Boise State Signs 19 to 2011 Football Recruiting Class
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Football Head Coach Chris Petersen announced the signing of 19 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, headlined by 18 highly-accomplished high school seniors and an All-American junior college transfer.
In addition to landing three prep standouts from the Gem State, the Broncos’ class also includes eight high school student-athletes from California, four from Texas and one each from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
The lone transfer in this year’s class, junior nickel Dextrell Simmons (Houston, Texas) joins the Broncos from Blinn Junior College, where he helped lead the Buccaneers to the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Championship.
When broken down by position, the Broncos signed most of their class in the trenches – adding three along both the offensive and defensive lines. Boise State added multiple student-athletes in the defensive backfield (four), at nickel (two) and at linebacker (two), and also signed one each at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and kicker.
The Broncos are coming off of a 12-1 campaign and finished the season ranked in the top 10 in both the USA Today Coaches’ Poll (No. 7) and the Associated Press Media Poll (No. 9). Boise State defeated Utah 26-3 in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, the team’s ninth-straight bowl game.
Boise State also completed an unprecedented run in the Western Athletic Conference, winning a share of the conference title for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Boise State, which will move to the Mountain West Conference in 2011, went 75-5 (.938) during its 10 seasons in the WAC, including a perfect 40-0 mark at home.
The Broncos are scheduled to open the 2011 season against Georgia (Sept. 3), in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT), and the game will be televised nationally on either ESPN or ABC.
A complete list of Boise State’s 2011 recruiting class follows, including brief biographical information on each signee:
Eric Agbaroji, Defensive Back, 6-1, 195, Fr., Midlothian, Texas (Midlothian HS)
Was a three-time varsity football letter winner at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas…Named first-team all-conference as a senior…Also voted honorable mention all-conference as a junior and second team all-conference as a sophomore…Named to The Old Coach All-Area First Team and All-State Second Team…Recorded 30 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, three field goal blocks and one interception in 2010…Tallied 40 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons…Also recorded 13 pass break-ups and one interception as a junior…Earned two varsity letters in track and field…Won 400-meter district championship as a sophomore…High school coach was Lee Wiggington.
Jay Ajayi, Running Back, 6-0, 208, Fr., Plano, Texas (Frisco Liberty HS)
Named second-team all-state as a senior at Frisco Liberty High School in Plano, Texas…Earned two varsity letters in football at Frisco Liberty HS…Voted first-team all-conference as a junior and senior…Selected to the All-Collin County Team while being named Collin County Player of the Year…Recorded 225 carries for 2,240 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior…Also caught seven passes for 67 yards and one score in 2010…As a junior, tallied 209 carries for 1,627 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns…Caught 12 passes for 79 yards as a junior...Earned one varsity letter in track and field…Member of 4x400-meter, 4x200m and 4x100m district championship teams…Also a member of The National Society of High School Scholars…High school coach was Galen Zimmerman.
Robert Ash, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 262, Fr., Elk Grove, Calif. (Cosumnes Oaks HS)
Was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in football at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, Calif…Named a varsity team captain as both a junior and senior…Also named second-team Sac-County in 2010…Finished senior season with 41 tackles - 35 of which were solo…Also recorded 10 sacks for minus-83 yards, while forcing two fumbles and blocking one field goal…earned a varsity basketball letter as a junior…Received the Wolf Pack Award…High school coach was Ryan Gomes.
Corey Bell, Nickel, 5-11, 200, Fr., Boise, Idaho (Capital HS)
Earned three varsity football letters at Capital High School in Boise…Voted first-team all-state as a senior…Named Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year in 2010…second-team all-conference as a junior…Played in the Idaho East-West Shriners All-Star game as a senior…Finished senior season with 44 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and three interceptions - one of which was returned for a touchdown…carried the football 138 times for 915 yards and 14 touchdowns…Caught 22 passes for 289 yards and 11 touchdowns…As a junior, recorded 50 tackles, nine TFLs, three interceptions and two forced fumbles…Finished his sophomore season with 45 tackles, six TFLs, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries…Also earned one varsity letter in basketball…Earned Academic All-Conference as a sophomore, junior and senior…High school coach was Todd Simis.
Dallas Burroughs, Wide Receiver, 5-9, 170, Fr., Meridian, Idaho (Rocky Mountain HS)
A first-team all-state selection at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, where he earned three varsity football letters…Also named first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference as a senior…Voted second-team all-conference as a junior…Finished senior season with 75 receptions for 1,358 yard and 14 touchdowns…Also carried the football 20 times for 304 yards and two scores…Received two varsity letters in both track and field and baseball…Won the 100-meter state championship as a junior…High school coach was Jason Warr.
Marcus Henry, Offensive Lineman, 6-2, 280, Fr., Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS)
A four-year varsity letterwinner at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Wash…Named first-team all-state as a senior…Selected Kingco Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior after being voted first-team All-Kingco on both offense and defense…Named second-team all-conference as a junior…Voted preseason all-state as a senior…Helped team to 3A State Championships in 2009 and 2010…High school coach was Butch Goncharoff.
Lee Hightower, Defensive Back, 6-1, 170, Fr., Inglewood, Calif. (Loyola HS)
A two-year letterwinner at Loyola High School in Los Angeles…Named second-team All-Serra League as a senior…Capped his prep campaign with 40 tackles, 18 pass break-ups two forced fumbles and an interception…Garnered Daily News All-Star recognition…Junior season recorded 50 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and four forced fumbles…Was also a four-year letterwinner in track and field, finishing as the CIF runner-up both his sophomore and junior seasons…member of the Honor Roll, was both a California Scholar and a National Merit Achievement Scholar…High school football coach was Mike Christensen.
Rees Odhiambo, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 296, Fr., Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield Legacy HS)
Earned two varsity football letters at Mansfield Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas…Named second-team all-conference as a senior and honorable mention all-conference as a junior…Recorded 26 knockdowns and 14 pancakes, while only allowing one sack as a senior…Tallied 10 knockdowns and four pancakes as a junior…Also recorded 10 tackles and one tackle-for-loss at nose guard as a junior…Academic All-District as a junior and senior…Earned one varsity letter in track and field…Received the Teacher’s Choice Award…High school coach was Chris Melson.
Jimmy Laughrea, Quarterback, 6-2, 197, Fr., Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS)
A three-time varsity football letterwinner at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, Calif…Voted first-team All-Sierra Foothill League as a senior…Also named first-team all-metro and all-city as a senior…Selected second-team all-conference as a junior…Completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,527 yards and 22 touchdown throws as a senior…Also tallied 327 rushing yards and six rushing scores in 2010…As a junior, completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 2,635 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, while also rushing for six touchdowns…Threw for 1,522 passing yards as a sophomore…High school coach was Greg Benzel.
Taylor Loffler, Safety, 6-4, 200, Kelowna, British Columbia (Kelowna Secondary School)
Named the 2010 British Columbia High School Most Valuable Player as a senior at Kelowna Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia…A first-team all-conference selection as a junior and senior…Recorded 88 tackles and four interceptions in his final prep campaign…Also completed 97-of-165 passes for 1,732 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2010…Tallied 814 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 86 carries as a senior…Scored two punt return touchdowns and three kick return touchdowns in final high school season…As a junior, recorded 67 tackles and three interceptions…Also completed 62 passes for 879 passing yards and 19 touchdowns to go along with 741 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 97 carries in 2009…Grabbed seven interceptions as a sophomore…Also completed 5-of-12 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown as a backup quarterback in 2008…Returned one kickoff return for touchdown as a sophomore…Was a three-year team captain in football…Was also a starter on the varsity basketball team as a sophomore, junior and senior…High school coach was Roy Anderson.
Dillon Lukehart, Linebacker, 6-0, 200, Fr., Eagle, Idaho (Eagle HS)
Earned three varsity football letters at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho…Named first-team all-state as a running back and defensive back in 2010…Voted Southern Idaho Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior…Also named first-team all-conference on defense as a senior…Selected second-team All-SIC as a junior…Finished senior season with 1,824 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, while also recording 106 tackles on defense…As a junior, tallied 1,049 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns…Scored four touchdowns and rushed for 428 yards as a sophomore…Earned two varsity letters in track and field and one in basketball…Named Eagle HS Athlete of the Year…Member of National Honor Society…High school coach was Paul Peterson.
Hayden Plinke, Tight End, 6-4, 230, Fr., Hillsboro, Ore. (Glencoe HS)
An honorable mention all-state performer as a senior at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore…Also named first-team all-conference as a senior and second-team all-conference as a junior…Earned two varsity letters in football at Glencoe HS…Rushed for 251 yards to average 11.5 per-carry as a senior…Also caught 31 passes for 457 receiving yards in 2010…Scored five touchdowns as a senior…Recorded five touchdowns as a junior, including a three-touchdown performance in one game…Tallied eight sacks at defensive end as a junior…Received three varsity letters in track and field and one in basketball…Won the state javelin title as a junior…Voted Student Body President…High school coach was Tim Duvall.
Blake Renaud, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Fr., Concord, Calif. (De La Salle HS)
A three-year varsity letterwinner in football at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif….Voted first-team All-East Bay Athletic League as a junior and senior at linebacker…Named second-team all-league as a sophomore...Was a team captain during senior season…Named to the Cal-Hi Section Sports All-State Seniors First Team in 2011…Also named first-team All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle…Selected to the ESPNU 150 Class of 2011 Watch List…Voted ESPN Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team in 2010…In 2009 named Max Preps Junior Class All-American Second Team…Voted East Bay Defensive Player of the Year by the Contra Costa Times in 2009…As a junior named first-team All-EBAL and first-team All-Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle…Selected Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore Team in 2008…High school coach was Bob Ladouceur.
Adam Sheffield, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 300, Fr., San Jose, Calif. (Branham HS)
Earned three varsity letters in football and two in basketball at Branham High School in San Jose, Calif…Named first-team all-state as a senior…Selected first-team all-conference as a senior and second-team all-conference as a junior…Named first-team all-state by Cal-Hi Sports and first-team All-NorCal by California Golden Preps as a senior…Also named first-team California Central Coast Section by NorCal Preps…Selected as a team captain as a senior…High school coach was Justin Halas.
Dextrell Simmons, Nickel, 5-10, 205, Jr., Houston, Texas (Blinn JC)
Transfers to Boise State after two standout seasons playing linebacker at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas…Member of Blinn JC team that won the 2009 National Junior College Athletic Association Championship…Recorded 57 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a sophomore…Finished freshman season with three sacks and two interceptions, including one interception return for touchdown, in limited action…Voted first-team all-conference and honorable mention NJCAA All-America as a sophomore…Was a defensive captain for the Buccaneers…Member of Blinn Leadership Council for two years…Helped lead Blinn JC to a No. 10 national ranking to end 2010…Junior college head coach was Brad Franchione.
Darian Thompson, Defensive Back, 6-1, 180, Fr., Lancaster, Calif. (Paraclete HS)
Comes to Boise State following a standout senior season at Paraclete High School in Lancaster, Calif…Named All-CIF and All-Valley Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2010...Also voted All-CIF, all-valley and all-league at defensive back as a senior…Finished 2010 with 74 tackles (35 solo), seven interceptions, eight knockdowns and two interception returns for touchdown…Also caught 52 passes for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns at wide receiver, all school single-season records…Returned seven punts for 179 yards and five kickoffs for 94 yards…Finished junior season with 40 tackles, four interceptions and four pass deflections, garnering second-team all-league accolades…Also caught 12 passes for 205 yards as a junior…Recorded 38 tackles, four pass break-ups and one interception as a sophomore…Earned two varsity letters for baseball…High school coach was Norm Dahlia.
Samuel Ukwuachu, Defensive End, 6-5, 210, Fr., Pearland, Texas (Pearland High School)
A three-year varsity letterwinner in football at Pearland High School in Pearland, Texas…Team won the Texas 5A Division I State Championship in 2010…Was voted second-team all-state as a junior and senior…Also named first-team all-conference as a junior and senior…Received the team’s defensive most valuable player award following his senior season…Selected second-team all-conference as a sophomore…Tabbed as a first-team all-district honoree on defense and second-team all-district on offense…Finished senior season with 70 tackles and 10 sacks…Also caught 16 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns…Recorded 34 tackles, four sacks and one interception as a junior…caught five passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as a junior…High school coach was Tony Heath.
Jake Van Ginkel, Place Kicker, 6-0, 175, Fr., Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
Enjoyed an illustrious career as place kicker at Upland High School in Upland, Calif., where he set the California high school state record for career field goals (39)...Named first-team All-Baseline League as a senior…Also named MaxPreps All-America in 2010…Selected first-team all-state by MaxPreps, Golden State Preps and Cal-Hi Sports as a junior…Also picked to the 2009 ESPN Junior All-America Team…Named first-team sophomore all-state by Golden State Preps and Cal-Hi Sports, as well as sophomore All-America by EA Sports/ESPN in 2008…Scored 87 points on 14 field goals and 45 successful point after tries as a senior…Also recorded 47 touchbacks in 2010…Scored 88 points on 16 field goals and 40 PATs as a junior…Recorded 48 touchbacks as a junior…Converted 63 PATs and nine field goals for 90 points as a sophomore…Also recorded 54 touchbacks in 2008…As a freshman, connected on three field goals of more than 50 yards, with a long of 58 yards…High school coach was Tim Salter.
Jeffrey Worthy, Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 285, Fr., La Mirada, Calif. (Whittier Christian HS; La Habra, Calif.)
A four-year varsity letterwinner in football at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, Calif…Named team captain during senior season…Selected first-team all-state as a junior and senior…Also voted first-team all-conference as a junior and senior…Finished 2010 season with 79 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Team finished runner-up for the CIF Southern Section / Division 10 Championship in 2010…Recorded 137 tackles, 19 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior…Received two varsity letters for basketball…High school coach was Sergio Gradilla.
Tyler Horn, Defensive End, 6-4, 255, Fr., Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View HS)
Signed with Boise State in February, 2010, and greyshirted last season…Received first-team all-state and all-conference honors on defense as a senior at Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho…Also named honorable mention all-state and all-conference as a junior…As a senior, recorded 50 tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three pass deflections…Also recorded more than 100 yards on tackles-for-loss as a senior…Tallied 45 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior…Named Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Awarded the Idaho Lineman Challenge MVP…Boise State football camp defensive line MVP in 2009…Also earned varsity letters in track and field (three) and basketball (one)…High school coach was Judd Benedick.
Holden Huff, Tight End, 6-6, 205, Fr., Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS)
Signed with Boise State in February, 2010, and greyshirted last season…Honored as a first-team all-conference and all-section tight end as a senior at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, Calif…Named 2009 Conference Playmaker of the Year…Also named first-team all-conference wide receiver as a junior, and 2008 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year…Holds several Rocklin HS records, including single-season receiving yards (989), career receiving yards (1,664), single-season touchdown receptions (10) and career touchdown receptions (16)…Helped lead Rocklin HS to a Sierra Football League Championship, as well as a Sac-Joaquin Section title…Also lettered in track and field…High jumped 6-2 and threw the shot put 47-0…High school coach was Greg Benzel.
Troy Ware, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 185, Fr., Oceanside, Calif. (Vista HS)
Signed with Boise State in February, 2010, and greyshirted last season…Received second-team all-state honors as a senior wide receiver at Vista High School in Vista, Calif…Voted first-team All-Palomar League as a senior, as well as second-team all-league his junior senior…As a senior, recorded 45 receptions for 699 yards and eight touchdowns…Caught 26 passes for 482 yards and four scores in his junior season…As a sophomore, grabbed seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns…Named All-North County…Honored on the All-Academic Team as a junior and senior…Earned varsity letters in track and field three times…Was an all-league performer in the long jump as a sophomore and junior…Named to the Vista HS Honor Roll as a junior and senior…High school coach was Dan Williams.
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