The 2013 college football recruiting season is quickly approaching its apex. On February 6, 2013, football players from all over the nation and beyond will put their signatures on papers of promise committing themselves to a single school and beginning a dream.
In the days approaching, coaches from all over the land will be scrambling to finalize a class of recruits that will fulfill their teams current needs and build their school's program for years to come.
Recruiting is more of an art than a science, and it involves so many variables that a person could go mad trying to figure it all out. However, the best in the business have their formulas, and head coach Chris Petersen of Boise State is no exception.
Petersen looks for guys that fit his system. The system at Boise State is one that is much more like a family than a team. It is made up mostly of young men with a passion to prove they belong but also a desire to become better on the field and off of it.
Petersen builds good players, but he is also looking to build great men.
In an environment like that, any player that doesn't fit in could stand out like a sore thumb and disrupt the goals of the entire family. It seems to be an added pressure to find not only talented players, but the right kind of talented players for Petersen and the Broncos.
Add to that the team's current needs, and you have a jigsaw puzzle of the most difficult measure.
The 2013 Boise State recruiting class is certainly no exception. There are several needs and the list is large. It will be interesting to see the final names that sign on the dotted line.
Until then, let's look at some of the possibilities and the greatest team needs for the Broncos.
Running back is certainly a position need in almost any year for any school. However, after losing D.J. Harper to graduation, the Broncos will be looking for a few good men to carry the ball.
The starter will probably be returning running back Jay Ajayi. He was Harper's backup in 2012, and did a good job. On the season, Ajayi carried 82 times for 548 yards for an impressive 6.7 yards per carry. However, behind him there are some question marks.
Jack Fields was able to contribute last season, but 43 carries for 135 yards does not make him the clear backup.
The Broncos also have a player who will be a redshirt freshman in 2013 on their roster. Devan Demas is a running back out of Cypress Creek High School in Cypress, Texas. That is the same high school Harper is from, and Demas seems to have the same kind of toughness as him.
Boise State also went out and got a very talented junior college running back who has already signed with the Broncos. Derrick Thomas from Butler Community College will be on The Blue in 2013. Thomas is 6'1", 210 lbs. and is very athletic and physical. He could be something special for Chris Petersen and his team.
However, the Broncos will still be looking to land a solid running back on signing day, and it appears they will.
Aaron Baltazar is rated by ESPN.com as a 4-star recruit at the running back position. He is 5'11", 190 pounds, fast, agile and powerful. Of course, the question is always whether or not the player can make the transition from high school to college. In Baltazar's case, it sure seems highly likely.
When you watch his film you see some pretty impressive things. He makes good cuts and has speed, but beyond that he looks to be methodical, patient and seems to have good instincts. Those are things that can't be taught, and they are the kind of attributes that separate the good from the great.
Will Baltazar be a great? Only time will tell, but he certainly has the potential.
Boise State had a very good defensive secondary in 2012. However, with the graduation of Jerrell Gavins and Jamar Taylor, the Broncos will be looking for a few players in this key area.
To even out the classes and add immediate talent, the Broncos did go after a couple of junior college transfers. Mercy Maston out of Bakersfield College and Cleshawn Page from L.A. Harbor College are set to be Broncos in 2013. Page has already signed, and Maston is expected to be in camp this fall.
As far as incoming freshmen go, there are currently three verbal commitments in this category for the Broncos. Cornerback Jonathan Moxey out of Gardens, Florida. and probably the most appropriately named recruit in Boise State history Dionza Blue from La Puente, California. are set to sign in February.
Another freshman verbally committed is quarterback Thomas Sperbeck from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. Sperbeck is listed on ESPN.com as an athlete, but Boise State is recruiting him as a safety. He is extremely athletic, and with his experience at quarterback, it should make him an excellent pass defender. Again, only time will tell, but Boise State fans should be excited about him.
Overall, the 2013 Boise State recruiting class has some good talent in the defensive secondary. Will all three of these recruits sign? Will there be others? Stay tuned.
Perhaps the biggest need for Boise State in the 2013 recruiting class is the defensive line. Tackle is probably the key spot, but look for the Broncos to land a couple of ends as well.
Coach Chris Petersen has already signed one junior college defensive tackle in Tutulupeatau Mataele out of Mt. San Antonio College. The Broncos also have the verbal commitment of another JUCO transfer named Justin Taimatuia from Fort Scott Community College. Both of these guys are excellent, and may have an opportunity to contribute in rotation right away.
Gabe Perez is a 6'5", 215-pound player who will probably need a bit of development but has the talent and skill set to be special. He had offers from Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Colorado State, Utah State and Army.
Nick Terry is another player Boise State fans should be excited about. He is 6'4", 265 lbs. intimidating and athletic. He has verbally committed to the Broncos, but he had offers from several schools including Oregon State, Washington State, Nevada and Fresno State just to mention a few.
One of the most exciting members of the 2013 recruiting class, should he sign, would have to be Kamalei Correa. He is a very physical player, and he could actually be someone that contributes as a freshman. He entertained offers from several Pac-12 schools including Utah, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, Washington State and Colorado. Wyoming, San Diego State and Hawaii offered him as well.
However, it was the Broncos who got the verbal commit, and if he signs, Bronco Nation will be happy to have him.
The 2013 recruiting class could be one of the finest for the Broncos in their history. Of course, that is on paper, and the real test comes a few years from now when results can be measured.
Still, those who are verbally committed could become a very special recruiting class for Chris Petersen. The Broncos certainly have areas of need, but they seem to have done a great job filling those vacancies. It will be interesting to see if there are any surprises come signing day.
According to ESPN.com there are currently 24 players listed in the 2013 recruiting class for Boise State. However, the Idaho Statesman has reported that the current total is 25 with a 26th recruit as a possibility.
Either way, it will be a big, intriguing and talented recruiting class for Chris Petersen and the Broncos.