Coach Pete looks to boost defense with 2013 recruiting class

Coach Pete looks to boost defense with 2013 recruiting class
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — For the second straight year, Boise State coach Chris Petersen has focused recruiting efforts on defense.

Defensive players account for 13 of the 21 new recruits who signed letters of intent Wednesday to play for the Broncos this fall.

The Broncos are coming off an 11-2 season and were supposed to join the Big East this year. But the school backed out of those plans, opting instead to remain in the Mountain West Conference.

Overall, the 2013 recruiting class includes five cornerbacks, four linebackers, six linemen and a safety. Some of those players signed last year and are now enrolled in school.

On the other side of the ball, Petersen signed quarterback Ryan Finley from Phoenix, along with two wide receivers, two tight ends, two linemen and a running back.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Aaron Baltazar, rb, 5-11, 185, Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, Calif.

Dionza Blue, cb, 5-11, 180, Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif.

Mat Boesen, lb, 6-4, 220, West HS, Torrance, Calif.

Kamelei Correa, de, 6-2, 230, Saint Louis School, Honolulu, Hawaii

Alec Dhaenens, te, 6-4, 240, Fruitland (Idaho) HS

Ryan Finley, qb, 6-4, 185, Paradise Valley HS, Phoenix, Ariz.

Cameron Hartsfield, cb, 5-10, 185, Allen (Texas) HS

Kendal Keys, wr, 6-2, 200, Helix HS, San Diego, Calif.

Joe Martarano, lb, 6-3, 235, Fruitland (Idaho) HS

Mercy Matson, cb, 5-10, 190, Bakersfield (Calif.) HS/Bakersfield College

Eli McCullough, ol, 6-4, 265, Rocky Mountain HS, Boise, Idaho

Durrant Miles, de, 6-4, 220, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah

Jonathan Moxey, cb, 5-10, 180, Dwyer HS, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Gabe Perez, de, 6-5, 220, Valencia, HS, Placentia, Calif.

Jake Roh, te, 6-2, 215, Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tanner Shipley, wr, 6-1, 180, Wilsonville (Ore.) HS

Thomas Sperbeck, s, 6-0, 185, Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif.

Justin Taimatuia, dt, 5-11, 295, Fort Scott (Colo.) CC

Andrew Tercek, of, 6-0, 275, East Central HS, San Antonio, Texas

Nick Terry, dt, 6-3, 275, Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, Calif.

Tanner Vallejo, lb, 6-1, 230, Nevada Union HS, Grass Valley, Calif.