Boise State football unveils 28-man recruiting class


Above: CB Mercy Maston highlights. To view all Boise State recruit highlight videos, click here.

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

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen met with the media Wednesday to discuss the Broncos’ recruiting class (see the full list below) — and a few other topics. Here are the highlights, which include news on the Lee Hightower/Hayden Plinke suspensions and his take on Titus Young (audio here).

We have highlight videos of the recruits here.

— On the class: “We like these guys a lot, that’s the bottom line. … Our coaches did a tremendous job. I couldn’t be more proud of them. It’s a hard, competitive world out there in the world of recruiting. We love them on paper. We all know we’ve got to get them here and get them off the paper and see what they can do on the field and off the field … see if they can handle the intensity of this environment.”

— On five cornerbacks: “Those guys can play multiple positions. They can play safety. You start with corners and go from there. Just kind of the numbers dictated … we have to beef (that cornerback position) up a little bit. We’re very thin there so all those guys are going to have a great opportunity to come in and compete right away.”

— On Joe Martarano: “I don’t know if we’ve ever offered a guy that early. … I think he’s got no chance as a baseball player. My scouting sense says he can’t hit the curveball. Just kidding, Joey, we love you. We’ll just see how that goes. I know that guy is a football player and loves Boise State.”

— On whether Martarano could play pro baseball and college football: “We’ve had some discussions about can we work out both and that’s usually not our deal but I know this, the guy’s a football player. We’ll kind of cross that bridge when we see what happens with his baseball stuff down the road.”

— On Eli McCullough: “I remember way back when he was in our camp, he might have been a freshman. Coach (Chris) Strausser said we finally got a DI lineman right here in our back yard as a young guy. It was Eli. We kept watching him through his career. He kept growing and getting better. He’s extremely athletic. We’ve had our sights on him for quite a while.”

— On six JC recruits: “Usually you don’t like to take that many JC guys, just because you don’t have them that long. That’s the main reason and it takes them a while to get dialed in. That said, the JC guys we’ve taken we’ve done pretty well with. Our coaches have a pretty good feel for what we’re really looking for. We’re leery in recruiting anyway. We’re even more leery with JC guys. It has to be the right guy because he doesn’t have much time. We felt like we had needs at these positions.”

— On signing only two Texas high school players: “I don’t know if (we recruited) as hard but we had our guys in there, two new recruiters. Sometimes it takes a minute to get your feet on the ground.” The Broncos had built a strong Texas connection with former assistants Brent Pease, Jeff Choate and Marcel Yates.

— On a targeted position other than corner: “In our D-line as well, we made some pretty good strides there.”

— On recruiting three offensive linemen: “It’s numbers. We feel very good about those three. If we had more scholarships, that’s probably would have the position to take another one.”

— On Ryan Finley: “Ryan’s played in an offense that threw it a lot, which we like. He’s athletic and can run. I think his best days are ahead of him in terms of his running the ball. He threw it so much I don’t think he thought of himself a whole lot like a runner. He’s athletic and he throws it well. He’s a big, tall guy. He’s extremely, extremely smart. He may be the best student coming in on the entire team. All those things intangible-wise add up.”

— On Tyler Rausa: “I think he’s got a big chance. I’ll tell you one thing that’s nice about him, he’s kicked at the college level so there’s no tee involved. That makes a difference right there. … He’s shown to be a pressure kicker. He’s played some college ball. He’ll be great to have in the mix.”

— On Thomas Sperbeck: “Fast, tough, smart — so you can probably play him at a couple different positions. He can run. He can really run.”

— Petersen said the Big East/Mountain West decision didn’t affect recruiting but the coaches are excited about the new TV arrangement that will put most of Boise State’s home games on national TV. “That was really important to us as coaches,” he said. “… You walk into a restaurant and the Broncos are going to be back on that channel. We get back to having a lot of exposure like we had in the past. … I haven’t noticed (a problem the past two years). But I do think those things wear after time. You may not feel an immediate effect of whatever, but eventually you will.”

— Petersen said the promised top-to-bottom review of the offensive playbook has started. “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s what we like to do — how do we continue to evolve. It fires us all up.”

— Petersen said his full-time staff remains intact. He lost at least one coordinator after each of the past three seasons. “I can’t tell you what a relief that is for me,” he said.

— Petersen said safety Lee Hightower and tight end Hayden Plinke, who are suspended from school for violating university policy, will not return to the football program. “They’re done,” he said.

— Petersen talked to Titus Young a couple weeks ago and plans to talk to him again soon. He sees similarities between his difficulties with the Lions, who cut him, and his issues early in his Boise State career. “I’m really hopeful that he can get it figured out and I think he will,” Petersen said. “It’s all about learning as we move forward. Hopefully he does and has. I’m going to look forward to talking to him. … He’s a pretty headstrong guy. Everybody’s got to make their own decisions. I have hope and faith that he will, that he’ll get back on track and get going, because he’s got a good heart and he’s a wonderful football player.”

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Sophomore defensive tackle Jeff Worthy has been dismissed from the team, Petersen said Wednesday night. Worthy was suspended for nearly all of last season. Petersen said Monday that Worthy was back on the team. His status changed after that, he said.

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The Boise State football program added 21 players Wednesday — National Signing Day — to go with the seven who joined the program last month.

One more player, wide receiver A.J. Richardson of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., publicly committed to the Broncos on Wednesday but hasn’t signed yet because of some academic and knee rehab issues, he said. He expects to sign soon.

The class includes 19 high school seniors, six junior college transfers (four signed in December) and three previous signees who delayed enrollment.

Here’s the breakdown:

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
— LB Joe Martarano, 6-3, 235, Fruitland HS
— TE Alec Dhaenens, 6-4, 240, Fruitland HS
— QB Ryan Finley, 6-4, 185, Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix)
— OL Eli McCullough, 6-4, 265, Rocky Mountain HS (Boise)
— OL Andrew Tercek, 6-0, 275, East Central HS (San Antonio, Texas)
— LB Tanner Vallejo, 6-1, 230, Nevada Union HS (Grass Valley, Calif.)
— DE Durrant Miles, 6-4, 220, Bingham HS (South Jordan, Utah); expects to join in 2016 because of LDS mission
— N Mat Boesen, 6-4, 220, West HS (Torrance, Calif.)
— RB Aaron Baltazar, 5-11, 185, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, Calif.)
— DT Nick Terry, 6-3, 275, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— WR Kendal Keys, 6-2, 200, Helix HS (San Diego)
— DE Gabe Perez, 6-5, 220, Valencia HS (Placentia, Calif.)
— TE Jake Roh, 6-2, 215, Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
— CB Dionza Blue, 5-11, 180, Bishop Amat HS (Puente, Calif.)
— CB Jonathan Moxey, 5-10, 180, Dwyer HS (Palm Beach, Fla.)
— S Thomas Sperbeck, 6-0, 185, Jesuit HS (Carmichael, Calif.)
— WR Tanner Shipley, 6-1, 180, Wilsonville (Ore.) HS
— CB Cameron Hartsfield, 5-10, 185, Allen (Texas) HS
— DE Kamalei Correa, 6-2, 230, St. Louis School (Honolulu)

JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFERS (SIGNED WEDNESDAY)
— DT Justin Taimatuia, 5-11, 295, Fort Scott CC (American Samoa)
— CB Mercy Maston, 5-10, 190, Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)

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

GRAYSHIRTS (ENROLLED)
— WR D.J. Dean, 6-1, 180, Eagle HS (Eagle)
— OL Archie Lewis, 6-4, 255, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS

RETURNING MISSIONARY (ENROLLED)
— LB Darren Lee, 6-2, 220, Lassen HS (Susanville, Calif.)

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I have much more recruiting info in the blog I posted this morning, including more detail on Richardson. Read it here.

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Here are the bios provided by Boise State:

Aaron Baltazar
A 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back out of Chula Vista, Calif. (Eastlake HS), Aaron Baltazar rushed 218 times for 1,855 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior for head coach John McFadden…earned first-team All-Metro Mesa League, first-team All-CIF San Diego Section and first-team all-state honors…added seven receptions for 80 yards…also played defense, recording 73 tackles (55 solo), an interception and 14 pass break-ups…forced and recovered two fumbles each…returned 13 punts for 166 yards (12.8 yards per return)…in all, scored 24 touchdowns on the season…as a junior, rushed 49 times for 242 yards and two touchdowns in an injury-shortened season…also caught five passes for 73 yards…played strong safety, racking up 70 tackles (55 solo), an interception and two PBUs.

Dionza Blue
A 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback from La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS), Dionza Blue was named first-team Tribune All-Area and first-team All-Serra League at defensive back following his senior season for head coach Steve Hagerty…led the Lancers in both tackles (68.5) and interceptions (four)…also a standout running back, leading Bishop Amat with 667 yards and 16 touchdowns during his final prep campaign.

Mat Boesen
A 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker from Torrance, Calif. (West HS), Mat Boesen was named CIF Northern Division Defensive Player of the Year, Daily Breeze All-Area and MaxPreps California Division II All-State Second Team for head coach Greg Holt…had more than 50 receptions and 800 yards receiving…also recorded more than 100 tackles and broke West’s single-season sack record…first-team All-Bay League and second-team Torrance Daily Breeze All-Area on defense following his junior season…registered 79 tackles from his defensive end position…also played tight end, catching 31 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns…standout wrestler captured four-straight Bay League championships…sophomore year advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet, and finished third at the CIF championships as a junior.

Kamalei Correa
A 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end from Honolulu (Saint Louis School), Kamalei Correa was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Matt Wright…named first-team All-Interscholastic League of Hawaii (I/II) on the defensive line following his senior season…also lettered twice in basketball…member of the Honor Roll during his junior and senior years, and member of the student council as a junior and senior.

Alec Dhaenens
A 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end from Fruitland, Idaho (Fruitland HS), Alec Dhaenens was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Bruce Schlaich…helped lead Fruitland to three-consecutive state championship appearances (3A), winning the title during his sophomore season in 2010…also won three-straight league titles…named first-team All-Snake River Valley and first team all-state at tight end during his junior season…was also first-team all-league and second-team all-state at defensive end…caught 20 passes for 452 yards and six touchdowns…caught three passes for 41 yards as a senior, before an injury ended his season…was starting at both tight end and linebacker in his final prep campaign…lettered once in basketball, leading Fruitland to the Snake River Valley championship and a second-straight state championship during his junior season in 2011-12…named first-team All-SRV and earned the Billy O’Dell Award (most team points)…member of the National Honor Society.

Ryan Finley
A 6-foot-4, 185-pound quarterback out of Phoenix (Paradise Valley HS), Ryan Finley was named by the Arizona Cardinals pro football team as the Arizona Player of the Year…received first-team all-state in all divisions by the Arizona Republic and by the high school coaches association…a finalist for the Ed Doherty Award, which is the Heisman Trophy award for Arizona high school football…won the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award for the state of Arizona…Arizona Division III, Section III East Co-Offensive Player of the Year following his senior campaign for head coach Donnie Yantis…was also named Arizona Football Coaches’ Association Division III All-State and all-state honorable mention (Scout.com)…completed 270-of-424 passes for the Trojans, leading the state of Arizona with 3,442 yards…he also threw 35 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, and rushed 96 times for 282 yards and four scores during his final prep campaign…led Paradise Valley to the state playoffs…as a junior Finley completed 239-of-381 passes for 2,911 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Cameron Hartsfield
A 5-foot-10, 185-pound cornerback from Allen, Texas (Allen HS), Cameron Hartsfield recorded 100 tackles and six punt blocks in his final prep campaign, helping lead head coach Tom Westerberg’s Allen High School to the 5A Texas State Championship…earned UIL Defensive Player of the Game honors in the title game after recording nine tackles and a 56-yard fumble recovery…garnered first-team All-District 10-5A at defensive back.

Kendal Keys
A 6-foot-2, 196-pound wide receiver from San Diego (Helix HS), Kendal Keys was named All-CIF San Diego Section First Team at wide receiver following his senior season for head coach Troy Starr…led the Highlanders to the second round of the CIF playoffs…was also one of seven student-athletes named to the San Diego Hall of Champions…led Helix to the CIF State Division II and CIF San Diego Section championships as a junior in 2011.

Joe Martarano
A 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker from Fruitland (Fruitland HS), Joe Martarano was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Bruce Schlaich…was named honorable mention PARADE All-America following his senior season, just the third Idahoan to make the team (Jake Plummer, 1992; Austin Lee, 1997)…helped lead Fruitland to four-consecutive state title games, winning the championship in 2010…senior year named Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Idaho’s 3A State Player of the Year…garnered Snake River Valley Player of the Year honors on both offense and defense…on defense, recorded 147 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions…on offense, threw for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 600 yards and 10 scores…junior year named Snake River Valley Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushing for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns…was also first-team all-league at linebacker, and was first-team all-state on both offense and defense…defensively, recorded 159 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions…sophomore year named first-team all-state and first-team All-Snake River Valley at linebacker after recording 158 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions…starting quarterback also threw for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 400 yards and eight scores…also a three-year letterwinner in basketball, played on back-to-back state championship teams in 2011 and 2012…lettered four times in baseball, and the third baseman was named Idaho’s top player by MaxPreps.

Mercy Maston
A 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback from Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS / Bakersfield College), Mercy Maston helped lead head coach Jeff Chudy’s Bakersfield College to the CCCAA State Championship this past season, leading the Renegades in tackles (10) in the title game…the sophomore recorded 68 tackles on the season (52 solo), and had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown…also recovered two fumbles…as a freshman, registered 42 tackles (31 solo), and intercepted four passes…led Bakersfield High School to the championship game of the CIF Central Section Division I in his final prep campaign.

Eli McCullough
A 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman from Boise (Rocky Mountain HS), Elijah McCullough was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Jason Warr…two-year starter at left tackle earned first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference and first-team all-state honors following his senior season…also a two-time letterwinner in track and field, won the state shot put championship in 2012 (56-10), and finished third in the event as a junior…lettered once in wrestling.

Durrant Miles
A 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Durrant Miles was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Dave Peck…registered 51 tackles, a sack, 10 hurries and five pass break-ups as a junior…recorded 64 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior en route to first-team all-state honors from both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune…also had 12 hurries and five pass PBUs, earning team most valuable player and all-region honors…two-time letterwinner in basketball.

Jonathan Moxey
A 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback from West Palm Beach, Fla. (Dwyer HS), Jonathan Moxey earned all-state honorable mention honors (7A) following his senior season for head coach Jack Daniels…registered 36 tackles, nine interceptions and 13 pass break-ups as a junior.

Gabe Perez
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Placentia, Calif. (Valencia HS), Gabriel Perez was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Mike Marrujo…named first-team All-Empire League following both his sophomore and junior seasons…also lettered three times in basketball and four times in track and field…named second-team all-league as a freshman on the hardwood…named first-team all-league in track as a sophomore, and was the Empire League’s Most Valuable Player as a junior…set the school’s shot put record as a junior (57-3), and recorded a personal best of 172-3 in the discus…member of the Valencia Honor Roll.

Jake Roh
A 6-foot-3, 210-pound tight end from Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral HS), Jake Roh was named All-Division II Player of the Year, and was first-team All-Division II at linebacker (Scout.com) for head coach Dave Huffine…named Arizona Football Coaches’ Association Division II All-State First Team at linebacker…senior season caught 72 passes for 805 yards and 13 touchdowns…defensively, recorded 72 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions…junior year was named AzFCA Division II All-State at wide receiver, after catching 49 passes for 922 yards and 17 touchdowns…sophomore year caught 15 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Tanner Shipley
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville HS), Tanner Shipley was named Northwest Oregon Conference Offensive Player of the Year for head coach Adam Guenther after recording 1,912 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, playing multiple positions…was also first-team All-NWOC at running back, and second-team all-league at cornerback…as a junior, named second-team all-conference on offense, and was honorable mention all-league on defense…rushed for 1,287 yards and 16 touchdowns, and caught six passes for 117 yards…defensively, recorded 26 tackles (22 solo), five interceptions, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble…also a standout in baseball, was named all-league as an outfielder following his junior season, and was first-team all-league as a designated hitter following his sophomore season.

Thomas Sperbeck
A 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Carmichael, Calif. (Jesuit HS), Thomas Sperbeck was named MaxPreps All-Sac-Joaquin Section First Team as an athlete after leading head coach Marlon Blanton’s squad in passing, rushing, tackles and scoring…was also named Sacramento Bee All-Metro First Team on offense, and was Sac-Joaquin Section Delta River All-Purpose Player of the Year…completed 57-of-156 passes for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushing for 932 yards and nine touchdowns…defensively, registered 69 tackles (40 solo)…completed 105-of-176 passes for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, and ran for 585 yards and eight touchdowns for the Marauders.

Justin Taimatuia
A 5-foot-11, 295-pound defensive tackle from American Samoa (Tafuna HS / Fort Scott CC), Justin Taimatuia was named All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honorable mention following his sophomore season for head coach Curtis Horton…registered 29 tackles (21 solo), including 4.5 for-loss and two sacks for the Greyhounds…recorded 37 tackles (21 solo) as a freshman, including five TFLs.

Andrew Tercek
A 6-foot, 275-pound offensive lineman from San Antonio (East Central HS), Andrew Tercek was a four-year starter for head coach Robert Walker, starting at left tackle for three seasons before moving to center as a senior…garnered first-team all-district honors (28-5A) following both his junior and senior seasons…was a unanimous selection in his final prep campaign, and was also named honorable mention all-state and to the Class 5A Super Team…honorable mention all-district following both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Nick Terry
A 6-foot-3, 276-pound defensive tackle from Elk Grove, Calif. (Pleasant Grove HS), Nick Terry registered 55 tackles (26 solo) as a senior en route to All-Delta River League First Team honors for head coach Joe Cattolico…led Pleasant Grove to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs…recorded 77 tackles (36 solo) en route to first-team all-league honors as a junior…led Eagles to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game…sophomore year recorded 72 tackles (27 solo), helping to lead team to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship.

Tanner Vallejo
A 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker from Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS), Tanner Vallejo was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Dave Humphers…sophomore year earned first-team All-Sierra Foothill League honors, in addition to first-team all-metro and first-team All-Sac-Joaquin Section accolades…recorded 132 tackles, two sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a sophomore…junior year named league’s most valuable player after recording 158 tackles, two sacks, an interception, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…also garnered first-team all-metro, Sac-Joaquin Section First Team and second-team all-state honors…senior year earned a second-straight Sierra Foothill League Defensive Most Valuable Player honor…was also second-team all-state, first-team All-SFL, first-team All-Sac-Joaquin Section, all-metro and a MaxPreps All-American…registered 129 tackles, two sacks, an interception, three forces fumbles, three fumble recoveries…scored 13 touchdowns during his prep career…lettered once in baseball.

MID-YEAR SIGNEES

Tutulupeatau “Deuce” Mataele
Signed with Boise State in December, and enrolled in school for spring semester…a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle from West Valley, Utah (Granger HS), Deuce Mataele spent the last two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif, and will be a junior in 2013…registered team highs with 42 tackles (23 solo) and 14.5 tackles-for-loss as a sophomore in 2012…also forced three fumbles and broke up a pass for the Mounties…recorded 39 tackles (19 solo) as a freshman, including 10 for-loss and four sacks…also had four pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…two-year letterwinner in high school, earning first-team all-league honors as a senior and second-team all-league honors as a junior…also lettered twice in basketball for the Lancers.

Cleshawn Page
Signed with Boise State in December, and enrolled in school for spring semester…a 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback from Los Angeles (Dorsey HS), Cleshawn Page played for head coach Brett Peabody at Los Angeles Harbor College the last two seasons, and will be a junior in 2013…as a sophomore for the Seahawks in 2012, registered 44 tackles (28 solo), including 2.5 for-loss…also forced a fumble, recovered another and broke up four passes.

Tyler Rausa
Signed with Boise State in December, and enrolled in school for spring semester…a 5-foot-10, 180-pound kicker from Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS), Tyler Rausa spent the 2012 season at Riverside City College with head coach Tom Craft, and will join the Broncos as a sophomore…converted 15-of-20 (.750) field goals with a long of 48 yards, and was 52-of-53 on PATs in his lone season at Riverside…earned all-conference honors…three-year letterwinner for head coach Coley Candaele at Vista Murrieta High School…was named first-team All-Southwestern League as a sophomore, junior and senior…went 19-for-21 on field goal attempts – with a long of 51 yards – as a senior (.905), earning MaxPreps All-America honors…helped lead squad to the 2011 CIF Championship…was also named Los Angeles Times California Special Teams Most Valuable Player and first-team all-state…honorable mention all-state as a junior after going 12-of-15 on field goals (.800) with a long of 48 yards…sophomore year went 9-of-13 on field goals (.692), with a long of 45…three-year letterwinner in baseball batter over .330 over his final two seasons.

Derrick Thomas
Signed with Boise State in December, and enrolled in school for spring semester…a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Pittsburg, Texas (Northview HS ), Derrick Thomas spent the last three seasons at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., and will join the Broncos as a redshirt junior in 2013…as a redshirt sophomore in 2012, carried 157 times for 829 yards and nine touchdowns for head coach Troy Morrell…also caught 17 passes for 166 yards and two scores, helping to lead the Grizzlies to the NJCAA National Championship game…in his debut season with the Grizzlies (2011), carried 145 times for 793 yards and six touchdowns.

GRAYSHIRTS

D.J. DEAN
Initially signed with Boise State in February, 2011…a 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver from Eagle (Eagle HS), D.J. Dean was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Paul Peterson…named the 5A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year in 2011…received all-state honors as a defensive back and was named Eagle High School’s most valuable player as a senior…caught 56 passes for 801 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 121 yards in his final prep campaign…defensively, recorded 77 tackles, six interceptions and forces two fumbles…earned two letters in basketball…named conference all-academic in each of his four years in high school.

Darren Lee
Initially signed with the Broncos in February, 2010…a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Susanville, Calif. (Lassen HS), Darren Lee was named first-team All-State for Division III following his senior season playing for head coach Tom St. Jacques…voted Northern Athletic League Defensive Most Valuable Player…named first team all-conference as a junior…recorded 141 tackles and gained over 1,300 rushing yards during his high school career…as a junior, qualified for the California state track and field meet…earned four varsity letters in both track and field and wrestling.

ARCHIE LEWIS
Initially signed with Boise State in February, 2011…a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS), Archie Lewis started along the offensive line for head coach Nick Baiz and the Cougars as both a junior and senior…missed his first two high school seasons due to injury…named second-team All-Baseline League at offensive tackle following his senior season.

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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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