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Boise State roster countdown 2018: Day 60, Kukea Emmsley

NCAA Football: Boise State at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

This is our last day in the 60s. And, as luck would have it, this is a number that is currently unassigned. To that end, we usually just plug in a dude that is not assigned a number. So with that, with 60 days left until the gridiron starts up again for Boise State we have—Kukea Emmsley

#60, Kukea Emmsley, Freshman, STUD


Height: 6’ 5”

Weight: 230

High School: Kapolei High School, Kapolei, HI

How’d he get to The BlueTM?

Mr. Kukea Emmsley was the seventh athlete to provide his commitment for the 2018 class. He comes to Boise State via a bit of a legacy. His uncle Loa Emmsley also played for Boise State in the early 2000s. Emmsley took advantage of the NCAA early signing period and wrapped everything up in December.

Emmsley was a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite (though 247Sports did have him rated as a four-star). He had offers from the likes of Air Force, Army, Navy, Oregon State, and Oregon.



He is going to get up close and personal to many offensive opponents.


Cliff Curtis

Career highlights

No Boise State highlights yet. But he was the no. 3 recruit in Hawaii according to Rivals and no. 5 per ESPN. That four-star rating from 247Sports? He achieve that after a standout performance at the Polynesian Bowl. I have a feeling this section is going to be quite large several countdowns on down the line.

2018 Prospectus

There is going to be a Leighton Vander Esch-sized hole that someone is going to need to fill next year for the line backer corp. But it is doubtful that Emmsley is going to be asked to fill that (for now anyway). For starters the neckroll alone is a two-person job.

As it stands, there are plenty of guys already on the roster that will be able to fill any needs. Riley Whimpey was LVE’s direct back up. Tyson Maeva was the MLB with Benton Wickersham up next. The SLB/N had Gabe Perez and Kekaula Kaniho respectively. The incoming talent at LB is going to see Roman Kafentzis and Ezekial Noa coming off redshirt years. Not to mention Blake Whitlock. There is going to be PLENTY of talent to get into the rotation. Then again, Emmsley could play defensive end or that hybrid role of “STUD”’s a big world that’s suddenly his oyster.

But there are always the ‘what ifs’. What if there are a rash of injuries? What if Emmsley is just ‘too good’ NOT to play? What if the coaches look up in the stands and see a 5’ 6” somewhat overweight, kinda slow 33 year old dude and just can’t turn down the opportunity to put him in? While these things are possible, it just doesn’t seem probable.

So—hopefully—Emmsley will be able to take a redshirt year, develop, and come into his RS Freshman year ready to wreck fools.

Is he on Twitter?

Sure is!

Completely made up fact

The largest known volcano in the solar system is Olympus Mons. Which is only slighty larger than Emmsley’s right bicep. But look for that to change once Coach Pitt gets a hold of him.