Defensive end from Montana commits to Boise State football team

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Defensive end Will Dissly of Bozeman (Mont.) High has committed to the Boise State football program for 2014, he said Wednesday.

Dissly (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) also plays tight end in high school. Here is a feature written by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle newspaper.

Dissly had 9.5 sacks this season going into the state championship game. He had 13.5 last season. He also caught 50 passes for 860 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

Bozeman won the state title last month.

“You just don’t see the size-speed combination that he has in Montana very often,” Bozeman co-offensive coordinator Levi Wesche told the Chronicle. “He’s definitely an aberration. … In my personal opinion, there are only a couple other kids in the state as versatile as him. There are maybe five tops, and he’s definitely in that group. He keeps getting better and better and better.”

Dissly also had offers from Colorado State, Idaho, Montana, Montana State, Idaho State and Northern Arizona.


Here are some highlights from my conversation with Dissly:

— He was on his official visit for the New Mexico game Saturday. He called coach Chris Petersen to commit Sunday when he returned home.

— The Broncos offered Dissly a scholarship after seeing him at last summer’s high school camp. Dissly and a teammate came to the camp for exposure.

— Dissly chose Boise State predominantly over Montana State. It’s his hometown’s school and his brother played there. “That was tough, decision-making wise,” he said. “Coach Petersen is a great guy. He has his head on straight. And I just wanted to be part of this program.”

— Dissly spoke to Boise State wide receiver Matt Miller, of Helena, about the transition to Boise State. “Matt was really helpful,” he said. “Just talking me through what Boise was like, what the transition was like. That was just nice to know that it can be done. He’s obviously been very successful down there. It’s just 7 hours away, so it’s not too terrible, is what he told me. It’s not terrible moving away. He was definitely helpful with that.”

— On his play: “One of my goals every year is to just be a dominant factor. I’m a big competitor in everything I do — basketball, track and football. I want to compete and be the best I can be. I think I can bring that to Boise State as well.”

— He’s a power forward on the basketball team — “ a defensive specialist,” he said — and a state champion in the shot put. He also throws the discus. He plans to continue in both sports during his senior year.

— On waiting till after the season to commit: “I didn’t really want the season to be about me as far as making a decision. I wanted it to be about the guys and winning the championship. I didn’t want to get In the way or be a distraction. It was nice to have that time to decide what I wanted to do.”


Here is the updated 2014 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 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.)
— 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

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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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