Boise State Football 2011: Top 5 Impact Recruits for the Men in Blue
The Boise State Broncos finished as the No. 68 ranked recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com. That is one of their highest ranking classes in the history of their football program.
The Broncos recruiting continues to get better every year and so does their team. The Broncos enter their first year in the Mountain West with plenty of expectations.
Bronco fans expect a lot from their returning stars, but they also expect a lot from their freshman class.
Let's take a look at five freshmen who could make an impact in their freshman year.
Safety, Dextrell Simmons
Dextrell Simmons could not only be the best recruit coming to the Broncos in 2011, he could also be one of the best players on the team.
The 6'0" 210-pound safety comes from Blinn College in Texas, which is the same school Cam Newton played in before he won the national title last year.
The Broncos are hoping Simmons can bring in some of that magic in the 2011 football season. Simmons played linebacker at Blinn, but will most likely make the move to safety in 2011.
His tackling ability and his pursuit of the ball should help the Broncos replace Jerrod Johnson.
Middle Linebacker, Blake Renaud
Blake Renaud is a 3-star recruit who is one of the best high school inside linebackers in the nation. He comes from De La Salle High School in California which has a rich tradition.
At 6'2" and 230 pounds he brings great instinct and leadership as a freshman. He may start off on special teams and will have to fight for playing time in his freshman year, but don't be surprised to hear his name a lot in 2011.
Running Back, Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi is a recruit out of Frisco, Texas where he played football at Liberty High School.
Ajayi will add another dangerous weapon to the Broncos offense. Doug Martin and DJ Harper will have another Bronco in the backfield in 2011.
Ajayi has great vision as a runner and makes the perfect compliment for a bruising back like Martin. He has good break away speed and will fill in nicely for Jeremy Avery.
Look for Peterson to introduce him into the offense early in the season and he might be an option for kick returns.
Defensive End/Wide Receiver, Samuel Ukwuachu
Samuel Ukwuachu is a recruit from Pearland High School in Texas. He is a great athlete who played defensive end and wide receiver in high school.
He was recruited at a defensive end, but don't be surprised if he moves to the offensive side of the ball.
At 6'5" 200 pounds he will have to put on more weight if he plans on playing defensive end, but his speed and athleticism makes up for the lack of size.
As a receiver he is a big threat because of his size and catching ability.
Kicker, Jake Van Ginkel
Jake Van Ginkel hails from Upland High School in Upland,California. He could be the freshman that makes the most crucial plays for the Broncos in 2011.
With Kyle Brotzman gone, the Broncos will need to find a new kicker. Boise Fans know how important a kicker can be.
Last season they were a field goal away from playing in a BCS Bowl game. Van Ginkel was the 12th-ranked kicker in the nation according to Scout.com.