By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State added to its collection of kickers Wednesday with a commitment from Sean Wale of La Habra (Calif.) High.
Wale (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) was recruited primarily as a punter but he has more experience as a kicker. He started for three seasons as the kicker and one season as the punter at La Habra.
Coach Chris Petersen and special teams coach Jeff Choate visited Wale on Wednesday.
“The way they were talking to me today it seemed like they wanted me to try the kicking job, too,” he said.
The Broncos graduated starting punter Brad Elkin, which opened a scholarship for a kicker. They also have a freshman kicker on scholarship, Jake Van Ginkel. Walk-ons Dan Goodale and Michael Frisina struggled as the placekicking tandem last season.
The only punter on the roster is walk-on kickoff specialist Trevor Harman, who has shown the power but not the consistency to hold that job.
Wale, who lives in Whittier, Calif., attended a kicking camp in Boise last summer. He also had a scholarship offer from Navy but committed within hours of receiving his offer from the Broncos.
“I kind of had my mind set on Boise,” he said.
Wale averaged 47.5 yards per punt this past season, he said. He was 9-of-11 on field goals with a long of 52 yards, he said.
“I’d say he’s a top-20 national prospect,” said Chris Sailer, who is Wale’s kicking coach. “The leg strength is there. The potential is there.”
Here's Boise State's 2012 recruiting class:
2012 RECRUITING CLASS
— QB Nick Patti, 5-11, 190, 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)
— WR/S D.J. Dean, 6-1, 190, Eagle HS
— DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6-4, 240, Butler CC (Aiken, S.C.)
— TE Connor Peters, 6-4, 245, Laney College (Antioch, Calif.)
— P/K Sean Wale, 6-2, 180, La Habra HS (Whittier, Calif.)
Grayshirt from 2011 class
— TE Hayden Plinke, 6-4, 230, Glencoe HS (Hillsboro, Ore.)