Happy New Year! The Broncos fell short in the Cactus Bowl unfortunately, but they finished the season 10-3. There will be plenty of debate on whether this was a successful season or not, and an argument can be had for either side. Let’s not dwell on that right now.
We did get confirmation that McNichols is declaring for the draft, which I think a lot of people saw coming. While we lose another one a year too soon, that allows the youths to step up.
We also didn’t make it out of the coaching carousel unscathed. With Coach Sanford being tabbed as the new head honcho at WKU, he promptly nabbed Coach Junior Adams to be his new OC. While we haven’t seen a direct fallout from this yet, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Lars Hanson posted an article on Bryan Thompson, but it’s behind a paywall.
With that, there isn’t much to update on the current recruits. If I was able to find updated stats, I’ve updated them. If not, I’ll keep looking.
Jermani Brown, ATH, Midlothian HS (Midlothian, VA)
Stats have still not been uploaded for Jermani. More post-season recognition for Brown too.
Marques Evans, DB, Newbury Park HS (Newbury Park, CA)
Marques finished his senior season with 38 total tackles, 28 solo, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery, 7 passes defended, 1 blocked field goal and 1 tackle for loss. He also had 8 receptions for 136 yards and 2 TDs.
Zeke Birch, DT, Madison HS (Rexburg, ID)
2016 stats for Zeke have not been posted yet. I’ll update when they do.
Isiah Moore, OT, Mesa CC (Mesa, AZ)
Stats for Isiah weren’t kept as he was an offensive lineman. Isiah is listed as a soft verbal on Scout.com.
Breydon Boyd, LB, Katy HS (Katy, TX)
Breydon’s stats haven’t been posted all season, so hopefully I will be able to locate them at some point. I was able to find some PARTIAL stats based on 2 games. He had 8 tackles and 2 sacks. I don’t know what games or if those are complete. Really having a hard time finding stats. He has some highlights on HUDL, but for whatever reason they crash the blog when I post the link. Just use the google machine to find them.
Michael Young, DB, Dodge City CC (Dodge City, KS)
Dodge City finished the regular season with a 28-21 win over Hutchinson, finishing 7-4. Michael had 4 total tackles, 2 solo and .5 tackles for loss in the win. He has 42 total tackles, 28 solo, 3 TFL, 2 fumbles caused, 1 recovered, 2 INTs, 6 pass break-ups and 3 kicks blocked.
Chase Cord, QB, Sunrise Mountain HS (Peoria, AZ)
Chase’s totals for the season, are as follows: 149 of 249 (59.8%) for 2,721 yards, 38 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also had 74 rushes for 155 yards and 6 more TDs.
For his career, he finished 528 of 829 (63.7%) for 9,493 yards, 137 TDs and 20 INTs. He also had 40 carries for 391 yards and 38 more TDs. That’s 175 TDs accounted for in his HS career. CRAZY.
Mike Young, OT, Queen Creek HS (Queen Creek, AZ)
Michael ends his senior season with 53 tackles, 25 solo, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INTs (one for a TD), 2 passes defended and 2 fumbles recovered.
Quentin Brown, LB, Conroe HS (Conroe, TX)
Stats aren’t available for Quentin at this time.
Tyreque Jones DB, San Gorgonio HS (San Bernardino, CA)
Tyreque finishes his senior year with 31 carries for 209 yards and 2 TD, 48 receptions for 1,033 yards and 15 TDs, 67 total tackles, 48 solo, 2 TFL, 2 INTs and 2 fumbles caused. Tyreque could play on either side of the ball and excel at the next level. He’ll be an exciting player to watch for the Broncos.
Cartrell Thomas, WR, Lancaster HS (Lancaster, TX)
I was finally able to find stats for Cartrell! He finished his senior season with 3 carries for 65 yards and 60 receptions for 1,205 yards and 15 TDs.
John Ojukwu, OL, Boise HS (Boise, ID)
MaxPreps has some stats for John, but it is only listing him as playing one game. It says he had one tackle against Ridgevue in August. Not sure if that means he was injured that game or they just quit taking stats.
Boise finished 4-5 overall, 2-3 in conference. John is listed at a massive 6’6 285lbs. He’ll be a welcome addition to the O-line.
Bryan Thompson, WR, Rancho Verde HS (Moreno Valley, CA)
Rancho Verde finished their season 11-2, 5-0 in league, losing to Edison 32-28 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 tournament semifinals.
Thompson finished with 77 catches for 1,377 yards and 14 TDs. Listed at 6’3 and 185 lbs, Thompson could make an immediate impact at WR.
Rathen Ricedorff, QB, Mesa CC (Mesa, AZ)
Listed at 6’1 200lbs, Rathen played with Isiah Moore at Mesa CC where he earned 1st team All-NJCCA All-American honors, which is no small feat. He completed 282 of 434 pass attempts (64.98%) for 3,688 yards, 42 TDs and just 7 interceptions. His highlights are incredibly impressive. What stands out is his ability to extend plays and how well he leads the receiver. Very rarely did a receiver need to break stride to catch a ball from him. He will absolutely push Ryp this spring.
Zach Troughton, OL, Butte CC (Oroville, CA)
Zach is another recent commit that will fill the shoes on the OL. Listed at 6’5 315lbs, he is a massive addition to the line. His Butte team lost to American River in the NorCal Championship game 9-15, finishing 9-3 on the year. Zach earned 1st team All-American CC Football team honors.
Roman Kafentzis, S, Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, CA)
Hailing from powerhouse Mater Dei, Roman shut down his recruitment and committed to the Broncos. His Mater Dei squad lost to St. John Bosco in the state championship finals, finishing #2 in the state of California.
Coming in at 6’2, 200lbs, he finished his senior year with 49 total tackles, 38 solo, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and an interception.
I removed the previous post’s info, but if it is something you guys enjoyed having I can put it back up. I always find it helpful to have all of that info in front of me.
We are closing in on signing day, just over a month away. Hopefully we can replace Junior Adams quickly, but I’m fine if it takes a bit to find the right fit. GO BRONCOS!