Boise State National Signing Day center: Recruiting updates, rankings, links, and more

Happy LOI Day, Bronco fans. Welcome to Boise State's Signing Day headquarters. This will be your one-stop shop for all the BSU recruiting news throughout the day, complete with regular updates, links, reaction, and more. If a recruiting story happens, you can hear about it here. Also, feel free to add your own links, reaction, and feedback in the comments.

The post will be updated throughout the day, so keep checking back and refreshing the page. After the jump, get an overview of the Broncos' recruiting class and what to watch for throughout the day. Go Broncos!

(Last updated: 4:00pm) Ioane commits to Broncos. Broncos announce class of 10 recruits. Wilcox makes move official, and Broncos name Kwiatkowski to replace him. Mystery recruit Darren Lee will join the Broncos after a two-year church mission.

Boise State 2010 Recruiting Class



Grant Hedrick

Position: Quarterback

Measurables: 6'1", 180 pounds

Rankings:
- Rivals: #24 QB
- Scout: #26 QB
- ESPN: #168 QB

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Hedrick overview

Notes:
Boise State's QB of the future? The most mobile Bronco quarterback since Jared Zabransky, Hedrick was Oregon's 4A State Player of the Year and one of the west coast's best QB prospects.



Matt Miller

Position: Athlete (Wide Receiver, Tight End, Linebacker)

Measurables: 6'4", 210 pounds, 4.5 40

School: Capital HS (Montana)

Rankings:
- Rivals: #53 ATH
- Scout: #89 ATH
- ESPN: #108 ATH

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Miller overview

Notes:
Perhaps the most sought-after recruit in the 2010 class, Miller turned down offers from schools like Arkansas and Stanford for a chance to play on The Blue. Rumor has it he will be given every opportunity to play WR as a true freshman, and as one of Montana's best HS players ever, he certainly has the skills to make an immediate impact.



Tyrone Crawford

Position: Defensive Line

Measurables: 6'4", 258 pounds

School: Bakersfield JC (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: JC
- ESPN: n/a

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Crawford overview

Notes:
The only JC transfer in the 2010 class, Crawford could slide right into the defensive line rotation and may already be the team's second- or third-best defensive lineman. A Canadian HS star, Crawford went to school with current Bronco DT Michael Atkinson.



Kyle Sosnowski

Position: Tight End

Measurables: 6'3", 215 pounds, 4.78 40

School: Capital HS (Idaho)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: #119 TE
- ESPN: NR

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Sosnowski overview

Notes:
The Broncos have had good luck with Capital High grads, and Sosnowski figures to be another good find. Whether he remains at TE or gets moved to his more natural spot at safety remains to be seen.

Sosnowski will grayshirt.



Bryan Douglas

Position: Defensive Back

Measurables: 5'11", 170 pounds, 4.4 40

School: Nathaniel Narbonne HS (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: #59 DB
- ESPN: #98 DB

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Douglas overview

Notes:
The fastest player in the 2010 class, Douglas looks to be another in a long line of legendary Bronco secondary players. His speed and ball skills remind some of Kyle Wilson.



Tyler Horn

Position: Defensive Line

Measurables: 6'4", 225 pounds

School: Mountain View HS (Idaho)

Rankings:
- Rivals: #
- Scout: NR
- ESPN: NR

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Horn overview

Notes:
Idaho's 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Horn is one of the state's best, and given time, he should be able to blossom into a solid Bronco D-lineman.

Horn will grayshirt.



Troy Ware

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6'2", 175 pounds, 4.55 40

School: Vista HS (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: #144 WR
- ESPN: #120 WR

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Ware overview

Notes:
The ceiling is high for WR Troy Ware, and depending on how the WR rotation shakes out, he could be a contributor as soon as a couple years from now.



Holden Huff

Position: Tight End

Measurables: 6'4", 205 pounds

School: Rocklin HS (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals:
- Scout: NR
- ESPN:

Status: Signed LOI

Links:

Notes:
Huff has the size and the frame to be an ideal target at TE for years to come.

Huff will grayshirt.



Schools: Boise State, Cal, SDSU, Colorado

Sean Avila

Position: Defensive Line

Measurables: 6'1", 240 pounds

School: Esperanza HS (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout:
- ESPN:

Status: Uncommitted

Links:

Notes:
Avila is one of the top defensive line prospects in Orange County.

Scout.com claims Avila has given a verbal commitment. Local media has yet to confirm.



Jeremy Ioane

Position: Defensive Back

Measurables: 5'11", 190 pounds

School: Punahou HS (Hawaii)

Rankings:
- Rivals: #74 S
- Scout:
- ESPN:

Status: Signed LOI

Links: Ioane makes surprise choice on LOI Day

Notes:
Ioane is a hard-hitting safety who has received interest from a number of BCS schools. Update: Ioane chose the Broncos over Notre Dame.



Darren Lee

Position: Linebacker/Fullback

Measurables: 6'2", 203 pounds

School: Lassen HS (California)

Rankings:
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: NR
- ESPN: NR

Status: Signed LOI

Links:

Notes:
Lee was a surprise in the 2010 class, not appearing on anyone's radar until the official list was released by BSU this afternoon. Check out the comments for some added info from reader SactoBronco.

What to Watch For

  • Will Jeremy Ioane choose Boise State over Notre Dame and Washington?
  • What will happen with DL Sean Avila?
  • Are there any recruits that will come out of nowhere?

Justin Wilcox reaction

I'll have some occasional thoughts on Wilcox throughout the day, but in the meantime, head over to the Wilcox post from last night for some good discussion in the comments.

Recruiting live blogs

Updates:

The Rivals.com page for Jeremy Ioane shows that the three-star safety has given a solid verbal to the Broncos.

There is a live feed of Hawaii's high school players at a signing day event. Rumor has it that Ioane was supposed to make his formal announcement at 10:00 MT.

Twitter buzz about Ioane adds to speculation that Ioane is a Bronco. (HT: MKingery)

The Seattle Times and Idaho Press-Tribune have picked up the Ioane story.

Honolulu Advertiser says Ioane's a Bronco. This should about put it to rest, right? RIGHT?

Jeremy Ioane highlights:

From Andy Staples' liveblog of LOI Day:

For all of you who keep saying that Boise State needs to beat the big boys, here's a win for the Broncos. Wednesday, they beat Notre Dame for a player.

Jeremy Ioane, a safety from Punahou High in Honolulu, signed with Boise State on Wednesday. It appeared Ioane, a former high school teammate of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, was South Bend-bound after visiting the Fighting Irish this past weekend.

Boise State won't get anywhere near the top of the recruiting team rankings, but here's betting the newest Broncos win a whole bunch of games during their careers.

A couple of good links to stories on incoming QB Grant Hedrick.

Boise State coaching speculation

The Ioane commitment has a lot of layers to it not the least of which are Boise State beating Notre Dame for a recruit, BSU getting Jeron Johnson 2.0, and a recruiting class that just keeps growing despite a lack of scholarships. There's also this: Ioane's commitment comes the day after word leaks about Justin Wilcox leaving for Tennessee.

Does this mean that the rumors of Wilcox leaving are not true? Boise State has yet to make an official announcement, but media reports and scuttlebutt has all but assured his departure. Ioane is the first sign of hope that maybe we all have it wrong.

Of course, then Jeff Caves comes along and ruins everything.

 

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More than just Wilcox to Tennessee? What kind of new torture is an open-ended question like that? I have a number of assumptions about what Caves is insinuating, including Wilcox taking some assistants with him, perhaps a new hire for the coaching staff, etc. Still, this is not the type of news you want to hear on Signing Day.

Scholarship update:

The NCAA allows 85 scholarships per team. Boise State graduated five seniors (Kyle Wilson, Richie Brockel, Michael Choate, Garcia Day, and Andy Silsby) and lost scholarship lineman Tom Swanson. That would open up six scholarships for the 2010 class, provided that each of the five departing seniors was on scholarship and not just a walk-on. (The Statesman says 80 of 85 scholarship players will return in 2010 but fails to mention if Swanson is included.)

The commitment of Ioane brings Boise State's class to nine. Three players will grayshirt (and thus delay their scholarship a season) - Sosnowski, Horn, and Huff. The other six would presumably fill the open six scholarships.

If the Broncos only have five to give, then another player from the 2010 class would have to grayshirt. Maybe Troy Ware? And if DL Sean Avila decides on Boise State today, the Broncos are going to have to get creative and find another grayshirt in the bunch.

Of course, with the way that news has spilled out of Bronco Nation lately, I guess it is not out of the question to find out that other players have left the team.

Official announcement from Boise State

The 2010 Boise State recruiting class has been posted to Boise State's website, and there are a couple of surprises. First, Jeremy Ioane is not on it, most likely because his decision was so recent. Second, there is no Sean Avila, which could mean that he is not coming to Boise. Third, there is a new face that has not been on any commit lists so far: LB Darren Lee from Lassen HS (California).

Jeff Caves tweets about changes to TE coach, O-line coach, and defensive staff

Idaho Sports Talk host Jeff Caves sent the following Tweet a few minutes ago:

BSU to get new O Line coach, Te coach , Def Co-ord and D line coach? Details on KTIK at 306pm

Well, "Love Songs with Delilah" starts at 3:00 on Lite 108, but I guess I can make an exception.

What changes do you think are in the works? Promotions? Demotions? Outside hires?

About Darren Lee

Talk about flying under the radar. I cannot find mention of him on Scout.com or Rivals.com. The most information available is from his BroncoSports profile:

Named first-team All-State for Division III as a senior at Lassen High School in Susanville, Calif...Voted Northern Athletic League Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior...Also named first team All-Conference as a junior...Recorded 141 tackles and gained over 1,300 rushing yards during his high school career...As a junior qualified for the California state track and field meet...Earned four varsity letters in both track and field and wrestling...High school coach was Tom St. Jacques.

Coached by Tom St. Jacques? Well, why didn't you say so?

Is Lee destined to grayshirt?

Update: Darren Lee will be going on a church mission, so his scholarship won't be an issue for a year or two.

Broncos recruiting presser

Catch the Broncos' recruiting press conference LIVE on the BroncoSports.com website, beginning at 2:30 pm MT.

Wilcox speaks about new job at Tennessee

From the Idaho Statesman:

"It's an unbelievable opportunity," Wilcox said of his Tennessee assignment. "I'm really humbled to be considered and for Coach Dooley to offer me the job. Boise State is an incredible place and I really wasn't looking to leave there. All this happened pretty fast.

"But after talking with Coach Dooley and a couple of the other coaches, and getting a feel for the way he wants to model the program and a lot of the philosophies he has, I just felt like it was a great opportunity at an unbelievable place in terms of the tradition. I think it's just one of those things that was too good to pass up and I'm excited to be here."

Boise State makes all the coaching changes official. Wilcox is gone to Tennessee. Pete Kwiatkowski will take over as defensive coordinator. Scott Huff (O-line coach) and Chris Strausser (TE coach) are switching positions. Nothing yet on who the new D-line coach will be.

Says Coach Pete:

"Change is healthy, change is a part of life. We’ve got to embrace that and move forward. We’ll be better."

Better? Yikes.

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