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2016 Boise State football recruiting: Broncos add kicker/punter Joel Velazquez from California

Joel Velazquez is the 16th commit to the Broncos’ 2016 class

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

A kicker/punter out of Mission Viejo, California is the 7th recruit from the Golden State to pledge to Boise State’s 2016 football class. Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 220 lbs, gave his pledge Sunday evening to head coach Bryan Harsin before announcing his decision on twitter. That decision followed a visit to the Boise campus two weeks ago. He also made visits to Arizona State, UCLA, Alabama, and Wisconsin, and held offers from several others, including Kent State, Oregon and Cal Poly.  But in the end he decided to commit to the Broncos.

At Trabuco Hills High School, his booming leg has led to 32 of his 43 kickoffs being touchbacks, and his punts have averaged 39.3 yards per punt. In addition, Velazquez also had great numbers in the 2015 National Camp Series evaluation kicking camps earlier this year.

Velazquez did a lot of research before committing to the Broncos, noting that he would like to play in the NFL and that Boise State offers him that opportunity. But with a 3.85 GPA and a full scholarship offer, he is also setting his sights on a degree in mechanical engineering.

Velazquez is the 16th known commitment for the Broncos’ 2016 recruiting class.


OL Kole Bailey, 6-5, 285 lbs, Twin Falls High, Twin Falls, ID

WR Julian Carter, 6-3, 190 lbs, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, AZ

OL Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 290 lbs, Bethel High School, Spanaway, WA

TE Nick Crabtree , 6-6, 247 lbs, Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach, CA

RB Damarea Crockett, 5-11, 212 lbs, Little Rock Christian, Little Rock, AR

DB Reid Harrison-Ducros, 5-10, 175 lbs, Heritage High School, Colleyville, TX

DL Chase Hatada, 6-3, 260 lbs, Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA

DB Robert Lewis, 5-9, 165 lbs, Augustus Hawkins High School, Los Angeles, CA

LB Tyson Maeva, 6-0, 222 lbs, Cathedral Catholic, San Diego, CA

RB Robert Mahone, 6-0, 200 lbs, Prosper High School, Prosper TX

LB Al'i Niumatalolo, 6-2, 231 lbs, Broadneck High School, Annapolis, MD

DB De'Andre Pierce, 5-11, 170 lbs, Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach, CA

DE Derriyon Shaw, 6-4, 225 lbs, Legacy High School, Las Vegas, NV

K/P Joel Velazquez, 6-0, 220 lbs, Trabuco Hills High School, Mission Viejo, CA

DB Desmond Williams, 6-0, 190 lbs, Centennial High School, Corona, CA

QB Micah Wilson, 6-3, 200 lbs, Lincoln Christian School, Tulsa, OK