Bronco football team adds three more commitments to the list

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In mid-December, the Bronco football team inked 20 individuals during its early signing period.

Still, the most important needs centered around further recruiting included a quarterback, another offensive lineman, and a tight end.

After February 7th’s official National Signing Day, the Broncos answered those questions.

Riley Smith: 6’5″ QB (Bartram Trail HS, Jacksonville, FL)

In late January, the Bronco coaching staff received a verbal commit from a young Florida talent in Riley Smith.

Smith, a product of Bartram Trail high school, is listed as a three star recruit from 247 sports.

He joins a list of Bronco quarterbacks including returns Brett Rypien and Chase Cord. Thus, he may not play right away but the necessity of finding a quarterback was crucial to the signing process.

Harsin, in his recent interview with Blue Turf Sports, discusses his observations on Smith’s football abilities. “With what we were looking for, he had size, length, speed… once seeing him, he was a great fit for us.”

His stats are further substantiated here: Riley Smith stats

A Compiled list of team’s who looked at Riley Smith:

Team Interest Offer Commited
Boise State Y Y Y
Rice Y Y
Western Kentucky Y Y
Akron Y Y
Bowling Green Y Y
Brown Y Y
Central Mich. Y Y
Buffalo Y Y
Charlotte Y Y
Cincinnati Y Y
Citadel Y Y
Coastal Carolina Y Y
Colorado State Y Y
Columbia Y Y
Cornell Y Y
Dartmouth Y Y
Davidson Y Y
East Tenn. St. Y Y
Florida Atlantic Y Y
Georgia State Y Y
Harvard Y Y
Liberty Y Y
Mercer Y Y
Pitt Y Y
Princeton Y Y
Samford Y Y
So. Bama Y Y
Troy Y Y
Tulane Y Y
Valdosta St. Y Y
Yale Y Y
Bama Y N
Florida Y N
Florida St. Y N
Kentucky Y N
West Virginia Y N

Dallas Holliday: 6’4″ DT (Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, CA)

One area that may be a depth issue for the Broncos this season is defensive tackle. The position sees seniors Daniel Auelua and Idaho native Austin Silsby move on from the program.

The line returns 9 members, excluding the STUD position, and both of its starters in senior David Moa and junior Sonatane Lui.

However, depth will be needed at such a physical and necessary position.

This is where the Broncos’ newest addition comes in to play.

Part of the list of three signers includes So. Cal. native, and three star recruit, as determined by 247 sports, Dallas Holliday.

Holliday, a versatile athlete and big man, has the potential to play either on the offensive or defensive line.

Harsin said in a recent interview with Blue Turf Sports, “He’s a massive, massive man! He’s got the psychical tools… He’s got the tools right now.”

Even if he doesn’t play right away, the So. Cal. product will be necessary for depth and future placement battles.

His best high school football includes the fact that his team won the 2017 CIF SS Division 2 title. He also won the 2017 CIF title in the shot put.

A compiled list of teams who looked at Dallas Holliday: 

Team Interest Offer Commited
Boise State Y Y Y
Colorado State Y Y
Boston College Y Y
Colorado Y Y
Idaho Y Y
Ohio Y Y

Tyneil Hopper: 6’3″ TE (Roswell HS, Roswell, GA)

One of the biggest concerns for the Bronco offense is the tight end position. That group sees the likes of Jake Roh and Idaho native Alec Dhaenens move on from the program. The two combined for most of the production from that particular position.

Thus, the Broncos need to look into the “next man up” motto; and after February’s National Signing Day, they did just that.

Freshly signed tight end Tyneil Hopper comes to the Broncos from Roswell, Georgia.

He is listed as a four star recruit from and a three star from both 247 sports and ESPN.

In his 17-18 campaign with the Hornets, Hopper recorded 22 receptions for 350 total yards and a score.

With some humor, Hopper, from the words of Harsin’s interview, mentions where his likeness for Boise State came from. “Here’s a guy that played with Boise state in NCAA (video game), and that was a connection for him that he’d known about the program for a long time…”

Harsin also mentioned that Hopper achieves the level of athleticism the program looks for. “He wants to compete and loves the game of football…”

A compiled list of teams that looked at Tyneil Hopper: 

  • Hopper might be the steal of this years list of signees! After looking at the list of other schools that had interest in him, and more importantly, actual offers, it may become clear as to why.
Team Interest Offer Commited
Boise State Y Y Y
Bama Y Y
App. St. Y Y
Auburn Y Y
East Carolina Y Y
Georgia St. Y Y
Illinois Y Y
Kentucky Y Y
Louisville Y Y
Marshall Y Y
Massachusetts Y Y
No. Carolina Y Y
So. Carolina Y Y
Syracuse Y Y
Wake Forest Y Y
West Virginia Y Y
Clemson Y N
Florida Y N
Georgia Y N
Notre Dame Y N
Ohio State Y N
Virginia Tech Y N


About Darrek Harris

Darrek Harris
Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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