Coach Harsin lit the commit beacon not once but TWICE on Friday, but neither were additions to the slow-starting 2021 recruiting class (currently a class of one—Texas LB Jai Jones). Of course, additions to the 2020 class at this point are likely to be transfers, late qualifiers, or both, so no one had much of a clue as to the identity of either guy. Thankfully, the Bronco graphics team was quick on the draw with a commitment graphic for one of the two—JuCo RB transfer Taequan Tyler (out of, fittingly, Tyler CC in Texas). Tyler is a bowling ball of a back (5’11” 205 lbs) with 4 years to play 3, and will have the luxury of redshirting if need be, but otherwise will add some immediate depth to a crew that hadn’t added a HS recruit to its ranks by the February signing day. Tyler had offers from the “F-U”s (that is, FIU and FAU) and has some good speed to go along with his stout frame. Have a look:
Now, on to the second...who we’d patiently awaited becoming public since Friday afternoon. A lot of guesses floated around about a possible linebacker, O-line transfer, or even a “warm body” type QB transfer to bolster an injury-riddled QB room. Well, it IS indeed a QB transfer, but a not the clipboard-holder many quite envisioned. A few moments ago, the Boise State official twitter announced that USC transfer Jack Sears was the second addition and while he never became a full-time starter at USC (hence, the transfer)...he’s got the pedigree to give the Broncos arguably the top 3 QBs in the conference all at the same time.
Sears, for quite a while was thought to be heading to conference rival San Diego State, but backed off that pledge a few months ago to explore other options. To say that I didn’t expect BSU to be another of his options is putting it mildly. Sears is a grad transfer and thus immediately eligible to play in the Fall (if we do, in fact have a season this Fall). Based on his redshirt history, he has two years left to play. Now, Hank Bachmeier is the start at BSU until otherwise noted and Bronco fans are understandably excited about what the sophomore-to-be brings to the table...but he sat about half the 2019 season with a variety of injuries while being spelled by the also-oft-injured Chase Cord, and surprise stud Jaylon Henderson. The Broncos entered their Covid-shortened spring camp with really one healthy scholarship QB (Hank). They needed depth, and boy, they’ve got it.
Sears had a .9516 rating as a HS recruit by 247sports (high four-star) and was rated the #4 Pro-style QB in the 2017 class. Sears picked the home-state Trojans over a HOST of other offers. Fun fact: he was a high school teammate of Bronco LB Riley Whimpey. Sears started just one game for USC in 2018...a 38-35 loss to Arizona State, but Sears played quite well in the outing...throwing for 235 yards and 2 TDs along with a 71% completion percentage. The 6’3” 210 lb. Sears will add competition and depth in short order. How about that?
Welcome both gentlemen to Boise State and here’s to football this Fall.