southern Section...was also named honorable mention Long Beach Dream Team...sophomore year recorded 42 tackles and six sacks en route to second-team all-league honors...also saw varsity action as a freshman, recording 25 tackles and a sack...offensively, caught 14 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns as a senior...rushed 11 times for 40 yards and five touchdowns, while catching three passes for 36 yards and a score as a junior...sophomore season caught six balls for 59 yards and a touchdown...also lettered twice in basketball.
– S/LB Desmond Williams, 6-0, 190, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.): A three-star recruit according to Scout.com, rated as the No. 120 player in the country at his position and the No. 19 player at his position in California...made 67 tackles, two tackles for a loss and one interception his senior season at Centennial HS...helped Centennial to a No. 2 final MaxPreps national team ranking after losing to De La Salle in the CIF State Championships game...second-team all-league as a junior and first-team all-league as a senior...won back-to-back PAC-5 Championship titles in his last two seasons.
– WR Cedrick Wilson Jr., 6-3, 190, Jr., Coffeyville CC (Memphis, Tenn.): Named an NJCAA All-American as a sophomore after ranking third nationally and leading the Jayhawk Conference with 116.1 receiving yards per game...caught 66 passes and racked up 1,045 receiving yards, the second-highest season yardage total in school history...topped the conference and ranked fourth in the nation with 17 touchdown receptions...Quarterbacked his high school team to the 6A state semifinals his senior season.
— Former Rocky Mountain High star Kekoa Nawahine, who signed in 2014, tweeted from his mission to let everyone know he’ll join the team this summer. “It was a tough decision for me to serve a two-year mission and hold off on playing football for Boise State,” he posted. “I can’t thank the coaching staff enough for allowing me to make the choice that was best for me and hold my scholarship. I plan on finishing these last five months on my mission strong and can’t wait to report for summer bridge on July 5, 2016, and start fulfilling my dream to play on the Blue.”
— Mahone is listed at 190 but coaches say he’s up to 208 pounds and they expect him to report at about 210. Coaches wanted a bigger back because the tailback group is a bit light right now.
— All three wide receivers in the class so far are at least 6-foot-1, adding some needed size to the group. “You’ve got three guys there that are all 6-(1)-plus receivers but can run and also can get in and out of their breaks,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “(The freshmen) certainly have the skill to come in and help right away.”
— Harsin on the large recruiting class: “This class in my opinion is getting our depth from the last two to three years back to where it needs to be. Close. Next class probably will get it exactly where we want it number-wise. This class is going to get us a lot closer.”
— Harsin said a new athletic director set up a program that allowed Tyson Maeva to graduate early and join the team in January.
— Carter’s mom served steak and lobster when Harsin visited. “I think our visit turned into about a three-and-a-half-hour visit.”
— Harsin on Auburn transfer offensive lineman Will Adams (6-7, 303): “You cannot miss him. This is a man. ... He’s in here to help us immediately on the offensive line.”
— Defensive line coach Steve Caldwell recruited Cedrick Wilson Sr. to Tennessee and his son to Boise State. Caldwell was recruiting a defensive lineman at Wilson’s school when the athletic director suggested he look at Wilson. “If he turns out as good as his dad, we’ll be OK,” Caldwell said.
— Harsin on nickel Desmond Williams: “Really a fantastic football player, very physical. Maybe one of the most physical players we’ve seen on the defensive side. ... Could be a guy that could be an impact guy maybe early.”
— Harsin on offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland: “He is a mountain of a man. A guy coach (Scott) Huff has built a tremendous relationship with. He’s been solid the entire time. We really fought to keep him — not that he ever wavered but a lot of teams were coming after him becuase of his size and feet.”
— Harsin on tight end Nick Crabtree: “The guy is a vacuum cleaner when it comes to catching the football and just a great young man, too.”
— Harsin on OL Donte Harrington, who committed to Army and Boise State on back-to-back days: “We really had a battle with him with Army and his parents went to West Point. That was a big thing for him and we knew that was going to be a big battle. We’re walking in (the house) as Army’s walking out. ... He was kind of back and forth a little bit on it. He hit me up with a really long DM at one point that just said, ‘Coach, I can’t sleep, I’ve been thinking about you, I want to be a Bronco.’ I’m reading this going, ‘Let’s do it.’ ”
— Harsin on kicker Joel Velazquez: “Big leg, very strong, very accurate. He showed up for his visit wearing a Bass Pro Shops hat. ‘Is that a river out there?’ ‘Yep, it’s full of bass.’ He doesn’t know any better. Great student, great kid. This is where he wants to be. The kid could have gone a lot of places. This school was on his radar for a long time.”
— Running backs coach Lee Marks on RB Alexander Mattison, who was added late after the Broncos lost Damarea Crockett to Missouri: “Alexander was someone I wanted from day one. He’s kind of a kid who’s kind of hard to get a hold of, which was a good thing for us.” Marks worked with Mattison at two camps. “I could see how dynamic he is and how great a kid he is. It was easy to build that relationship. We kept that going through the whole time. He knew our situation.” The Broncos had two committed running backs and weren’t going to take a third. But they wanted Mattison so badly they probably would have taken him as a safety if necessary, coaches said.
— Marks on the two running backs: “They definitely complement each other, for sure that room definitely got better. We got two bigger guys that are going to end up being very dynamic.”
— Avalos on the D-line recruits: “You lose six D-linemen to graduation and one to the NFL, you got some boys to replace.
— Harsin on QB Jake Constantine: “We can sit here and nitpick some fundamentals and mechanics and all that. I don’t think he’s far off. He’s really not. What I saw watching all of his games was a feel that you can’t coach. Probably his quarterback coach would say he runs around a little bit too much. ... At the quarterback position, you’re going to have to have a guy who can do some things you can’t coach. From his junior year, they changed the offense, got a new OC. They changed everything completely. He was probably into game six of his junior year still figuring out what he was doing on a week-to-week basis. From there he kind of took off and then his senior year that’s when it starts to click, but by that time in recruiting some guys already have their guys.” Constantine didn’t have a scholarship offer before Boise State but had good options after that, Harsin said.
— Taylor Tharp, the director of player personnel and a former Boise State QB, went on the road to recruit Constantine while the Broncos were short on assistant coaches. “He thinks this recruiting thing is easy,” Harsin said. “He’s batting 1.000.”
— Constantine was the No. 1 backup plan when Micah Wilson decommitted, Harsin said, but he went through video on several guys to be sure.
— Offensive lineman Tennessee Su’esu’e, wide receiver D.J. Dean and cornerback Eric Yates have left the team for medical reasons, Harsin said. Defensive tackle Antoine Turner’s college career is over but Boise State still hasn’t finalized his academic-eligibility case. Turner was unable to play last season. He is training for the NFL and doing well academically, Harsin said.
— Offensive line coach Scott Huff was still in the hospital Wednesday, recovering from knee replacement surgery. He tracked signing day on his phone. “I was there but I wasn’t there,” he said. He likes his O-line class. “Love it, very excited,” he said. “We got some really good players, I feel, that really complement our class from last year.” He wanted three tackles and two inside players. Harrington and Bailey are slated to play inside for now.
— Wide receivers coach Junior Adams: “Our needs were to go get a bigger group, go look at some bigger, taller receivers, some size.”
— Adams on Wilson: “The one thing that jumps out to me about Cedrick is that he has a big catch radius. When you're covered, you're not covered. We talk about making 50-50 grabs, I don't want to make them 50 percent of the time, I want to make them 99 percent of the time, the moment of truth grabs. He makes those plays when he's covered, that's what he brings to the table for us. ... He plays with that type of fire that we're looking for. Put on 10 pounds since he's been here. He's only played two years at receiver.”
— Adams on Ogbebor: “(Tight ends coach Kent Riddle) had to put up a picket fence to knock off a Big 12 school that was in the playoff this past season that was waiting for (Bubba) at his home to try to do a home visit. I thought we did a good job just building a good relationship with that kid. He's about 5-11, 6-foot, got a 77-inch wingspan. Bubba can kind of do it all ... he can run the sweep, he can line up and play wildcat, he can play outside, he can play inside. ... When he told me, ‘Coach, trust me, this is where I want to be, I trusted him.’ Oklahoma came into the picture after that again, and I trusted him.”