Bronco Beat

Boise State football nabs first 2017 verbal commitment in Arizona lineman

The Boise State football team got its first verbal commitment of the 2017 class late Wednesday night, and it’s a big one. Literally.

Mike Young, a 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive tackle from Queen Creek (Ariz.) High chose the Broncos over offers from UNLV, New Mexico State, Utah State, Wyoming and Hawaii.

“It’s a great staff, great people out there, great place for me to get a start in a new place,” Young said. “I’m confident about what I can do there. What they want and what they’ve done, to win a bowl game, win a conference championship, is what I want.”

Young, who will be a senior in the fall, said he takes a little extra pride in being the first in the class to give his verbal commitment.

“I do think it’s a special thing, knowing in my heart and my head to know I’m going to go to Boise State,” Young said. “When I commit, I buy in, there’s no changing my mind. I’m glad to be the first one, show what they can expect in this class.”

The primary recruiter for Young was co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Scott Huff, an Arizona native. Young said they’ve already built a “one-of-a-kind relationship.” Certainly Huff sees plenty of potential in Young, who already looks the part of a college lineman.

“I carry it really well, I can move well, I play basketball, too,” Young said. “Huff was impressed. I’m a big guy, but I’m smart, I know how to use it.”


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

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