By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team will add a scholarship kicker in January in its continued pursuit of field-goal reliability.
Tyler Rausa of Riverside (Calif.) City College committed Thursday night when the Broncos offered him a scholarship, he said Friday. It was his first scholarship offer.
“They said that they just need a guy to come in and compete for a spot,” Rausa said. “I haven’t earned it, but a guy like me who will come in and be consistent inside of 45 (yards). They’re not looking for a huge leg. They want someone to just be himself, to not be overwhelmed by the crowd or the situation. A guy who will work hard and do what he has to do.
“It’s not given. I have to come in and earn that spot. I have to work my butt off.”
Rausa, a freshman, is 12-of-15 on field-goal attempts this season with a long of 48. He’s 43-of-44 on PATs.
He made a game-winning, 40-yard field goal in overtime two weeks ago in a matchup of the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the Southern California junior college ranks.
Rausa (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) originally planned to walk on at Nevada this season. But the school admitted too many students and increased its academic standards to handle the problem, Rausa said. He was bumped.
Rausa went to Riverside instead. Nevada still wanted him, he said, but he would have needed to complete two semesters at Riverside. He can enroll at Boise State in January.
ESPNLA named him the special teams MVP for the Inland Empire Region of California in 2011. Rausa made an Inland Empire-record 19 field goals (on 22 attempts, long of 50) as a senior at Vista Murrieta High. The Californian newspaper reported that the 19 field goals tied for the national lead.
Rausa is from Temecula, Calif. He has played football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He began kicking as a high school freshman.
Boise State has two scholarship kickers this season — redshirt freshman kicker Jake Van Ginkel and true freshman punter/kicker Sean Wale, who have not played. Senior Michael Frisina is the starting kicker. Sophomore walk-on Dan Goodale is the backup.
2013 RECRUITING CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— LB Joe Martarano, 6-3, 215, Fruitland HS
— TE Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 235, Fruitland HS
— QB Ryan Finley, 6-4, 180, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
— OL Eli McCullough, 6-5, 255, Rocky Mountain HS
— C Andrew Tercek, 6-3, 285, East Central HS (San Antonio, Texas)
— LB Tanner Vallejo, 6-2, 220, Nevada Union HS (Grass Valley, Calif.)
— LB Durrant Miles, 6-4, 225, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah); expects to join in 2016 because of LDS mission
— WR Jack Austin, 6-3, 205, Chino Hills (Calif.) HS
— N Mat Boesen, 6-4, 210, West HS (Torrance, Calif.)
— RB Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 198, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, so., Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)
— PK Tyler Rausa, 5-10, 180, Riverside CC (Temecula, Calif.)
— LB Chris Collins, 6-1, 208, Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, Calif.)
— WR/S D.J. Dean, 6-1, 190, Eagle HS
— OL Archie Lewis, 6-4, 255, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS