By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football program has added two more imports — both on the defensive line.
Defensive end Elliot Hoyte of Tavistock, England, has accepted a scholarship offer from the Broncos and will join the team in January, according to multiple media reports out of his home country.
Hoyte’s dad, Nigel Hoyte, played in the World League in the 1990s and played in America. Nigel is now a national team coach in the United Kingdom.
Hoyte’s family sent DVDs to several American schools.
“I still wake up in the morning and read the letter they sent me — it still feels pretty surreal,” Elliot Hoyte told the Tavistock Times Gazette. “It’s really the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. I’m really looking forward to it — I’m a bit apprehensive, I don’t think there’s anything I can’t handle from the sporting side, the only thing I think I will struggle with is not seeing my family for such a long time.”
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Wildcats in Canada have announced on their website that defensive lineman Rory Connop (6-foot-4, 265) has chosen Boise State over offers from Kansas, Tulsa and Pittsburgh. Connop is from Edmonton, Alberta.
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— CB Marcus Rios, 6-0, 170, Cosumnes Oaks HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— QB Nick Patti, 5-11, 195, Dr. Phillips HS (Orlando, Fla.)
— WR/RB Shane Rhodes, 5-7, 160, Klein Collins HS (Spring, Texas)
— CB Chaz Anderson, 6-0, 175, Loyola HS (Los Angeles)
— TE Armand Nance, 6-1, 238, Dekaney HS (Houston)
— RB Devan Demas, 5-9, 170, Cypress Creek HS (Houston)
— OL Steven Baggett, 6-4, 250, Martin HS (Arlington, Texas)
— RB Jack Fields, 5-11, 200, Americas HS (El Paso, Texas)
— CB Donte Deayon, 5-9, 155, Summit HS (Fontana, Calif.)
— LB Ben Weaver, 6-1, 225, Klein HS (Spring, Texas)
— OL Travis Averill, 6-4, 280, Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)
— LB Andrew Pint, 6-2, 215, Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
— N Chris Santini, 6-1, 216, Leland HS (San Jose, Calif.)
— S Chanceller James, 6-2, 190, Steele Canyon HS (San Diego)
— DE Elliot Hoyte (Tavistock, England)
Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who has not been available to the media to discuss the NCAA penalties announced Tuesday, addressed them on his radio show Wednesday night on KBOI.
“We could talk for days, I’ve got so many thoughts and opinions on this deal,” Petersen said. “But I’ve kind of learned that it’s probably best that I say that we were surprised by it, but we’ll do what we have to do. The one thing I appreciate about this program and our kids is whatever we have thrown our way, we’ll adjust and adapt and we’ll keep rolling.”
Petersen also said that injured left guard Joe Kellogg will make the trip to Toledo as a reserve and injured fullback Dan Paul will not make the trip.