Cornerback who starred in Texas state title game commits to Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team added a commitment this weekend from the defensive MVP of the Texas state championship game.

Cornerback Cameron Hartsfield (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) of Allen (Texas) High committed Saturday on a visit to Boise State. He previously committed to Nevada.

Boise State contacted Hartsfield two weeks ago, he said.

“I was still open to all my options and Boise State came in late,” he said. “I just wanted to check them out. I ended up loving it there.”

Hartsfield’s only other offers were from UTSA and Stephen F. Austin, he said. He drew more recruiting interest after the 5A Division I (largest schools) championship game at Cowboys Stadium, where he made nine tackles and returned a fumble 56 yards. He played safety for Allen.

“That gave me a lot of exposure,” he said. “… I was all over the field that game, basically, and everybody noticed that.”

He played two years of varsity and did not have his best season as a junior, he said. That likely limited his recruiting options, but it also motivated him for 2012.

“I have more confidence,” he said. “I was more mature as a person. The coaches trusted me with a lot of schemes that we did and I took advantage of that and I just went full speed every play.”

The players sold him on Boise State.

“As soon as I got there, they treated me like I was family,” he said.

Hartsfield is the fifth cornerback commit in this class. The Broncos lost their two starting cornerbacks from last season — Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins.

“We know it’s going to be a fun time but it’s going to be very competitive,” Hartsfield said.

National Signing Day is Wednesday.

Here are the commitments we’ve confirmed:

— 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
— 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.)
— WR Kendal Keys, 6-2, 185, Helix HS (La Mesa, Calif.)
— DE/OLB Gabe Perez, 6-4, 215, Valencia HS (Placentia, Calif.)
— TE Jake Roh, 6-3, 210, Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
— CB Dionza Blue, 5-11, 180, Bishop Amat HS (Pasadena, Calif.)
— CB Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 175, Dwyer HS (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
— ATH Thomas Sperbeck, 6-1, 175, Jesuit HS (Carmichael, Calif.)
— WR Tanner Shipley, 6-2, 185, Wilsonville (Ore.) HS
— CB Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 185, Allen (Texas) HS

— K Tyler Rausa, 5-10, 180, Riverside CC (Temecula, Calif.)
— RB Derrick Thomas, 6-1, 210, Butler CC (Dothan, Ala.)
— CB Cleshawn Page, 5-10, 190, Harbor College (Los Angeles)
— DT Deuce Mataele, 6-3, 285, Mt. San Antonio College (West Valley, Utah)

— DL Justin Taimatuia, 6-1, 280, Fort Scott CC (Waipahu, Hawaii)
— CB Mercy Maston, 6-1, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, 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

— LB/FB Darren Lee, 6-2, 203, Lassen HS (Susanville, Calif.)

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