Broncos Recruiting For 2011 Before 2010 Ends

Cosumnes Oaks HS DE Robert Ash (Elk Grove, CA) is the latest recruit to appear on the Boise State radar for the 2011 class. The standout DE was a leader both on and off the field for the Wolfpack in 2009 and his recruitment is just beginning to heat up. BroncoCountry.com spoke to Head Coach Ryan Gomes about Boise State's interest in Ash and what he brings to the gridiron.

Cosumnes Oaks HS DE Robert Ash (Elk Grove, CA) is the latest recruit to appear on the Boise State radar for the 2011 class. The standout DE was a leader both on and off the field for the Wolfpack in 2009 and his recruitment is just beginning to heat up. "He's a tremendous competitor and has great work ethic," Gomes said in regards to Ash. "On defense, he anchors our D-line. He is always going up against the best O-lineman," he added.

The 2009 season is in the books and the Bronco coaches are now out on the road recruiting as they hope to find another solid group of prospects for the 2011 recruiting class. The small 2010 recruiting class has allowed Boise State to get a head start on 2011. "Coach (Jeff) Choate has been recruiting our area," he said. "Yesterday, Coach Petersen came out and I had the opportunity to talk to him about Robert. We discussed transcripts, highlights, and stuff like that. Coach Choate called this morning and said they were in the process of making it an official offer. Robert had the chance to speak to both Coach Petersen and Coach K. They plan on getting Robert's parents on the phone to go along with the offer."

The Elk Grove, CA area has been quite good to Boise State over the past decade. Two of the many Bronco greats to wear the Blue and Orange from this area are QB Ryan Dinwiddie and current Bronco CB Brandyn Thompson. Boise State uses its connections on the recruiting trail perhaps more than any other program and Ash's recruitment is no different. "Brandyn Thompson's dad is a coach on my staff. He coaches corners," Gomes stated. "It's always fun to be able to watch former players or local kids be successful on the national stage. Brandyn had a phenomenal game (Fiesta Bowl) and a great season. I know the community and his dad are very proud of him."

The Boise State program prides itself on doing things the right way. Chris Petersen always tells his players to 'be in the moment.' This means to always focus on the task at hand whether it's academics or on the practice field. Coach Gomes is impressed by that aspect of the program. "It's the way they put it together with character and integrity," Coach Gomes said in reference to Boise State. "They do things that right way and that's a testament to Coach Petersen and the staff. Kids might not be the totally best athlete, but it fits the program because it translates into wins. We talk to our kids all the time about the character aspect of football," he added.

Cosumnes Oaks HS will put their first senior class on the field in 2010. Ash will be expected to be a team leader as a member of the first senior class and he's ready to embrace that role. "First, we expect him to be a leader. He'll be team captain as a senior," Gomes said. "He's probably going to play 100% of the defensive reps and maybe 50% of the offensive reps. We expect him to anchor the defense and be a dominant force. We haven't set goals for him yet. I'd say 12-15 sacks and a lot of tackles for losses. He's going to continue to work hard in the weight room and get stronger."

Robert Ash produced both on and off the field in 2009 for Cosumnes Oaks. He racked up a total of 53 tackles (11 for loss) and 4 sacks for the Wolfpack. His performance on the field earned him First Team All-Conference honors as a junior. He's also an outstanding student in the classroom as he carries a 3.4 GPA.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Robert Ash.

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