Boise State running backs coach, key recruiter Keith Bhonapha going to Washington

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, a key recruiter in Southern California, will join Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington.

Bhonapha told offensive lineman commit Troy Bacon of his decision, Bacon said Saturday. Bhonapha was not at Boise State’s practice Saturday.

Offensive line coach Chris Strausser also spoke to Bacon. Strausser told him that he was a candidate to replace Petersen but otherwise likely would go to Washington.

Bacon plans to take an official visit to Washington State and would listen to an offer from Washington. He also won’t rule out Boise State.

Bhonapha was Bacon’s primary recruiter.

“The big two people that I really, really clicked it off with are leaving,” Bacon said. “That’s a big reason I’ll be looking to Washington here soon.”

Boise State held 13 oral commitments from 2014 recruits when Petersen left. It already has lost one. Defensive end Jaylen Johnson — who chose Boise State over Oregon — has decommitted and Petersen offered him a scholarship to Washington, Johnson told Lindsey Thiry of FOX Sports.

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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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