Boise State WR Geraldo Hiwat shines in practice; linebacker from California commits to Broncos

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Great find by the coaching

Great find by the coaching staff. Scout.com gives him 3 stars - not that that really means anything to the coaches but it does say that he has talent. At 6'2" 230 lbs he is already a force. Imagine what a season with college workouts will do for this guy. Welcome to Boise State Blake. Go Broncos!

Welcome

Your friend Dylan made the wrong choice,you made the right one.Welcome to the Bronco Nation Blake.

ESPN

has him at the #17 ILB and La Salle is a National football powerhouse.

Should be fun watching him for 4 years.

Another Californian

Just great another Californian in Idaho!

You're correct...JUST GREAT!

especially when they are college students wanting to come to BSU to play and to get an education. THIS IS GOOD!

you are part of a small but frightening group

of people that believe idaho to be a soveriegn nation that requires a passport for entry. idaho is in fact part of the united states and all residents may move between states at will.

They do quite often too.

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Just another Kalifornian.

Just another Kalifornian.

Just another......

season of unhappiness for the jokedoc. Go Broncos !

Kool! Cali kids that Pete

Kool! Cali kids that Pete brings in tend to be much smarter and better to deal with
than many of us native types like jokedoc here. There's been far too much inbreeding in
this state apparently, my family not withstanding.

Wow, I think your spandex

Wow, I think your spandex bike shorts are a little too tight and are making you act like a jerk.

jokedoc's next constructive comment

will be his first constructive comment.

morons

coach Pete is from California. Does some of these necks from Idahoe think that Boise would be in the top 20 if they couldnt get kids from states like cali and Texas.

If they just got kids from Idaho they wouldnt be ranked in the top 500. Idaho has aprox 1.5 million people in the state. Enjoy the ride and understand that Boise would not excel without california atheletes. the necks must be smoking crack.

Morons..They Are All Over The Boards!

I agree, these neck morons from IDAHOE DOES think we don't need outsiders to get ranked HIGH. Smokin crack is a compliment my friend!

don't make such blatant hoo-hah comments, Aristotle.

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Time will tell....

Time to get educated Idahoans. COACH PETE was born in YUBA CITY,CALIFORNIA. Played JC football in SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.. Was quarterback at UC DAVIS, CALIFORNIA.... BSU scouts have it right, Cali, Texas... come on just be a fan and get over the CALIFORNIA COMPLEX. We are in this together, lets have fun, support these young talented athletes no matter where they are from.. GO BLUE AND ORANGE.....

WISCONDOM

are you the type thats spends all your time blogging looking for typos, get a life. get off the crack my friend.

Chute,, man,,....You may be right!

But you sure made my point!

Thanks!

BUM BUM BUM...

Another thread bites the dust.

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