Boise State football program adds seven players, including Sumner-Gardner and QB

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

UPDATE: Offensive lineman Troy Bacon, who has been committed to Boise State since last year but considered going elsewhere, said Tuesday night that he will sign with Boise State. “Boise is my final destination,” he wrote in a text message. Earlier, he tweeted that he would not be taking a visit to Cal that he had been considering.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Jesse Sosebee of Huntington Beach, Calif., has become the 10th decommit of the 2014 class, the sixth since coach Chris Petersen left and the fourth to land at Washington. Sosebee confirmed his commitment to the Huskies via text message Tuesday night.

2014 RECRUITING UPDATE:

ENROLLED
— S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-2, 200, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 190, Narbonne HS (Lomita, Calif.)
— OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 275, Jr., Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (Bagdad, Ariz.)
— QB Tommy Stuart, 6-0, 190, So., Butte College (Baltimore)

COMMITMENTS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)
— DE Will Dissly, 6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS
— C Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-2, 295, East HS (Salt Lake City)
— TE David Lucero, 6-5, 210, Holtville (Calif.) HS
— RB Cory Young, 5-10, 183, Norco HS (Eastvale, Calif.)
— DT Dereck Boles, 6-2, 240, Lakeland (Fla.) HS
— OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS

Reconsidering commits
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

Former commits (new school)
— WR Shay Fields (TBA — formerly USC)
— RB Squally Canada (Washington State)
— DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)
— TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)
— QB Jalen Greene (USC)*
— TE Drew Sample (Washington)*
— DL Greg Gaines (Washington)*
— OL Ryan Griswold (TCU)*
— CB Brandon Lewis (Washington)*
— OL Jesse Sosebee (Washington)*
* indicates players who decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

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The Boise State football program added seven players to the roster Tuesday, the first day of the spring semester.

The list includes four previously reported recruits — offensive lineman Jerhen Ertel (Glendale, Ariz., Community College), quarterback Thomas Stuart (Butte College in California), wide receiver A.J. Richardson (grayshirt from Lomita, Calif.) and safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner (early enrollee from Mesquite, Texas).

The three new names are long snapper Kolton Donovan, a former starter at Southern Utah who went on a mission; wide receiver Dusty Fisher, who was a non-playing student at Boise State in the fall; and running back/defensive back Skyler Seibold (a grayshirt from Temecula, Calif.).

The school did not indicate which players are on scholarship. That information likely will not be released until National Signing Day, which is Feb. 5.

Here are the bios from Boise State:

KOLTON DONOVAN
SOUTHERN UTAH CAREER: Grayshirted, and enrolled at Southern Utah for spring of 2012…started at long snapper for head coach Ed Lamb during the 2012 season, then went on a mission…had more than 120 perfect snaps, including one on the game-winning field goal that defeated top-ranked Eastern Washington…named one of Phil Steele’s Top College Freshmen in 2012…earned the Robert Takano Strength and Conditioning Award…one of the top three finalists in an NFL Development Camp.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Ray Hosner…rated as the No. 1 long snapper in the country, and the 11th-best prospect coming out of Utah in 2012…was also rated as the nation’s top long snapper in 2011…earned both all-region and all-state honors as a sophomore, junior and senior…senior year also garnered All-America honors…named most valuable player at the Kohl’s Kicking/Snapping Camp…two-time honoree on the all-region academic team.

DUSTY FISHER
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Two-sport letterwinner at Douglas High School attended Boise State in fall of 2013, but did not play football…lettered twice for head coach Ernie Monfiletto during his prep career…also lettered three times in baseball…named all-region and all-state at wide receiver following his senior season…recorded more than 1,100 receiving yards and caught 15 touchdown passes…also rushed for two scores…as a junior, had 530 receiving yards and five touchdowns…named all-region as a center fielder during his final prep campaign.

JERHEN ERTEL
GLENDALE CC CAREER: Redshirted in 2011, and then started every game along the offensive line for the Gauchos in both 2012 and 2013…primarily played at left tackle, but also started at guard…played for head coach Mickey Bell.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Played tight end, offensive line and defensive end at Bagdad High School, which competed in eight-man football…played for head coach Daniel Corbin.

A.J. RICHARDSON
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Graduated from Narbonne High School in 2013, and delayed enrollment to Boise State until spring of 2014…named a Semper Fidelis All-American following his senior season…also named All-Marine League, all-city section and all-state…rated as a three-star prospect coming out of high school according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com…rated No. 50 at his position by Scout.com and No. 84 by Rivals.com…ranked as one of the top 10 receivers in the West by Scout.com…helped lead the Gauchos to back-to-back CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I Championships in both 2011 and 2012…caught 60 passes for 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior…also rushed 22 times for 121 yards and four touchdowns…caught 63 passes for 947 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior…also rushed 21 times for 355 yards and a score…helped lead the Gauchos to the City Section title…sophomore year caught 60 passes for 700 yards and seven touchdowns…played for head coach Emanuel Douglas.

SKYLER SEIBOLD
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Four-year letterwinner in football for head coach Ryan Tukua…also a three-year letterwinner in track and field…played both running back and defensive back for the Pumas…named second-team All-Southwestern League on offense as a senior in 2012…rushed 85 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns…also recorded 34 tackles on defense…named first-team All-Southwestern League as a utility player as a junior in 2012…rushed for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense, and recorded 44 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

THOMAS STUART
BUTTE JC CAREER: Named Nor-Cal Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and first-team all-league at quarterback for Butte…led Butte to the California Junior College State Championship, earning MVP honors in the title game…Roadrunners were also named co-National Champions…completed 132-of-204 passes for 1,927 yards and 29 touchdowns…threw just three interceptions…completion percentage of .647 led the league.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Led Calvert Hall College High School to a record of 21-3 during his prep career…as a junior, led squad to the first state title in school history, and the first conference title in 30 years…named first-team all-state private school, and second-team all-state consensus (Associated Press)…also garnered first-team all-metro honors…racked up 2,500 total yards and 26 touchdowns…senior year racked up more than 3,500 total yards and 40 touchdowns…once again named first-team all-state private school…also named first-team AP All-State Consensus and first-team all-metro…team finished the season ranked No. 3 in the state…named Crab Bowl Most Valuable Player, Maryland’s All-Star Game.

DYLAN SUMNER-GARDNER
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game following his senior season…four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com…rated No. 7 nationally by Scout.com, No. 8 by 247sports.com and No. 10 by Rivals.com…rated No. 86 overall nationally by Rivals.com, No. 87 by 247sports.com and No. 96 by Scout.com…No. 11 overall in Texas by Rivals.com and No. 12 by 247sports.com…senior year racked up 141 tackles, including 14 for-loss and three forced fumbles…also hauled in three interceptions…named to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A All-State Second Team…named second-team all-area by the Dallas Morning News…named District 10-4A First Team both his junior and senior seasons…junior year had 45 tackles, including two for-loss and three forces fumbles…also had an interception…played for head coach Jeff Neil.

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Here’s my updated position-by-position roster:

QUARTERBACK
9 Grant Hedrick, 6-0, 202, R-Sr.
Thomas Stuart, 6-0, 190, So.
15 Ryan Finley, 6-3, 186, R-Fr.
13 Richard Hoppe, 5-10, 153, R-Fr.

TAILBACK
23 Derrick Thomas, 6-0, 208, R-Sr.
27 Jay Ajayi, 6-0, 220, R-Jr.
21 Jack Fields, 5-9, 195, Jr.
26 Devan Demas, 5-8, 172, R-So.
10 Jamel Hart, 5-9, 195, R-So.
35 Charles Bertoli, 5-11, 200, R-So.

WIDE RECEIVER
2 Matt Miller, 6-3, 222, R-Sr.
81 Dallas Burroughs, 5-8, 171, Sr.
20 Terrell Johnson, 5-9, 174, R-Jr.
14 Troy Ware, 6-2, 188, R-Jr.
11 Shane Williams-Rhodes, 5-6, 157, Jr.
19 Taylor Pope, 6-0, 178, R-So.
82 Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 174, So.
80 D.J. Dean, 6-0, 187, R-Fr.
83 Tanner Shipley, 6-0, 182, R-Fr.
39 David McKinzie, 6-0, 165, R-Fr.
Dusty Fisher, 6-2, 179, R-Fr.
A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 199, Fr.

TIGHT END
86 Kyle Sosnowski, 6-2, 238, R-Sr.
89 Connor Peters, 6-4, 250, Sr.
84 Jake Hardee, 6-3, 241, R-Jr.
85 Holden Huff, 6-5, 236, R-Jr.
93 Brennyn Dunn, 6-3, 220, R-So.
91 Jackson Reed, 6-4, 226, R-So.
98 Alec Dhaenens, 6-3, 232, R-Fr.
88 Jake Roh, 6-2, 210, R-Fr.

OFFENSIVE LINE
72 Marcus Henry, 6-3, 285, R-Jr.
71 Rees Odhiambo, 6-4, 307, R-Jr.
Jerhen Ertel, 6-5, 258, R-Jr.
73 Travis Averill, 6-3, 296, R-So.
70 Steven Baggett, 6-3, 285, R-So.
66 Mario Yakoo, 6-3, 323, R-So.
60 Kellen Buhr, 6-0, 285, R-So.
79 Avery Westendorf, 6-5, 292, R-So.
74 Archie Lewis, 6-3, 275, R-Fr.
75 Eli McCullough, 6-5, 271, R-Fr.
52 Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 279, R-Fr.
59 Mason Hampton, 6-2, 266, R-Fr.

DEFENSIVE END
53 Beau Martin, 6-2, 271, R-Sr.
49 Darien Barrett, 6-2, 225, R-So.
97 Austin Silsby, 6-3, 219, R-Fr.

STUD END
94 Sam McCaskill, 6-3, 240, R-So.
33 Gabe Perez, 6-4, 226, So.
92 Kamalei Correa, 6-2, 244, So.

On mission:
Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Fr.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
69 Tyler Horn, 6-5, 265, Sr.
90 Justin Taimatuia, 6-0, 281, Sr.
58 Robert Ash, 6-3, 291, R-Jr.
40 Armand Nance, 6-0, 288, Jr.
96 Elliot Hoyte, 6-4, 275, R-So.
50 Nick Terry, 6-3, 271, R-Fr.

LINEBACKER
45 Travis Saxton, 6-1, 214, R-Sr.
13 Blake Renaud, 6-2, 243, Sr.
38 Corey Bell, 5-11, 210, Sr.
36 Tyler Gray, 6-4, 228, Jr.
31 Andrew Pint, 6-0, 221, R-So.
51 Ben Weaver, 6-0, 233, R-So.
25 Chris Santini, 5-11, 205, R-So.
44 Darren Lee, 6-1, 221, So.
20 Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 217, So.
7 Joe Martarano, 6-2, 234, R-Fr.
54 Mat Boesen, 6-4, 213, R-Fr.

CORNERBACK
1 Bryan Douglas, 5-9, 178, R-Sr.
3 Cleshawn Page, 5-8, 179, Sr.
19 Mercy Maston, 5-11, 196, Sr.
34 Promise Amadi, 5-9, 185, R-Jr.
5 Donte Deayon, 5-9, 151, Jr.
6 Chaz Anderson, 5-10, 176, R-So.
30 Jonathan Moxey, 5-9, 175, So.
16 Dionza Blue, 5-11, 186, R-Fr.
21 Cameron Hartsfield, 5-9, 188, R-Fr.

SAFETY
10 Jeremy Ioane, 5-10, 190, R-Sr.
24 Taylor Loffler, 6-3, 212, R-Jr.
4 Darian Thompson, 6-1, 200, R-Jr.
28 Dillon Lukehart, 6-0, 207, R-Jr.
22 Chanceller James, 6-1, 205, R-So.
47 Brandon Brown, 5-11, 192, R-Fr.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-1, 202, Fr.

KICKER
41 Dan Goodale, 5-10, 196, R-Sr.
28 Tyler Rausa, 5-8, 190, R-So.

PUNTER
26 Sean Wale, 6-1, 185, R-So.

LONG SNAPPER
46 Kevin Keane, 6-0, 211, Jr.
Kolton Donovan, 6-4, 248, So.
42 Matt Cota, 6-1, 197, R-Fr.

ATHLETE
Skyler Seibold, 6-1, 182, Fr. (RB/DB)


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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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