Tag:BSU Football
Posted on: February 11, 2008 12:43 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2008 4:11 pm
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Recruiting Class for 2008

Now that NLI Day has come and gone, how does Boise's recruiting class of 2008 look?

Well, to begin with, by the numbers it was not as good as 2007, which was the best year Boise has had in terms of recruiting nationally rated players.  But then again, Boise has never been big on recruiting on the tangibles (which is what goes into the rating calculations).  Boise has been successful in the past in recruiting players that have heart, and great work ethic, and is a good fit for the Boise system.  And that takes time to see if those types of players truly develop into the play-makers that Boise has enjoyed developing in the past.

Breaking down the recruits for 2008...

This year, Boise needed to focus on the OLine and Defense.  And that they did - with only 2 players coming in for Skill Positions.

  • WR Chris Potter looks to be another Peretta type.  As an ex-QB, this kid will be very versatile.
  • TE Chandler Koch looks to pick up where Shuman left off.  Smart, good blocker, and soft hands.
  • Note: RB Lambert will likely be used on Defense
  • Note: WR Drumgoole will be a special teams specialist.  May develop into a Gilligan type of player!

OLine

  • OT Tom Swanson looks to be the next Ryan Clady.  Big kid, still developing, with a lot of upside potential.
  • OT Fariji Wright will be more like a Tad Miller.  Great heart and works hard.  May move to OG.
  • OG Joe Kellogg.  In run blocking, likes to put people on their back.  Great guard, but may move to OT.
  • OG Bernel Myers.  Strong and fast.  Likes to get downfield during run blocking.
  • OG Bronson Durant.  Feels he was overlooked during the recruiting process.  Chip on his shoulder already?  Cool!

DLine

  • DT Greg Grimes.  This guy could be the next Dennis Ellis (Oh how I miss that guy).  Mean, big and fast.  Just what Boise needs!
  • DT Darren Koontz.  Decent size with good upside potential.  Just needs to continue to develop.
  • DE Spencer Gerke.  Local boy with a love of the game.  Pretty fast on the end, which is always good.

DB's

  • MLB Byron Hout could be the next Kory Hall - only better!  Has the same passion and fire and love of the game that Kory did, only better numbers coming out of HS.  If he continues to develop, could be a great one!
  • WLB Daron Mackey.  The next Colt Brooks?  With only 2 years left of eligibility, can't afford to miss a beat!
  • CB Jamar Taylor.  Right size for the position, good speed, good reaction time.  May step into line-up early.
  • CB Raphiel Lambert.  Same as Jamar.  Played both ways in HS so we'll see how he transitions to defense only.
  • S Tyler Jackson.  Decent size, very fast.  Has knack for making big plays - like Tadman.
  • S George Iloka.  Big!  And Fast!!!  Next Gerald Alexander?  We can hope.
  • S Tommy Smith.  Last second grab.  Also Big!  We'll see how he works in.

Coaches speak highly of many of these players - which we would expect.  Only time will tell us how they develop.  I see 1 or 2 getting to see significant playing time right away, and only on defense.  Possibly Grimes.

The significant developments this year to note were the losses in recruiting that Boise had.  In the past, Boise typically did not go after players they couldn't land.  If they did go after them and didn't get them, it's because they lost them to bigger and better schools.  This year, Boise lost several players - after they made verbal commitments to Boise (signficant) - to mediocre or lowly BCS and non-BCS schools.  This was an unprecendent year for losing commits.  Hope it doesn't continue into the future!

Personal evaluation of this class?  I like what we are seeing in certain positions.  DLine, LB's, Safeties all look very promising!  Overall, I'm happy with this class.  Not ecstatic, but happy.


 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 15, 2008 2:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2008 4:10 pm
 

Will Boise have Staying Power?

Does Boise have the ability to remain at (or near) the top of the non-BCS teams in College Football?  Let's explore the possibilities of that...

  • Longevity:
    Boise has been a member of FBS (former Div1A) for only 11 years - and counting.  So essentially there is no longevity at the highest division of college football.  That of course takes time.  But over those short 11 years, Boise has proven that they can win regularly, sporting a Won/Lose record since 2000 that is better than all but a couple FBS teams.  Sure, the haters out there will argue that Boise's schedule allows them to win all those games.  And of course there is truth to that.  But still, having been a member of the FBS for only 11 years speaks volumes of the success story that is Boise St!
  • Success at Previous Levels...
    Not many people outside of Boise realize that this team has been very successful in College Football prior to the FBS.  Having won National Championships at both the Div2 and FCS (former Div1AA) levels, Boise has proven not only that this team knows how to win, but that it continues to successfully grow.  There appears to be no end in site of Boise's potential growth.  Of course, you don't know you've hit your maximum growth until after you've reached it, but for Boise at least, we haven't seen the end yet.
  • Coaching...
    Boise has proven that it can deal with turnover in the coaching staff and still continue to win.  The atmosphere at Boise St has fostered a winning attitude throughout the entire campus - from the school President, to the AD, to the faculty and students.  Boise St, it seems, can be successful regardless of who is at the helm.  This will bode well in the future as well, since Boise will be a prime location for up-and-coming coaches (with a hunger to win and be successful) who want to propel their stock in coaching at a higher level.  It is that hunger for success that is prevalent at Boise.
  • Attitude...
    For at least the past decade, the attitude at Boise has been - work to win, then work some more.  It's that blue-collar mentality that attracts both coaches and players, which are willing to work, work, and work some more, to win.  It comes from always being the underdog and having to fight harder then everyone else to gain that respect.  It comes from winning the conference championship one year and still being told the next you can't win it again (and doing it 5 times in a row). .........  The attitude has been pretty consistent for many years, but did seem to be a little less noticeable this year (2007).  Can the players get back that blue-collar mentality next year - when Fresno will likely be the pre-season favorite for the WAC Title?
  • Recruits...
    This is probably the area that is always so tough to judge.  Recruits are rated by a couple of primary rating sites.  These sites rate recruits heavily on tangibles - size, speed, game stats, etc.  They are rarely rated on the hardest commodities of all to rate - the intangibles like heart, will, and overall desire to win.  Boise has been successful in the past at getting those recruits that may have been passed over by the bigger schools for lacking the tangibles, but who have great intangibles.  Prime example - Kory Hall.  Recruited by no one out of High School, was very successful as a smallish, slowish MLB in college, and is now doing very well as a Fullback on a Playoff Bound NFL team (Packers).  These are the kinds of guys that have ended up at Boise in the past.  .........  Since the Fiesta Bowl though, higher rated recruits have become interested in Boise.  In rating numbers, Boise has recruited the last two years better than any other non-BCS team (other than BYU).  Will these new types of recruits change the dynamics of Boise's formula for success, or will they continue to build successful season upon successful season?  Only time will tell on this one.

Overall, 2007 was a down year for Boise.  And at a record of 10-3, that's really saying something about the expectations of Boise St Football.  But if you look at it closely, Boise's schedule for 2007 was very soft, so the success was likely perceived greater than it really was.  I personally feel that Boise needs to get that blue-collar mentality back.  It was the one piece in the formula-for-success that seemed to be lacking on Boise team this past year.  ............  Personally, I believe they will get it back.  Maybe not next year - 2008 looks to be another rebuilding year for Boise - but definitely by 2009 and 2010, when Boise could emerge once again as the premier non-BCS team in the nation.

So the answer to the original question is...... 
Yes!  Boise does have the ability to remain at (or near) the top of the non-BCS teams in College Football (in my own opinion of course)

 

 
 
 
 
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