By Chadd Cripe
Boise State freshman wide receiver Geraldo Hiwat had an outstanding day Monday as the Broncos went through their fourth day of fall camp.
Hiwat — who has great size and speed but was inconsistent with his hands in spring ball — made several difficult catches. Most notably, he made a 15-yard grab on third-and-3 and a 6-yard touchdown catch on third-and-5 as the Broncos' second-team offense marched 74 yards for a score. That drive was led by freshman quarterback Joe Southwick, who was 8-of-9 on the drive.
"I'm focusing a lot on catching in traffic and trying to box the DB's out," Hiwat said Sunday.
The first-team offense only picked up one first down on its drive — a 43-yard run by tailback D.J. Harper, who continues to impress during his return from ACL surgery. That set up a 51-yard field goal by Kyle Brotzman from the left side.
Brotzman has looked good from the left hash in camp and is confident he has fixed the problem. I'll have a story on him later this week.
Linebacker Blake Renaud of De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., has given Boise State an oral commitment to join the 2011 recruiting class, the Oakland Tribune reported Sunday night.
Renaud was the 2009 Bay Area News Group-East Bay defensive player of the year. He told the Tribune that he was recruited by linebackers coach Bob Gregory, the former California defensive coordinator.
Renaud chose Boise State over Oregon State, Ohio and Minnesota, he told the newspaper. His friend and teammate, defensive end Dylan Wynn, chose Oregon State.
"It was a really hard decision because Dylan's like my best friend," Renaud told the Tribune. "It's going to be weird not seeing him on the same team."
Boise State and Oregon State are scheduled to play in Corvallis in 2012.
Here's the 2011 recruiting class so far:
— QB Jimmy Laughrea, 6-2, 185, Rocklin (Calif.) HS
— DE Sam Ukwuachu, 6-5, 203, Pearland (Texas) HS
— WR Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 165, Rocky Mountain HS (Meridian)
— DT Jeff Worthy, 6-4, 280, Whittier Christian HS (La Mirada, Calif.)
— DL Robert Ash, 6-3, 255, Cosumnes Oaks HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— S Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 195, Kelowna (B.C.) Secondary
— OL Rees Odhiambo, 6-3, 298, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy HS
— RB Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 200, Liberty HS (Frisco, Texas)
— LB Blake Renaud, 6-2, 230, De La Salle HS (Concord, Calif.)
Grayshirts from 2010:
— WR Troy Ware, 6-2, 164, Vista (Calif.) HS
— DE Tyler Horn, 6-4, 225, Mountain View HS (Meridian)
— TE Holden Huff, 6-6, 195, Rocklin (Calif.) HS
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is on the watch list for the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards, which go to the nation's best player. We have a list of watch list honorees here.
Defensive end Ryan Winterswyk is on the Bednarik Award watch list for the best defensive player.
Here are some stories of note about Boise State opponents:
— Utah State opens camp without star tailback and wide receiver, from the Salt Lake Tribune.
— NFL scouts couldn't believe the speed of Nevada DE Dontay Moch, from the Reno Gazette-Journal
— Virginia Tech's starting left tackle has turf toe and is expected to miss about two weeks of practice, from the Virginian-Pilot.