Bishop Kelly’s Daniel Cantrell joins Boise State as a preferred walk-on

A Boise-kid who loves the outdoor actives his hometown has to offer, Daniel Cantrell is taking the road less traveled to the Boise State football roster.

As a preferred walk-on from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School, he’ll bring a chip on his shoulder and a work ethic to the program the coaches crave, with the dream of being put on scholarship in the future.

He announced his commitment via Twitter on Wednesday before contacting me yesterday to dish to Bronco Nation on his big decision.




Cantrell said it was a huge relief to finally be committed.

“On top of that it’s an honor to be able to play for the team I grew up watching and cheering.” he said.

Cantrell feels good about being able to stay home for college-ball because so many of his friends, family and acquaintances will be able to watch him on The Blue and he’ll easily be able to stay in contact with them. “It will also be nice to be able to visit Bishop Kelly once in a while.”

Boise State’s newest commit loves the people of Boise and the area itself. “The outdoor activities Boise offers are amazing also.” he added.

Cantrell is pretty confident in his decision to sport the blue and orange. “The only thing I will miss out on from staying home for college would be a more independent feeling, but I can still get that at BSU.”

The former Kight football player says his faith plays a big role in is game on the football field. “I believe God gives me the strength to give my hardest and He has been with me in all my football seasons.”




Boise State’s newest commit hopes to help bring the Mountain West Conference football championship trophy back to Albertsons Stadium. He added he wants to go to “…a bowl game every season.” “I know we can accomplish it.”





Cantrell wants to be the best at whatever position the Boise State coaches plug him in at. “I’m going (in) as a long snapper and will give my all in everything I do with that.”

“I also want to be one of the strongest lifters to help inspire others to work hard.”

The Boise-native has a “great” relationship with Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin. “I’ve been able to talk with him in many camps leading up to my commitment and am excited to be coached by him.”

I didn’t ask Cantrell about his relationship with Associate HC/Special Teams Coordinator Kent Riddle but he is so comfortable with his future position coach that he made sure I knew he had a “great” relationship with him as well. “He has been after me for a while and through high school I was able to snap to him multiple times. I am very excited to learn even more from him.”

“My relationship with Coach Avalos is great also, I want to be able to show him and the rest of the staff that there offer is worth it.”

(Bishop Kelly product Daniel Cantrell and his family)




Cantrell wanted to give one last shoutout to his friends and family before our interview ended, as well as one for Bronco Nation.

“All of my friends and family are excited because they know how much this means to me. They also have invested a lot of time and are glad to see hard work pay off! Go Broncos!!”

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About Robert J Pfeifer

Robert J Pfeifer

Robert was born in Boise and raised in Meridian, Idaho. He spent his whole life in the Treasure Valley before moving away to Moscow for college. He owns his own website where he covers recruiting and writes other in-depth articles about Boise State. He also helps with the Idaho Statesman’s High School Football coverage.

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