Texas LB is latest commitment for Boise State football

By Brian Murphy
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

Linebacker Kaleb Hill liked what he saw on his official visit to Boise State last weekend. He liked the coaching staff’s ties to the school, the fact that many had returned from other schools.

He just needed some time.

“I was leaning toward Boise the whole time. I just felt like I needed a couple days to have everything set in. This is a four-year commitment,” Hill told the Idaho Statesman on Thursday, hours after he committed to Boise State.

Hill (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) called defensive line coach Steve Caldwell and head coach Bryan Harsin on Thursday morning to inform them of his decision.

“I feel like there’s going to be something special going on at Boise State,” he said.

Though Hill is listed as a linebacker, he said Boise State coaches told him he would play the Broncos’ STUD position. It’s more of a hybrid linebacker/defensive lineman. The staff referenced Shea McClellin, a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears, and Demarcus Lawrence, who left school after his junior year for this year’s NFL Draft.

“It’s a great compliment,” Hill said.

Hill, from Samuel Clemens High in Schertz, Texas, had offers from Colorado, Vanderbilt, Nevada and Texas San-Antonio. He said the decision came down to Boise State or Vanderbilt, but that the Broncos were in the lead for a while.

He was originally offered a scholarship by former coach Chris Petersen and his staff. Hill said he spoke with Washington linebackers coach Bob Gregory, but no offer came. “They didn’t have a spot for me,” Hill said.

National Signing Day is Wednesday. That’s when commitments can become official as it is the first day that players can sign binding letters of intent with their schools.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin delivered his signature “Go Broncos” tweet earlier in the morning. The message has come to indicate that the Broncos have gotten another commitment.

Quarterback Alex Ogle committed Wednesday evening.


— 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
— QB Alex Ogle, 6-3, 205, Jensen Beach HS (Palm City, Fla.)
— STUD Kaleb Hill, 6-1, 210, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas)

— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

— 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)*
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson (Washington)*
* indicates players who decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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