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