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2016 Boise State Recruit Roundup: December 13th 2015

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Nearly all of the future Broncos are done. I mispoke last week saying Micah Wilson was the only one. Desmond Williams' Huskies still have one more game to play for the California State championship. Best of luck to him this week!

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We had an interesting week this week. We got two commits, but one of them is silent, which leaves us with 3 total "silent" commits. There is a lot of information out there as to who those might be, but we won't REALLY know until LOI Day, which is like second Christmas. Daniel Auelua was the second commit, and much welcome at that!

Desmond Williams, OLB, Centennial High School (Corona, CA)

A quick update for Desmond. His final season stats were compiled. He had a total of 54 tackles, 23 solo and 3 for loss as well as 4 QB hurries. His Huskies play De La Salle Saturday the 19th for the California State Title.

Micah Wilson, QB, Lincoln Christian High School (Tulsa, OK)

Micah Wilson's season is over. An undefeated season ended on Saturday with a 38-14 loss for Heritage Hall. Micah was 14-32 for 195 yards with 2 TDs and an INT as well as 8 rushes for 31 yards. Micah finished the year 198 for 279 (70.9%) for 3,730 yards for 56 TDs and 2 INTs. His only other INT came against Sperry on 10/2. He also had 74 rushes for 596 yards (8.1 ypc) and another 11 TDs. His total yards were 4,326 and he account for a total of 67 TDs to just 2 INTs.

Daniel Auelua, DT, Mesa CC (Mesa, AZ)

The Broncos picked up some much needed help on the D-line from Mesa CC DT Daniel(son) Auelua. A recent flip from Utah State, Auelua had no offers out of high school, but caught the eye of the Bronco coaches at community college. Listed at 6'2 and 285 lbs, Auelua fills a much needed role of experience on the D-line. With so many graduating, Daniel could see the field immediately. Fortunately, if he needs a little more time, he has not yet taken a red shirt. He has 3 years to play two. He had 39 tackles, 7.5 for loss and 2 sacks according to this Scout.com article by Jason Jewell.

This week, we are going to take a look at our WR situation. We should be in good shape next season, but will still have some holes to fill.

Currently, we have 13 wide receivers on our roster:

Terrell Johnson, RS Sr,  5'9 173lbs

Shane Williams Rhodes, Sr, 5'6 173 lbs

Chaz Anderson, RS Jr, 5'10 186bs

Taylor Pope (WO), RS Jr, 6'0 183lbs

Brock Barr (WO), Jr, 6'3 202lbs

Thomas Sperbeck, Jr, 6'0 175lbs

David McKinzie (WO), RS So, 6'0 173lbs

D.J. Dean, RS So, 6'1 197 lbs

Austin Cottrell, So, 6'2 206lbs

A.J. Richardson, RS Fr, 6'0 205lbs

Sean Modster, RS Fr, 5'11 187lbs

Akilian Butler, Fr, 5'10 175lbs

Bryan Jefferson, Fr, 5'11 188lbs

Sadly, we say goodbye to one of the funnest players to watch, SWR. It feels like he just got here, but when you burn the shirt, it always flies by. We also lose Terrell Johnson, who functioned well as a return man and backup receiver. Fortunately, though, we have a lot of returning talent, namely record-setting All-MW First Team receiver Thomas Sperbeck. Chaz Anderson will also return for his final season. Both should return as starters.

I can easily see Akilian Butler seeing plenty of play time, but I'm not sure he will start. AJ Richardson proved to be a valuable third-down receiver, and generally pretty reliable. Barr, Pope and McKinzie didn't see the field much at all last season, but with SWR and Johnson graduating, they could see some time, but not in a starting role. DJ Dean has been perpetually injured, and honestly I'm not sure if he will ever see the field. We could very well see another medical retirement, but we'll have to wait for spring to see how that plays out. Cottrell is a big body, and he made an insane effort at the end of the UNM game, but came up short. I'm hoping Austin can step up his game and move into a more vital role for us.

Modster made a few catches last season and I expect his role to grow as well. Bryan Jefferson red shirted, so we aren't totally sure what he is capable of at this point. I honestly expected him to be the WR in his class to burn the shirt, but that ended up being Butler. Cedrick is in that possession receiver mold, so he could potentially supplant Cottrell as a possession receiver. I expect Carter to red shirt this season. I THINK we could potentially take 2 more WR in this class, specifically an SWR replacement.

To sum up, Chaz and Sperbeck are starters. I can easily see Richardson being the third. Cottrell, Modster, Butler, Wilson and Jefferson should all get plenty of spotlight time. Go Broncos!

2016 Recruiting Class

Any players without highlights below do not yet have compiled senior season videos. I'll update as they become available.

Cedrick Wilson, WR, 6'3 190lbs

Joel Velaquez, K, 6'0 220lbs

Derriyon Shaw, DE, 6'3 220lbs

Ali'i Niumatalolo (2017 class), ILB, 6'1.5 230lbs

Nick Crabtree, TE, 6'6 247lbs

Damarea Crockett, RB, 5'11.5 211lbs

Tyson Maeva, ILB, 6'0 230lbs

Desmond Williams, S, 6'0 190lbs

Reid Harrison-Ducros, CB, 5'10 165lbs

Ezra Cleveland, OT, 6'6 270lbs

Julian Carter, WR, 6'2 175lbs

Robert Mahone, RB, 5'11 190lbs

Kole Bailey, OT, 6'4.5 285lbs

Robert Lewis, CD, 5'10 170lbs

Chase Hatada, DT, 6'2.5 255lbs

Micah Wilson, QB, 6'3 200lbs

Daniel Auelua, DT, 6'2 285lbs