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Life at Boise State on Signing Day

Posted on: February 2, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Today is a huge day for the Florida, Texas, Alabama and Ohio States of the world.

Their signing day classes will be filled with four- and five-star recruits and every publication will be talking about the 20 or so players they brought in will help bring a national title.

Meanwhile, the winningest college football team of the past decade will do what it always does on this day -- enjoy the small success of signing players nobody knows.

Ahhh, life at Boise State.

No five-star recruits.

No players in the MaxPreps.com Top 100.

No mention of a Top 20 recruiting class.

Something must be working because the Broncos have gone 49-4 in the past four years with two undefeated seasons.

"They do a great job of identifying the kids that slip through the cracks," said Stephen Spiewak, National Football Editor at MaxPreps.com. "They will take a guy who doesn't always fit the mold what other schools are looking at. The guy that doesn't have the premier height at a certain spot ... like Kellen Moore. He was an outstanding high school player, but probably didn't have the height that most Division I schools were looking at."

Moore was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington and wanted to attend Washington State, but the Cougars weren't interested. So Moore ended up signing at Boise State and we all know how that turned out -- Moore finished seventh in the Heisman voting, while the Cougars ended up 1-11.

With just five seniors on the roster last season, Boise State has just eight players slated to sign this year, one of the smallest classes in Division I. And except for the die-hard fans in Boise or the recruiting geeks, chances are you haven't heard of Bryan Douglas, Grant Hedrick or Troy Ware.

"That's Boise State's M.O. None of their names stand out, but they should become really productive players," added Spiewak.

Two of the biggest examples of the type of players Boise recruits are Douglas and Hedrick.

Douglas, a 5-foot-10 cornerback, was on the same high school team as Sean Parker, who is ranked No. 50 in the MaxPreps.com Top 100. Parker signed with Washington on Wednesday morning after also receiving interest from Michigan and USC. Because of that, Douglas was a recruiting afterthought from the Pac-10 schools.

Hedrick, an all-state quarterback out of Oregon, is just 6-foot-1 and the major schools out west shied away because of his height -- or lack there of. The only other schools that showed any interest were Air Force and FCS school Portland State.

But after a one-day visit to the high school camp, Hedrick decided right there he would accept an offer to Boise State.

"It just felt right," Hedrick told the Idaho Statesmen.

So while the Broncos have to go through this same old story every year, finding players that nobody else wants, things might be starting to change in the land of the Blue Turf.

The Broncos will land one of the best JUCO players in the country in Tyrone Crawford. The defensive end from Canada will transfer after playing two seasons at Bakersfield College and at 6-5, 258 pounds, Crawford should make an immediate impact.

Boise State also landed one of the top players in Montana in 6-4 wide receiver Matt Miller. Even though he is only rated as a three-star recruit, Miller was being recruited by Arizona State and Stanford.

"The football program is outstanding and I like that they win conference championships," said Miller to BroncoCountry.com. "I could see that as an easy transition. Boise also reminds me a lot of Montana."

Former All-American and current NFL star Ryan Clady got a first-hand glimpse of the recruiting process when he was one of the best players in Southern California out of high school. Boise State was the only school that recruited Clady and after spending a year on the Broncos scout team, he flourished into one of the best offensive lineman in the nation before being selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

"It definitely is a great program to go to, especially the guys who are looking at some of the small schools, which is what I was looking at coming out of high school," said Clady. "A lot of the Pac-10 schools weren't looking at me. Boise was a great option because it wasn't too far from home, but at the same time they were winning a lot of ball games."

If Boise State can somehow crash the BCS party and win the national championship, next year the recruiting story might be very different.

Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Life at Boise State on Signing Day

"Parker is deciding between Michigan and USC"

I hear UW might still be in the mix(He signed his LOI with the huskies this morning).



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2010 10:52 am
 

Life at Boise State on Signing Day

Matt Miller is a real score. He was ranked #1 in the Rocky Mountain States region by rivals.com. Smart kid, good character, with good frame that can add strength and bulk.


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