Broncos Get Commitment From Texas DB

When the South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas, Texas) standout Ladarryl Blair woke up Monday morning, the last thing on his mind was making a decision of where to play college football. As the day wore on, however, the 2015 athlete couldn't think about anything else. Late Monday afternoon, Blair picked up his phone and called Boise State defensive backs coach Julius Brown and pulled the trigger.

"I didn't expect to commit today," Ladarryl Blair said. "But I had coach Brown on the phone and that was it."

The timing, he said, ended up being perfect as he can now focus on his final season as a prep star.

"I don't want to enter my senior year with my mind in 10 different places," Blair said. "I want to go get my state ring. I knew I wanted to go (to Boise State), so there was no reason to wait."

Blair committed to the Broncos as a cornerback, a position that will have plenty of open spots in 2015 as three seniors will have graduated. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete was impressed with the honesty of the Boise State coaching staff. His scholarship offer, he said, is as solid as his commitment.

"They kept it 100 percent honest with me throughout the whole process," Blair explained. "They told me if they had a spot open and if I committed, they would honor it."

The BSU coaching staff was excited to get the call.

"They ran the phone to coach (Bryan) Harsin as soon as I committed," Blair said, chuckling.

And while Blair is yet to visit Boise State – he will do so "within the next two weeks" – he can already feel the passion Bronco fans have for the game.

"The people in Idaho seem like they love their football," he said. "It's another way of life, different from down here in Texas."

Blair had Arkansas State and Tulsa along with BSU in his top three schools, but a prior relationship with Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates helped lock him up.

"I met him my freshman year at a Texas A&M camp," Blair said. "Him being able to relate to me is great. It wasn't always a matter of football. He talks about life. He's like a teenager in that regard."

Texas State, Boston College and Arizona State had also offered Blair, but he said they weren't among his top choices.

"(Texas State) is a very nice school," Blair said. "I felt like they came a little too late in the process."

Blair is friends with a pair of Dallas-area recruits – current Boise State freshman safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner and fellow 2015 commit Akilian Butler – both from West Mesquite High School.

"Both were unaware that I was committing today," Blair said. "But Dylan talked a lot to me about what goes on in Boise."

And Blair says his recruitment is over. His only visit will be to Boise State.

"I told coach Brown if I committed, that was it," he said.

Bronco Country Top Stories