California running back commits to Boise State football

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football program filled a key hole in the roster Monday with a commitment from running back Cory Young of Norco High in Southern California.

Young (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) is a speed back who rushed for 2,450 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. He is the only running back in the Broncos’ 2014 recruiting class.

Young visited Nov. 16 and was offered a scholarship by the previous coaching staff. He wanted to take his visit to San Jose State, so he didn’t commit. Then coach Chris Petersen and most of his staff left for Washington.

The new staff contacted Young about a week before Christmas. They got to know Young over Skype, with Young calling in three times a week and the coaches calling him once a week to comply with NCAA rules.

Young canceled a visit to Washington State to commit. He had been talking to Washington but they recently let him know he was not a high priority on their list.

“I was just ready to commit,” Young said. “It’s just a great fit for me. They want me to come in and play for them early.”

Young’s other offers were from Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Wyoming, Cal Poly, UC Davis, South Dakota State, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State.

Running backs coach Kent Riddle is scheduled to visit Young’s home in Eastvale, Calif., on Thursday.

Young models his game after Oregon standout De’Anthony Thomas.

“He’s my role model, my idol,” Young said. “I feel like we’re not the biggest people on the field, but we’re definitely the quickest and the fastest. I like making people miss, using my speed. If I have to run somebody over, I can do it, but I prefer making them miss.”

Young played varsity for four years but wasn’t the featured back until his senior year.

He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds, he said.

“I get it from my dad — he ran track,” he said. “The whole family is fast.”

Young’s older brother, Kelsey, is a running back/wide receiver at Stanford. He played for new Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.


— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
— ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS
— OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS
— DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)
— DE Will Dissly, 6-4, 250, Bozeman (Mont.) HS
— S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-2, 200, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— 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.)

— WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 190, Narbonne HS (Harbor City, Calif.)

— OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 275, Jr., Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (Bagdad, Ariz.)

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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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