Boise State Football: Broncos' National Signing Day Wish List
As we near National Signing Day on February 6, the clock is ticking for schools looking to make a statement heading into next season.
The last couple of weeks before the big day are a common time for recruits that had originally committed to one school to change their mind and pledge verbal allegiance to another.
Such is the nature of the beast in the ultra-competitive recruiting world.
However, there are also those young men that have yet to make even a verbal decision as to where they will be headed to school next fall. These are the athletes that we will take a look at in this segment.
Although the Boise State Broncos have a decent recruiting class as of right now (ranked No. 40 by Scout.com), the Broncos more than likely have identified a pool of players that they’d love to have on campus, but haven’t reeled in quite yet.
Thus, the following list will take a look specifically at players Boise State has a shot at getting, but who haven’t verbally committed with any school.
Call it daydreaming if you’d like, but here are five players on the Broncos’ National Signing Day wish list.
5. Ray Davison
Ray Davison originally verbally committed to Northwestern last November, but had his offer from the Northwestern Wildcats pulled after he decided to visit California. Now, the 6’3’’, 215-pound outside linebacker is back on the market.
Despite interest from a large handful of schools, there is still a chance that the Boise State Broncos land Davison even though the high school senior has not visited Boise.
It would appear that California has the inside track, but Davison may truly be a Mountain West product as he is being recruited by four other schools from the conference.
If Joe Martarano ends up taking his chances with baseball this summer, Davison could potentially become the second best outside linebacker recruit in Boise State’s Class of 2013 roster.
Currently, the Broncos have a verbal commitment from only one other outside linebacker in Gabe Perez.
If Boise State is even a little unsure whether or not Martarano will stick around, then Davison is on their wish list.
4. Elijah Mitchell
It is no secret that Chris Petersen has a recruiting pipeline between Boise and California. Elijah Mitchell would be considered a steal for the Boise State Broncos.
The cornerback from Corona, California is considering a number of schools, including Wisconsin, Army and Boise State, but may base his decision on whether or not he would be allowed to be a dual-sport athlete.
That may not be good news for the Broncos, considering the fact that Mitchell has an offer from Wisconsin to run track, according to an article from Rivals.com.
Mitchell may even be basing his college choice primarily based on his future in track and field. With that being said, his speed is something that the Broncos would love to have at their expense in coming years.
However, Mitchell is definitely a wish list recruit due to the fact that the Broncos likely don’t have the track prestige to lure him to Boise.
3. Demetrius Campbell
Demetrius Campbell, a 6’3’’, 290 pound junior college sophomore, was referenced in an article earlier in the month about Boise State’s priorities on National Signing Day.
Campbell’s size and position make him a desirable pickup for the Boise State Broncos, who may need help replacing departed members of last season’s defensive line.
Not much information has been released with regards to Campbell’s potential decision, so we can assume that he is still considering a handful of schools. However, Campbell has visited UT-San Antonio and Western Kentucky, and also has expressed interest in Kansas State.
Put simply, the East Los Angeles product is taking a look across all parts of the country.
Campbell ultimately may choose a different school, but he still has to be on Boise State’s wish list.
He is the kind of player, with only a few years of eligibility left, who could produce right away for the Broncos.
2. A.J. Richardson
In a weird twist of fate, Boise State and California may end up essentially trading wide receiver recruits.
Less than a week ago, former Boise State recruit Jack Austin announced that he would be switching to California. However, seven months ago A.J. Richardson was a Cal recruit, and now he is considering the blue turf of Boise State.
Austin may be the bigger specimen at 6’3’’ and 205 pounds, but what Richardson lacks in size he makes up in speed.
Since Richardson decommitted from Cal shortly after visiting Boise State earlier this month, it seems likely that the Boise State Broncos are his top choice at this point.
It has not been speculated whether Austin’s move affected Richardson’s, but you better believe that the Broncos will be satisfied with Richardson signing to play in Idaho either way.
1. Toby Johnson
Toby Johnson is the only 4-star recruit that the Boise State Broncos are after in the Class of 2013. Not surprisingly, landing the JUCO sophomore defensive tackle would be a shock to Bronco Nation.
Boise State is just one of a number of schools that Johnson is “considering” with medium interest. However, with visits to schools such as Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma, it is clear that Johnson would like to play in one of college football’s premier conferences.
It’s a complete long shot, but all other signatures on National Signing Day would pale in comparison for the Broncos if Johnson were to commit to Boise State.
Johnson being on this list highlights why schools don’t normally too much stock in “wish lists”; wishes are usually all they ever amount to being.