Boise State has appeared to be fairly set in the QB department with two-time All-MWC first-teamer Brett Rypien, but developing depth has been something that has eluded the Broncos over the last few seasons, with transfers-aplenty. Hopefully, the Broncos have gained back a little of that depth this evening with the verbal commitment of junior college QB Rathen Ricedorff. The 6’1” 200 lb. Ricedorff was offered by the Broncos just a few days ago and after visiting this weekend, decided Boise was the place for him (and his wife).
Honored to be a part of the @BroncoSportsFB Family! Excited to announce that I've Committed to Boise State University!! #GoBroncos pic.twitter.com/JW2y0IDFhv— Rathen Ricedorff (@RathenR10) December 12, 2016
Ricedorff, should have two seasons of eligibility left after recently completing his sophomore season at Mesa Community College...and quite the season it was for Ricedorff as he passed for over 4,000 yards and tossed 47 TDs to just 8 INTs—more than enough to garner offers from the likes of Akron, East Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, and Weber State.
Ricedorff hails from Show Low, Arizona, and played his prep ball there (graduating in 2011) before heading out on a two-year LDS mission. Chase Cord, the prep QB that the Broncos will also be signing this class, also hails from Arizona. Given that the Broncos did not graduate any QBs this year seems to imply that they anticipate losing another to transfer or that they really just weren't very happy with the current depth or how quickly that depth may or may not have been developing. In Ricedorff, they will gain an experienced and mature signal-caller that might be able to push the QB competition this Fall. Whether Ricedorff will be a mid-year enrollee will probably be answered in short order.
Ricedorff was only one of the two "GO BRONCOS" tweets this evening as the Broncos landed two commits ahead of the dead period, but no word on the identity of commit numero dos just yet.
Update: Ricedorff will indeed be a mid-year enrollee and sign on Wednesday according to Dave Southorn