By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State has added a much-needed defensive tackle to its 2013 recruiting class.
Nick Terry of Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, Calif., chose the Broncos over Oregon State, Washington State and Nevada, he said Monday.
Terry (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) visited Boise State on Nov. 3. He told coaches he would make a decision after his final high school game, which was Saturday.
“This is the best place for me,” he said of Boise State. “The defense is just right for me, the way I play. It just felt like home for me when I visited.”
The Broncos lose three of their top four defensive tackles after this season. They are so thin at the position that they moved end Tyler Horn to tackle for the last four games of this season.
That was part of the attraction for Terry, who will be able to compete for playing time next season.
The Broncos have one other tackle commit, junior college transfer Justin Taimatuia.
“They need that position — that’s why they were recruiting me so hard,” Terry said.
He visited Washington State and Nevada and canceled a trip to Oregon State. He also had offers from Fresno State, Colorado State, UNLV and Cal Poly, he said.
“I’ve been playing varsity since sophomore year,” he said. “I got a lot of attention then but I never really dreamt that it would be this big, with all these coaches calling.”
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.)
— DT Nick Terry, 6-4, 260, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS
— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)
— K 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