With LOI day now in the rear view, and Spring ball the next bench mark on our long saga, we might as well talk about the impact the 2013 recruiting class will have on the 2013 Bronco football team. Some true frosh will play, out of necessity, others will redshirt for the same reason. Now that the highlight videos are all out in the open, time to play scouting analyst for the weekend. Which 2013 Bronco signees will have the biggest impact—immediate or otherwise?
Scouting the recruits
We'd tried to keep up with the senior seasons of our early verbals—and indeed, they put up impressive stats and records across the board. Many of them had no highlight films to speak of, however, so our scouting analysis was at the mercy of local newspaper blurbs and the sporadic work of national scouting services like Scout.com or ESPN. Sure, those guys have a keen eye for talent, but maybe don't know how it will translate into the Bronco system. No one knows the Bronco system like Bronco fans...so now that the videos are out, and you've had an opportunity to hear some of the recruits speak...who've you got? Here are my signing day thoughts.
Sleeper of the class
Jonathan Moxey - I'll admit that I had heard virtually no buzz about this kid right up until we got a late verbal from him. Now, I'm starting to think he might be the gem of the rather large defensive back class that we signed on Wednesday. Watching Moxey's game film, you can't help but be impressed...he has that Jamar Taylor or Kyle Wilson quality to him—plays fast, instinctual football and is as good in pass coverage as run support. The kid had 9 INTs in his junior year alone and out of all the DBs, seemed to have the 'it" factor the most. Cameron Hartsfield had a good tape as well, for a guy I'd never heard of as well.
Steal of the class
Andrew Tercek - This is different than my "sleeper" pick because on paper, Tercek was our top recruiting get this cycle. Yet Tercek had no major offers prior to the Broncos offering, and according to his LOI day interview, didn't really have any significant offers thereafter. Of course, his firm commitment to the Broncos could've scared schools off, but I think the Broncos were very lucky that most of the Big 12 didn't make a run at him. Kid was a 4 year starter in a highly competitive state and had scouts drooling with his abilities.
DTs - Tie goes to the tackles on this one. Boise State needs immediate help on the interior D-line and these guys will be asked to provide it in 2013. Deuce Mataele is the only one that will be here for Spring ball, so he'll have the inside track, but the Broncos will likely use more than one of our 2013 signees on the D-line this year because depth is a major area of concern. We learned late Wednesday that DT Jeff Worthy was dismissed from the team, and suddenly, picking up 2 JC tackles made a lot of sense. Justin Taimatuia has a Mike Atkinson build, Mataele has experience, and Nick Terry is just, well...big. As far as I can tell, the DT rotation going into Spring will be Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Armand Nance, Tyler Horn, Deuce Mataele, Elliot Hoyte, and Robert Ash. Seems like plenty of guys, but only TAT, Nance and Horn have any playing experience for the Broncos, and Horn is a converted DE (who will stay converted thanks to attrition).
Mat Boesen - This kid can do it all. A highly decorated tight end and defensive end at West High School in Torrance, CA...Boesen will land on the defensive side of the ball for the Broncos (much to the chagrin of TE coach Scott Huff), but where? He has the size to play DE in the Broncos' system right away, but Boesen has stated himself that he'll be given looks at OLB, and Chadd Cripe's signing day capsule had Boesen at Nickel. Wherever this kid lands, he'll make an impact, and I wouldn't be surprised if he found his way onto the field as a true frosh. He logged 16 sacks last season and 29 tackles-for-loss. I can't wait for this kid to arrive in Boise.
Scout away, OBNUGers. There are no wrong answers here, unless you have Tyler Rausa projected as a middle linebacker.