Hard to believe, but there are under 70 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 65 days until kickoff...so today we'll be taking a look at #65 on the Boise State roster—Matt Paradis
#65, Matt Paradis, RS Freshman, DT
Weight: 275 lbs.
High School: Council High School, Council, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Matt Paradis was to Council High School what Shea McClellin was to Marsing High—a dominant force that made the opposition look silly. Paradis may have played at the 1A level, but his production was impressive nonetheless. Matt registered 186 tackles and 17 sacks over his junior and senior seasons and was named the 1A Idaho Player of the Year in 2008. He made an appearance on the all-state team as a sophomore and junior as well. Unsurprisingly, given the talent in Boise State's backyard that often goes unnoticed, Paradis was not offered any scholarships after his senior year at Council High, but his impressive play was enough for the Broncos to extend him an invited walk-on offer. Paradis accepted, obviously, and scholarship looks imminent.
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It's a hard knock life.
First-team all-state defensive line as a sophomore. First team all-state on offense and defense as a junior. 1A Idaho High School Player of the Year as a senior. Boise State Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year in 2009.
Injury kept him less active in Spring Camp.
Paradis might be one of the more intriguing players to watch this Fall. With highly-touted newcomers joining seasoned veterans, Boise State's D-line will have more raw talent, size, experience, and depth than it's possibly ever had. Players will have to work hard this Fall to make sure their position on the D-line depth chart is secure, and as we've discussed before, after Chase Baker and Billy Winn—it's wide open. One would assume that JP Nisby, Darren Koontz, Chuck Hayes, Greg Grimes, and Michael Atkinson would have a bit of a leg up with playing experience under their collective belts, but newcomers Justin Jungblut, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, and Paradis are talented enough to make a hard push for meaningful time in 2010. Remember, out of the 3 DTs coming off redshirt years, Paradis is the only one not on scholarship, but he's also the only reigning Scout Team Player of the Year and may have the best raw talent of the bunch. If he can disrupt the Bronco O-line starters enough in 2009 to be considered for POTY, Paradis should be able to become a disruptive force for opponents in 2010. They toyed with Paradis playing a bit of O-line this Spring, but I think that experiment is over—look for Paradis to battle in Fall Camp and gain some good experience in 2010 and then be a more prominent part of the rotation in 2011.
Completely made up fact
Paradis' red afro gives him special powers...like the ability to burn easily in the sun.