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2018 Boise State Recruiting Roundup: 12/17/17

Las Vegas Bowl - Boise State v Oregon Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

What a great way to end this season. 4-time Las Vegas bowl Champs and undefeated against the Oregon Ducks. AAAAAhhhhhh it feels good!

As most of you know, we lost a few commits last week, but we also gained one. Zach Wilson, who was as solid as they come, decomitted out of nowhere. The presumption was he was very interested in Iowa, signified by his plans to visit there this weekend. Those plans were quickly squashed when it was announced Iowa flipped a 4-star QB from Oregon State. Wilson changed his visit to BYU. Boise State and Colorado State are both in contention, though I don’t anticipate him coming back to BSU.

Zidane Thomas opened up as well. I think the writing was on the wall here. No interactions with other recruits or even comments regarding the conference championship win. I think it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to leave. How we just need him to not go to a rival school.

Let’s check in on the future Broncos as well as our new commit, Chris Mitchell.

Andrew VanBuren, RB, Caminade HS (West Hills, CA)

Andrew earned Mission League Offensive Player of the Year honors after running for 1,259 yards on 224 carries for 22 total TDs. That’s good for 5.6 yards per carry. His final stat line in the loss to Orange Lutheran was 15 carries for 40 yards. A final highlight video for AVB has not been posted yet.

Scale Igiehon, DT, Del Valle HS (Del Valle, TX)

Final season stats for Scale have not yet been updated. He had 27 total tackles, 13 TFL 3 sacks and 5 hurries through 5 games (9/29).

Kukea Emmsley, DE, Kapolei HS (Kapolei, HI)

Kapolei finished the season 5-6, 2-5 in league play. Final stats for Kukea have not yet been compiled.

Brandon Hawkins, LB, Georgetown HS (Georgetown, TX)

Not including the playoff loss to College Station, Brandon had 105 total tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 safeties and a blocked field goal.

DJ Schramm, LB, Clovis West HS (Fresno, CA)

Season stats for DJ are incomplete. Below is the most recent highlight tape for DJ, though I don’t think it contains the most recent game.

Philip Mills, LB, Paloma Valley HS (Menifee, CA)

Mills finished with 91 total tackles, 55 solo, 14 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 INT and 1 fumble recover.

Keeghan Freeborn, DT, Rocky Mountain HS (Meridian, ID)

No stats were kept for Keeghan as he played offensive line for the Grizzlies. He will most likely play on the defensive line for the Broncos.

Kekaniokoa Gonzalez, C, Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, CA)

Mater Dei wrecked De La Salle on Saturday to complete their 15-0 season and secure a spot atop the national rankings. The finish as the California State Champs and the #1 team in the nation.

No stats are kept for Koa as he is an offensive lineman. He has some stats on defense, but that isn’t where he played primarily or where he will play for the Broncos. Congratulations Koa!

Cole Ramseyer, TE, Coeur d’Alene HS (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

Cole had 43 receptions for 602 yards and 5 TDs.

Demitri Washington, STUD, Santa Fe Christian Schools (Solana Beach, CA)

Washington has not played since 9/30 after tearing his labrum. In the 5 games he played, he had 45 total tackles, 29 solo, 7 TFL, 10 QB hurries and 5 sacks. He also rushed for 243 yards on 32 carries (7.6 ypc) and 4 TDs. Below are his midseason highlights.

John Hightower, WR, Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS)

John had 13 receptions for 234 yards and 4 TDs for the season.

Stefan Cobbs, WR, Fossil Ridge HS (Keller, TX)

Stefan finished the season with 67 receptions for 1,332 yards and 24 TDs.

Stefan was honored as a District 3-6A MVP selection his senior year at Fossil Ridge.

Billy Bowens, WR, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, CA)

Billy finished his season with 41 receptions for 896 yards (21.9 ypc) and 10 TDs. He had 1,255 all-purpose yards for the season.

Khalil Shakir, WR, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)

Vista Murrieta finished the season 4-7 after a 7-49 defeat in the first round of the playoffs to Mater Dei. Khalil finished the season with 102 carries for 906 yards (8.9ypc) and 7 TDs and 17 receptions for 243 yards (15.5 ypc) and 2 more TDs.

Garrett Curran, OL, RGranite Hills (El Cajon, CA)

While Garrett played both DT and tackle for Granite Hills, he will play OL for the Broncos. OL stats are not kept. Midseason highlights are below for Garrett as final season highlights aren’t up yet.

Chris Mitchell, DB, Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)

Chris committed to the Broncos on Friday, the day before the Las Vegas Bowl.

Listed as a safety and 6’ 190lbs, Mitchell passed on offers from UC Davis, Colorado State, San Diego State, UConn, Iowa State, Washington State and Notre Dame to be a Broncos.

His Mission Viejo squad lost to none other than Koa Gonzalez’s Mater Dei Monarchs in the semi-finals of the CIF Southern Section Playoffs, ending their season at 12-1 and ranked #6 in CA. Chris had 4 tackles and 1 TFL in the loss. As a senior, Chris had 50 total tackles, 35 solo, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered and 7 pass deflections.

You win some and you lose some in the recruiting game, just like everything else. The Broncos currently have the #1 recruiting class in the MW and the #65 recruiting class over all. We currently have 16 commits, so I would anticipate we sign up to 8 more, but 5 is more realistic. I’m not sure they go after another RB, but they most definitely need to secure a QB. I don’t anticipate we will take another receiver even though the graduation and attrition could accommodate another. I would imagine we would take an extra next year. We would need another DB I think, some DL and OL as well.

We have early signing coming up this week, so it will be interesting to see who signs early and who waits. Go Broncos!