Boise State Football: 2014 National Signing Day Wish List
The Boise State Broncos football program just went through a full-blown coaching transition, and one of the casualties of such an experience can be the quality of the recruiting class that follows.
However, from the looks of things, new head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff are working hard to make sure the 2014 Boise State class doesn't fall through the cracks.
With just a few weeks away until national signing day, it is going to be interesting to see what kind of class this new group can put together.
Many factors and variables come into play, and as late in the game as it is, Boise State will be fortunate to get some of the best that remain available.
Let's look at the recruiting situation in Boise, and what it might mean for the future of this program.
All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.
Dylan Sumner-Gardner made headlines when he decided to decommit from Texas A&M and commit to play college football at Boise State.
The 6'1" safety is a 4-star recruit, and the Broncos have to be excited to have him.
Since committing to Boise State, Sumner-Gardner has also helped in the recruiting of other players.
I've been talking to Brad Kaaya a little bit lately since I committed. I met him up at the Opening this summer so we started talking again. He told me he will take a visit to Boise State and he's keeping an open mind. I think he would be a key for our program.
Kaaya is scheduled to take an official visit to Boise State on January 24.
Offensive guard Troy Bacon manhandles the competition.
If you watch his highlights, he looks like a man among boys, and Boise State has to be excited to see what he can do on The Blue.
At 6'3" and 281 pounds, Bacon will need to put on a little weight, but that's probably the only thing he will need to do before being a healthy contributor. Don't be surprised if he makes a push as a freshman.
There was talk early in the days of the Chris Petersen departure that Bacon was wavering, but that has since died down, and he looks to be solid at this point for Boise State.
Running back Cory Young is another impressive recruit that seems to be much better than his ranking.
Young has a first move that makes defenders look silly, and his open-field speed is better than decent. If you watch his highlights, you wonder why he hasn't received more attention.
According to 247Sports, Young had just four other offers. Cal Poly, Nevada, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona were the others looking to land his talent.
Boise State fans can be happy that he decided to commit to be a Bronco.
Brad Kaaya is a 4-star quarterback out of West Hills, Cal. He is 6'4", 215 pounds and has an incredible arm, a quick release and can escape defenders when it doesn't look possible.
Furthermore, the young signal-caller is receiving an extra push from fellow 4-star recruit Dylan Sumner-Gardner to attend Boise State, as mentioned previously.
While it might seem like a long shot, a player like Kaaya would make a lot of sense in Boise.
There is little doubt he would compete for the starting job right away, while offering the potential to become a four-year starter for the Broncos.
The last quarterback to do that was Kellen Moore.
Kaaya will visit Boise State on January 24, and if he was to commit to be a Bronco, this class would be one of the most exciting in Boise in a long time.
Kaaya might get lost in the mix at schools like Miami and UCLA, but he would be a huge asset for the Broncos.
Not only that, but he has a lot of experience playing on blue turf.
Shay Fields is a name that many Boise State fans were getting used to once upon a time. He had verbally committed to be a Bronco, but then decided to flip his commit to USC last fall.
However, the Trojans haven't been paying much attention to him since the new coaching staff took over at Southern Cal.
As a result, Fields is now looking around a bit, and is open to a possible return to the Boise State commit list.
Colorado remains ahead of the Broncos in the pecking order at this stage.
Fields was recently quoted on the issue by 247Sports:
Boise State is recruiting me the hardest of all the schools. They are good guys and hitting me up all of the time with messages and stuff. Colorado is right behind them with interest. I'd actually have to say Colorado is my top choice after USC right now, but it's pretty tight.
It's hard to understand why Fields would be looking at Colorado over Boise State. He is a much better fit in the Broncos system, and he could be a special player in Boise.
Colorado has struggled for over a decade to put a winner on the field, but maybe Fields is more interested in the Pac-12 Conference.
Regardless, if he comes to Boise, he will be a huge addition to the 2014 class.