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MWC Recruiting Roundup 4-18-22. The latest news, offers, and commitments.

New Mexico v Boise State Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images

It’s another week of the MWC Recruiting Roundup.

It is full steam ahead in the class of 2023. Mountain West teams stay busy with their recruiting, handing out offers. Plus, visits are still happening on campus for the spring. Also, the Spring Evaluation period has started, which means coaches will be going to high schools to watch practices and talk to high school coaches. This week, there were three new commitments, with the Broncos, Rams, and Wolf Pack securing members of their 2023 class. Boise State gained a verbal commit and had a big-time recruit on campus for a visit, so they take the cover photo this week.

Class of 2023 Cover Photo Total:

  • Air Force: 2
  • Boise State: 2
  • Nevada: 2
  • Colorado State: 1
  • San Jose State: 1

Recruiting Calendar:

As of April 15th, we are in the spring evaluation period. dead period. This lasts until the end of May.

Next College Student Athlete says:

The NCAA Evaluation Period is a specific time of year when college coaches are allowed to watch an athlete compete in person or visit their school. However, coaches are not allowed to communicate with that athlete (or parents) off the college campus. Coaches can sit in the stands during a recruit’s practice or game, as well as visit the recruit’s school. This gives college coaches a chance to talk to the recruit’s coach, teachers, or guidance counselor to get a better understanding of the student-athlete’s character. After the visit, the coach may call or email the recruit and let them know how their experience was at the school or game.

The NCAA Evaluation Period is just that: a time set aside for evaluation. While coaches can’t talk to athletes off the college campus, they can still call, email, text, and direct message recruits.

Air Force Commitment Tracker:

Since the Air Force Academy regularly has by far the most commits among Mountain West recruiting classes, it’s kind of fun to track them over the course of the year.

Number of Falcon verbal commits: 5

Commitment Spotlight

OL Jason Steele (Boise State)

“It’s hard to choose one reason why I love Boise State, but one thing was the self-determination and energy I saw in practice. Everybody was flying around and having fun, which is what the game should be like. Also, Boise was one of the few places where I could really envision myself living there. I truly believe Coach Keane will develop me to be the best player that I can possibly be. He and I have been developing our relationship over the past year and I truly trust him and the rest of the coaching staff to bring the best out of us every day. Coach Avalos is an amazingly genuine person which I value a lot. The whole recruiting staff are amazing as well and did an amazing job recruiting me, Coach Coop, Coach Harris, and Coach Jason were all texting me every day and showed me they wanted to know me as a person, not just a player. The coaching staff also made an effort to know my parents and my family which stood out among other schools. I really appreciated that because I’m a big family man and love my family as much as anything. The coaching staff plans to have me come in early after winter break and get me developed so I’m able to be ready for college competition when the season comes around. Coach Keane talked to me about being mentored by the senior center as well. I know I have to earn the spot but I’m hopeful that I’ll be playing as a sophomore in the center position and really be a leader when it comes to the offense.”

QB Jax Leatherwood (Nevada)

“One of the main reasons I chose Nevada was that the coaches were incredible. They were great to me from the get-go and have a direction for the program going forward. I have a relationship with every coach on the staff and it’s almost as if we’re family already. They plan to use me as a pocket passer who can pull the ball and run every once in a while too. They have a very similar offense to my high school’s which made me feel comfortable deciding to play in their offense.”

Recruiting Updates:

Offers

  • DE/TE James Rothstein was offered by Air Force
  • DE/TE Brady Nassar was offered by Air Force
  • OL Ryan Blum was offered by Air Force
  • QB Brock Thomas was offered by Air Force
  • DE Aiden Herring was offered by Air Force
  • DE Campbell Sager was offered by Air Force
  • WR Naseri Danielson was offered by Air Force
  • RB Jordan Fisher was offered by Air Force
  • RB Kai Hall was offered by Air Force
  • TE Tucker Ashcraft was offered by Air Force
  • TE Luke Leighton was offered by Air Force
  • TE/LB Kamaehu Kaawalauole was offered by Air Force
  • TE George Burhenn was offered by Air Force
  • OL Cooper Powers was offered by Air Force
  • OL Derek Thompson was offered by Air Force
  • RB Charles Greer was offered by Air Force
  • WR/DB Israel Polk was offered by Air Force and SDSU
  • DE/TE Seamus Gilmartin was offered by Air Force, SDSU, and UNLV
  • DE Tausilinu’u Akana was offered by Boise State
  • WR Keynan Higgins was offered by Fresno State and Hawaii
  • JUCO DB Jadon Pearson was offered by Hawaii and SDSU
  • DE/TE Samson Ogunade was offered by Nevada
  • WR Layton Duncan was offered by Nevada
  • DE Jayden House was offered by Nevada
  • TE/DE Tyler Bourland was offered by Nevada
  • QB Reed Harris was offered by SDSU
  • DB Jelani McLaughlin was offered by SDSU
  • OL Peyton Farmer was offered by SDSU
  • WR Jeremiah McClure was offered by SJSU
  • 2026 QB Devin Rasmussen was offered by SJSU
  • DL Iosefa Tapeni was offered by UNLV
  • OL Ryan Silver was offered by UNLV
  • WR Darius Cannon was offered by UNLV
  • DB Jaden DaCosta was offered by UNLV
  • 2024 WR/DB Josh Joyner was offered by UNLV
  • 2024 WR/DB Jaythn Long was offered by UNLV
  • 2025 LB Christian Thatcher was offered by UNLV
  • WR/DB Gavin Hunter was offered by Utah State

Visits

  • Boise State: DE Tausilinu’u Akana
  • Hawaii: QB John Keawe Sagapolutele, WR Chavis Kamahoali’i Lee, DE Tristan Waiamau-Galindo, RB Ike Daniels
  • Nevada: TE Michael Floyde, DL Brody Bilek, WR Layton Duncan, DE Hunter Lay, LB Ishmael Aceves, TE/DE Tyler Bourland, DE/TE Seamus Gilmartin
  • SDSU: DB Leroy Bryant
  • SJSU: WR Jeremiah McClure
  • Utah State: OL Kory Symington
  • Wyoming: WR Silas Evans III

Commits

  • OL Jason Steele committed to Boise State
  • An unknown player committed to Colorado State
  • QB Jax Leatherwood committed to Nevada

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