Broncos Are Landing Big Fish

It is still early in the recruiting process but Boise State has already received commitments from six high school football stars. Let's look at who the Broncos have landed so far!

Boise State's Fiesta Bowl win over #3 TCU last year (the Broncos' second Fiesta Bowl trophy in four years) and the move to the Mountain West Conference is already paying dividends in recruiting.

It used to be that Boise State would net a few recruits each year that chose the Broncos over Pac-10 and other major university competition. It is just June and Coach Chris Petersen and his coaching staff are already landing major recruits. Nearly all of them have Pac-10 offers.

Here are the six star recruits who have verbally committed to Boise State so far:

DE Robert Ash (6-3, 245)

Cosumnes Oaks High School

Elk Grove, California

Ash had 53 tackles and four sacks last season for Cosumnes.

He gets off the ball extremely well and runs a 4.9 40. Robert is very quick for his size. Ash also squats 350.

Ash was recruited by special teams/linebackers coach Jeff Choates.

Ash's coach was Ryan Gomes. The entire Cosumnes team traveled to the Boise State Football Camp earlier this year and Ash was extremely impressive, being named the Defensive MVP of the Camp.

Gomes indicated that he expected all Pac-10 schools to offer him a scholarship. Ash had offers from Colorado, San Diego State, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada, Oregon State, Utah and Washington when he verbally committed to Boise State. In fact, Ash had just come back from a trip to Oregon when he visited Boise State and chose the Broncos instead.

Ash carries a 3.2 GPA and a 1500 SAT.

WR Dallas Burroughs (5-8, 175)

Rocky Mountain High School

Meridian, Idaho

Burroughs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds during a combine this summer, he said. He won the state title in the 100 meters last month with a time of 10.63 seconds and ran the 200-meters in 21.71 to place second. He stretches the field and makes plays after the catch.

Burroughs was scheduled to attend Oregon State's Football Camp when he committed to Boise State. He had offers from Utah State and Army when he chose the Bronocs.

QB Jimmy Laughrea (6-2, 187)

Rocklin High School

Rocklin, California

Laughrea (pronounced Lock-ray) has started each of the past two seasons, helping Rocklin to a 14-1 record last season. He piloted the team to a perfect 14-0 record and berth in the California CIF Division 2 championship game following a stunning 21-14 upset of Del Oro. Laughrea hit Tiger Sorenson with a 29-yard strike in the third quarter for the game-winning touchdown.

But a broken arm rendered him unable to play in the game against the #2 team in the nation, Servite High School of Anaheim. Laughrea completed 157-of-287 passes for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions last season. He also rushed 43 times for 383 yards and six scores.

Jimmy was 100-for-203 passing for 1,522 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions for the 4-6 Thunder as a sophomore. He also ran for two TD's. Laughrea also started for Granite Bay High School as a freshman before transferring to Rocklin.

Laughrea is mobile and able to get out of trouble to buy himself some time. He runs a 4.76 40. His arm is strong and accurate. He is adept at throwing on the run and makes quick decisions. Laughrea camped at the Stanford Nike Combine two months ago and was named the Most Valuable Player for the quarterbacks. That was a camp that also included Kyle Boehm, who recently committed to California.

Rocklin has also produced defensive tackle Chase Baker and 2009 recruit Holden Huff for the Broncos. Baker and Huff both had great things to say to Laughrea about the coaches, facilities and about Boise State in general. In fact, Huff played a key role in landing Laughrea. Huff mentioned his friend to special teams/linebackers coach Jeff Choate and soon Laughrea was getting calls from offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and head coach Chris Petersen.

After giving the verbal to Boise State, Laughrea came up to Boise for the Boise State Football Camp. It was there that Harsin worked with him on his footwork and form. Laughrea appreciates that Harsin is a former quarterback himself. Laughrea is solid in the classroom as well, producing a 2.94GPA and a 1620 SAT.

Laughrea had scholarship offers from Washington State, Wyoming, Utah State, San Jose State and Sacramento State when he gave his verbal commitment to Boise State. He also had strong interest from Arizona, California and Washington at the time.

LB Emil Smith (6-2, 200)

Rancho Verde High School

Moreno Valley, California

Smith helped his team to an 11-1 record last season. They dominated opponents until a 50-43 loss to Centennial High School of Corona in the state playoffs. Rancho Verde outscored opponents 724-186, or an average of 60.7-15.6. Their season included 77-0, 65-13 and 51-0 victories.

Emil was named to the All-Conference team that also included teammates Laron Jackson (running back), offensive lineman Avery Poates, wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and fellow linebacker Ronald Powell.

Smith is fast and physical.

DE Samuel Ukwuachu (6-5, 203)

Pearland High School

Pearland, Texas

Ukwuachu (pronounced "Ook-a-watch-oo") had 34 tackles, 25 of them solo, a pair of sacks, four pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, seven quarterback hurries and an interception on defense and also recorded nine catches for 242 yards (26.9 average) and two touchdowns as a receiver. Ukwuachu was the District Player of the Year last year. In a football crazy state, Texas Football Magazine recently released their "Super Team Defense" and named Ukwauchu to the second-team as a defensive end.

"That's been a very high profile school the last few years, and Sam liked the school academically as well as for athletics," Oiler Head Coach Tony Heath said. Boise State linebackers coach Jeff Choate and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski both visited Pearland and convinced him to choose the Broncos over Illinois and Louisville, two of his favorites.

Ukwuachu is very explosive with good instincts and very long arms. He has 4.6 speed and quickness off the ball. Heath said that Ukwuachu has great work eithic and technique. In addition, Samuel studies films intently.

Scout ranks Ukwauchu as one of the top 60 defensive ends in the country. Of course, they also called Brock Forsey a two-star prospect.

Ukwuachu had offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, SMU, Houston, Illinois, Northwestern, Virginia, Louisville, Utah State, Kansas, North Texas and Northwestern when he gave his commitment to Boise State. Texas A & M, Florida, Tulsa, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Arkansas also were showing strong interest at the time.

NT Jeff Worthy (6-4, 265)

Whittier Christian High School

La Habra, California

Whittier was 9-4 last season, including a 2-1 record in the playoffs. Worthy had 131 tackles, second on the team and his 19 sacks led Whittier. Jeff played nose tackle last year and sometimes was triple-teamed by opponents. Despite this, he still was named First-Team All-California for small schools.

Worthy exhibits great hands and technique and has a fearsome bull rush, often bowling over opponents. He has relentless pursuit to the ball carrier, just bullying people and blowing up plays. ESPN noted that he had a great motor, with good pass rushing skills and the ability to recognize blocking schemes.

Jeff was one of the premier players at the UCLA Camp earlier this year and received a scholarship offer immediately after. He also went to the USC Nike Football Training Camp was called "a sleeper" at that camp.

Worthy received scholarship offers from Washington State, UCLA, Oregon State, Nebraska, San Diego State, SMU, Minnesota and Arizona State and strong interest from Oregon, TCU and USC at the time he committed to Boise State.

His football attitude can be summarized by two statements:

"I want to dominate."

"I have something to prove. And I'm going to prove it."

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