Boise State Football: Broncos Poised for Outstanding Recruiting Class

Martin SondermannAnalyst IIJanuary 6, 2013

BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13: A general view of players cleets on the blue turf during the game between Boise State Broncos and Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Last season Boise State had an excellent recruiting class. In fact, some could argue that it was the best, or at the very least, one of the best classes in school history. However, this season may top it.

If the commits that are committed actually connect, the Broncos will have something special. It is a list full of 3- and even 4-star recruits, exceptional players and amazing athletes with size, speed and strength.

According to, the Boise State 2012 recruiting class had 11 3-star recruits, seven 2-star recruits and seven others that were not rated.

Well, according to the 2013 Boise State recruiting class has two 4-star recruits, 17 3-star recruits and just four that are not rated with two of those being junior college transfers.


4-Star Recruits Set to Shine

The stars aren't always an indication of talent, but they are an indication that Boise State is starting to get players that have national recognition. Aaron Baltazar, a running back out of Chula Vista, Calif. is an extremely talented player that has committed to the Broncos.

Baltazar, according to, had interest from Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Utah. He reportedly had offers from Washington, San Diego State, Cincinnati and UCLA. However, he chose the Broncos and his four stars should be shining bright on "The Blue" soon.

Andrew Tercek is another 4-star recruit heading to Boise.

Tercek is a 6'3", 285-pound offensive lineman out of East Central High School in San Antonio, Tex. reports offers from Navy, North Texas, Nevada and Rice. He had interest from UTSA, Kansas State, TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. However, the Lone Star recruit appears to be heading to the Gem State in 2013.


2013 Quarterback Recruit  

The Broncos also have another talented quarterback heading their way. Ryan Finley, a 6'4", 180-pound quarterback out of Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Ariz. looks to be Boise bound. He lit it up in his senior season and made several other schools take notice.

Cal, Northwestern, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State all showed interest, but Finley has remained committed to the team that committed to him long ago. The Broncos are excited about having him, and they should be.


Defensive Talent

The Broncos have some amazing defensive talent headed their way in 2013 as well. Cornerback Mercy Maston is a junior college player that has committed to be a Bronco, as are defensive tackles Justin Taimatuia and Tutulupeatau Mataele, while Cleshawn Page is a 3-star cornerback out of L.A. Harbor College.

The Broncos also have a few linebackers on the list. Tanner Vallejo out of Grass Vally, Cal. is a 6'1", 220-pound inside linebacker set to make some waves on "The Blue." Joining him will be a pair of outside backers in Durrant Miles and Joey Martarano.

Martarano is an Idaho recruit out of Fruitland, but he may be tempted to choose baseball if he is drafted high enough into the professional ranks. Many Bronco fans hope that he chooses football, but who could blame him if he didn't?

Other defensive recruits include some very talented guys who have serious potential. Defensive tackle Nick Terry from Elk Grove, Cal., defensive end Gabe Perez out of Valencia High School in Placentia, Cal. and defensive end Kamalei Correa from Honolulu, Haw. are all players Bronco Nation should be excited about.

The Broncos have also received a commitment from one of the most appropriately named recruits in school history. Dionza Blue has committed to being a Bronco at safety. Would he really fit anywhere else with a name like that? Start the nicknames now. I offer "He's-on-the Blue."


More Offensive Talent  

The Broncos are known for having a high-powered offense. In 2012, however, Boise State didn't put up the numbers it or its fans are used to. Some of these talented players should help get totals back up.

Four wide receivers and a tight end are headed to Boise. Jack Austin, Jake Roh and Kendal Keys are all 6'3", and all are extremely talented. Thomas Sperbeck is another talented guy listed as a wide receiver, but may be playing defense as a Bronco.

Another local guy is on the list as a tight end. Alec Dhaenens out of Fruitland High School is set to be a Bronco. However, he did suffer a torn ACL in 2012, and that will set him back at least one season. But, he will be a good one when he finally hits "The Blue."

Boise State has two very talented running backs in the 2013 recruiting class. One, 4-star recruit Aaron Baltazar, has already been mentioned, but a junior college transfer may be making some noise as well.

Derrick Thomas has already signed with the Broncos, and this guy could be an instant contributor. Very talented, fast and strong, Thomas is a fierce competitor that will also push others in camp. At 6'1", 210 pounds, he should be a force for Boise State in 2013.

One more local guy is offensive lineman Eli McCullough. Out of Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Ida., McCullough is a big guy that should get even bigger as a Bronco. McCullough is 6'5", 256 pounds, but a couple years in the Boise State system and this guy could become a huge force on the line.


Other Talent

Boise State has another player on the list of commits that can do just about anything. Athlete Mat Boesen is 6'4", 220 pounds and you have to wonder if he couldn't become another Shea McClellin-type story, no matter where he plays. However, Boesen is ahead of where McClellin was coming into Boise State.

Boise State has already signed a junior college kicker for this class as well. Tyler Rausa out of Riverside Community College should battle for the starting job right away.


Overall 2013 Recruiting Class 

If all, or even most of these recruits end up signing with the Broncos, the 2013 recruiting class will be the best class in school history. At least on paper. The true test comes as each career is played out.

However, the potential is extremely impressive and should be exciting for Bronco fans.

With only a few scholarships left to give, the line to become a Bronco could become crowded as signing day approaches.

Will there be any additional significant adds to what could be a historic 2013 Boise State recruiting class?

There are some good players still out there looking, and you have to believe the Broncos coaching staff is doing the same.