High school tight end still 'in shock' over chance to play football for Boise State

By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman

Tight end Hayden Plinke of Hillsboro, Ore., will go down as one of the most enthusiastic recruits in Boise State football history.

Plinke orally committed more than two weeks ago but was still amped during a phone interview Tuesday night.

“I’m still kind of in shock,” he said. “… It’s every little kid’s dream to go play college football. Watching that (MAACO Bowl) on TV, it kind of hit me — ‘Wow, that could be me on ESPN one day.’ I never really thought it would happen, but I kept working.”

Plinke (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) was a two-year starter at Glencoe High and an all-league first-teamer this past season. He played a true tight end position and was named his team’s most inspirational player.

He plans to grayshirt and join the Broncos in January 2012.

Plinke also had an offer from Air Force and said he thinks he would have ended up at Oregon State if the Broncos hadn’t offered him a scholarship.

He made a one-day visit to the Broncos’ high school camp last summer at the invitation of linebackers coach Bob Gregory, who wasn’t there that day.

“They didn’t even really know who I was,” Plinke said. “I showed up at the camp and I did pretty good there and I started building a relationship with the coaches, (tight ends coach Scott) Huff in particular.”

Plinke figured it was most important for him to show the coaches that he had the attitude they want — strong character, work ethic and passion for the game.

“I was there for one day and it was kind of like a business trip,” he said.

Plinke cited the fervor of Bronco Nation and his respect for coach Chris Petersen as reasons he wants to play for the Broncos.

“The Broncos always win,” he said, “and I want to be a part of that.”


High school seniors (15)
— 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
— CB Eric Agbaroji, 6-1, 180, Midlothian (Texas) HS
— S Corey Bell, 5-11, 200, Capital HS
— DB Darian Thompson, 6-2, 172, Paraclete HS (Lancaster, Calif.)
— TE Hayden Plinke, 6-4, 230, Glencoe HS (Hillsboro, Ore.)
— LB KT Tu'umalo, 6-2, 200, Punahou School (Honolulu)

Junior college transfers (1)
— S/LB Dextrell Simmons, 6-0, 210, Blinn College (Spring, Texas)

Grayshirts from 2010 (3):
— 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


Columnist Brian Murphy takes a look at what Conference USA's new TV deal could mean here.

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We still need a kicker!

We still need a kicker!


I don't think any fan base has ever been so desperate for a new kicker as we are


Let's see what Trevor Harmon can deliver- the coaches have seen something in him to have given him the minutes he got this past season.

DESPARATE fan base!!!

once knew that feeling. Only a trip to the RoseBowl can really fix that. Trust me,... I'm a Doctor!


Bronco Nation looks forward to watching you play on the BLUE.


Plan on working hard though, the Broncos are going to have a tough season in 2011.

Kicker on the way

BSU has two very good kickers coming in for visits this month......We'll land a good one no doubt!



A grey shirt offer only according to Hayden so he can lay out of school for a year gaining weight and getting into playing shape.

A lot can happen during a year of not going to college for a 19 year old. I am not counting on him.

Somehow, there is more to this story than we are hearing.

Maybe it is a grade point issue and and giving him a couple of semesters of on-line courses as a part-time student, to become eligible academically?

It is a slow BSU football news season now, so this is nothing more than 'filler' material.


Completely clueless clown

Clueless is as clueless does.

Boise State has three greyshirts from last season who will now join the BOISE STATE team this month after attending school at Boise State on a part-time basis last fall. Greyshirting is done regularly at Boise State - but maybe the Vanholes just aren't up to speed on this - much like just about everything else.

Vandals trashing

Okqy...enough is enough. The Vandals are no longer in competition with us. Probably not even in rivalry game(s). So if you're a true Idaho fan and/or a member of the Bronco nation you should have the cahonies to cheer ISU to WAC championships. It would greatly enhance the overall football picture in Idaho. AND give us two great teams to cheer for in Idaho. So get off your childish and useless hindend and use some common sense. Grow up!!! Excellent Idaho Football is what all of us want to see. That is unless you're so narrow minded you were stupid enough to vote for O'Bummer. Happy trails. GO BRONCOS!!! GO VANDALS!!!

Bronco754 - a simple request for you

Yes, BSU has 3 greyshirts from last season who will join the Broncos for the 2011 season.

That is not my point.

Please, tell us Bronco fans, of any/all Bronco impact players, from the 2010 or prior seasons, who were greyshirts at the inception of their Bronco careers.

Please list their names, positions played, ranking on the Bronco Depth Chart when they played, and what impact they had.

This should be interesting.


PS - Completing/not completing this request will either improve/reduce your credibility and veracity on this board. Bring it on - let's see what you got.

Ugly a Grey-Shirt?

Back in 1979, I jogged by Bronco Stadium wearing a Grey Shirt...Does that count?


The point I am trying to make is that grey-shirting does not always result in successful performance of the recruited athlete, after he is recruited. Some do and some don't. Chase Baker and Mitch Burroughs are examples of those that do. Sometimes, the extra time of taking a few clas$es, but not being an enrolled student, takes a toll on the recruit. Some are motivated by the hopes of playing down the road, while others get discouraged and transfer to other schools or get into trouble with idle time.

In addition there is the 'walk-on' dynamic at play, where others try out for the team, make it, and displace the Grey Shirt.

While a Grey Shirt is watching the team and not being part of the team, or officially enrolled in the school, thoughts of playing elsewhere creep in, as well as thoughts of other problemetic testosterone filled ideations and things, eventually leading to the Grey Shirt losing interest in the whole schmere. Not always, but sometimes.

I don't get all that excited with recruiting news of Grey Shirts, was my seminal point.

Who knows. Maybe this kid will blow everybody away in 2012 with his superlative play. Hope so - just not following him yet.

The coaches are not really taking a risk with a Grey Shirt. Kinda like a glorified intitation to someday be an invited walk-on. If the kid pans out and makes it - great. If not - the school is not out any schollie.


Ω Gonna get flagged

Cre8's been spotted. Now you've been caught "creeping": "... thoughts of playing elsewhere creep in ..." You've had it. Better find a pickle jar and creep in it.

"Vandals and BSU
Submitted by Cre8Harmony on Wed, 01/05/2011 - 3:09pm.

The relationship between Vandal and BSU fans in Idaho is really creepy. Montana's great rivalry between U of M (Grizzlies) and MSU (Bobcats) is based on mutual respect for each other in the tradition of a great rivalry. The fans treat each other with respect for the most part and support the other team when doing well. Sure, there are a couple of flakes, but not many. U of M's decision not to go to the WAC was to keep the great rivalry alive in Montana.

I don't get why the two schools have such disdain for each other. Creepy

Read more: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/01/05/bmurphy/what_does_cusas_new_tv_deal_with_fox_mean_mountain_west#comments#ixzz1ADZ1byy9"

VNDL...Ugly Agrees...


I agree with your statements on grey-shirts...I was being sarcastic because in another post you placed me in the top 3 maroons that you said you no longer read...I wanted to check that out...you still read Ugly...

Good post! Also, you have to be either a literature major or a lawyer degree at Moscow? You pick up on everyones wrong words or language....you even highlite the verbs....you are too detailed by wording which resembles a lit major or an attorney...just curious....




Boise State has had a ton of success with grayshirts — Ryan Winterswyk, Kyle Brotzman, Chase Baker, Shea McClellin (hey, that's three-fourths of this season's starting D-line), Mitch Burroughs, Kyle Efaw, Nate Potter, Dan Paul, Kaiserman, Febis, Colledge, Putnam. And they've had only a few flameouts with the grayshirts.



and imagine if 5 of those players went to Idaho on scholarships cause the grey-shirting had a limit after a scholarship number (ie 1 grey-shirt per 1 scholarship issued)...wasn't the lad from Blackfoot a grey-shirter too? or was he a walk-on? #48...

Chadd - thanx

TY for taking the time to list the successful BSU Grey Shirts that made an impact. You took Bronco754 off the hook.


Ω It should count

Ugly grey shirts are good for working under the hood. Question #1: how much eligibility do you have left? Question #2: if you can kick, what's your range?


to #1: None
to #2: about 20 feet

I agree with VNDLs post. However, I will defend yours too....In Blackfoot, a kid greyshirted and now is the number two tackler on the Broncos...i believe his number is 48....so some do make it.....but in VNDL defense, it is sort of fishing for talent....didn't you submit a post about oversigning?

Ω Oversigning ...

... or oversinging, something like that. Yeah, I did and cannot remember which blog that was (was mostly about the SEC). Darned Statesman ... give us some search capabilities, wouldya? After all, I paid good mon ...

Uh, never mind.

Watch out for VNDL right about now. His fishing motor is on "troll", which has a couple of connotations ... or carpotations.

razor again...

by oversigning and your post, it showed schools abusing the scholarship system....I think the extensive invitations for walk-ons and grey shirting can be abusive too....for example,

let say you are a football talent with a scholarship potential to Idaho...then you get the BSU letter invite to walkon at BSU...some will go to Idaho, but many would go to BSU cause of reputation...grey-shirting gives an advantage to the more popular school and a disadvantage to the colleges trying to recruit talent....it is fishing for talent....basically, a non-monetary way of over-signing....

Ω Bag limit is 85

Talkin' about razor clams, that is. I wish.

It's a hedge. You know 85 is the max and you know the minimum for sure that are going to be available in the coming year (i.e., 12 seniors whose eligibility/scholarships are up). What you don't know (and I sure don't know what the rules are) is how many other "slots" might be available.

Does somebody get the boot ... one more spot? A player or two declare early ... couple more? Scholarship revoked due to academic issues? So, you stockpile by grayshirting and trust that time and attrition will allow those kids to matriculate given all that extra time and practice.

"Sign" 20, 12 get rides right away, you are maxed out until the next year. See how all those grayshirts did in their free year of practice and go from there. Workin' the system.

razor again?

No razor, it is not working the system...it is the system...for example, let say a football player maybe going to Idaho on a potential schlorship, but has not signed a 'letter of intent'....then he gets a letter from BSU to try them out, not knowing Idaho is after the dude too...from BSU the scholarship money is gone so come as a walkon....Idaho does not have a chance....

Lets give BSU credit....many athletes would forego a scholarship to Idaho or Caroll College to have the great chance of starting for a much better football system and reputation if they received an invite to join them without a scholarship....

VNDL is right....grey shirting is a fishing system and it advantages the bigger and more popular programs....

Fugly - Yes it is - A Blocking Technique of sorts

No committment from a school to the Grey Shirt 'recruit', really.

It basically takes meat off the market that other schools don't get.

Then if the 'recruit' doesn't pan out - no real loss to the school.

But, a tertiary goal of taking meat off the market is still accomplished.

In essence, a blocking maneuver, designed to 'lock out' players from other schools.

All schools do it and it is legal per NCAA rules.

Proly a smart thing to do.

But it is kinda obvious and not at all subtle.



I agree....all popular college football schools do it....look at Notre Dame and BYU....if you interviewed highschool football kids in eastern Idaho where they would like to play football....my guess would be
85% BSU
10% ISU
5% UI

so obviously, greyshirting would favor the more popular programs. Kramer nor Schlereth can revamp UI, nor can Jared Allen or Merrill Hoge redo ISU....BSU is the one and they will get the most non-scholarship and talented players to try it out....congrads to BSU!....it is the way it is...

Fugly - Yep

To the victor go the spoils.

BSU has a winning history.

If I was a high schooler again, I would be more interested in playing for BSU than Idaho - simply because BSU is a better program and I could be part of a winning team.

BSU has earned it - fair and square - by winning, season after season.

BSU isn't out anything at all by having Grey Shirts sitting around. They are not on the school's schollie payroll. If they take part time clas$es, they do so on their own dime. Their food and living expenses are borne, not by the school, but by the 'recruit'. If they get into disciplinary or legal troubles or suffer a physical injury, they can be easily disposed of/eliminated.

I must admit - it is a very big gamble, not only for the school but for the 'recruit, as well.

I am curious what percentage of Grey Shirts leave before they are ever on a team.

Also, do JUCOs go after Grey Shirts and dangle immediate playing time and 'experience' opportunities under their noses, while they are not yet officially part of the school's team? I have been unable to find out much about the do's and don'ts for Grey Shirts and the 'recruiting' of 'recruited' Grey shirts and 'poaching'.

I can't really see much of, if any, a contractual obligation or 'duty' between a Grey Shirt and the school, until the Grey Shirt sheds the grey color and becomes an official part of the team.

Much ado about nothing.

Free agency for the Grey Shirt 'recruit', it appears.


You are missing one new commit Chadd

That being the latest to commit to Boise State. Namely K. T. Tuumalo the OLB out of Punahou H.S. in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He verbally committed to Boise State on Christmas Eve (That's Dec. 24th for the atheists among us).

Aware of it...

...but we don't report them unless we, or the kid's hometown newspaper, confirm the commitment. I'm hoping to have it later today...

Talked to KT Tu'umalo tonight...

I added him to the list....

Welcome Hayden!

Grey shirts have been an important part of BSU's program, especially recently, with a knowledgeable coaching staff that uses the extra time to benefit both the athlete and the team. It's a smart system.

And, Hayden if you check out this blog don't let the idiots bother you.

charliebub - a simple request for you

You have stated: "Grey shirts have been an important part of BSU's program, especially recently, with a knowledgeable coaching staff that uses the extra time to benefit both the athlete and the team. It's a smart system."

Please, tell us Bronco fans, of any/all Bronco impact players, from the 2010 or prior seasons, who were greyshirts at the inception of their Bronco careers.

Please list their names, positions played, ranking on the Bronco Depth Chart when they played, and what impact they had.

This should be interesting.


PS - Completing/not completing this request will either improve/reduce your credibility and veracity on this board. Bring it on - let's see what you got.

PPS - I will help you get started. The 2008 BSU Grey Shirt signee was Spencer Gerke, # 77, OL. He Red Shirted in 2009 and was a Red Shirt Freshman during the 2010 season. Was he an impact player for the Broncos or is he a type of a pickle?

Ω Hey gherkin ...

... looks like YOU are in a pickle with a little Pekingese researcher nipping at your heels.


I got the worm in the water and going trolling speed.

No strikes yet.

But, I am hopeful.


Ω Ever feel like ...

... spotting 'em about three touchdowns? Some things don't change. We had the towel master now the guy who puts pickles on the ratburger. Deema me up.

spotted us more that THAT!!!

audits just in,... Boise spotted TCU more that 25 MILLION DOLLARS from penalties levied via. FAILKICK. That does NOT include value of what was to be the BlueRoseBroncoBowlTrophy , re-colored in lavender hue. just a thought,.... make that 26 yard "gimme", and you'd never known RichFrog! wow, seems like just yesterday....

Im not getting into the greyshirt good or bad argument

but if hes a redshirt freshman in 2010, he still has 3 more years of eligability to make an impact. just sayin'. i hope he does or else that'd be a waste


Time to conduct some research!!!

True Blue!!!

Oooooh yeah!

ShakyBoiseRecruits, See da RoseBowl?

gotta luv Nevada and TCU,... two teams that SCHOOLED da Bronc this year... One on the field, One in the PURPLEHEARTS of AMERICA! ...And in da BANK! CHA-CHING! 18 MILLION Bronco FAILKICK PENALTY dollars , CFB respect, BlueRoseBroncoBowlTrophy , TopAmericaRecruits, BCS Conference Membership, Top 5 2011 Pre-Season Positioning, GLORIOUS EUPHORIC JOY & FAME THAT NEVER FADES AWAY, even thru a LOOOOOONG BSU OFF-SEASON (and it will be BroncoLOOOOOOOOOONGER than a 26-yard GIMME!!!) Well, seein' it's INEVITABLE,... might as well LAY BACK and ENJOY IT!!!! Da GLORY all PURPLE, BABY!!!!!!!!!

richfrog and Fugly and razor

Here is a little test for richfrog and Fugly, to see if they are smarter than they appear to be.

So far, you both (richfrog and Fugly) seem to be kinda dense. Possibly that is an act, or possibly, that is how you guys are and your natural states of being.

I found this article interesting:


It got me to thinking.

I am curious if you both can think intelligently and have constructive thoughts. You know, insightful and deep thoughts; and organize them in a meaningful manner.

Go ahead and reply with your thoughts, RE: the future of social media, as it impacts on football (high school, CFB, and pro) players, members of the media, and the fans.

I am curious if richfrog can compose an intelligent post devoid of the words 'purple' or 'frog'; and if Fugly can compose a post that does not reference 'running' or 'spandex'.

Good luck to both of you.


PS - I am not holding my breath on this one, as I think richfrog is a, One Trick Pony; and Fugly is a, Phoney Pony.

PPS - We will let razor evaluate your submissions to determine a score and a winner, as he is this board's Writting Guru and much more objective than I am. Also, his rating systems are really fun to read.

Ω Early line

fritchog won't be able to handle this. Copy-and-paste operations will be too obvious. Over/under is three hours before FAILTEST.

ugly likely will pull it out in the 4th quarter.

ps - The reading score and grade level test on fritchog came back "undecipherable".

VNDL Bro....Ugly Understands...

I think what you are getting at is, just as in Twitter, you must think before you post....because once you post then everyone gets to see what you post...Ugly must 'receive' before he 'transmits'.....because if Ugly 'transmits' before he recieves then he may show to the Stateman World just how dumb some of his posts really are....therefore, think what you are posting before you post....Don't just Tweet!

As the old saying goes....it is better to be a fool and have mouth closed than to open the mouth and remove all doubt.....

Did Ugly win?......can I please get off the top 3 maroon list?

Fugly - you gotta impress razor - not me

As, I said before. Razor is the judge of this test - as the board's Writing Guru. Not me.

You are gonna have to impress him, if you are gonna get off the top 3 maroon list. His call, not mine.

I will say, though; you are on the right track and are getting the message - just need to develop it more, I think. Razor is a tough, but fair man.

You gotta give him more.

You can do it.


PS - Will all teams have a policy, someday; that athletes can no longer participate in social networking, during the playing and practicing seasons? And if so, how will that affect the interpsersonal dymanics of coaches and players? Did the Broncos melt down at Reno because they were pizzed at not having social networking since August? Is that why Coach Pete, seemed to have lost control of the team? Did Brotzman miss the two attempts because he didn't have his Twitter capabilities? If he had Twitter, would he have been more focused and motivated to make the two attempts? Is there any correlation that social networking actually helps player on-field performance? Is there any correlation that social netowrking negatively affects on-field performance and team dynamics? Is a moratorium against social netowrking, of any type, during the playing season, a good thing or a bad thing to the future of Bronco football?

PPS - Ugly - go deeper in your thoughts.

Ω Well, aq ...

... ugly did state that he likes my screen name. So, he's got that going for him ... almost like a Carl Spackler.

Plus, he got right on the task with an appropriate enough (if not particularly profound) response. Then he topped off his reply by paraphrasing Mr. Lincoln ... always a good move.

Strikes me that ugly is one of those guys who's never made the "Reply to All" mistake and that's worth some bonus points (if true). I say "PASS".

ps - This leaves fritchog to occupy the black hole all by his lonesome, repetitious self. He didn't respond and the o/u was correct. ugly clearly outclásses bogpolliwog, be he a Vandal in fact or otherwise.


Finally got the book, ordered it via for $10.00 (sorry to better your deal wiz). I'm half way though it. My thoughts thus far:

The good:

* They did their research

The bad

* They completely ignore the reason we have the BCS

The Ugly

* They use the phrase "[blank] want's you to think".
(are the authors not doing the same?)

Let you n=know when I'm finished......

Harsin and Hawkins

ESPN rumor mill is reporting that Harsin is en route to Austin to interview with Mack Brown for the Horns' OC job and that he will leave Austin with an offer. Also reporting that Dan Hawkins has been offered the Texas State job. Texas State???

If Harsin takes the Texas job do you think it would be possible for Pease to renege on his Indiana job and come back to Boise?