Boise State National Signing Day 2014

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Rondell McNair -- DE | 6'4" | 250 | New Bern, N.C. (Contra Costa College)

The Broncos battled with a handful of Mountain West Conference programs (New Mexico, San Jose State, and Wyoming) to land McNair, a transfer from Contra Costa Community College. McNair finished his final season of junior college football by picking up six sacks, and eight tackles for loss. Rivals.com considers him a two-star defensive end.

Cory Young -- RB | 5'10" | 180 | Norco, Calif. (Norco HS)

Watching his highlight tape it is clear Young can run, and run very fast. Like many running backs he’s not very bashful about it, as evident by his Twitter handle (@speedycory1). That being said, his 40-yard-dash times have been a mixed bag. His recruiting page on ESPN.com lists his speed at 4.76 seconds (slow for a running back), but other sites put that number in the sub 4.5 range.

You can’t deny Young’s big-play ability, and the staggering numbers he put up during his senior season (2450 rushing yards, 22 touchdowns). At 5-foot-9 and 169 pounds, Young’s frame is a bit small to rely on him as an every-down back, but his potential for explosive plays should keep him on the field for a good chunk of the game. Boise State University was the biggest name to offer this consensus three-star recruit, who hopes to make every team pay for passing on him.

Dylan Sumner-Gardner -- S | 6'1" | 195 | Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite HS)

Sumner-Gardner enrolled at Boise State University this spring, so there wasn't much concern about the Texas native backing out of his commitment. Enrolling early gives Sumner-Gardner the opportunity to participate in Boise State's Spring Drills and could lead to playing time as a true-freshman.

Sumner-Gardner is the highest ranked Boise State recruit in the history of the Bronco football program, and made the top-100 list of every reputable recruiting website. The consensus He originally committed to Texas A&M but followed former Aggies co-defensive coordinator and current Bronco defensive coordinator Marcel Yates to Boise.

Tommy Stuart -- QB | 6'0" | 200 | Baltimore, Md. (Butte JC)

Stuart provides the Broncos will much-needed depth at the quarterback position after Nick Patti’s transfer to the University of Central Florida following the 2013 football season. The soon-to-be sophomore will have four years to play three seasons with the Broncos, although given their quarterback depth chart has a real chance to contribute in 2014.

The Maryland native earned Nor-Cal Conference Player of the Year honors as he led Butte to the California Junior College State Championship. Stuart threw for 1,927 yards and 29 touchdowns, while being intercepted just three times in his only season at Butte.

A.J. Richardson -- WR | 6'1" | 185 | Lomita, Calif. (Narbonne HS)

Richardson was a member of the 2013 recruiting class, but a torn ACL led the wide receiver to delay his enrollment at Boise State University until the spring of 2013 and a grayshirt opportunity for 2014.

Rivals.com listed the 6-foot-1 receiver as a three-star recruit and the 84th best player at his position when coming out of high school in 2013. Bronco Nation hopes Richardson can recapture the skill and speed that led to a 60 reception, 1,000 yard, and 18 touchdown senior season at Narbonne High School.

Jerhen Ertel -- OL | 6'6" | 280 | Bagdad, Ariz. (Glendale CC)

Ertel started every game of his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons at Glendale Community College. Most of his playing time came at left tackle, but Ertel is versatile enough to slide inside to play guard.

Much like former Bronco lineman Matt Paradis, Ertel played eight-man high school football. While at Bagdad High School, Ertel played tight end, offensive line, and defensive line. Ertel

Alex Ogle -- QB | 6'3" | 205 | Palm City, Fla. (Jensen Beach HS)

While Bronco Nation was busy flirting with the idea of their favorite football team landing a four-star quarterback in Brad Kaaya or K.J. Carta-Samuels, the Boise State coaching staff was busy finding the next “under-the-radar” quarterback. They found Alex Ogle at a Steak ‘n Shake in Florida. Well, that might not be where they found him, but it is where Ogle was offered and immediately accepted.

Unlike Bronco quarterbacks of the past, Alex Ogle is big. Standing 6-foot-3, you could even call him a prototypical passer, which is something Bronco Nation will get used to. Both Ogle, and redshirt freshman Ryan Finley are listed at 6-foot-3.

With a senior, redshirt freshman, and junior college transfers sophomore already on the roster, Bronco Nation will likely have to wait on Ogle. They’ll get a look at him in scrimmages, but he’s more than likely a redshirt candidate in 2014.

Dereck Boles -- DT | 6'2" | 275 | Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)

The Broncos grabbed Boles out of relative obscurity, as they were the only division-one program to offer the sunshine state native by mid-January. It didn’t take long for Boles to make his decision, as Lakeland High School product verbally committed once he was offered.

Boles was larger than most offensive lineman he came up against in high school, and relied heavily on the bull rush. If he’s hoping to show up his two-star recruiting grade, he’ll have to adjust to life in the Mountain West Conference and add a few more moves to his repertoire.

Zavior Hoxie -- CB | 5'11" | 190 | Buford, Ga. (Buford HS)

Hoxie, a speedy two-star defensive back, is the only Georgia native in this recruiting class. Why did Boise State University go so far to find a new member of their secondary? It might be the same reason at least ten schools offered a scholarship to the Buford product. Hoxie took visits to East Carolina, Indiana, and Wisconsin before decided on Boise State University in January.

Kaleb Hill -- DE | 6'1" | 215 | Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens HS)

Hill didn’t even make his official visit to Boise State University until late January, but gave the Bronco coaching staff his verbal commitment less than a week later. At least six other schools offered Hill a scholarship, including Colorado and Vanderbilt, but the three-star linebacker decided he wanted to play on The Blue.

A group called the Alamo Broncos (Boise State fans who live in the San Antonio area) cheered Hill on as he signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning.

Tennessee Su'e Su'e -- OL | 6'2" | 295 | Salt Lake city, Utah (East HS)

Su’esu’e will likely play guard or center once he finds his way onto the Bronco depth chart, but there’s debate as to when it will happen. Most coaches would love to see their linemen redshirt during their first season on campus, so they can take advantage of some extra time in the weight room before getting into game action. That being said, Su’esu’e is already a pretty big guy.

He’s 6-foot-2, just shy of 300 pounds, and a many sites consider him a three-star recruit. Given the lack of depth on the Bronco offensive line and the skill set he brings to Boise State University, it may be hard to hold him back with a redshirt.

Chase Blakley -- TE | 6'4" | 235 | Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Coeur d'Alene HS)

Blakely’s verbal commitment to the Bronco football program didn’t come until late January, when he finally made his decision between the University of Washington and Boise State University. The Gem State star is a huge get for Bryan Harsin’s staff, since they had to go head-to-head with Chris Petersen to keep the Idaho native in his home state.

Rivals.com ranks Blakely as a four-star tight end, which (combined with Dylan Sumner-Gardner’s commitment) gives the Broncos a pair of four-star recruits for the first time in the program’s history. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound tight end dominated the competition during his prep career catching 98 passes for more than 1,300 yards, and 18 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons at Coeur d’Alene High School.

Antoine Turner -- DT | 6'3" | 280 | New Orleans, La. (Fullerton College) Needing immediate help on the line, the Broncos weren’t shy about attacking the junior college ranks for instant depth. Turner is listed as a defensive end and a defensive tackle depending on which recruiting website you’re reading, but a Rivals.com considers him a two-star recruit and looking at the numbers you can see why.

In 12 games last season, Turner tallied 34 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, and six of them were sacks. Like most of their junior college transfers, Boise State hopes for him to battle for playing time in 2014.

Troy Bacon -- OL | 6'3" | 280 | Apple Valley, Calif. (Oak Hills HS)

Boise State had to fight of a late recruiting effort by Cal in the battle for Bacon, but three-star offensive lineman had multiple offers on the table before showing up on the Golden Bears’ radar. Washington State along with a total of four Mountain West Conference schools offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-4 lineman.

Andres Preciado -- OL | 6'6" | 255 | Imperial Beach, Calif. (Mar Vista HS)

In one of his early press conferences, Bryan Harsin told reporters the Broncos needed to address depth on both the offensive and defensive lines. Preciado is a two-star offensive lineman listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. Given the history of Boise State lineman and Preciado’s lean body, he’ll likely have to redshirt in 2014.

Jeremy McNichols -- RB | 5'10" | 190 | Long Beach, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)

McNichols had verbally committed to the University of Utah by the time Bryan Harsin’s staff took over the Bronco football program, but it wasn’t long before the three-star running back had a change of heart.

McNichols is a versatile offensive weapon finishing his senior season at Santa Margarita Catholic with 1000 rushing/receiving yards, and ten total touchdowns.

David Moa -- DE | 6'3" | 235 | San Diego, Calif. (Kearny HS)

Although mostly websites view Moa as a two-star defensive end, ESPN has a higher grade on the Kearny High School product, and considers him a strong, if not high three-star recruit. From the look of the list of schools showing interest, that makes sense. BYU and Colorado both offered the San Diego native, along with FCS powerhouse Montana. Moa also took a visit to the University of Oregon in October of 2013.

David Lucero -- TE | 6'5" | 220 | Holtville, Calif (Holtville HS) Lucero is one of two tight ends in the Bronco 2014 recruiting class, and while he might not have the four-star ranking or scholarship offers of Chase Blakely, he’s still a great get for Boise State University. At 6-foot-5, he’s another lanky pass catcher who will have head coach Bryan Harsin dreaming up plays for his tight ends.

Sean Modster --WR | 6'0" | 185 | Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)

Modster verbally committed to Boise State University in June of 2013, making him the first commitment of the Bronco 2014 recruiting class. At 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds, Modster has good size for a wide receiver coming out of high school, and the Bronco weight-lifting program will help to fill out his frame.

Kekoa Nawahine S | 6'3" | 190 | Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain HS)

At 6-foot-3, big is an understatement for Nawahine, who plans to play defensive back for the Broncos. The only downside with this local football gem is the wait. Nawahine will spend the next two years on his LDS mission before enrolling at Boise State University in the fall of 2016.

Bronco Nation hopes the home-grown talent is worth the wait, and the multiple-sport athlete shows off the skills that allowed him to dominate the Idaho high school football ranks on both side of the ball (wide receiver and defensive back).