Broncos Reeling in Big Fish (Update)

It is evident that some of the traditional college football powerhouses are beginning to take an interest in recruits that Boise State is interested in. These ten, however, have committed to "the Bronco way". (Photos are the property of Foto208.com and Scout.com--all rights reserved.)

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 August and Coach Chris Petersen and his coaching staff are already landing major recruits.  Nearly all of them have Pac-10 offers.  

Here are the 10 recruits who have verbally committed to Boise State so far:

 

 

CB Eric Agbaroji (6-0, 185)

Midlothian High School

Midlothian , Texas  

Eric was named second-team All-District last season.  He has good coverage skills, natural athletic ability and long arms.  Agbaroji is ranked #53 at his position by ESPN.  I don't think any "recruiting ranking outfit" has ever correctly forecast a Boise State All-American, so take it with a grain of salt.  

" Boise was the first school to send me mail. They were my first offer and it feels like the perfect place for me. It's a place I can go and be successful," he added.  Eric was impressed with the Bronco coaches.  "They don't just coach football. They want to build relationships with their players and I feel that's important."   

Assistant Head Coach Brent Pease recruited Agbaroji.  

The Broncos signed Eric over offers from TCU and Houston and interest from Texas A & M, Alabama , North Carolina , Nebraska , Oklahoma State , Baylor , Texas and Oklahoma .  

 

 

RB Jay Ajavi (5-11, 175)

Liberty High School

Frisco , Texas  

Jay rushed for 1,627 yards and 20TD's last season and could be the back of the future for the Broncos. "The one thing about that I love about Boise State is the uniqueness of the blue field," Ajavi said. "That is so awesome. I also love how passionate the fans are and how they go crazy on game day. They always have a great crowd."   

Ajavi is a versatile back.  Not only is he a tough runner, but he can block and catch out of the backfield.  

Ajavi had offers from Minnesota , New Mexico State , Wyoming and Tulane and interest from Air Force, Baylor, Duke, Sam Houston State , Oklahoma , Oklahoma State and Wake Forest .  

 

 

DE Robert Ash (6-3, 245)

Cosumnes Oaks High School

Elk Grove , California  

Ash had 53 tackles and four sacks last season for Cosumnes and also played offensive tackle.  He could excel on either side of the ball.   

He gets off the ball extremely well and runs a 4.9 40.  He is relentless in his pursuit and has a nasty attitude on the field.  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.  Dallas has the speed to create instant separation.     

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 Broncos.

 

 

OG Marcus Henry (6-3, 275)

Bellevue High School

Bellevue, Washington  

Henry runs a 4.96 40  and benches 300.  He was first team All-City and All-Area on the state championship team.  He likes serving pancakes at the football games.  He is tenacious and dominating.  

Henry currently has offers from Army and Boise State , while drawing significant interest from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington State . The 6-foot-4, 250-pound OL/DL is scheduled to take his official visit to Boise State during the university's first week of classes.

 

 

Henry's highlights

 


 

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.

 

 

 

S Taylor Loffler (6-4, 200)

Kelowna Secondary School

British Columbia , Canada  

Loffler runs a 4.59 40.  He has great size and is a hard-hitter on defense.  Loffler also was a great wide receiver for Kelowna , taking advantage of a great vertical leap. 

"They are a great team," Loffler told Scout.com about Boise State, who edged Oregon State for his services. "I really like the campus and the coaches."

Here's a link to his 2009 highlight video, which mostly shows Loffler playing QB, but there are some defensive highlights as well - #5 - QB/S/KR Taylor Loffler
 

Taylor chose Boise State over an offer from Oregon State and interest from Montana , Nevada , San Diego State , Stanford and Washington State .

 

 

OG Rees Odhiambo (6-4, 298)

Mansfield Legacy High School

Mansfield , Texas  

A native of Kenya , Odhiambo started playing football as a sophomore. Described by his coach as very coachable with great flexibility and agility, Odhiambo has great natural strength, improving his bench press by nearly 200lbs since he started playing football.  

Odhiambo is yet another recruit reeled in by Assistant Head Coach Brent Pease.   He helped Mansfield Legacy to a 7-3 record and its first-ever appearance in the state playoffs.

 "I feel very blessed. I never imagined that I'd have the opportunity to play for a team like them," he said. "I think I can really help them throughout the years to come."  

Rees chose the Broncos over interest from Arizona , Arizona State, North Texas , Oregon , Tulsa and Utah State .

 

 

MLB Blake Renaud (6-2, 230)

De La Salle High School

Concord , California  

According to Scout.com, Renaud's strengths are his size, discipline and hitting ability.  Blake has good range, instincts and is strong against the run.  He has an innate ability to read the play and react.  Renaud has an uncanny ability to fight through blocks to make the play and delivers blistering blows on contact.  Renaud bench presses 375 and runs a 4.69 40.  Renaud was a second-team All-American on the Max Preps junior class.  He was all-California and the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year.  

De La Salle doubled the existing national record with 151 victories in a row.  Former Boise State All-American and Bronco Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Aliotti directs the offense for the Spartans.   

Renaud also has a 3.0 core GPA at De La Salle.  He chose the Broncos over interest from California , UCLA, Washington , Oregon , Nebraska , Oregon State , Alabama , Ohio , Penn State , USC and Minnesota .  

 

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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