Speedy JC LB/Safety prospect ready to move up

While Boise State might be more known for pushing the ball up and down the field on offense, this season has shown that the Broncos are dedicated to taking the next step nationally by improving their defense. With 7 defensive starters graduating, Boise State is looking for immediate depth at just about every position, so players that can move between 2 positions are worth their weight in gold..

One quick way to fill defensive voids caused by graduation is with immediate impact JC transfers who can come in and contribute right away. To shore up the pass defense, BSU coaches have kept an eye on Andy Cabianca, a sophomore safety/linebacker playing for Chabot College in Hayward, Ca.

Cabianca was initially set to transfer following his freshman season, but a leg injury cut his season short and derailed his plan.

"I've busted my butt, particularly this off season, to get bigger, faster, and stronger," said Cabianca. And big, strong and fast is exactly what Cabianca brings to the table.

At 6' 2" 220 pounds, the strong safety, who played football at San Ramon Valley, one of the Bay Area's most successful programs, has the size to support against the run, but laying down a blazing 4.46 40 time, despite the recovering leg injury, gives him the speed to cover just about anyone on the field.

Grades were a problem out of high school, which cost him a chance to play at Arizona State, but Cabianca has put in the work off of the field, as well.

"I've just been doing all of the things I need to do, getting to class and all that, so that I can take advantage of whatever opportunity comes my way," Cabianca added.

Measurables aside, Cabianca has let his play perk the attention of scouts. In four games with Chabot this season, the safety has hauled in four interceptions, two of which he has returned to the end zone for scores.

"I try not to toot my own horn," said Cabianca of selling his abilities to others. "I feel like I'm very coachable, a ‘yes sir' kind of guy."

Productivity and physical attributes like Cabianca's are sure to draw lots of attention, as he has gotten from schools like Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, a number of other regional schools, as well as nationally know programs like Louisville.

The ace in the hole for BSU might be Garrett Tuggle, a transfer linebacker and former teammate of Cabianca's now playing with the Broncos.

"I didn't know too much about it," Cabianca said of Boise State. "But he (Tuggle) told me a lot about what it was like up there and the program and everything."

In what promises to become a heated recruiting race, any advantage the Broncos might have over other schools will surely be put to good use.

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