Thursday, February 4, 2010
Boise State takes quality over quantity
By Graham Watson
Boise State didn’t have a lot of room in this year’s recruiting class after losing just five seniors this past season, so coach Chris Petersen wanted to make the most of the few spots he had to fill.
There were only a few areas of minor concern -- secondary and quarterback -- and Petersen thinks his staff did a good job of finding players to fill those posts.
“I really kind of feel the same way as I do every year,” Petersen said. “Our coaches do a good job of finding the right guys that are the right fit for us. And the thing that we’re always so proud of is that our guys don’t care who’s recruiting them and who’s not recruiting them. We do a good job of making our own evaluations and our own opinions and not getting caught up in everybody else’s opinion. Our coaches have been on the mark the last however many years and we feel the same about this crew.”
Receiver Troy Ware and athlete Matt Miller could be the two players ready to contribute right away. Both Ware and Miller are tall, rangy guys that should be a nice complement to a young receiving corps.
The surprise of the class was the signing of safety Jeremy Ioane from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ioane was also being recruited by Washington and Notre Dame and since a couple of his former high school teammates were on the Irish roster, he appeared headed to South Bend. But Petersen said they had a gut feeling they might land him.
“We were hoping with Jeremy Ioane,” Petersen said. “We really felt like he would fit into our program really well in just so many different ways. He was recruited by some good schools, so you never know. We were just thrilled to get him because we think that he’s going to be a fabulous player for us. We feel really good about the type of person he is.”
The only other goal of this year’s class was to grab yet another quarterback, which Petersen said he wants to do every year. Grant Hedrick is a little different than the other quarterbacks in the program because of his ability to be a true dual-threat player. He was the Oregon High School State Player of the Year after completing 65 percent of his passes for more than 2,500 yards, 34 touchdowns and just one interception. He also rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns.
There’s only room for six of the 10 recruits the Broncos picked up this year. But Petersen said the four remaining players might not grayshirt. Changes to the roster could open some more spots before fall camp begins in August.