This is the last recruiting post for the year as well as the decade.
Not quite what I expected this year, though I guess I wasn’t sure really when to expect this season. I felt like we had a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but also felt like we had a few pieces missing. Overall, I’m happy with a 12-2 finish.
Cleveland and Weaver both declared for the 2020 NFL draft, as most of us expected, so we will basically be replacing both lines in 2020. We have some talent and even some experience, but to see how both lines gel next season will be interesting. We return a lot of talent in the secondary and on offense.
We still have a month before the final signing day and some scholarships still to fill. Areas of need are QB, RB and LB. No new stats are available for any of the current signees. No new information on Luper or Booker either.
Isaiah Bradford, S, Redlands East Valley HS (Redlands, CA)
Based on available stats, Bradford finished the year with 23 total tackles, 16 solo, and 2 passes defended before his season ended due to injury. Right now, it sounds like the plan is to grayshirt Bradford with his planned enrollment being January 2021. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
Bradford noted on his Twitter on the 13th that they performed surgery to repair his torn ACL.
I just had surgery today, everything went well... now it’s going to be a long road to recovery but everything will be worth it and my comeback is going to be crazy just stay tuned.— Isaiah Bradford (@kinngzay) December 14, 2019
Brandon Hernandez, OL, Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, CA)
Brandon’s season is over after his Thunderbirds finished 3-7. Brandon, while playing offense, picked up some stats on defense. He had 29 total tackles, 12 solo, 1 qb hurry and 1 pass defended. Final season highlights for Brandon aren’t yet available, but I’ll update when they are.
Russell Corrigan, TE, Hutchinson Senior HS (Hutchinson, MN)
I finally have stats for Corrigan!
Passing - 36-69 (52.2%) 760 yards 5TDs 4 INT
Rushing - 154 rushes 889 yards (5.8 ypc) 31 TDs 1 fumble
Defensive - 3 Total tackles, 1 INT
Very interesting stat line for a player we recruited at TE. It certainly shows he is an athlete, which is what we like!
Donovan Clark, CB, Lincoln HS (Tacoma, WA)
Lincoln lost to Eastside Catholic 21-34 in the semifinals of the Washington 3A State Football Playoffs. Lincoln ends their season at 10-3. Donovan finally seems to have updated stats for the season. He has 21 total tackles, 10 solo, 1 TFL, 1 interception and 5 pass breakups.
Kaonohi Kaniho, CB, Kahuku HS (Kahuku, HI)
Kahuku lost to St. Louis 6-45 in the Finals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships. Kahuku ends their season at 9-4 and #42 in the nation. No stats are available for Kaonohi.
Nathan Cardona, OG, Yorba Linda HS (yorba Linda, CA)
Yorba Linda lost to St. Paul in the quarterfinals on Friday 16-28, finishing at 10-2 for the year. Stats are not generally kept for offensive lineman.
Robert Cooper, DE, Bethel HS (Spanaway, WA)
Bethel barely lost to Kennewick Friday 20-21, moving to 8-4 for the year. Stats for him aren’t available in the win. The loss ends Bethel’s playoff run. Cooper’s stats are solid: 39 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks through 7 games.
Nick Booker-Brown, DT, Westfield HS (Houston, TX)
NBB has not signed with the Broncos yet. Speculations abound, but the anticipation is he still signs with the Broncos.
Westfield lost to Guyer 17-35 on Friday, ending their season at 13-2, just short of the finals. Defensive stats weren’t available in the win. Booker-Brown only has stats for the first 4 games, in which he has 22 total tackles, 13 solo, 5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
LaTrell Caples, WR, Lancaster HS (Lancaster, TX)
The Tigers lost to Lone Star 20-38, ending their playoff run. They finish their season at 11-3. Stats weren’t available in the win. LaTrell had 59 receptions for 1,021 yards (17.3 ypc) and 12 TDs.
Riden Leong, OT, Orange Coast College (Honolulu, HI)
The Pirates were shut out by Southwestern 0-41 on Saturday, moving to 1-9. Stats aren’t generally kept for offensive lineman.
The Pirates season is over.
Chance Luper, WR, Fort Worth Christian HS (North Richlands Hills, TX)
Luper did not sign with the Broncos on Wednesday. The assumption is he signs with Missouri as his dad was just hired to coach for the Tigers. He has not yet signed with Missouri, but most are anticipating he does so.
Semaj Verner, S, Mayfair HS (Lakewood, CA)
Verner’s Mayfair Monsoons ended their season at 5-6 after losing 12-42 to Chino Hills in the first round of the Divion 5A CIF Southern Section playoffs. Stats for Verner are not yet available.
Herbert Gums, DT, Diboll HS (Diboll, TX)
Gums’ Lumberjack squad finished the season 11-1 after losing 6-21 to C.H. Yoe in the Area round of the 2019 TX State 3A D1 Conference Playoffs. Stats for Herbert are not yet available.
Austin Bolt, TE, Borah HS (Boise, ID)
Bolt is a consensus 3-star recruit that had a solid set of regional offers, including Utah State, Idaho State, Montana State, Montana, UNLV and Idaho.
Austin earned Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors after amassing 2,771 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns. That includes 1,391 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns and 1,380 passing yards and 10 more touchdowns. He also had 62 tackles on defense with 4 interceptions. He literally did everything for the Lions.
The Lions lost to Highland in the 5A State playoff quarterfinals, ending their season at 7-3.
Rodney Robinson, CB, Cajon HS (San Bernardino, CA)
Robinson is a 3-star recruit with offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Yale, Princeton, Howard and a handful of MW teams.
Robinson had 80 tackles, a sack and 4 interceptions in helping his Cajon squad to a 9-3 record after a loss to Corona del Mar in the 3A CIF Southern Section state quarterfinals.
Shane Irwin, DE, Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
Irwin is a 3-star DE commit out of LBCC. He passed on offers from UNLV, Liberty, New Mexico, SJSU and UTEP to be a Bronco.
LBCC finished 7-3 this season. Shane had 47 total tackles, 25 solo, 14.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks.
Divine Obichere, DT, Diboll HS (Long Beach, CA)
Divine is a 3-star commit also out of LBCC where he spent two years on the DL. Obichere passed on offers from Liberty, SJSU and UTEP to be a Bronco. In his two years at LBCC, Divine had 92 tackles, 42 solo, 21 TFL and 10 sacks.
Keep you eyes peeled for GO BRONCOS tweets from Broncos and have a safe and happy New Year!