By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen met with the media Wednesday to discuss the recruiting class.
First, a few news items. The coaching staff is complete with the hiring of Andy Avalos (more on that here). Safety Hazen Moss, cornerback Josh Borgman and tailback Drew Wright, who were walk-ons, have been placed on scholarship. And tailback Malcolm Johnson is out of school again, likely signaling the end of his career. Johnson returned last fall after about a year away and missed the entire season with a torn ACL.
Some quotes from Petersen on the recruits:
— “First and foremost I’d just like to tip my hat to our coaches. The recruiting process is tough and finicky enough as it is and then when you lose three guys that can really upset the apple cart in terms of recruiting. Our guys did such a great job. That’s also a credit to the kids we recruiting to stick to their commitments.”
— “We like these kids a lot. We kind of followed our recruiting model, which is to find good players that are great kids.”
— On D.J. Dean: “He’s going to start at the receiver position but one of the things we really liked about D.J. is he could play defense, we believe. He’ll be a really good special teams player. He’s a 4.0 student, a tough guy.”
— On QB Nick Patti: “We feel really good about Nick Patti, we feel really good about the other three guys and it’s going to be one heck of a competition. There’s four guys that really have a good shot here of being our quarterback and I have no idea, I really don’t, but I know we’ve got some talent there. … (Patti) can throw, he’s accurate, he sees the field, he can run. He played at a very high level of football. We had Nick targeted for a long, long time and Nick had us targeted as well.”
— Sean Wale will be a kicker first, punter second: “First and foremost we wanted to bring him in as a field goal kicker, throw him in the mix and let him compete. … Down the road he could probably be our punter as well. We definitely brought him in here to compete for kicking field goals. We’re going to do what we need to do to try to get our situation solved.”
— On the running backs: “Extremely excited to get them. We think they’re excellent football players. We need some firepower back there now. They’re going to have some tremendous opportunities to come in right away and get some things done.”
— On Williams-Rhodes: “The smallest guy on our roster might be the guy that excites everybody the most. I don’t like to put pressure on any guys, but coming in we haven’t had many guys that can make the plays that he made in high school.”
— Many schools have started offering multi-year scholarships, but Boise State is not. “It was not an issue. … If they do the right thing aournd here, it’s all going to be good.”
— Boise State had 21 open scholarships (Malcolm Johnson was not on scholarship). With the newcomers and walk-ons, they have awarded 27 new scholarships. So there likely will be several grayshirts from this class.
— Elliot Hoyte will play defensive tackle.
Boise State has announced its 2012 recruiting class, adding 18 players who signed letters of intent to the six who enrolled last month.
A couple players are listed at slightly different positions than they indicated when they committed —Armand Nance at fullback instead of tight end and Shane Williams-Rhodes as a wide receiver instead of a WR/RB hybrid.
Eleven of the recruits are from California and six are from Texas.
Here are the recruits announced by Boise State (bios below):
Joined program in January (6):
— QB Nick Patti, 5-11, 195, fr., Dr. Phillips HS (Orlando, Fla.)
— DT Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 275, fr., Tavistock, England
— LB Tyler Gray, 6-3, 215, fr., Templeton (Calif.) HS
— TE Hayden Plinke, 6-4, 230, fr., Glencoe HS (Hillsboro, Ore.)
— DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6-4, 248, so., Butler CC (Aiken, S.C.)
— TE Connor Peters, 6-4, 245, so., Laney College (Antioch, Calif.)
Signed letter of intent Wednesday (18):
— WR Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-7, 160, Klein Collins HS (Spring, Texas)
— CB Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 164, Loyola HS (Los Angeles)
— FB Armand Nance, 6-2, 245, Dekaney HS (Houston)
— RB Devan Demas, 5-9, 176, Cypress Creek HS (Houston)
— OL Steven Baggett, 6-3, 255, Martin HS (Arlington, Texas)
— RB Jack Fields, 5-10, 196, 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, 270, Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)
— LB Andrew Pint, 6-1, 220, Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
— N/LB Chris Santini, 6-1, 208, Leland HS (San Jose, Calif.)
— S Chanceller James, 6-2, 190, Steele Canyon HS (San Diego)
— WR D.J. Dean, 6-1, 180, Eagle HS
— P/K Sean Wale, 6-2, 175, La Habra HS (Whittier, Calif.)
— OG Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 320, Steele Canyon HS (San Diego)
— DE Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 230, Sheldon HS (Eugene, Ore.)
— DE/LB Darien Barrett, 6-3, 215, Inglewood (Calif.) HS
— LB Chris Collins, 6-1, 208, Santa Monica (Calif.) HS
Defensive end Darien Barrett (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) of Inglewood (Calif.) High has committed to Boise State, Inglewood coach Stephen Thomas said. Barrett made his official announcement Wednesday morning at a National Signing Day event.
Barrett gives Boise State 24 commitments, including four defensive ends.
Another defensive end Dylan Cozens (6-5, 230) of Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced live on FoxSportsArizona.com that he’ll play for Arizona. His other finalists were Boise State and Washington.
Boise State is expected to announce its class early this afternoon. Coach Chris Petersen’s press conference is at 1:45 p.m.
If you want to read up on Boise State’s class, here is a story I wrote for today’s paper breaking down the class by position and here is a blog Brian Murphy posted with links to stories about most of the players.
Cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton, who was dismissed from the team last month, has joined the Sam Houston State program, Sam Houston State announced.
Former Boise State running back Jeremy Avery has signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.
Recruit bios, provided by Boise State:
Chaz Anderson, CB, 5-10, 164, Fr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola HS)
Senior year named second-team all-state and first-team All-Serra League…registered 22 tackles and a pass break-up on defense…offensively, caught 14 passes for 356 yards…played both offense and defense as a junior, catching 11 passes for 123 yards, while hauling in two interceptions…two-year letterwinner in football, and a two-year letterwinner in track and field…head coach was Mike Christensen.
Travis Averill, OL, 6-4, 270, Fr., Anaheim, Calif. (Servite HS)
Senior year named Trinity League Offensive Lineman of the Year…also garnered first-team all-league, first-team All-CIF, first-team all-county and second-team all-state honors…junior year named first-team All-Trinity League, first-team All-CIF, first-team all-county and third-team all-state…three-year letterwinner…also lettered once in baseball and twice in track and field…head coach was Troy Thomas.
Steven Baggett, OL, 6-3, 255, Fr., Arlington, Texas (Martin HS)
Started 38 games during his varsity prep career…named first-team all-area and first-team all-district as a senior…received honorable mention all-district honors following both his sophomore and junior seasons…high school coach was Bob Wager.
Darien Barrett, DE/LB, 6-3, 215, Fr., Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)
Named first-team All-Ocean League as a senior…recorded 42 tackles – including 10 sacks…also made four additional tackles for loss and forced two fumbles…high school coach was Stephen Thomas.
D.J. Dean, WR, 6-1, 180, Fr., Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS)
Named the 5A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year in 2011…received all-state honors as a defensive back and was named Eagle High School’s most valuable player as senior…caught 56 passes for 801 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards in 2011…on defense made 77 tackles, six interceptions and forced two fumbles this past fall…four-year lettermen in football and earned two varsity letters in basketball…outstanding student being named to the conference all-academic team all four years in high school…head coach was Paul Peterson.
Donte Deayon, CB, 5-9, 155, Fr., Fontana, Calif. (Summit HS)
Senior season garnered Sunkist League Most Valuable Player and All-CIF MVP honors…was also named first-team all-state and all-county…recorded 92 tackles and four interceptions, and recovered two fumbles and blocked two punts during his final prep campaign…registered 60 tackles, eight interceptions, six pass break-ups and a blocked field goal as a sophomore en route to first-team All-Sunkist League honors…named Sunkist Co-Most Valuable Player following his junior season…was also named All-CIF, first-team all-state juniors and all-county following an 84-tackle, 11-interception campaign…also broke up 11 passes and blocked three field goals…completed his career as the Inland Empire record holder for career interceptions…was named most valuable player during the PrepStar All-Star Game…defensive standout also played offense, accumulating 524 receiving yards as a junior…senior year rushed for 1,266 yards and 15 touchdowns, and caught 27 passes for 632 yards and 11 touchdowns…four-year letterwinner in football and track and field…earned gold and silver medals for grade-point averages of 4.0 and 3.5-or-higher, respectively…head coach Tony Barile.
Devan Demas, RB, 5-9, 176, Fr., Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS)
Senior year named second-team all-district…named first-team all-district after accumulating 2,114 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns…picked up 901 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in just five games during his junior season…junior year named Touchdown Club All-Greater Houston Preseason…earned three varsity letters each in football and track and field…head coach was Greg McCaig.
Jack Fields, RB, 5-10, 196, Fr., El Paso, Texas (Americas HS)
Three-year starter…named team’s offensive most valuable player following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons…sophomore season rushed 160 times for 960 yards and nine touchdowns…junior season named honorable mention all-state, first-team all-city and first-team all-district…picked up 1,698 yards and 18 touchdowns on 220 carries…senior year was named El Paso Times Most Valuable Player, and was also I-5A co-Most Valuable Player and second-team all-state…carried 280 times for 2,478 yards and 25 touchdowns…also lettered twice in track and field…head coach was Patrick Melton.
Tyler Gray, LB, 6-3, 215, Fr., Templeton, Calif. (Templeton HS)
Enrolled at Boise State in January 2012…three-year varsity letterwinner at Templeton High School…earned CalHiSports All-State First Team honors following his senior season, in addition to being named All-Los Padres League, All-CIF Southern Section and Tribune All-San Luis Obispo County…led team to the CIF semifinals, recording 143 tackles and five sacks as a linebacker…picked up more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns as a running back…as a junior, recorded 116 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two blocked punts…offensively, rushed 116 times for 597 yards and 10 touchdowns…completed his career with 348 tackles.
Elliot Hoyte, DL, 6-4, 275, Fr., Tavistock, England (Bristol Aztecs FC)
Enrolled at Boise State in January 2012…played club football for the Bristol Aztecs of the British American Football National League…named first-team All-Europe at defensive end…also played basketball and rugby in high school…club football head coach was Paul Dangerfield.
Chanceller James, S. 6-2, 190, Fr., Spring Valley, Calif. (Steele Canyon HS)
Senior year named All-Grossmont League First Team…recorded 80 tackles, five interceptions and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown…as a junior named second-team all-league…registered 70 tackles, seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and three interceptions…earned honorable mention All-Grossmont Hills League as a sophomore after recording 50 tackles and two interceptions…also lettered in basketball and track and field…named first-team all-academic following his senior season…high school coach was Ron Boehmke.
Demarcus Lawrence, DL, 6-4, 248, RSo., Aiken, S.C. (Silver Bluff HS/Butler CC)
Signed national letter of intent in December 2011 and enrolled at Boise State in January 2012.
RS Freshman (2011): Earned first-team JC Gridwire and second-team NJCAA All-America honors at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas…squad won the Jayhawk Conference and Region IV Championships, and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final national poll…was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference, finishing with 66 tackles, the second-most on the team…also registered team highs with 27 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks…junior college coach was Troy Morrell.
Freshman (2010): Redshirt season.
Sam McCaskill, DE, 6-3, 230, Fr., Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS)
Led the state of Oregon as a senior with 115 tackles en route to first-team all-Class 6A selection at defensive end and center…led the state of Oregon in quarterback sacks with 16…named the Southwest Conference’s defensive player of the year in 2011…helped Sheldon High School to 6A title game last season…earned first-team all-league honors at defensive end, and second-team honors at center as a junior…made 110 total tackles and led the state of Oregon in quarterback sacks with 12.5…started all 14 games as a sophomore in helping team to state championship…a member of the National Honors Society and on the Honor Roll throughout his high school career with a current GPA of 3.81…head coach was Lane Johnson.
Armand Nance, FB, 6-2, 245, Fr., Houston, Texas (Spring Dekaney HS)
Helped Spring Dekaney High School to 2011 5A Division 2 State Championship…senior season named first-team all-state…caught three passes for 38 yards and a score…moved to tight end as a junior, garnering second-team all-district honors…caught three passes for 20 yards and two touchdowns…named honorable mention all-district at center his sophomore season…three-year letterwinner…three-time academic all-district selection (2009-11)…also a member of the National Honor Society…head coach was Willie Amendola.
Nick Patti, CB, 5-11, 195, Fr., Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips HS)
Graduated from high school early and enrolled at Boise State in January 2012…Capped his prep career by playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix…one of 24 quarterbacks nationally invited to the Elite 11 camp prior to his senior season…was a finalist for both the National Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Football in Florida…compiled a 34-4 record as a starter during his prep career…set his school’s career records for completions (374), yards (5,701), touchdown passes (66) and completion percentage (67 percent)…named 8A Florida Player of the Year following his senior season…also garnered offensive player of the year honors from the Orlando Sentinel, Bright House and the Orlando Touchdown Club…first-team All-Metro quarterback for Central Florida…named to the Central Florida All-Star Team…led Dr. Phillips HS to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs…threw for 2,114 yards and 23 touchdowns, and rushed for 626 yards and seven touchdowns…junior year led squad to a 14-1 record and a trip to the state finals…threw for 2,390 yards, 28 touchdown passes and just one interception…also rushed for 377 yards and three touchdowns…was his senior class vice president and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll…high school coach was Rodney Wells.
Connor Peters, TE, 6-4, 245, So., Antioch, Calif. (De La Salle HS/Laney College)
Signed national letter of intent in December 2011 and enrolled at Boise State in January 2012.
Laney College - Freshman (2011): Caught 13 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his only season at Laney College…head coach was Jay Uchimui.
High School: Started at both tight end and defensive end for the 2010 state football champions…was a teammate with current Bronco linebacker Blake Renaud at De La Salle High School…head coach was Bob Ladouceur.
Andrew Pint, LB, 6-1, 220, Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)
Senior year named all-state after recording 85 tackles…junior year picked up 118 tackles en route to all-state honors… sophomore year named all-state and league most valuable player following a 95-tackle campaign…freshman year registered 77 tackles…four-year letterman…also lettered in lacrosse and track and field…garnered academic all-state honors…head coach was Brent Vieselmeyer.
Hayden Plinke, TE, 6-4, 240, Fr., Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe HS)
Initially signed with the Broncos in February 2011, and grayshirted during the 2011 season…an honorable mention all-state performer as a senior…also named first-team all-conference as a senior and second-team all-conference as a junior…earned two varsity letters in football at Glencoe HS…rushed for 251 yards to average 11.5 per-carry as a senior…also caught 31 passes for 457 receiving yards in 2010…scored five touchdowns as a senior…recorded five touchdowns as a junior, including a three-touchdown performance in one game…tallied eight sacks at defensive end as a junior…received three varsity letters in track and field and one in basketball…won the state javelin title as a junior…voted Student Body President…head coach was Tim Duvall.
Christopher Santini, S, 6-1, 208, Fr., San Jose, Calif. (Leland HS)
As a senior registered 99 tackles (72 unassisted), four quarterback sacks and blocked two field goals…also recorded five pass break-ups, recovered four fumbles and made a safety in 2011…received all-state and first-team all-county honors at linebacker as a senior…in 2010 as a junior posted 102 tackles (63 unassisted), made two interceptions and blocked three field goals…offensively his senior year rushed for 801 yards and scored 16 touchdowns…named to the all-state and all-county first-team as a defensive back following his junior season…earned Mount Hamilton League defensive MVP honors his junior and senior season…had another outstanding season as a sophomore making 98 tackles, intercepting two passes and blocking four field goals…head coach was Mike Carrozzo
Sean Wale, K/P, 6-2, 175, Fr., La Habra, Calif, (La Habra HS)
Member of Chris Sailer Kicking Top 12 both his sophomore and junior seasons…senior year named first-team all-area, first-team All-CIF and first-team all-county…9-of-12 on field goals, including a long of 52, en route to 84 points scored…averaged 47.5 yards per punt…earned all-area honors as a junior after going 8-for-11 in field goals, including a long of 39 yards, en route to 82 points scored…sophomore year went 9-of-10 on field goals, including a long of 42, en route to 95 points scored…three-year letterwinner…also lettered once in soccer…member of his school’s honor roll and the Football Foundation Hall of Fame…head coach was Frank Mazzotta.
Ben Weaver, LB, 6-1, 225, Fr., Klein, Texas (Klein HS)
Earned first-team all-district honors senior and junior seasons…finished his senior year with 111 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles…junior year posted 87 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles and made one interception…letterwinner in football and soccer…member of the National Honors Society…head coach was Shane Hallmark.
Shane Williams-Rhodes, WR, 5-7, 160, Fr., Spring, Texas (Klein Collins HS)
As a senior was named first-team all-district at both wide receiver and returner…team’s captain and most valuable player carried 53 times for 327 yards and eight touchdowns, and caught 67 passes for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns…junior year was named district offensive most valuable player and first-team all-district…squad’s most valuable player rushed 80 times for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 43 passes for 877 yards and nine touchdowns…sophomore year named honorable mention All-Region II District 13 after catching 25 passes for 215 yards…squad won the district championship… three-year letterwinner in football, and a four-year letterwinner in track and field…freshman year won the 300-meter hurdles and 4x4 district championships…sophomore year was the 4x1 district regional runner-up and state finalist…named academic all-district following his junior and senior seasons, and was also named academic all-state following his final prep campaign…head coach was Drew Svoboda.
Mario Yakoo, OL, 6-4, 320, Fr., San Diego, Calif. (Steele Canyon HS)
Senior year garnered All-Grossmont League First Team honors, in addition to being named first-team All-CIF San Diego County named honorable mention All-Grossmont League as a sophomore…junior year named second-team all-league…three-year letterwinner in football and track and field…first-team all-academic selection following his junior season…also named Union Tribune All-Academic…head coach was Ron Boehmke.