Meet the Recruits... (Part 1)

In our never-ending attempt to bring you the latest and greatest Bronco information... we've engaged our entire staff.. (ok, so Rafter got a burr under his saddle).. into tracking down more on the new recruits.... so here it is. A photo montage of some of the recruits.. we could only find photos of 12 of the recruits... but we're still looking. If you have photos, please contact us at We really want to include all 20 recruits.


Mike Altieri, LB, 6-0, 185, Fr., Vista, Calif. (Vista HS)

Mike was second-team all-CIF, first-team all-county, and first-team all-Palomar honors after his senior season. He was also the Palomar League offensive player of the year, team captain, and Vista High School player of the yearalong with his father, Tony SR. and brother Tom. 


Mike, along with his father, Tony SR. and younger brother Tom.
(Tom is 6'2 240 as a Soph... could we see 2 Altiere's
on the Blue at the same time? We can only hope!)


More of Mike Altieri in action.  Now he moves from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive.. QB to LB.  Can he do it successfully?

I will only say 1 thing.  Altieri.

He is going to be a STAR!

Mike Altieri on the move.

Antwaun Carter, RB, 5-9, 210, Jr.,
Aiken, South Carolina (South Aiken HS/Sacramento City College)
5'9, with a vertical of 39 inches, (nearly 4 feet), runs the 40 in 4.33, and has a 100m. time of 10.51.

Sounds impressive, right?  How about being a champion shotputter, with a throw of 60'11? 

Anybody wanna call him a 'smallish' back?


Antwaun, is he the first Bronco from South Carolina?
I don't know, but I wish we'd have had his speed and
strength when we played South Carolina

WR Brett Ralph, 6-0, 180, So.
Raymond, Alberta, Canada (Raymond HS/University of Wyoming)

Started as a true Freshman at Wyo. 

Here's a direct quote from his bio on the offical signing announcement:  "As a senior, he led his team to the Football Provincial Champions and earned most valuable player honors. He was also the most valuable player in baseball and basketball and started at shortstop for Team Canada National Baseball Team at the World Championships. As a junior, he was chosen league MVP as a quarterback and defensive back. He also led his baseball team to the provincial title and was voted conference first team on the basketball team. During his prep career, he also set records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump, as well as winning gold in province in the long jump, silver in the triple jump, and bronze in the 100 meters."

Do I really need to add anything on top of that??


Brett Ralph, as a true Freshman at Wyoming.  He has been called
the best player to come out of Alberta in 30 years.
(No pressure, eh Brett?)  ;)

The infamous Cavender twins.  All of Nevada was abuzz with the recruiting of the Cavender's.  Discussion of their recruitment dominated the Wolfpack discussion boards for not days, but weeks.  These two brothers have been very hot commodities since their Sophomore years...

...and why not?  Not only are they 4.0 students, they're 4.12 students.  These guys break every mold when it comes to being football players.  Smart and articulate off the field; tough, aggressive, and ruthless on the field.  Both are projected to be on the OLine.

Imagine how much the grocery bill at their folks house is going to decrease now.  ;)

These guys kinda look alike...

Jeff Cavender, OL, 6-2, 270, Fr., Elko, Nev. (Elko HS)
Is the smaller of the two twins.. (LOL!)  Jeff has started at numerous positions during his Prep career, OL, DL, TE, LB, LS, and Kicker.  He was a two time first-team all-state selection in football and was named to the Prep Star Magazine all-region team. He was also a member of the state 4A Northern Region football team.

Smart, big, and tough.. too bad we can't clone him!

Pete Cavender, OL, 6-2, 278, Fr., Elko, Nev. (Elko HS)

The larger of the twins.. (by 8 whole pounds.)  He was a three time High Desert Conference lineman of the year, and two time Northern Region lineman of the year.  He, like Jeff, played both Oline and Dline in high school.  He also had the distinct honor of being just the second freshman to be a member of a Nevada 4A Northern Region Football Team.  Not too shabby, eh?

Smart, Big, and Tough... too bad... HEY WAIT A MINUTE!!


Quincy Lever WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Fr., Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill HS)

He was named first-team All-CIF Southern Section, first-team All-Seaview League, first-team All-CIF Division VI, and first-team All-Orange County. He was also the Foothill offensive player of the year.


Quincy has the speed and hands of a WR,
and the strength and mentality of a S. 
Wherever he plays, he'll be good!

Tad Miller OL, 6-4, 270, Fr., Boise, Ida. (Bishop Kelly HS)

He was named first-team all-state as a senior and second-team all-state as a junior. He was a first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference selection twice.

Besides all that, he wants to join the Secret Service when he graduates... so you know he'll do what it takes to protect his QB.  :)

(Statesman photo)
What sold Tad on Boise State was the
chance to get away from home.

(What??.... we take road trips every year!)

Dallas Bernstine, RB, 5-10, 185, Fr., Vallejo, Calif. (Jesse Bethel HS)

Dallas was named league most valuable player, as well as the Sacramento Bee offensive player of the year. He also earned first-team all-state honors as a running back, and was all-NorCal, all-area, and first-team all-state as a senior after rushing for 1,963 yards and 25 touchdowns on 235 carries. He rushed for over 100 yards in all 12 of Bethel's games, including a 202-yard effort, a 221-yard game, and a 322-yard performance.

Dallas also rushed for 551 yards in 1 game as a Junior. 

For his career, Dallas rushed for 3,481 yards and 50 touchdowns on 401 carries. He finished his last two years with 4,001 all-purpose yards


Dallas Bernstine, 551 yards in 1 game...
That's more than some TEAMS!!

Dallas Bernstine close up.

Josh Bean LB, 6-2, 215, Fr., Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Bishop Carroll HS)

Josh was a crowd favorite at the LOI party, with his hi-light reel hits coupled with his size and speed. 

He was named all-league in the Praire Football Conference. He also earned all-province honors, was Bishop Carroll's most valuable player, and was selected to Team Canada/Junior Football. Josh led his team and was fifth in the conference in defensive points (combination of tackles, sacks, etc.).


All that potential, and a work ethic to boot...
I don't think there's anyone who isn't waiting for
Josh to hit the blue!!

Dan Gore DT, 6-5, 250, Fr., Prosser, Wash. (Prosser HS)

Dan chose Boise State over Wyoming, who heavily recruited him as an OL. 

He was the Mid Valley Conference defensive player of the year and a first-team all-Mid Valley selection on offense. He was also named to the Seattle Times all-state team and the East-West Team. He was the team captain at Prosser High School and was named the team's most valuable player


Since our DLine can't Hammer QB's
anymore, we'll have to Gore them!!

Derek Schouman TE, 6-2, 225, Fr., Eagle, Ida. (Eagle HS)

Derek is part of this years Eagle Connection, along with Jon Helmandollar and Sherm Blaser. 

He was named All-Southern Idaho Conference first team as a senior after catching 32 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Most Importantly... he runs a 4.5 40.  His combination of speed and size has people thinking of another Eagle TE, now playing in the NFL.  :)


Derek was the #4 ranked TE
in the Western US.  The experts said ,
this about him, "Shows great hands on film
and  can really run."  Ehhh.. not too bad.  :)

Jon Helmandollar RB, 5-11, 215, Fr., Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS)

A greyshirt, Jon was this years lone Gatorade Player of the Year, earning that honor in 2001 for Idaho. 

He was also named the offensive player of the year in the Southern Idaho Conference, and the 5A Player of the Year in 2001. 

Jon rushed the ball 320 times for 2,566 yards and 40 touchdowns in his prep career. His career per carry rushing average was 8.02 yards. He is also an excellent receiver catching 45 passes for 457 yards.



Gatorade POTY for Idaho in 2001.
Jon runs like a bull and has the hands
of a surgeon.  We like!
(Statesman Photo)

Taylor Tharp QB, 6-1, 200, Fr., Boulder, Colo. (Fairview HS)

As a senior, Taylor completed 297-of-485 (both state records) passes for 3,973 yards and was named Boulder County Player of the Year. The 3,973 yards passing were the second most ever in a single season in Colorado High School football.


Taylor is one of those guys that just look good as a QB.
These pics are from his JR year.

Taylor also threw for 400+ yards three times. He was named Student Sport Prep Magazine, Powerball, and West Regional player of the week for his 41-of-56 performance for 447 yards in the state quarter-finals game. He was also second-team all-state and first-team All-Centennial League. He was also the Boulder Daily Camera county/regional player of the year.  
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