Boise State graduated five seniors, and one player left the program (forfeiting his scholarship), giving the Broncos what appears to be six scholarships for 2010. Boise State had no problem finding players to fill current needs and meld perfectly as the prototype Bronco.
In fact, BSU found eight players—or will it be nine? At present there are two wide receivers, a defensive end, a defensive lineman, a quarterback, a safety/ tight end, a cornerback, and a tight end (with speculation of an additional DE/DT in a day or three).
These kids are all very talented. Surely the Broncos will make one or two true freshmen? Not likely, as good as these kids are, the Broncos are currently deeper than they have ever been.
Thus, these new Boise State players will benefit greatly as redshirts. However, as stated, there are not enough scholarships available. No problem; at least two of these are grayshirting.
The two future Broncos are Idaho’s DE Tyler Horn and multi-talented safety/tightend Kyle Sosnowski. Sosnowski drew a lot of attention as a safety while in his senior year at Boise’s Capital High School. In fact, Kyle seemed surprised that Boise State was interested in his tight-end play.
Indeed, with so many quality Broncos already filling the TE position, and a pair of redshirt freshman ready to step in this season, it just seemed reasonable that Sosnowski would play safety.
Furthermore, with the apparent need at safety in another year, it truly seemed logical that Kyle would use his 6’3" size to make life miserable for opposing offenses. While at Capital, Kyle had 13 picks in only two seasons.
Whatever position Kyle Sosnowski plays, he will do it fantastically. His HS coach at Capital, Todd Simis, said of Kyle, "I think he can master just about every skill the game requires.” Bronco fans can hardly wait.
To further complicate the situation, a last minute commit, Holden Huff, a 6’4" TE out of Rocklin, California, was offered, and he accepted. Huff helped lead his Rocklin HS team to the CIF State D-II title game. That would appear to situate the placements of Huff and Sosnowski.
The other Idaho stud, Mountain View’s 6’4" DE Tyler Horn is also grayshirting. Tyler joins the team in 2011 with Sosnowski and that year's new recruit(s). Most likely Tyler will be asked to put on some weight.
Horn is currently at 225 pounds, and is about 15 to 35 pounds lighter than the others. Plus, Tyler’s coach Judd Benedick stated he expects Horn to continue growing, for his father is taller than he is. This is nothing a few Idaho spuds can’t take care of?
Horn also tallied 50 tackles—nine of them went for loss—and Kyle racked up 12.5 sacks as well. Two overly talented grayshirts make 2011 an exciting time for Bronco fans.
Defensive Line junior transfer Tyrone Crawford, 6’4", 273, from Bakersfield College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada has three years to play two. Crawford could find a crack to slide into for this season's play, but I doubt it.
With all that is back, plus redshirt freshmen Jungblut and John Michael Davis and the rest of last season’s redshirts, these guys will be stacking up the defense—it just doesn’t make sense for Crawford to play.
Besides, Daron Mackey, Derrell Acrey, and Ryan Winterswyk graduate at the end of this season. Obviously, Boise State will benefit greatly from redshirting Crawford and the other four commits. We’ll see!
Bryan Douglas, the corner from Cali will surely redshirt. He’s a great athlete but he looks to need some strength training, and redshirt freshmen Makinde and Ewing, along with Antwon Murray and Jerrell Gavins, will give the Broncos all the corner play needed this season.
The next to mention are the two wide receivers: California product Troy Ware and Montana’s all purpose player 6’4" Matt Miller. All the speculation of Miller playing anywhere but receiver is ludicrous.
Miller is too good at receiver for any team to waste his talents like that. While sitting out a year Matt will have plenty of time to get the play book down and as such be in line to replace the graduated Austin Pettis for the 2011 team.
The same can be said of Ware as Titus Young also graduates at the end of 2010. A year on the practice team (redshirting) will strengthen the play of both these kids. Better yet, their remaining four years of play will benefit the Broncos.
The last of the magnificent seven commits is QB Grant Hedrick out of Oregon. Grant is a multi-talented QB who runs extremely well (40-yards in 4.56 seconds). Hedrick’s senior stats are similar to Kellen Moore’s passing stats.
Grant was 62 percent accurate, throwing for 35 touchdowns and only one interception. But that is where the comparison ends, as Grant is a runner, he scored another 18 TDs while running for over 1,500 yards. This one will have fun competing with Southwick and Tamburo, or is it the other way around?
Hedrick's father Shane was his High School coach at Central in Independence, Oregon, which is another Moore-like comparison as Kellen’s father coached him and his Brother Kirby at Prosser High School.
There is just too much talent on the Broncos this season to play any of these kids. Still, each and everyone of these kids help to shorten the hunting list next year as Bronco coaches look to fill the loss of 2010's 19 graduating seniors.
Boise State is also near having one more commitment, and that one may go down to signing day. Sean Avila a defensive end/tackle out of Esperanza High in Orange County, California, is appearing to be bordering an offer to be a Bronco.
Coach Pete Kwiatkowski, the defensive coach known as Coach K, began recruiting Avila in '08. It looks like another California spud is ready for the Boise State soup; it just depends on who is going to be the other grayshirt.
Bronco fans will know Feb. 3 at the LOI party. That’s another story. Go Broncos.