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QB Recruiting Heats Up

Boise State fans are clamoring for some quarterback news with signing day rapidly approaching. The headliner right now is Chaminade (Calif.) West Hills quarterback Brad Kaaya.

Boise State remains very much in the game for Kaaya.

Kaaya is committed to Miami but visited Boise State this weekend. He's been reluctant to do many interviews lately but our sources indicate good, not great news for Boise State.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prep came to Boise with his mother, which is always key. Our sources tell us the visit went very well and the Broncos are in the mix still. Very much so in the mix in fact.

So here's what's going to happen. For starters, Boise State can't be left without a quarterback in this class. Obviously Stuart is committed, but our sources confirm he has a preferred walk-on spot, not a scholarship.

Boise coaches, namely Mike Sanford Jr. will see several quarterbacks this week and try to evaluate them in person. That list of quarterbacks includes Brock Raggio, whom we feel might be the favorite backup plan. And while it may not be fair to call him a backup plan, that is where its at.

What happens with Kaaya will determine the fate of Boise State recruiting at the position. What I expect to happen is several quarterbacks will be evaluated this week. One ore more will be offered a chance to visit this weekend. That doesn't mean they will get an offer, but rather an offer to visit.

The staff is hoping to use this week to see what will happen with Kaaya. And he is genuinely considering Boise State still. If they get an answer or a better feel from him, they will move accordingly. But the key here is not to get left empty handed with a closing window.

Here is a list of Quarterbacks listed with Boise interest to some degree by most major recruiting sites. This list was compiled by 5-Star member Bronco754, big props to him for taking his time.

Quarterback Targets

  • Thanks for the update Justin. As fans all we can do is sit back and watch and hope for the best.

  • Thanks as always justin and bronco! Will be interesting to see what our coaches pull. I am more exited this year about recruiting then any year past!

  • They say that miami's coach james coley told kaaya not to do any interviews until after Nsd.

  • Thanks for the update and for the shout-out to Bronco754! He's a tremendous asset around here :)

    My take on the Kaaya timeline is this - there really doesn't seem to be a lot of incentive to wait until signing day to reaffirm his commitment to Miami. We need to remember he's not like KJCS in that Kaaya has not decommitted from Miami. So putting off his reaffirmation doesn't serve him any real purpose, as the drama won't necessarily help him move up the depth charts there (even if, in this scenario, he's intentionally waffling to make Miami promise greater things).

    Which means one of two things:

    1. He's genuinely torn between the two schools. Boise is WAY closer to home. Boise also provides a fantastic quality of life in terms of crime, night life, city attractions and most importantly (compared to Miami), access to outdoor recreation. Unless his idea of outdoor recreation is chasing pythons through the Everglades, Miami isn't going to have much for him. If he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing or whitewater rafting, Miami scores a 0/10 while Boise deserves at least a 9/10. And that's just the off-the-field stuff; Boise State is awesome on and off the field for all of the reasons we all know (and the reasons he now hopefully knows after his visit).

    2. He's already chosen Boise State and he wants to create a massive media firestorm on signing day, possibly sucking the air out of the room for all other recruiting news nationwide. Let's face it; Kaaya choosing Boise State over Miami would be an explosive event, not only for both Boise State and for Kaaya but for Miami and the broader NCAA football landscape as well. This is ESPN type stuff in terms of newsworthiness. He's rated lower than DSG on 247, but because he's a high-level QB he'll get a lot more attention no matter what he does. This could be more possible, too, as it's too late to enroll for the spring semester so there wouldn't really be any incentive to commit sooner rather than later.

    Obviously I'd love for it to be #2, but it seems less likely as the Boise State coaches would probably encourage him to just commit and get going with Boise State as soon as possible. #2 would require a bit of an ego and while I don't know how the new coaches will handle ego issues, the old ones wouldn't tolerate it.

    So that leads me to believe #1 is the most likely - still not a bad place for us to be. And if Kaaya is like many Cali kids who like having access to the mountains/rivers/lakes, Boise is a massive favorite. Outdoors people place a high priority on access.

  • To my way of seeing this...........if Kaaya doesn't flip to Boise State..........then Stuart will be on scholarship. Regardless of whoever might sign with Boise State (at QB) on L.O.I. day.

    Fact is Boise State regularly has five QB's on scholarship every year. Or at the very LEAST they have a minimum of four QB's on scholarship. Right now (if Stuart is in fact a preferred walk-on) Boise State has only two scholarship QB's on the roster. That being Grant Hedrick - a RS Senior next fall - and Ryan Finley - a RS Freshman next fall. So adding two SCHOLARSHIP QB's in this year's class seems completely viable to me.

    I'm also thinking Stuart is coming in (early) as a preferred walk-on but they plan to put him on scholarship after the spring semester regardless.

    P.S. Your buddy Nate Peters seems convinced that unranked Alex Ogle from Florida is a QB that Boise State is taking a look at this week. He's not on the list I put together - http://247sports.com/Player/Alex-Ogle-27955?Institution=9264

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  • According to someone named Joe Santucci - of Treasure Coast, FL. - we have this regarding Alex Ogle:

    Jon Santucci โ€@JonSantucci 14m
    #BoiseState OC/QB coach Mike Sanford is coming to see Jensen Beach QB Alex Ogle throw Wednesday. @alexogleQB #TCPrepZone

    And Nate Peters is saying that Boise State and S.M.U. are both going there to see him throw on Wednesday

  • Bronco754 said... (original post)

    To my way of seeing this...........if Kaaya doesn't flip to Boise State..........then Stuart will be on scholarship. Regardless of whoever might sign with Boise State (at QB) on L.O.I. day.

    Fact is Boise State regularly has five QB's on scholarship every year. Or at the very LEAST they have a minimum of four QB's on scholarship. Right now (if Stuart is in fact a preferred walk-on) Boise State has only two scholarship QB's on the roster. That being Grant Hedrick - a RS Senior next fall - and Ryan Finley - a RS Freshman next fall. So adding two SCHOLARSHIP QB's in this year's class seems completely viable to me.

    I'm also thinking Stuart is coming in (early) as a preferred walk-on but they plan to put him on scholarship after the spring semester regardless.

    P.S. Your buddy Nate Peters seems convinced that unranked Alex Ogle from Florida is a QB that Boise State is taking a look at this week. He's not on the list I put together - http://247sports.com/Player/Alex-Ogle-27955?Institution=9264

    I don't think there is any incentive to move Stuart to a scholarship at this point unless someone else offers a scholly. They might after he comes into camp and if he tears it up.

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  • Bronco754 said... (original post)

    According to someone named Joe Santucci - of Treasure Coast, FL. - we have this regarding Alex Ogle:

    Jon Santucci โ€@JonSantucci 14m #BoiseState OC/QB coach Mike Sanford is coming to see Jensen Beach QB Alex Ogle throw Wednesday. @alexogleQB #TCPrepZone

    And Nate Peters is saying that Boise State and S.M.U. are both going there to see him throw on Wednesday

    Your scholarship summary would leave room for Ogle regardless of Kaaya's decision. With Finley's uncertain future and Hedrick graduating next year, even snagging 2-3 QBs this year barely puts us back where we need to be for this year alone.

  • I have been trying to tell y'all, brad is solid to miami... The kid he just tweeted is miami's newest 2015 wide receiver commit who just pledged to the u yesterdaycoffee

  • I agree Rock he seems real solid with Miami and chances are he does stay with them but I'm holding out just a little hope because it's never a done deal in recruiting until they are signed. And I truly do believe he has given Boise legit consideration.

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  • PawnKing208 said... (original post)

    I agree Rock he seems real solid with Miami and chances are he does stay with them but I'm holding out just a little hope because it's never a done deal in recruiting until they are signed. And I truly do believe he has given Boise legit consideration.

    Why go to Boise when he had prime oppurtunity to go to UCLA and didn't??

    You guys claim Boise is much closer to his home well lol he lives in UCLA's backyard...

    Yes he went on his trips because he's earned them and Miami isnt the type of school to tell a recruit don't go on a trip.

    some of your posters put Miami down like its a bad place, when in reality the campus is not in Miami. Its in Coral Gables which is loaded with $$$$$ and very affulent. Crime is very very low there and the surrounding areas...

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  • Canes2082 said... (original post)

    Why go to Boise when he had prime oppurtunity to go to UCLA and didn't??

    You guys claim Boise is much closer to his home well lol he lives in UCLA's backyard...

    Yes he went on his trips because he's earned them and Miami isnt the type of school to tell a recruit don't go on a trip.

    some of your posters put Miami down like its a bad place, when in reality the campus is not in Miami. Its in Coral Gables which is loaded with $$$$$ and very affulent. Crime is very very low there and the surrounding areas...

    Cool congrats on your wonderful city...the Coral Gables Hurricanes?

  • Justin Hopkins said... (original post)

    I don't think there is any incentive to move Stuart to a scholarship at this point unless someone else offers a scholly. They might after he comes into camp and if he tears it up.

    Yeah you don't just hand out scholarships to walk ons just because someone else didn't take it. I mean if we freeze them they should last until next year, right?

  • Canes2082 said... (original post)

    Why go to Boise when he had prime oppurtunity to go to UCLA and didn't??

    You guys claim Boise is much closer to his home well lol he lives in UCLA's backyard...

    Yes he went on his trips because he's earned them and Miami isnt the type of school to tell a recruit don't go on a trip.

    some of your posters put Miami down like its a bad place, when in reality the campus is not in Miami. Its in Coral Gables which is loaded with $$$$$ and very affulent. Crime is very very low there and the surrounding areas...

    Most kids like to go away from home to college, but not too far away for comfort. I could have gone to Boise State, as I live in Boise (and love it), but I wanted to get away from home so I went to the University of Idaho. Moscow is about 5-6 hours away, so not too close but not too far. I never considered anything on the east coast.

  • BroncoBrew said... (original post)

    Cool congrats on your wonderful city...the Coral Gables Hurricanes?

    Yep just like the New York Giants and Jets who play in jersey...

    Cincinnatti airport thats located in Kentucky

    San fran 49ers who now play 35-40 minutes away from SF....

    New England Pats... Is there a New england on the map???

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  • Miami is the larger school in the warmer climate with a higher competition level.
    Boise is the smaller school in the colder climate with a higher chance of playing time.

    IF for some reason Brad Kaaya wanted to go to Boise State it is not because they are so much better of a school, same with Miami. it's a personal choice. Shay Fields just committed to Colorado over USC, Washington, Boise State, and other "better" programs in our perception.

    You're just stirring the pot trolling on other school's sites, and unless you just want to argue for the sake of arguing, i'd say you're wasting your (typing) breath.

  • Canes2082 said... (original post)

    Yep just like the New York Giants and Jets who play in jersey...

    Cincinnatti airport thats located in Kentucky

    San fran 49ers who now play 35-40 minutes away from SF....

    New England Pats... Is there a New england on the map???

    Those are pro teams. You'd think that the University OF MIAMI was actually in Miami....

    Either way. Your cities are amazing, awesome, low crime, high value places, with streets paved with gold. Congrats.

  • polhoward said... (original post)

    Miami is the larger school in the warmer climate with a higher competition level. Boise is the smaller school in the colder climate with a higher chance of playing time.

    IF for some reason Brad Kaaya wanted to go to Boise State it is not because they are so much better of a school, same with Miami. it's a personal choice. Shay Fields just committed to Colorado over USC, Washington, Boise State, and other "better" programs in our perception.

    You're just stirring the pot trolling on other school's sites, and unless you just want to argue for the sake of arguing, i'd say you're wasting your (typing) breath.

    This! That's why I get annoyed when we get all of those Miami fans saying "If he turned down UCLA why would he go to Boise State?" As if its unfathomable that someone could like the Boise area, style of playing, high chance for playing time etc. We probably won't get him but there's plenty of reasons he could prefer to come here over other schools. Not like we haven't gotten players with UCLA and other big time offers before.

  • szullo said... (original post)

    This! That's why I get annoyed when we get all of those Miami fans saying "If he turned down UCLA why would he go to Boise State?" As if its unfathomable that someone could like the Boise area, style of playing, high chance for playing time etc. We probably won't get him but there's plenty of reasons he could prefer to come here over other schools. Not like we haven't gotten players with UCLA and other big time offers before.

    It's simple, people who haven't spent any time in the Boise area don't get it. They think state of idaho and think of some backwater town of no significance. How many recruits have come up here and been totally blown away by the town, the university and the atmosphere, and the fact that the place is much bigger than they originally thought.

  • hold on a sec...Boise is a total backwater town in BFE. Terrible place to live....don't come here(note: sarcasm)....

    UNLESS, you're a kick ass football player who wants to play for the best fans in the country. Other than that - Stay away tongue

    Seriously though, I'm from Florida and Miami is an armpit. I'd rather shave off my nipples than live there. fingergun

  • Jesterrace said... (original post)

    It's simple, people who haven't spent any time in the Boise area don't get it. They think state of idaho and think of some backwater town of no significance. How many recruits have come up here and been totally blown away by the town, the university and the atmosphere, and the fact that the place is much bigger than they originally thought.

    Heck, even if that were true would it be hard to believe that maybe a kid would like a "backwater town?" Honestly, I can think of plenty of reasons why Kaaya would choose us over UCLA: Very good chance of being a 4 year starter, more likely to get into a BCS Bowl or fight for a spot in one, likes the Boise area, has friends on the team, etc. That's not to say there aren't plenty of reasons to choose Miami or UCLA over Boise, but seeing these ignorant, elitest douchebags like Canesquad on Twitter scoff at the notion that some kid would EVER choose lowely Boise State over their super prestigious program is pretty infuriating.

  • szullo said... (original post)

    Heck, even if that were true would it be hard to believe that maybe a kid would like a "backwater town?" Honestly, I can think of plenty of reasons why Kaaya would choose us over UCLA: Very good chance of being a 4 year starter, more likely to get into a BCS Bowl or fight for a spot in one, likes the Boise area, has friends on the team, etc. That's not to say there aren't plenty of reasons to choose Miami or UCLA over Boise, but seeing these ignorant, elitest douchebags like Canesquad on Twitter scoff at the notion that some kid would EVER choose lowely Boise State over their super prestigious program is pretty infuriating.

    no, canesquad did not do such thing.

    all i said was hey, if the kid has been committed to miami for EIGHT MONTHS and turned down local powerhouse schools UCLA AND USC (schools that Hopkins predicted Kaaya would flip to), why would he then decide to decommit from Miami to Boise State. It doesnt make sense.

    Boise State is a wonderful program. However, given the history of Kaaya's recruitment, it really does not make sense.

    So please dont make false accusations that are quite frankly FALSE.

    to your points, Miami and Boise State both present Kaaya a great opportunity to start four years. Kaaya would have to redshirt one year (Senior qb in 2014) but a redshirt year for a QB is key for them to develop. Secondly, given the new BCS format, it is going to be very difficult for a team not in AQ conference to make a BCS Game.

    Have a great day :)

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  • CaneSquad said... (original post)

    no, canesquad did not do such thing.

    all i said was hey, if the kid has been committed to miami for EIGHT MONTHS and turned down local powerhouse schools UCLA AND USC (schools that Hopkins predicted Kaaya would flip to), why would he then decide to decommit from Miami to Boise State. It doesnt make sense.

    Boise State is a wonderful program. However, given the history of Kaaya's recruitment, it really does not make sense.

    So please dont make false accusations that are quite frankly FALSE.

    Have a great day :)

    Recruiting doesn't always make perfectly logical sense, though. You have to remember that these are teenagers making a big life decision, after all.

    BTW, please don't judge us all by some of the idiots that have been arguing with you on Twitter. Very few of us ever thought Kaaya was a "done deal." Most of us didn't think we had a great chance to begin with. That being said, hopefully everyone can squash the beef, because it gets in the way when I'm trying to look for news on Twitter. :)

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  • CaneSquad said... (original post)

    no, canesquad did not do such thing.

    all i said was hey, if the kid has been committed to miami for EIGHT MONTHS and turned down local powerhouse schools UCLA AND USC (schools that Hopkins predicted Kaaya would flip to), why would he then decide to decommit from Miami to Boise State. It doesnt make sense.

    Boise State is a wonderful program. However, given the history of Kaaya's recruitment, it really does not make sense.

    So please dont make false accusations that are quite frankly FALSE.

    to your points, Miami and Boise State both present Kaaya a great opportunity to start four years. Kaaya would have to redshirt one year (Senior qb in 2014) but a redshirt year for a QB is key for them to develop. Secondly, given the new BCS format, it is going to be very difficult for a team not in AQ conference to make a BCS Game.

    Have a great day :)

    I just gave you multiple reasons in that post as to why someone may want to go to Boise State. Everyone has a different taste in schools and settings. You could say "Why would a guy that was committed to Texas A&M for months, that had offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn and a million other top notch schools decommit from Texas A&M to Boise State" but it happened. I've seen a TON of your posts as they come up more than anyone's when I search "Boise State" on Twitter and you can call it what you want and mask it but you definitely have a problem believing that this kid even has interest in Boise State and the comment about "why would someone choose Boise State over UCLA" definitely implies that this goes well beyond Brad Kaaya/

    And seeing as the top ranked non AQ gets an auto bid into a BCS game it will not be "more difficult" to make a BCS game.

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