By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team’s recruiting class took another hit this week as safety Jamie Byrd of Dade City, Fla., backed out of his commitment to the Broncos.
Byrd will sign with TCU on Wednesday instead — joining the Broncos’ biggest rival for the 2011 Mountain West Conference title.
Pasco High coach Tom McHugh confirmed Byrd’s decision in a text message to the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday. Byrd texted a St. Petersburg Times reporter with the same confirmation.
Byrd is at least the third recruit from the 2011 class to back out of a commitment to Boise State. Kicker Matt Goudis (Michigan, then Miami) and linebacker KT Tu’umalo (Colorado) are the others.
Plus, linebacker Emil Smith of California died last summer in a car accident shortly after committing.
Boise State will unveil its recruiting class at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The school’s Signing Day show for fans Wednesday evening has sold out, the school announced Tuesday.
Bishop Kelly linebacker Cody McCarthy will play at Eastern Washington rather than walk on at Boise State. Read Jesse Zentz's post here.
Here’s the updated recruit list:
2011 RECRUITING CLASS
High school seniors (17)
— 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.)
— K Jake Van Ginkel, 5-11, 185, Upland (Calif.) High
— LB Dillon Lukehart, 6-1, 200, Eagle HS
— OL Adam Sheffield, 6-5, 300, Branham HS (San Jose, Calif.)
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
* already enrolled