By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Eagle High star Dillon Lukehart has de-committed from Idaho and committed to Boise State, Eagle football coach Paul Peterson said.
Lukehart’s father, Dan, played on Boise State’s 1980 Division I-AA national championship team. He committed to Idaho in early December, but Boise State offered him a scholarship Thursday.
Lukehart was the 5A Southern Idaho Conference offensive player of the year as a running back. He also played safety.
“Dillon yesterday was given an opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream,” Peterson said. “It’s something where Dillon just feels he needs to go attack the dream he’s always had in his heart.”
Lukehart (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) scored 51 touchdowns in three years of varsity football. He will join the Broncos in August, Peterson said.
“BSU is getting a very intelligent, high-integrity player, as hard-nosed of a football player as I’ve ever been around,” Peterson said. “There are not too many high school players who I’ve ever respected more. He’s earned everything that he’s getting. He’s one of those guys where it’s, ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.’ — he’s very polite and humble — but if you want to compete, he’s going to beat you.”
Boise State and Idaho were Lukehart’s only offers.
Boise State also has added two kickers and a safety from Florida to its collection of incoming players.
Kicker Jake Van Ginkel of Upland (Calif.) High replaces Matt Goudis, who de-committed to go to Michigan, in the recruiting class. Van Ginkel set a California record with 39 career field goals, including 14 this past season. He also is a strong kickoff specialist and punter.
Van Ginkel (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) was a three-year starter at Upland. As a freshman, playing on the freshman team, he made field goals of 57 and 58 yards in one game.
“He has always been nationally ranked in his age group,” Upland coach Tim Salter said. “I thought he would have been a done deal (on his college choice) a lot earlier because he’s at an elite level.”
The Broncos recruited Van Ginkel for more than a year but made a run at Goudis first.
The Broncos also have added Saddleback College kicker Michael Frisina (5-6, 155), who will join the team next week. It’s unclear whether Frisina will receive a scholarship. Frisina was 20-of-31 on field goals in his Saddleback career.
Meanwhile, safety Jamie Byrd (6-1, 195) of Pasco High in Dade City, Fla, has committed to Boise State, Pasco coach Tom McHugh said. Byrd made the all-Suncoast football team produced by the St. Petersburg Times. According to the Tampa Tribune, Byrd’s other offers included Iowa State and Purdue. Byrd led his team in tackles for three straight seasons.
2011 RECRUITING CLASS
High school seniors
— 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)
— K Jake Van Ginkel, 5-11, 185, Upland (Calif.) High
— S Jamie Byrd, 6-1, 195, Pasco HS (Dade City, Fla.)
— LB Dillon Lukehart, 6-1, 205, Eagle HS
Junior college transfers
— S/LB Dextrell Simmons, 6-0, 210, Blinn College (Spring, Texas)
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
Former Boise State running back Ian Johnson has signed with the Detroit Lions for 2011. He joined their practice squad in November.
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