Last season Boise State tapped into their success and ESPN appearances and landed QB Bush Hamdan from Arlington, VA. This year the Broncos just might spend a little more of that publicity currency on the other side of the country to bring in a hidden gem as a target for Hamdan to throw to.
Boise State is reportedly close to making an offer to Scot Riddell, a 6'2 200lb (4.5 40) WR from Quince Orchard HS, in Gaithersburg MD.
Ridell was one of well over 400 athletes who attended the Nike Combine at Penn State back in May who performed solidly all day. Of the dozens of WR's who were there that day, he was one of a handfull that stood out. Scout.com's Bob Lichtenfels described Riddell as having a "solid frame and is very athletic. He runs precise, crisp routes. He has tremendous ball skills."
Quince Orchard Head Coach Dave Mancalini said of Riddell, "He's the best player I've had in 10 years of coaching, he's got great character, he's just a fine young man." Riddell has been referred to by at least one newspaper as the best WR in his Maryland County, and someone who can stretch defenses. Riddell was All-Met Honorable Mention last season as a Junior and was also named to the Montgomery 4A All-Offensive Team by the Washington Post.
The Quince Orchard Cougars are in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years and is at 8-2 this season, thanks in part to Riddell's 38 receptions for 678 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Last season, as a Junior, he had 35 receptions for 638 yards, good for an 18.2 ypc average and 9 TD's. Great consistency considering he was a known weapon this last season. Those 2 seasons were good enough to already earn a scholarship offer from Kent State and numerous D1AA schools, and interest from Boise State, Cincinnati, Akron, Army, and Navy, who he said all seem like they will offer soon.
Another plus about Riddell is the fact that he will graduate in December and
could join a team in January as a Greyshirt.
Riddell is also an excellent student, with a 3.3 GPA, and a 1080 on the SAT.