Coach Chris Petersen and his staff have done it again. Knowing they would have a small recruiting class with the loss of just five seniors off of the 2010 Fiesta Bowl Champions, prospects had to commit early or be left out. Though small in number, the Class of 2010 more than makes up for it in talent. Barring major surprises Wednesday, here is the class!
Short and sweet.
That sums up
's recruiting this year. With only
five seniors graduating, the onus was on prospects to commit early or be shut
out. The fact that the 2010 Class
now numbers nine indicates that Coach Chris Petersen and his staff are about to
make some off-season announcements.
With these nine players,
continues to set the standard for getting high-quality student athletes and
Let's meet the class!
Tyrone Crawford (6-5, 258), Defensive End
Crawford is a bull rusher with relentless pursuit and
strength, and has great speed off the corner as well.
He makes many plays through sheer hustle.
Crawford comes to
, where he was named to the
defense. Crawford had eight sacks
and 13 tackles in ten games last season for
He is great
friends with Bronco defensive lineman Michael Atkinson.
"I've been told that they don't recruit players just as players,"
Crawford said. "It's about the
person too. You have to be the right
guy and it feels good to be that guy. The
coaches are just amazing." Crawford
was hoping to enroll this semester at
so he can begin immediately to be indoctrinated into the Bronco program.
Tyler Horn (6-4, 225), Defensive Line
Horn played defensive end at
. Horn was Conference Player of the
Year (50 tackles (nine for loss) and 12.5 sacks) as a senior and committed
within one week of getting an offer. Horn
was named as the top defensive lineman at
's summer camp last year.
well-rounded athlete," Mountain View head coach Judd Benedick said.
"When he can get that specialized instruction with obviously one of the
best coaching staffs in the country at Boise State, he's just going to benefit
Horn will grayshirt his first season.
He has a great motor and attitude. "I
really want to work on getting bigger, stronger and faster," he said.
outlook at defensive end: 2009 was
finally put together the depth necessary on the defensive line to contend for a
national title. Ryan Winterswyk
(6-4, 265) nearly became the first Bronco in years to record ten sacks.
Nicholas Alexander is a promising player with four years of eligibility.
Jarrell Root (6-3.5, 248, Jr.) was a definite factor in
's unbeaten season. Kharyee Marshall also has four years. Alexander
and Marshall are the players of the future and Crawford, being a junior college
transfer, will give the Broncos good experience at the position.
Grant Hedrick (6-1, 183), Quarterback
Hedrick was named First Team All-State by The Oregonian.
He runs a 4.56 40, giving him an added dimension.
Hedrick rushed for 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns last season at
. He has an excellent arm and
precision accuracy, completing 65% of his passes in his high school career.
Hedrick was the Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year in
his senior year.
The family atmosphere and outstanding coaching staff is
what brought him to The Blue. "I
think it's just the camaraderie and closeness they have—not all schools have
that," Hedrick said. He also
acknowledged Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin and Defensive Coordinator Justin
Wilcox of the Broncos: "They are
two of the best assistants in the country."
Hedrick led Central to a 12-1 record in a junior year that
did not end until the state semi-finals. He
threw for 3,100 yards and 21 touchdowns. He
seems like a carbon copy of All-America quarterback Kellen Moore but with speed.
Hedrick too is the son of his high school coach, Shane Hedrick.
Hedrick also produced eye-popping numbers playing for a school similar to
Moore's Prosser. He too broke state records—touchdowns accounted for with 145 and
total yards (11,234). Hedrick threw
for 7.975 yards and 103 touchdowns against only 15 interceptions in high school.
Plus, he rushed for 3,249 yards and 42 touchdowns.
In his senior year, Hedrick threw for 2,500 yards and an unbelievable interception ratio of 34
touchdown passes to one interception (sound familiar?).
He brings poise, leadership and football smarts (like
) to the position and is mobile in the pocket.
Grant did all this while compiling a 3.46 GPA at Central.
Hedrick had offers from Air Force and
and also received considerable interest from
outlook at quarterback: This could
be the deepest
has ever been at quarterback. Kellen
Moore (6-1, 180, Jr.) was an All-American this season and has two more seasons.
Michael Coughlin (6-5, 225, Sr.) is one of the most talented backups in
the nation. Joe Southwick will
battle Hedrick for the starting quarterback position when
is done setting records at
. Mikey Tamburo has tremendous
talent as well.
Matt Miller (6-3, 210), Wide Receiver
Miller runs a 4.55 40 and was highly recruited out of
Capital High School in Helena, Montana—his size enables him to take on
Miller has great hands and concentration.
He led his team to a 10-0 record with 24 catches for 388 yards and three
touchdowns and another 650 yards on the ground.
As a junior, Miller hauled in 54 catches for 932 yards and 15 touchdowns
and ran for 663 yards and six TD's. Miller
helped Capital earn three consecutive state championships.
"I just kept thinking about
," Miller said. "They just
." Miller plans to be in
Miller had offers from
and widespread interest from many other schools.
Troy Ware (6-2, 175), Wide Receiver
Ware can rack up good yards after the catch and also sports
a 3.0 GPA.
liked to get him the ball early and let him create.
He runs good crisp routes and his size makes him a tough matchup for
smaller DB's. He has great
athletic ability ala Austin Pettis. He
has good speed and can run the fade route.
to the State Championship game with 45 receptions for 650 yards and six
touchdowns on a running team.
Ware said something familiar to Bronco fans:
"I liked the family atmosphere. They
take care of business and are like a bunch of brothers."
Ware's father, Tim, was a receiver at
and also was impressed with
outlook at receiver: Of course
is loaded at receiver with everyone returning in 2010.
Austin Pettis (6-3, 198) and Titus Young (5-11, 170) will be seniors and,
as is the Bronco tradition, reloading starts now.
Tyler Shoemaker also returns as a starter and the 6-1, 215-pound junior
to be will be anxious to return after an injury slowed him down this season.
Kirby Moore saw quite a bit of action late in the year as a freshman and
big things are expected from him. Geraldo Hiwat and Aaron Burks are exciting redshirt freshman.
Chris Potter (5-11, 170) and Mitch Burroughs (5-9, 190) saw considerable
action as freshmen this season. Michael Choate graduated, so this is a natural position for recruiting.
Bryan Douglas (5-11, 170), Cornerback
. Douglas has been timed at 4.4 in the 40
and has good instincts. He has
good awareness back there in the heat of the action and has good hands.
Scout.com says that "pound for pound, he may be the best corner in the
had 66 tackles and five interceptions in leading his team to the City Section
finals. He also excels in the weight
room and has a 38-inch vertical jump.
had an offer in hand from
when he chose the Broncos. He also
had interest from UCLA,
outlook at cornerback: Brandyn Thompson (5-10, 180), had two interceptions against TCU and will conclude a
great career at
next season. .
Jerrell Gavins (5-8, 170) saw quite a bit of action late in the year and
the junior-to-be will be counted on to help make up for the loss of All-American Kyle Wilson. Jamar Taylor (5-11, 180)
will be a junior and will push for playing time.
Quaylon Ewing is the latest recruit from
. Cedric Febis (6-3, 197) is a
hitter that has been performing admirably on special teams.
Antwon Murray (5-11, 180, Jr.), Raphiel Lambert (5-9, 185, So.) and Ebo Makinde, who was a redshirt freshman, also possess the talent to give the
Broncos a deep defensive backfield.
Holden Huff, (6-4.5, 205), Tight End
Huff is from
and has great speed and hands. The
Sacramento Bee named him to their All-Metro First Team.
Huff led the Section in yards per catch (23.9) with 35 receptions for 954
yards and 10 TD's.
Huff helped the Thunder win the Division II Section title, knocking off
nationally-ranked Grant High of Sacramento in the semi-finals and narrowly lost
33-30 to #2 Servite on a field goal with two seconds remaining.
Huff is expected to greyshirt and join the team in January of 2011.
outlook at tight end: Kyle Efaw
will be a junior of course emerged as a star this year, especially in the 2010
Fiesta Bowl win over #3 TCU, when he was named the games Most Valuable Player on
offense. Senior Tommy Gallarda is an
outstanding blocker and gives
a big target. Sean King (6-2, 214,
Sr.), Chandler Koch (6-3, 220) is a promising redshirt sophomore.
Gabe Linehan and Trevor Peterson both redshirted last year and the
Broncos have high hopes for them.
Kyle Sosnowski (6-3, 215), Safety
Sosnowski is another local player from
. He earned All-State honors in
2008. Sosnowski broke the school
interception year in his junior year with 13 interceptions in two seasons.
Sosnowski seems to have it all at safety—great size, speed and superb
Sosnowski had offers from
as well as interest from several other schools but there was never any question
for him. "I got along with the
coaches well and love the team chemistry," he said. The word we get is that Sosnowski will greyshirt and join the team in January of 2011.
Sosnowski had interest from Pac-10 schools
State, Washington and
outlook at safety:
without a doubt will feature one of the top safety tandems in the nation.
Jeron Johnson (5-11, 194) still has a year to wreak havoc on receivers
coming across the middle. George Iloka will be a staple for two more years. Jonathan Brown redshirted last year. Jason Robinson (6-0, 199) will be counted on for senior leadership.
Winston Venable snared an interception to preserve
's 2010 Fiesta Bowl win and returns at nickleback for his senior year.
Broncos lose senior Garcia Day. Tyler Jackson (6-0, 185, So.) is a young player of the future.
Travis Stanaway (5-11, 185) will also be in the mix as a junior.
Sean Avila (6-2, 270), Defensive Tackle
is a Bronco recruit from
at defensive tackle. He was in the
class of 2009 but needed to finish a class to fully qualify.
was the one school who stuck with him throughout the entire process so
knew where he wanted to be.
was an all-league player at highly-regarded
for three years, almost unheard of.
was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, beating out many players
that now fill Pac-10 and Big 12 rosters. He
is superb at stopping the run and also had 6.5 sacks as a senior. Avila was slated to be in class this semester.
All you have to know about
is this quote from the new Bronco recruit:
"I like to hit people."
outlook at defensive tackle:
will be aspiring to fill the shoes of Billy Winn (6-4, 270, Jr.) and Chase Baker (6-2, 290, Jr.) when they graduate in two years.
Darren Koontz (6-3, 255, So.) saw action this season.
J. P. Nisby (6-2, 290, Jr.) will look to be a force the next two years after a preseason injury kept him out of the undefeated year.
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe has tremendous potential and he should begin proving
that next season. Michael
"Bacon" Atkinson (6-0, 320, So.) got a late start this year but also will be
a strong force for the Broncos next season.
Greg Grimes (6-0.5, 280, So.) is another player that Bronco coaches
expect to be a big contributor. Justin Jungblut has tremendous upside as an unmovable force for four more years at