Tag:Boise State
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:36 am

1/24 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Caleb Stacey decommitted but Michigan's offensive line class is still ok.

 LSU is hosting several recruits as Signing Day approaches.

 New OC Scott Loeffler has hit the recruiting trail for Auburn already.

 Tennessee tops the SEC in spending on recruiting.

 A Washington recruiting rewind.

 Arik Armstead will host Cal, USC, Notre Dame and others.

 Mario Edwards Jr. recommitted to Florida State.


DB Kevin Peterson flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Oklahoma State.

 Linebacker Teddy Matthews committed to Wake Forest.

 Chris Moody picked Vanderbilt over South Carolina.

 Quarterback Kyle Sloter flipped to Southern Miss.

 Receiver Jhajuan Seales switched his commitment from Houston to Oklahoma State.

 Iowa added running back Barkley Hill, a former Iowa State pledge.

 Boise State added a commit in California linebacker Chris Collins.

Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:01 am

Wide receiver Trey Griffey commits to Arizona

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Orlando (Florida) wide receiver Trey Griffey knows most people will take one glance at his name and recognize his famous father. Of course, while Ken Griffey Jr. accomplished plenty in a hall of fame-caliber baseball career, the younger Griffey is looking to blaze his own trail in a different sport and took the next step in doing so by committing to Arizona late Monday night.

“My parents said, ‘It’s up to you, you got to do what you want to do ... what you feel is right,'” Griffey told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m going to the University of Arizona. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver recently competed with some of the best players in the country at the Under Armour All-American Game and held a double-digit number of scholarship offers from programs across the country. Griffey has very good hands and is a savvy route runner with excellent ball control skills who caught passes most of his senior season from Boise State-bound quarterback Nick Patti. The talented pass catcher settled on new coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats after taking an official visit to Tuscon over the weekend.

“I feel great … it was basically just the atmosphere and I loved everything about it,” Griffey told the paper. “It was just a great, enjoyable trip to Tucson.”

Griffey's commitment gave Arizona the program's 16th for the class of 2012, and third wide receiver, with National Signing Day just over a week away. He racked up almost 900 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving in addition to playing safety and returning kicks this past year.

Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:14 pm

Reshawn Hooker commits to Utah

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Utah's move to a BCS conference has brought with it better and better recruits and head coach Kyle Whittingham picked up another good one in Fontana (Calif.) linebacker Reshawn Hooker, who committed to the Utes following a visit last weekend.

"My family decided that it was the best place that I could fit in as far as football schematically," Hooker told InsidetheUtes.com. I think I'll fit in real good with their scheme and what they want to do."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound outside backer also held offers from Arizona, Boise State, Oregon State and others. The recent visit to Salt Lake City seemed and the chance to see all that the program offered seemed to be just what Hooker needed to feel comfortable enough to commit.

"The education side of it things is academically sound and that is important," he said. "It's not too far from home. It's far enough but not too far."

Utah is close to a full class with Hooker's commitment, the 23rd for the class of 2012. He racked up eight sacks and picked off two passes last season as a senior.

"He shows good quickness, balance, and a nose for the ball," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A sure tackler who rarely misses, he's great at diagnosing plays, shows good ball skills, and makes plays in coverage. Needs to add weight and strength but the athletic ability is certainly there."

Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:47 am

Todd Gurley heads to Georgia

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just as they have in past years, Georgia is closing well in the lead up to Signing Day and added another piece of the puzzle last week with the commitment of Tarboro (N.C.) athlete Todd Gurley.

"It was very difficult just having all of these great schools recruiting me," Gurley told UGASports.com. "It kind of came down to Clemson and Georgia and me taking that visit. I kind of love Clemson and always wanted to play there, but deep down inside Georgia is where my heart was at so that's where I needed to be."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder plays primarily at running back and is a very nice complement to fellow Bulldog Keith Marshall in the 2012 class. Gurley was able to see Georgia at a low point during the season and the high point and hopes to give fans more of the latter once he heads to Athens.

"It didn't really bother me too much because they lost to two great teams. Boise State had a lot of experience and a lot of seniors and South Carolina just had a great team," he said. "Then I came back for a visit for the Kentucky game and watched them clinch the East and how big that was for them."

Gurley rushed for over 2,300 yards and 38 touchdowns during his senior season and becomes the 17th class of 2012 commitment for Georgia.

"Todd has a straight up and down running style, great burst, vision, and shows good running instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can quickly get to the perimeter to cause damage on the outside and is big enough to be effective between the tackles."

Photo by Troy Cherry
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:25 am

1/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Be sure to check the blog throughout the rest of the day for updates from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Penn State recruits were positive about the hire of Bill O'Brien as head coach.

 Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons clarified his comments about Florida.

 Wide receiver Thomas Johnson is no longer committed to Texas.

 Junior college quarterback Bo Wallace has a decision to make and Mississippi State is awaiting anxiously.

 Cincinnati offered junior linebacker Rasheen Jones.

 Stanford's recruiting coordinator Brian Polian left for Texas A&M.

 DeAnthony Arnett's transfer has provided Michigan State some options.

 Alabama appears headed for a number one recruiting class.

 Boise State added a commitment from kicker Sean Wale.

 Wide out Brett Bartolone committed to Mike Leach and Washington State.
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 2:18 pm

Steven Moore stays close to home, commits to Cal

Posted by Bryan Fischer

After being committed to Arizona for some time, the recent coaching change allowed Elk Grove (Calif.) offensive tackle Steven Moore to open up his recruitment. That turned out to be a good thing for California, the school that the athletic Moore committed to on Wednesday.

"It's close to home, a good education and their all new facilities," Moore told Scout as to why he picked the Bears.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pounder also held offers from Boise State, UCLA and Utah among others but picked Cal in large part due to the coaching staff. It was a difficult recruiting process for Moore but one that he's glad is over.

"I definitely am relieved," said Moore. "Everyone in my family is happy."

California now has 14 commitments for the class of 2012 and Moore becomes the third offensive tackle to pledge for next year.

Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:59 pm

Rios becomes Jim Mora's first commit at UCLA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several people doubted UCLA's hire of Jim L. Mora due mostly to his lack of recruiting acumen. After a few key hires and a quick trip around the state of California in his first week on the job, Mora answered his critics with his first commitment Sunday in Elk Grove (Calif.) cornerback Marcus Rios.

"I called Coach Mora and told him I was a Bruin and he was just really happy," Rios told Scout. "He said he was excited to have me be the first to commit to him and to just keep working hard and to be ready to play for him."

The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back was committed to Boise State for most of the year but decommitted earlier this fall. Rios had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Notre Dame and others but was sold on Mora's background and vision for the program down in Westwood.

"Coach Mora, being an NFL guy and a defensive guy, that means a lot because he knows a lot about defense," Rios said. "And he seems like he's going to be a really good coach and UCLA is a building program. And Coach Angus (McClure), we had a real close relationship and he was always recruiting me hard, way back since the spring."

In addition to being the first commitment for the new coaching staff, Rios becomes the 19th member of the Bruins' class of 2012. He had 59 tackles and four interceptions to wrap up his senior year.

Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:06 am

Boise State big winner with Big East expansion

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Amid some fanfare last Wednesday, the Big East finally announced the addition of Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston and UCF to the conference. The move was designed to replace departing members Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia and marked just the latest chess move in the college realignment chess board. (Navy figures to be next to move)

The reaction, as you can probably tell from the map above, has been mostly incredulous. The Big East includes schools in the Pacific time zone? Well, regardless of how the still-shifting sands settle, the league will have to deal with things on the recruiting trail. Who makes out the best among the new members? It seems pretty clear from a quick glance.

Boise State: Two BCS bowl wins, just three losses in four years.
San Diego State: Two bowl games in 14 years but fertile recruiting area.
SMU: Three straight bowl games but head coach was in talks to go to another school, talent rich city.
Houston: Coach has left for Texas A&M.
UCF: Facing significant NCAA issues.

A lot of the reasoning behind the move to the Big East (football-only for Boise State and San Diego State) is increased access to better bowls, a better chance at making the BCS and greater television exposure. All three matter in recruiting and will no doubt be a selling point each program makes to kids. But more than that, the Broncos success coupled with the increased access to the powerhouse recruiting states of California, Texas and Florida make them a big winner - even if there's elimination of the AQ conference in the near future.

Look at the current class of 2012 for the Broncos and you can understand why they're excited: five players from California, six from Texas and a quarterback from Florida. Due to their success, the program with the blue turf has gotten quite a bit of exposure and figure to become even more of a national brand in a conference that spans four time zones. While there are certainly questions about the Big East in terms of talent and depth, it should also help dispel some concerns that they play "no one."

The other schools will enjoy benefits too. San Diego State should be better able to keep Southern California recruits closer to home and Houston/SMU should be able to get higher caliber players than they have in Conference USA. UCF has issues but is no longer little brother to USF down the road.

There's plenty to dislike about conference expansion but for schools like Boise State, things are not that bad at all from a recruiting perspective. It may seem like a patch-work job in order to keep the league together but it should bring plenty of good things for the new members.

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