By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team has added a linebacker to its 2012 recruiting class — a last-minute addition who was supposed to play for Hawaii.
Tyler Gray (6-foot-3, 225 pounds), who signed with Hawaii in February but grayshirted during the fall semester, was scheduled to fly to Hawaii on Friday, his speed coach, John Spells, said. Boise State contacted Gray on Wednesday and — in part because Hawaii changed coaching staffs — Gray took the Broncos’ scholarship offer.
“Tyler was a minute from being a Warrior,” Spells said.
Gray earned All-CIF and all-state honors as a linebacker in 2010, according to KSBY, the California TV station that first reported Gray’s commitment. He made 143 tackles and five sacks and rushed for nearly 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Gray is one of at least six recruits expected to join the Broncos this month. Junior-college transfers Demarcus Lawrence (defensive end) and Connor Peters (tight end) already have signed letters of intent. Quarterback Nick Patti plans to graduate from high school early and tight end Hayden Plinke grayshirted from the Broncos’ 2011 class. The sixth is defensive end Elliot Hoyte, who is from England.
Here’s the Broncos’ 2012 class so far:
2012 RECRUITING CLASS
Oral commitments (17):
— 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
— P/K Sean Wale, 6-2, 180, La Habra HS (Whittier, Calif.)
— LB Tyler Gray, 6-3, 225, Templeton (Calif.) HS
Signed letters of intent (2)
— DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6-4, 240, Butler CC (Aiken, S.C.)
— TE Connor Peters, 6-4, 245, Laney College (Antioch, Calif.)
Grayshirt from 2011 class (1)
— TE Hayden Plinke, 6-4, 230, Glencoe HS (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin (Marsing High) has received invitations from the NFL Scouting Combine and the East-West Shrine Game, he said. McClellin hasn’t accepted the Shrine invite yet because he’s still hopeful of receiving a Senior Bowl invite.
McClellin is the fourth confirmed combine invitee, joining quarterback Kellen Moore, safety George Iloka and offensive tackle Nate Potter.
I caught up with wide receiver Titus Young today for a story that will appear in Saturday’s paper. The Detroit Lions rookie has had a strong season and will make his playoff debut Saturday night.
“My role is actually expanding each week, every week I’m getting that confidence with (quarterback) Matthew Stafford,” Young said. “I feel like my role is big on this offense. I’ve been given a lot of opportunities the last couple weeks to make plays for my team. I’ve always prided myself on doing that.”