Bronco Head Coach Bryan Harsin at the Boise State Signing Day Party (photo credit Robert Pfeifer)

Boise State signed a Power 5 class on Wednesday

Boise State’s National Signing Day Class of 2017 was a “Group of Five” class worthy of a Power 5 school.

According to 247Sports the Broncos had the fourth-highest ranked class of the “Group of Five,” checking in at 62nd and ahead of eight Power 5 schools.

Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, BYU (considered a Power 5 school for scheduling purposes by the majority of Power 5 schools), Boston College, Kansas, Cal and Purdue all were bested by Boise State in the website’s team rankings.

Fourteen of the 19 Bronco-signees had at least one Power 5 offer (74%). Twenty-four different Power 5 schools offered a player that signed with Boise State yesterday (37% of all Power 5 schools).

The last figure is even more impressive when you consider that the vast-majority of Power 5 schools are in the southern or eastern United States and Boise is in the northwest fighting those schools for recruits from California, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia and Hawaii.

QB Chase Cord was offered by Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Oregon State & Utah, as well as Harvard, Columbia and Princeton.

Boise State signees received a total of 40 different Power 5 offers, or put another way, there were 40 different opportunities for these new Broncos to continue their educations and athletic-pursuits at “bigger and better” schools.

Exactly half of the Big 12’s member-institutions and two-thirds of the Pac-12’s made an offer to an athlete that signed with Boise State on Wednesday.

Traditional powerhouses Michigan State and Wisconsin offered BSU signees. Utah, Washington State and Colorado made 12 combined offers to Boise State signees.

Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado (5), Utah (3), Washington State (4), Iowa State, Texas Tech, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin offered multiple players who signed with Boise State on Wednesday.

Mississippi State and Vanderbilt of the SEC made offers. So too did the ACC’s Pitt, Boston College, Virginia and Syracuse football programs, as well as the B1G’s Purdue Boilermakers.

Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia also made runs at players that signed with Boise State.

RB Drake Beasley was offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Pitt, Purdue, and UCLA.

Eight Pac 12 schools made 19 total offers, five Big 12 schools made seven, and five B1G schools made eight. Four ACC teams and two SEC teams made an offer a piece.

Four Ivy League schools made five total offers to Boise State signees, as well as three service academies.

BYU made one offer to a player the spurned them to play on The Blue.


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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