The senior seasons of next year's Broncos are nearly finished, and with the playoffs in full swing, we may have already seen the last of a few of them. After the jump, we'll drop in on a few of the Bronco verbals (non-binding till February, yadda-yadda) and see how they're doing.
Stud Frisco Liberty (TX) RB commit Jay Ajayi came back from his ankle injury just in time for the first round of the Texas 4A playoffs and put in a solid performance against Pearce on November 12th. Ajayi rushed for 97 yards on just 15 carries and tallied two more TDs in the 70-17 first-round win. Then, Friday evening Ajayi put the team on his shoulders and carried them to a second round victory over South Oak Cliff by rushing for 292 yards and 4 TDs. Frisco remains unbeaten on the year and Ajayi has them hurtling toward a date with state championship destiny. Ajayi has four 200+ yard games on the season and now sits at 2,027 yards rushing on the season with 35 total TDs. Ajayi also averages over 10 yards/carry and has fumbled just once all year.
Rocklin High School (CA) QB commit Jimmy Laughrea's squad was bounced from the playoffs on November 12th after falling to River City. Laughrea had 160 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Laughrea finished the season with 2,527 yards passing with 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Laughrea also rushed for 327 yards and 6 more TDs on the ground and led his Rocklin squad to a 7-4 record.
Whittier Christian (CA) DT commit Jeff Worthy had 2 sacks in Friday nights playoff win over Bell Gardens. Worthy's squad is now 10-1 on the year and will play Covina next weekend to determine who will advance.
Boise State's newest commit, DB Darian Thompson of Paraclete High School (CA), had a TD reception Friday night in the Spirits' playoff game against Desert Hot Springs. Paraclete has won 10 straight games after losing their season opener.
Local WR commit Dallas Burroughs of Rocky Mountain High School saw his season end against Centennial last weekend in the state semifinals. The Patriots defeated the Grizzlies 35-33 to reach the state championship game, but Burroughs still finished with 238 yards receiving in the contest.
The other local Bronco commit at nickel, Capital's Corey Bell, also saw his season end in the state playoffs against Couer d'Alene last on November 13th. Bell had 87 total yards in the 28-24 loss and finished the year with 915 yards and 14 TDs on the ground, 289 yards and a TD as a receiver, made 44 tackles and registered 2 interceptions and 3 sacks.
Safety commit Taylor Loffler of Kelowna BC was named the Okanagan AAA Conference offensive player of the year after passing for 1,597 yards and 19 TDs, rushing for 778 yards and 16 TDs, scoring 5 times on kick returns and once on a fumble recovery. All told, Loffler accounted for 41 of his team's 57 touchdowns on the year and also made 53 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries.
Kicker commit Matt Goudis of Chaminade High School (CA) made two field goals on November 12th (one a 50-yarder) against St. Paul to keep his Eagles team alive for another week in the playoffs as they eked out a 1-point win. Then, Friday night, Goudis ran for a first down on a fake punt to help swing the momentum toward Chaminade as they defeated Culver City 52-16 to reach the western quarterfinals. Goudis was offered a scholarship by Michigan two weeks after verbally committing to the Broncos, but remains solid with his commitment to Boise State.
DT commit Robert Ash's Cosumnes Oaks squad did not reach the playoffs, but Ash finished the year with 76 tackles and 10 sacks.