Yuma Catholic High School tight end Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230 lbs, of Yuma Arizona had more than a dozen scholarship offers from such schools as Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Washington , and Colorado but he was looking for just the right fit. He found it yesterday and committed to the Boise State Broncos. He had originally committed to Oregon State but when head coach Mike Riley left for the Nebraska job, he decided to rethink his options.
"I really loved what was up there," Pistone told the Yuma Sun. "I really loved the people, the team, the environment. It just seemed like there were no cons about Boise State."
Besides the coaching change, another part of his decision to switch schools is the Broncos use of tight ends. They run a lot of three and four tight end sets and recent changes to the offense since midseason suggests OC Mike Sanford is making that position a key element once again in the Broncos offense. For Pistone, that translates to the possibility of getting serious playing time earlier in his college career.
Pistone is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and helped lead the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks to their second straight state title and a 14-0 finish this year. He will play tight end for the Broncos.
Safety Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180 lbs, of Eleanor Roosevelt High in Corona, California is also a three-star recruit. And like Pistone, he felt much the same way about Boise State. Tyler held an offer from SJSU when he decided to take a look at the Broncos in mid-November. He committed to Boise State on Wednesday following a visit to SJSU over the weekend.
"When I went up there to Boise I just felt like it was a home type of feeling," he told the Idaho Statesman. "I feel like I’m in the right spot. It’s a good spot for me."
These two bring the number to fourteen signed or commited to the Boise State 2015 class.
Boise State's 2015 Class:
QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185 lbs, Shadle Park High School, Spokane, WA
WR Akilian Butler, 5-11, 177 lbs, West Mesquite High School, Mesquite, TX
OT Garrett Larson, 6-5, 250 lbs, Fruitland High School, Fruitland, ID
OLB WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 190 lbs, Leesburg High School, Leesburg, FL
OL John Molchon, 6-5, 270 lbs, Faith Lutheran High School, Las Vegas, NV
ATH Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183 lbs, South Oak Cliff High School, Dallas, TX
DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195 lbs, Bishop Mora Salesian High School, Los Angeles, CA
LB Drew Berger, 6-1, 223 lbs, Coeur D'Alene High School, Coeur D’Alene, ID
CB Marnez Ogletree, 5-11, 190 lbs, Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
DE Ben Moa, 6-4, 275 lbs, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205 lbs, Butler Community College, Dallas, TX
RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 200 lbs, Arlington High School, Arlington, TX
S Evan Tyler, 6-2, 180 lbs, Eleanor Roosevelt High, Corona, CA
TE Matt Pistone, 6-4, 230 lbs, Yuma Catholic Hight School, Yuma, AZ