By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Offensive guard Marcus Henry of Bellevue (Wash.) High gave Boise State an oral commitment this week, he said Tuesday night.
Henry (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) will join the Broncos in 2011.
He had an offer from Army but no Pac-10 schools, he said.
“I got an offer from the place I really wanted to go,” he said of Boise State. “I’ve been following the program for a while and I’ve liked the way they play.”
Bellevue defensive backs coach Danny Razore said Henry should have been more heavily recruited and Boise State benefited by pouncing on him first.
“He is an absolute maniac,” Razore said. “He plays with great intensity, he plays with great pad level, he has a good motor, he’s a smart player. … The kid’s the real deal. I know the Washington schools, come December, are really going to be kicking themselves for not getting this kid.”
Henry didn't get much recruiting attention until his coaches sent out his highlight film this summer. That drew a camp invite from Boise State. Henry performed well, he said, and he was impressed with the program and community. He visited again this month.
"Boise State was the first big team that had jumped on him and I know he respected that," Razore said. "... They were smart enough to not be fooled by listening to the Pac-10 schools."
Henry also plays defensive tackle at Bellevue. He joined the varsity team as a sophomore and has helped Bellevue win the past two state titles at the 3A level.
He expects to hear from some of the Pac-10 schools later this year.
"Probably," he said, "but I don't think it will do them very much good."
He spent nearly two months weighing Boise State's offer.
"The reason I didn't take it right then was because I wanted to be 100 percent sure," he said.
Here are the commitments we've confirmed. There is another one floating around and I have an interview scheduled with him for Wednesday afternoon.
2011 RECRUITING CLASS
— 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.)
— OG Marcus Henry, 6-3, 275, Bellevue (Wash.) HS
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, Virginia Tech and Oregon State are among 10 schools selected to wear “uniquely designed Nike uniforms” for at least one game this season.
According to the press release:
“The Nike Pro Combat System of Dress uniforms the schools will wear are engineered to provide superior protection and durability, while utilizing advanced fabrics and tooling that reduce weight. Nike worked diligently with each university to bring relevant elements of the school’s rich heritage into the futuristic elite fit uniform designs. The collaborations with the universities produced the highly customized uniforms that will be revealed just days prior to the start of the 2010 college football season.”
The dates of the games will be announced at the uniform unveiling Sept. 1 in New York.
The 10 schools are Alabama, Boise State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Freshman Charles Leno is pushing sophomore Faraji Wright in the battle for the starting job at left tackle.
Leno has received some quality time with the first team this week. Wright had taken the vast majority of snaps with that unit for most of fall camp.
“Leno progresses real fast,” Wright said.
The two young tackles give each other tips during practice. They also learn from junior Nate Potter, the left tackle last year who has moved to left guard.
“We learn a lot from Potter,” Wright said. “Potter is like the vet out there. He took a couple reps (at left tackle) today. He was looking like he never left.”
Wright likes the development he’s seen in the line. The group is putting a heavy emphasis on the run game this week after a subpar scrimmage.
“We’re working on getting that push on the first level,” he said.
Announcer Brent Musburger visited Boise State’s practice Tuesday. Musburger, color commentator Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox are scheduled to call the Boise State-Virginia Tech game. Cox, who lives in the Treasure Valley, also visited practice.
About 64,000 tickets have been sold for the Boise State-Virginia Tech game, according to Virginia Tech. Boise State sold 7,000 tickets. Most of the rest have gone to Hokies fans.
FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, holds 91,704 fans. It sold out for the 2004 opener featuring Virginia Tech and USC.
Boise State senior wide receiver Austin Pettis made a couple tremendous catches in practice Tuesday morning. The best was about a 35-yard pass from Kellen Moore. Pettis jumped high along the sideline to beat tight coverage from cornerback Jamar Taylor and tapped one toe inbounds.
Here’s another spot in my AP Top 25 ballot. The poll will be released Saturday:
4. Texas — The Longhorns are one of the biggest locks in college football, but breaking in a new quarterback casts a little doubt over their season.
8. Virginia Tech
15. Georgia Tech
17. Penn State
18. Oregon State
19. Florida State
22. North Carolina