It was a busy week for Bryan Harsin and his staff, but nonetheless an exciting one, as Boise State received four commitments in the span of two days from Monday to Tuesday, giving a needed boost to their 2018 recruiting class. 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout have the Broncos’ 2018 class standing at no. 67, no. 68, and no. 62 respectively, with those numbers subject to change once the rankings are recalibrated at the end of the week.
Boise State now has five players pledged in their 2018 class, one defensive back, two linebackers, one quarterback, and one running back.
Let’s evaluate each player that committed to play for the Broncos during this week’s flurry of pledges:
Out of every commit, Brandon Hawkins was probably the biggest get that Boise State has received so far, and he kicked off this week’s avalanche of verbal commitments. Hawkins, from Georgetown HS (Georgetown, Texas) is a big deal for the Broncos because of his lengthy and impressive offer list that includes Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Navy, SMU, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa, and more.
Hawkins, who stands at 6’3” and weighs 210 pounds primarily plays outside linebacker is a very talented tackler who is well suited to play under defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Andy Avalos.
Texas is a recruiting hotbed that Boise State is attempting to expand into, and it appears to be paying off. Boise State has extended offers to at least 19 recruits from Texas, the second most of any state, behind California, where they has offered at least 40, per 247Sports.
Hawkins is a highly rated three-star who is rated as the no. 204 overall player in the rich football state of Texas, as well as the no. 95 player at the outside linebacker position, according to 247Sports.
The Boise State coaching staff added their second commitment of the week via Corner Canyon HS (Draper, UT.) quarterback Zachary Wilson. Wilson is the first quarterback to verbally commit to Boise State.
In Wilson, the Broncos nabbed a signal caller that is very high on their list, as according to 247Sports, Wilson is a "high choice" target for the Broncos. Wilson announced offers from various schools, including Boise State's conference rivals Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah State, as well as Rice and Weber State.
As a junior, Wilson threw for 2,708 yards, in the process tossing 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
It will still be a little while until Wilson officially leaves his native Utah for Idaho, but according to Jay Tust of KTVB in Boise, Wilson will sign and enroll early at Boise State.
Boise State only has two quarterbacks listed on their 2017 roster, well known junior Brett Rypien and redshirt freshman Jake Constantine.
Although the three-star inside linebacker pledged to the Broncos on Tuesday, ironically, DJ Schramm might have a bigger connection to a Mountain West school that is not Boise State. His father is Dave Schamm, formerly of Fresno State, where he served as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach between 2012-2015.
DJ Schramm, an incoming senior at Clovis West high school in Fresno, California plays a big role in his team’s defense, and that’s exactly what he expects to do in Boise. The 6’1,” 215-pound inside linebacker compiled an impressive stat line of 95 tackles, one sack, one interception and two fumble recoveries in his junior season.
In addition to Boise State, Schramm has received offers from Mountain West schools Air Force and San Jose State, as well as Army, Idaho State, Montana State, and Northern Arizona.
Schramm is rated by Scout as the no. 10 inside linebacker in the state, and the no. 15 inside linebacker in the west region, as well as the no. 50 ILB in the nation. 247Sports ranks Schramm as the 1,314 player nationally, the 58th player in his position group, and the 151st player in California.
The Broncos’ most recent commitment came from Kazmeir Allen, a three-star running back out of Tulare Union HS (Tulare, CA.) who is rated as the 14th running back in the state, 19th in the west region, and the 89th nationally at his position group, according to Scout.
Allen is one of the more interesting commitments in Boise State’s class, as he calls himself an athlete and 247Sports considers him an all purpose back. No matter what you call him, Allen is incredibly shifty and makes swift cuts, as evidenced by his 1,842 rushing yards, 582 receiving yards, 599 kick returning yards, and 36 touchdowns.
Allen chose Boise State over offers from Mountain West schools Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah State, as well as Arizona and Eastern Washington. The 5’9,” 165-pound speedster picked up his offer from Boise State on February 28.
It is currently unclear what position Allen will play at Boise State, but whatever it is, his talent speaks for itself. You will certainly be entertained by his junior highlights from last fall below: