Eastern Washington assistant will be Boise State WRs coach

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

UPDATE:

Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin confirmed Tuesday to The Spokesman-Review that wide receivers coach Junior Adams will be the new wide receivers coach at Boise State. “He deserves the chance,” Baldwin said. “I appreciate everything he’s done here.”

Our story on Adams from last night is below.

Boise State and Washington have completed their coaching staffs and last year’s Boise State offensive coordinator, Robert Prince, did not land at either place.

Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen introduced his Washington staff to the media Tuesday. Read about that here.

New Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and assistants Mike Sanford, Marcel Yates and Kent Riddle meet the Boise media Wednesday.

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Eastern Washington wide receivers coach Junior Adams will be named Boise State’s wide receivers coach, completing the full-time coaching staff, according to multiple social media posts Monday night.

FootballScoop.com tweeted Adams’ addition. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. posted a lengthy congratulatory note on Instagram that mentioned Junior Adams’ new job. And former Washington and Prosser (Wash.) High wide receiver Cody Bruns sent Adams a congratulatory note on Twitter. The notes from his former players were posted before the news broke on FootballScoop.

Adams, 34, is a former All-American wide receiver at Montana State who also played at Oregon State. He has spent the past five years coaching wide receivers for Eastern Washington, one of the top programs in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Adams coached at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2008 and was the wide receivers coach at Prosser in 2007, where he worked for Tom Moore — father of former Broncos Kellen and Kirby Moore. Adams coached at Montana State after his playing career ended in 2002.

“He’s a great coach and mentor,” Vernon Adams Jr. said on Instagram. “… Coach Adams has been producing the best receivers ever.”

New Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates was an assistant at Montana State during Adams’ playing career. Outgoing Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith played with him and outgoing defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski was on the Montana State staff when Adams was a player and coach there.

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I’m working on an update on the Boise State football team’s 2014 recruiting class for Tuesday’s newspaper.

The latest addition is tight end David Lucero (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) of Holtville, Calif. He played in California’s Division 5 at a school with about 500 students.

“From where I’m at, it’s pretty rare to get a Division I scholarship,” he said. “So I’m pretty excited about that.”

Lucero chose Boise State over UTEP and Montana State. He was recruited by linebackers coach Andy Avalos before and after the coaching change, he said, but just recently received an offer.

“Hearing about all the new stuff they’re doing with the program and just the name and reputation that they have for football made them kind of stand out,” Lucero said.

He also was intrigued by the Broncos’ use of the tight end, which thrived when new coach Bryan Harsin was the offensive coordinator.

“They pretty much base their offense around their tight end,” Lucero said.

I also spoke to safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, the Texas standout who committed over the weekend. Sumner-Gardner had been committed to Texas A&M but decided to follow new Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates to Boise.

“I have a better chance of going to the NFL at Boise than at A&M,” Sumner-Gardner said, referencing Yates’ history of developing pro defensive backs in Boise. “… I looked into it. That’s one of the reasons I followed coach Yates.”

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A couple updates:

— Talked to center Tennessee Su’esu’e of Salt Lake City. The 6-foot-2, 295-pouder has played football for two years, not counting a single season of youth football. He had to quit sports because of an irregular heartbeat, he said, but was able to play again when he outgrew the ailment. College football wasn’t on his radar until just recently. “It just came out of nowhere,” he said. “Just a big blessing for me and my family. We weren’t sure when I was getting back into football how it was going to go.”

— Wide receiver Sean Modster, one of the Broncos’ remaining commitments from the previous coaching staff, said he looked for a backup plan in case something went wrong with his Boise State offer but he remains committed to the Broncos. “Bryan Harsin seems like a really great guy,” Modster said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

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Here is the Broncos’ updated 2014 class and who they’ve lost:

Commits
— CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— 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, 197, 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

Reconsidering
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS
— OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

Former commits
— WR Shay Fields (USC)
— RB Squally Canada (Washington State)
— DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)
— TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)
— QB Jalen Greene (USC)*
— TE Drew Sample (Washington)*
* indicates players who left 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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