Coeur d’Alene High football star flips commitment to Boise State from Washington

By Chadd Cripe
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football coaches took a page out of Washington’s book on Tuesday night.

The Broncos received a commitment from Coeur d’Alene High tight end Chase Blakley, who previously was committed to the Huskies. Blakley announced his commitment on Twitter.

Boise State has lost five recruits to Washington and former coach Chris Petersen. Blakley is the first to go the other direction.

Blakley (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) made 49 catches for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He was an All-Idaho first-teamer as a tight end and defensive lineman.

“Freak of an athlete who changed the game on both sides of the ball,” Capital coach Todd Simis said in our All-Idaho section. “Seemed to always make a play when it had to be made.” ranks Blakley as the nation’s No. 8 tight end and as a four-star recruit. ranks Blakley as No. 15 at tight end and as a three-star recruit.

Blakley is the second top-10 player at his position to commit to the first-year Bryan Harsin coaching staff. The other, safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, is already enrolled.

Boise State has not had much success recruiting North Idaho over the years. The last two players from that region to sign with the Broncos: defensive lineman/linebacker Byron Hout in 2008 (he’s now a graduate assistant coach for the Broncos; he also had an offer from Washington) and offensive lineman Matt Hill in 1997.


The Boise State football team has added an offensive lineman to its 2014 recruiting class.

Andres Preciado (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) of Mar Vista High in Imperial Beach, Calif., was an All-San Diego Section first-team selection.

He chose Boise State over Colorado State, San Jose State, Columbia, Dartmouth and Navy, U-T San Diego reported.

Preciado also plays basketball and baseball.

“This was a tough choice, and I thought long and hard about it,” Preciado told U-T San Diego. “I spent hours talking with my family. But I felt like I fit in at Boise State. I valued all my visits, but over the next four or five years, I felt this was right.”

Preciado has not responded to messages from the Idaho Statesman.


— 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)


— 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)
— 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
— RB/WR Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 190, Santa Margarita HS (Long Beach, Calif.)
— CB Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS
— OL Andres Preciado, 6-4, 245, Mar Vista HS (Imperial Beach, Calif.)
— TE Chase Blakley, 6-4, 240, Coeur d’Alene 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 (Colorado)
— 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)*
— DE Will Dissly (Washington)*
* indicates players who decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

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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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