Meet the 2007 Recruiting Class

Each year, every coach of every school in America meets with boosters, fans, and the media, to talk about what they'll undoubtedly describe as their most successful recruiting class ever. Most Coaches lie when they do this. However, in 2007, Boise State's coaches will have halo's over their heads as they boast about the heights Bronco recruiting has taken.. here's what's got them so excited...

The Official Boise State 2007 Recruiting Class...
(Not Counting 2006 Grayshirts)

 

Chase Baker

DT
(6'3 265lbs)
Confirmed
Grayshirt 2008
Scholarship

As a Junior at Rocklin was named defensive lineman of the year, was also chosen 1st team All-League (offensive guard); 2nd team All-Metro.  Played both ways for Rocklin. Injured his knee playing Rugby in England after senior season, and suffered a setback while rehabbing, so didn't play his senior season.  Since Baker was all-league and all-metro on both sides of the ball, what side are the Broncos interested in? It sounds like it could be both. "They showed me the way they rate, and I rated the same on offense and defense," he said. "The d-line coaches like me on d-line and the o-line coaches like me on o-line. I think I make a better defensive tackle, but we'll let them decide."  Why the nod for defense? "I have a decent get-off. And I'm strong too," Baker added. He claims a 286-pound bench, 540-pound squat, 340-pound power clean and a 375-pound jerk lift.

Chose Boise State over offer from SacState and interest from Washington State, Fresno State, and Cal.


Mitch Burroughs

Athlete
5'9, 180lbs
4.47-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007

Burroughs turned some heads with a 4.38 40 at the Idaho High School Football Combine in Boise in May, and then ran the second-fastest 40 time (4.51) at the Stanford Nike camp. "I think that caught the eye of a lot of people," said Burroughs. The Broncos are going to start Mitch off at running back. "They told me, when the time comes, I could play some receiver or DB if I want to."

Chose the Broncos over offers from Idaho and Idaho State, and interest from Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington State.


Thomas Byrd

C/OL 
(6'1 270lbs)
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Fits the Boise State success story to a 'T'.   "Love him," a Pac-10 assistant said. "Tough. At Stanford combine, kicked everybody's butt. A warrior. But too small. Just too small." Said another Pac-10 recruiter: "Definitely like him. Plays hard. Good strength, leverage. But too short for offensive line." Said assistant from Mountain West: "If he was 6-3, every big school in America would be on him. Tough, tenacious, smart. At combine, he was pancaking all the big linemen."  Also excells as a thrower in Track.

Chose Boise State over offers from SJSU, UNLV, Idaho, and interest from just about every Western D1 School.


Garcia Day


S
6'2 200lbs
4.5-40
Confirmed
JC Transfer 
2007 Scholarship
Already on Campus
2006 Pre-Season JC-All American Honorable Mention. Originally from Temecula Valley in southern California.  A 2-year starter who will have 3 to play 2. Day finished his Sophomore season for Mt. SAC with 31 tackles, 1 interception and 3 passes defended.
 

Chose Boise State over interest from Utah, among others.

Brad Elkin

#4 P/K 
(6'2 190lbs)
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
A Top-5 rated punter, Elkin is much more of an athlete than most kickers.  With great size for a kicker/punter, he has been called "big and strong" by kicking guru Chris Sailer.  He has range and hangtime on his punts, and has good FG range and accuracy.  His kickoffs were routinely touchbacks.  

Chose Boise State over interest from Missouri, among others.

DJ Harper

RB 
(5'10' 185lbs)
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
As a senior, Harper rushed for 1,555 yards on 212 carries and scored 21 touchdowns. He also had over 300 yards receiving and 400 yards on kick returns.  As a junior Harper piled up 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns along with 350 yards receiving. He was an all-district selection.  "Coach Petersen, he's a great guy. He's serious when he has to be and he's also there and feels like a mentor. He's real cool and I think I can really talk to him openly," said Harper. "I'm very happy with Boise State. I'm really excited about saying I was going to commit."

Chose the Broncos over offers from Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, Tulane, UTEP and Colorado State as well as strong interest from Arkansas.


Charles Hayes

DE
6'3 240lbs
4.9-40
Confirmed 
Scholarship 2007
"They know how to win," Hayes said of the Broncos. "That's what I wanted to be a part of," he added, already thinking of himself as a Bronco. "I'm just thinking of some of the other guys we have coming in and I think it will be a really good defense.  We won't lose on the Blue, its all about that Bronco Defense in the near future!!"  Claims a bench press of 335, squats 505, power cleans 300 and timed at a 4.9 forty. 

Chose Boise State over offers from San Diego State, Colorado State, and Wyoming.


Matt Kaiserman

RB/DB
6'0 180lbs
4.68-40
Confirmed
Grayshirt 2008 
Scholarship
Kaiserman, the 4A All-Idaho Player of the Year, finished the season with 1,782 yards rushing, 585 yards receiving and 30 touchdowns, averaging 9.8 ypc. He was also second on the team with 67 tackles from his free safety position.  As a Junior, he  was the third-leading rusher in the 4A Southern Idaho Conference, rushing for 1,033 yards and 11 touchdowns on 130 carries. He also caught 13 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown.  He was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho.  He told the Idaho Statesman that, "Right now, the goal is to get stronger and faster," he said. "I want to eventually work my way into the starting lineup at Boise State, make an impact and leave a legacy."

Doug Martin

RB 
5'11, 195lbs
4.45-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Doug rushed for 1,239 yards and 14 touchdowns in the 2006 season. "(Ian Johnson) had a great year this year and coach Peterson said they want to continue that trend by getting me in there to play as well and keep that tradition going."  "I'm a leader on my team and I like the pressure of that. I want the ball in my hands and I think that I can do that and help lead us to where we want to go."   

Chose Boise State over heavy interest from Cal, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Fresno State.


Shea McClellin

DE/TE
6'3½ 230lbs
4.8-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Starred on both Offense and Defense for Marsing.  On Defense, he made 126 tackles and returned an incredible six interceptions for touchdowns.  On Offense, McClellin rushed for 1,893 yards and 22 TDs.  He was named the 2A Western Idaho Conference's offensive and defensive player of the year.  "The school that I am most interested in is Boise State…I am looking for a winning tradition.

Chose Boise State over offers from Idaho State and Idaho, and interest from Utah, Utah State, and Oregon State.


Kellen Moore

#26 Ranked QB
6'1 185lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
One of the most underappreciated quarterbacks out west. If he was two inches taller and a tenth faster, he'd be on the national radar. One of the most consistent performers to have ever come out of state of Washington.  Washington State's Gatorade Player of the Year.  As a Senior, his stats were mind-bending.  287 completions in 399 attempts, (71.9 completion %), for 4,269 yards.  67 Touchdowns to only 7 interceptions.  He led Prosser to within 2 wins of the State Championship.  As a Junior, Moore led Prosser to 13-1 record and shattered state passing records along the way. He racked up more than 4,600 air yards and a mind-numbing 66 TD passes (vs. just 15 INTs). He also had more completions (316 out of 481 attempts) in a season than anyone in the state's history.

Chose Boise State over offers from Idaho, Eastern Washington, and interest from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, and Oregon State.


Antwan Murray

#64 CB
5'10 165lbs
4.5-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
One of the top cornerback prospects in the entire state of Florida, Murray finished the year with five interceptions and locked down opposing receivers all season.  "When I first went out there, I thought I would just see a bunch of potato fields out there, but I fell in love with the place. It was nothing like that. It was nothing like I expected. Boise is the best place for me."

Chose Boise State over very strong interest and offers from Wake Forest, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, UCF, and several others.


Jon Nisby

#19 C/DT
6'2 290lbs


Confirmed
Scholarship 2007

An All-Area first-team and All-State selection as a junior, Nisby is one of the top lineman in California in the class of 2007 and one of Northern California's top prospects regardless of position.  "I think my strength is my attitude. I am a perfectionist on the field. I will run every play through my mind over and over again until I know it like the back of my hand. If I lose, I just can't leave it alone. I have to analyze everything. Something I need to work on is the mental errors, especially with hooks and where I need to be for certain plays."

Chose Boise State over an offer from Nevada and interest from Washington.


Dan Paul

LB
6'1 235lbs
4.9-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Daniel currently benches 345 pounds, cleans 355 pounds and squats 600 pounds. Lifting is more than just a hobby for him. "I love power clean so much, it's such an explosive lift and it's so good for football," he said.  Attended the football camp at Boise State and was Camp LB MVP, which garnered him an offer on the spot.  

Chose Boise State over an offer from Hawaii and interest from Oregon and Oregon State.


Garrett Pendergast


#68 OG 
6'4 275lbs 
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007 

 

"I'd like to be more powerful, but I think that I'm really athletics. I'm very fast for an O-lineman. I can dunk in basketball and play baseball and run track. I'm very versatile. I play aggressive and smart.  First team all-league as a junior despite never having played offensive line before, moved over from d-line when injuries hit. Has only played football for three years, having started as a Sophomore in HS, so he has a ton of untapped potential.

Chose Boise State over offers from Washington State, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado State, and interest from ASU, Cal, Notre Dame, and USC.


Austin Pettis


#99 WR 
6'3 185lbs
4.65-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007 
Sat out his Junior season after having knee surgery unrelated to any playing injury.  Absolutely stole the show at the State Championship, scoring 4 TD's.  Ended the season catching 72 passes for 1,079 yards and 12 TD's.  Great hands and athleticism are his trademark, and they seem to run in the family as he is the nephew of former California Angel's center fielder, Gary Pettis.  

Chose Boise State over offer from Utah, Utah State, Nevada, San Diego State and Washington State.


Jarrell Root


DE
6'3½ 225lbs 
Confirmed 
Scholarship 2007
SIC All-Conference Defensive Line as a Junior, was injured during his Senior season, leading to speculation he may grayshirt and join the team in January 2008.  "Boise State is my dream school, Root said.  I'm from here, I live here, I want to go to school here at Boise State."  Has a lot of untapped potential as he has only played 2 years of organized football.

Chose Boise State over interest from Idaho, Idaho State, and Oregon State.  


Aaron Tevis


WLB
6'3½ 210lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Great size and speed make Tevis a huge get.  Besides being big and strong, Tevis runs a sub 4.7 40 and has great hands.  He starred on both offense and defense for his HS team.  He was 1st Team Offense as a TE, and as a LB'r.  Finished his senior season with 80 tackles, 8 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 blocked punts. From his TE spot he has grabbed 37 balls for 637 yards and 6 TDs.

Chose Boise State over offers from Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado State.


Brandyn Thompson


CB
5'9 160lbs
4.5-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
One of the first offers extended by Boise State in this recruiting class.  "Boise State is a school on the way up Thompson said, and I would love to contribute. If you can't go to a Pac-10 school, this would definitely be the next best option. It's kind of like a Pac-10 school in its prestige."  Joins Zach Waller as teammates coming to Boise State, the 2nd group in this class with multiple athletes from 1 high school.

Chose Boise State over interest from USC, UCLA, and Washington


Johnny Tivao


#67 DT 
6'0 320lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Best player and team leader on an average team.  Played offensive line, defensive line, fullback and tight end as a three-year varsity player for Paramount (Calif.) High. Finished the 2006 season with just over 80 tackles and seven sacks and scored three touchdowns.  Has plans to come in and compete for playing time immediately.

Chose Boise State over interest from UW, WSU, New Mexico, Utah, BYU, OSU, & Duke.


Zach Waller


OT
 6'5 275lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Waller was First Team all-Delta Valley Conference selection in 2006 and 2005 as an offensive tackle. He also played some defensive tackle for the Wildcats.  "I fell for Boise right away, Waller said. The atmosphere up there as far as football is great. It also reminded me of home.  Ended the season a Top-10 OT prospect for California.

Chose Boise State over an offer from Nevada.


Hunter White


#30 SLB
5'11 205lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
One of the premier athletes in all of California, Hunter White was a legit star and D1 prospect on both sides of the ball.  Blessed with incredible physical abilities and uncanny football knowledge, he is a jack of all trades who will play WLB for the Broncos.  As a senior, White had 75 receptions for 1,210 yards and nine touchdowns and also rushed for a score. Defensively, he had 104 tackles, six sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions which he took back for scores.  One of the top defenders in Southern California, White had a monster junior year, recording over 120 tackles for the Chargers. Played linebacker and WR for Edison but defense is where his future is because of his ability to cover and to hit. Was the Defensive MVP of the Sunset League as both a Junior and Senior, and was a second-team all-state underclass selection in 2005. Also named to the all-Orange County First Team.  A true play maker on defense.

Chose Boise State over offers from Colorado State, Nevada, and Washington State, and interest from dozens of other schools.


Billy Winn


#87 DE
6'3½ 270lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Very likely Boise State's more fiercely fought recruiting victory.  Winn was the consensus #1 player in Nevada this past season.  Has the size to play DE, but will likely move inside for the Broncos.  Incredible motor with great speed and tremendous strength.  Finished his senior season with 61 tackles, including 14 sacks, and 2 FF's.  Was chosen to play in the inaugural East meets West Football game.

Chose Boise State over offers from Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona State, Fresno State, San Diego State, UNLV, Texas Tech, and many others.


Titus Young


#94 WR
6'0 170lbs
4.40-40
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
For his Senior season, Titus Young had 66 catches for 1,359 yards and 17 touchdowns while recording 97 tackles and 11 interceptions.  One of the most dangerous players on either side of the ball in Southern California, Young had a memorable senior season, which was the best by a receiver in the City Section.  He has the true speed to break it big anytime he steps on the field.  A former teammate of current Bronco Jason Robinson.  

Chose Boise State over offers from Washington, Washington State, and Nevada, and interest from Arizona, Oregon, and UCLA.


Cory Yriarte


#11 C/OG
6'2 285lbs
Confirmed
Scholarship 2007
Cory is a two-year starter on the varsity squad for the "Spirits" and was named All-League on the offensive line last year. In Junior Varsity Cory was named Defensive Player of the Year.  Is a strong run-blocker and is very physical off the line of scrimmage. Likes to hit and plays with a mean streak. Is strong enough to be an effective center or guard.

Chose Boise State over offers from SDSU and Colorado State, and interest from Arizona, Colorado, Washington, and Northwestern.

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