Boise State football adds offensive lineman to 2012 recruiting class

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State has added an offensive lineman to its 2012 recruiting class.

Offensive tackle Archie Lewis (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) of Rancho Cucamonga High signed his letter of intent Wednesday, he said Thursday. He will grayshirt and join the program in January 2013.

Lewis visited Boise State last week and was offered a scholarship.

“It was one of my dream schools from the beginning,” he said. “… I was very excited. It felt very surreal. I felt like I was in a dream.”

Lewis originally expected to sign with New Mexico State, but that scholarship offer fell through, he said. Boise State began talking to him before signing day.

“My dad kept on telling me to wait it out and see what happens,” he said.

Lewis only played two years of high school football, starting both years. He missed his first two years because of a leg injury.

“He’s got a ton of upside,” Rancho Cucamonga coach Nick Baiz said. “I think he’s not done growing yet. He’s got enormous feet and hands and arm length. I think he’s going to be a big kid when he’s all done.”

Lewis is the fourth offensive lineman in the 2012 recruiting class. Mario Yakoo also is expected to grayshirt. Steven Baggett and Travis Averill are expected to join the team this fall.

Welcome to BSU and Boise Mr Lewis

Never to many offensive linemen. Being greyshirt gives him some extra practice time and time to put on "muscle". BSU has had some very good Qb production starting with Hendricks about decade ago and part is because of very good offensive line and coaches.


I was talking to a friend over coffee this morning about the way athletes at BSU grow and mature. I think a lot of that is because they redshirt and grey shirt and use this to their benefit. This gives them a chance to bulk up and focus on academics early on. It also helps that Bronco players understand that football is a team sport and without everyone working towards the same goal, teams often fall short of expectations. Glad that the coaches keep finding "our kind of guys" and reloading. Welcome!

Welcome Archie - Sounds like

Welcome Archie - Sounds like your pop has pretty good sense. Heck he seen your potential years ago - so do him right, keep listening.

We are thrilled to have you as part of the 2013 team - hang in there, enjoy BSU, and be there pen in hand come January