Boise State football loses marquee wide receiver recruit

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football program has lost a third recruiting commitment in the 2014 class.

Wide receiver Shay Fields, considered one of the top players in the class and a potential immediate impact player, decommitted after visiting Bronco Stadium on Saturday, he confirmed Tuesday via text message.

Fields plays at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif. He has offers from USC, Utah and Colorado of the Pac-12.

“I just wanted to open it up and see what other options I could land,” Fields said.

Fields is good friends with quarterback recruit Jalen Greene, who also attended Saturday’s game against Nevada.

Fields said Boise State remains an option.

“Coach Pete said he will still talk to me but will recruit other receivers, too,” Fields said.

The Broncos also have lost running back Squally Canada, who decommitted to take a visit to Oregon State, and defensive lineman Hawkins Mann, a Borah High standout who transferred to Southern California as his senior year began. Mann has committed to San Diego State.

Wide receiver has been an issue for the Broncos in recent recruiting. In the 2013 class, Jack Austin flipped from Boise State to Cal and Kendal Keys signed with Boise State but went to UNLV instead.

Here are the remaining members of the class:

— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)
— CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS
— TE Dimitri Flowers, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)
— TE Drew Sample, 6-4, 235, Newport (Wash.) HS
— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
— OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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