Boise State Football: Bryan Harsin's Biggest National Signing Day Battles
With national signing day just over a week away, the Boise State Broncos are closing in on a much better than expected recruiting class.
Classes often fall victim to the transition of a coaching change. However, new Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin is proving up to the challenge.
According to 247Sports, Boise State currently has 14 players in its 2014 recruiting class.
Among those committed are 4-star safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, who has already enrolled, and a trio of 3-star recruits in offensive guard Troy Bacon, tight end David Lucero and defensive end David Moa.
Another 3-star recruit committed to Boise State is Chase Blakley, an athlete out of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was a verbal commit to Washington but has decided to flip his commit and play on The Blue.
Overall, the Boise State coaching staff is doing a fantastic job putting together a quality class. However, there are a few other recruits those same coaches would love to add before national signing day.
Let's look at three such players, and what their addition could mean for the Broncos.
Jaylen Johnson, 3-Star Defensive End
Jaylen Johnson is a very athletic 3-star defensive end out of Corona, California. At 6'3" and 232 pounds, Johnson has the frame to become a dominant player for the Broncos.
Right now, he seems to be deciding between Boise State, Washington and USC. He also has offers from Oregon, Cal and Arizona.
If the Broncos are able to land Johnson, expect him to make an impact right away on a defense in need of some additional talent.
It won't be easy, but if coach Harsin and his staff are able to convince Johnson that Boise is the place to be, it would be a huge win for the 2014 recruiting class.
Khalil Oliver, 3-Star Safety
Khalil Oliver is a local prospect out of Meridian, Idaho. He is a 6'0", 185-pound safety that plays with power, speed and intensity.
Oliver was originally verbally committed to Boise State before coach Chris Petersen decided to leave for Washington. Since then, Oliver has decommitted and is looking at a handful of schools as possible destinations.
He has offers from Oregon and Oregon State as well as Washington and Boise State.
It is always hard for a local team to lose local talent. Head coach Bryan Harsin would probably hate to see that happen.
One of the biggest selling points for the Broncos would have to be defensive coordinator Marcel Yates. Coach Yates is known for coaching up young talent in the defensive secondary and sending them off into the NFL.
Oliver has the frame, speed and talent to become an outstanding player for the Broncos.
Brad Kaaya, 4-Star Pro-Style Quarterback
Brad Kaaya is an absolutely amazing pro-style quarterback. He has an outstanding arm and seems to read defenses with the best of them.
Kaaya has been a verbal commit to Miami for some time, but he recently took an official trip to Boise.
It is probably a long shot to think Kaaya will land with the Broncos, but if he did, the 2014 recruiting class would make serious headlines.
If Kaaya ends up at Miami, he will just be another guy on the Hurricanes roster at QB. If he was to land in Boise, he would be the guy among the quarterbacks.
Boise State, on the other hand, has just four quarterbacks on its roster—a senior, a JUCO transfer and a walk-on.
Kaaya would be the only quarterback in the class, and you have to believe he would be the future of the Broncos program.
With his potential and the way the roster sits right now for the Broncos, the talented signal-caller could easily become a four-year starter in Boise.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. While it's probably a long shot, Boise State is known for that kind of thing.