Somehow, we're already into the 70s in the countdown, so with 79 days left until kickoff, we'll take a look at a numberless newcomer that might just fill out the #79 jersey—Eric Quevedo
#79, Eric Quevedo, True Freshman, OL
Weight: 280 lbs.
High School: West Covina High School, West Covina, CA
How'd he get to The Blue?
Quevedo was a somewhat late addition to the Broncos' 2015 recruiting class—pledging his commitment on January 19th and then sticking with the Broncos despite a late run by in-state Cal...who offered him about a week after his verbal to Boise State. Quevedo was a consensus 3-star rated recruit by Scout, 247 and Rivals after earning offensive MVP honors in the Hacienda League as a senior. Additionally, Quevedo was named to the All-CIF Southern Section First Team and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area Team in 2014. Quevedo was named to the All-Hacienda League First Team as a junior and senior and was honorable mention in 2012 as a sophomore. Besides the Broncos, Eric fielded offers from Cal, SDSU, UNLV, and UTEP.
Clear. Concise. Alphabetical.
Earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in the Hacienda League as a senior (the first offensive lineman to do so). Named All-CIF Southern Section First Team and to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area Team in 2014. Selected to the All-Hacienda League First Team in 2014. Helped West Covina reach second round of CIF playoffs in 2014. Selected to the All-Hacienda League First Team in 2013. Named honorable mention All-Hacienda League in 2012.
Providing a prospectus for incoming offensive lineman is usually a pretty easy task—they're redshirting. Most any year, you just aren't going to see a true freshman suit up and play on the offensive line unless there are some pretty massive injuries, and with every starter on the offensive line back in 2015 for the Broncos, you really aren't going to see this blue moon event this season. But what kind of prospect is Quevedo moving forward? A darn good one, I can tell you that. Boise State generally recruits such versatility at their O-line positions that it's hard to pigeon hole guys into just one spot, but with Quevedo's impressive stature, I'd think he'd have tackle written all over him. Quevedo seems to have the size, footwork and tenacity to be the "next" great OT at Boise State—a position that has practically been an NFL funnel the last 10 years. Watching Quevedo's film above, it's easy to see what the Boise State staff likes about him. He's got all the fundamentals down, but also has what, in O-line-speak, we call "nastiness". Simply put, good O-lineman have a bit of a mean streak to them. Some might call it "finishing" blocks...but really it's a general desire to put their assigned blockee on their backs—and keep them there. You see that time and again in Quevedo's film and he's got the long arms and footwork to be a great pass blocker as well.
The Broncos will lose two standout lineman at year's end—Marcus Henry and Rees Odhiambo. Henry, currently the team's starting center and former guard will be a big loss, but likely won't impact Quevedo's ascent up the depth chart. Odhiambo, on the other hand, might—especially because we'll also lose JuCo OT Jehren Ertel. I think Quevedo has a good chance to enter the rotation in 2016 and potentially get some starts under his belt if he develops this season as you'd expect him to and I'd expect fellow true frosh John Molchon to be in the mix with him as well as current redshirt freshman Andres Preciado. Boise State will have a bit more youth at key spots in 2016, but you have to like the potential of this young crop. Quevedo will sit this year, but will likely make his presence known in a year's time.
Is he on Twitter?
An inch taller and 14 lbs heavier— Eric Quevedo (@ericquevedo_) January 30, 2015
Completely made up fact
Eric is a direct descendent of Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo...also known as "history's first hipster"