I seem to have to apologize a lot, Nuggies. I’m sorry, again, as I COMPLETELY spaced on a post-signing day write-up! How, you ask? i have no idea.
The Broncos had an historic class, finishing with the #49 class in the nation, ahead of a whopping 18 P5 schools! We finished with 6 4-star players (across all recruiting sites) with 3 of those being consensus (Bachmeier, Kline and Griffin).
We didn’t snag anyone outside of Langi, Blaylock and Wale as far as scholarship players go, so I believe that leaves us with 2-ish more scholarships left. I imagine they will go to deserving walk-ons as is tradition. We picked up some really good walk-ons as well.
Hank Bachmeier, QB, Murrieta Valley HS (Murrieta, CA)
Hank finished his senior season going 202 of 313 (64.5%) for 3,149 yards, 32 TDs to 9 INTs. He also had 93 rushes for 520 yards and 10 more TDs. For his decorated career, 797 of 1,181 (67.5%) for 13,150, 156 TD and 30 INT (5:1) and 317 rushes for 2,190 yards (6.9 ypc) and 31 TDs. That’s insanity.
Casey Kline, ATH, Brawley HS (Brawley, CA)
Brawley finished the season at 8-3 after falling to Morse 14-25. Casey had 3 carries for 33 yards and a TD and 2 receptions for 52 yards in the loss.
Full season stats for Casey are not yet available.
Keegan Duncan, RB, Declo HS (Declo, ID)
Keegan finished his senior season with 3,620 all-purpose yards, including 2,041 rushing yards, and 51 TDs.
Jacob Golden, OL, Peoria HS (Peoria, AZ)
The Peoria offense produced 355 rushing yards in the loss. Jacob had 50 total tackles and 1 sack, not counting the playoff loss.
Ben Dooley, OL, Churchill County HS (Fallon, NV)
Ben mostly played offensive line (which generally doesn’t keep stats), he did have 15 total tackles and 2 sacks on defense.
George Holani, RB, St John Bosco HS (Bellflower, CA)
George finished his senior year with 136 carries for 1,172 yards (8.6 ypc) and 18 TDs along with 13 receptions for 238 yards (18.3) ypc) and 7 more TDs.
Kaiden Bennett, QB, Folsom HS (Bellflower, CA)
Kaiden was 25-33 (75.8%) for 261 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. He also had 24 carries for 137 yards and 1 TD. Kaiden accounted for 398 of the 410 yards Folsom accumulated. Kaiden finished his senior season 222-301 (73.8%) for 4,254 yards, 62 TDs and 5 INTs along with 86 carries for 568 yards (6.6ypc) and another 13 TDs.
Khyheem Waleed, WR, Casteel HS (Queen Creek, AZ)
Waleed had 25 receptions for 447 yards and 4 TDs on the year. This does not include the season finale.
Michael Callahan, DE, Yorba Linda HS (Yorba Linda, CA)
Mike had 64 total tackles, 33 solo, 11 TFL and 7 sacks, not including the loss to Corona del Mar.
Isaiah Bagnah, DE, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (Lethbridge, AB, CA)
Bagnah hails from Canada, eh? Much like Tyrone Crawford and Mike Atkinson before him, Canada knows a thing or two about football. At 6’5 and 245 lbs, Bagnah is an imposing figure.
Austin Griffin, TE, Mt. SAC (Walnut, CA)
Austin’s Mt. SAC team finished the season 5-5. He had 13 catches for 80 yards and a TD this year.
Markel Reed, CB, Temple HS (Temple, TX)
Markel had 27 tackles, 19 solo, 1 interceptions and 13 passes defended. That does not include games after 12/1. Stats for those games were either not kept or have not been compiled yet.
Dylan Hall, DE, Antelope Valley HS (Lancaster, CA)
Dylan’s final stats are incomplete as of right now, showing stats for 7 games up until 10/19. He may have been injured, but I am not seeing any info to confirm that. Through 10/19, he had 24 tackles, 15 solo, 1 sack and 2 fumbles caused.
Shea Whiting, WR, Alief Taylor HS (Houston, TX)
Whiting had 39 catches for 570 yards (14.6 ypc) and 6 TDs.
JL Skinner, ATH, Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA)
Skinner had 8 receptions for 217 yards (27.1 ypc) and 2 TDs on offense. On defense he had 33 total tackles, 27 solo, 3 TFL and 3 INTs with 76 return yards on those interceptions.
DK Blaylock, WR, New Deal HS (New Deal, TX)
DK finished his senior season with 51 receptions for 1,161 yards (22.8 ypc) and 20 TDs.
Lolani Langi,LB, Bingham HS (South Jordan, UT)
Langi finished his senior year with 40 total tackles, 5 sacks and 1 INT.
Gavin Wale, K/P, Coronado HS (Henderson, NV)
Gavin averaged 52 yards on kickoffs that were not touchbacks. He had 8 touchbacks out of 25 kickoffs as a senior. He also averaged 42.4 yards on punts. He was 5-7 on field goals and 11 of 16 on PATs.
I’m not going to call him a darkhorse, but I think a player to watch over the next few months is Kaiden Bennett. He put up insane numbers in one of the most competitive divisions in the nation. Bachmeier is rated higher, but Bennett will give him a run for his money.
RB is STACKED, with Mahone, AVB, Smith, Holani and Duncan. Don’t get me started on WR. Hightower, Evans, Thomas, Shakir, Butler, Cobbs, Bowens, Cole AND Blaylock, Waleed, and Whiting? It’s not even fair.
Who is your darkhorse player? Who are you most excited about? Who will make the biggest impact? Let us know in the comments below! GO BRONCOS!