Don’t get caught up in the stars

Is the sky falling? What is happening to the Boise State Football program? Should I be concerned?

Reactions & emotions to Boise State’s two biggest recruits de-commiting from The Blue are all over the place. Losing Micah Wilson (QB), and Damarea Crockett (RB) to Missouri is a big blow to this years recruiting.

Both of these players pledged to The Blue early, and the future looked bright from the outside, but history shows the high-rated stars from recruiting sites don’t mean a thing at Boise State.

Sure Crockett was a 4 star running back, and Wilson was considered a three star. Fans get so caught up in the star rating that it almost blinds them from what the Boise State Football program really prides themselves in.

Blue collar, dirty jersey, diamond in the rough type player. It’s fun from time to time to see a 4 star player come in with so much promise, but the highly anticipated incoming recruits hasn’t always panned out in Boise State’s history.

Some of Boise State’s greatest players had little to no offers, or had a very little star rating. Here’s a rundown of some of Boise State’s best players over the years and their star ratings.

Boise State offensive lineman Ryan Clady who was rated a 2 star offensive lineman, is touted as one of the Broncos best all-time offensive linemen in program history. He was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2008.

Another first round draft pick in the 2012 draft. Dougie rocked the NFL his rookie season as well as this season, going toe-to-toe with Adrian Peterson for the rushing title.

Sugarland, Texas native George Iloka had one other offer besides Boise State, Rice University. Iloka has turned into one of the NFL’s best safeties. 2 star.

Jay Ajayi was considered a 3 star running back by 247 Sports, and was offered by Minnesota who was the only team from a Power 5 Conference to do so. We all know how his career turned out on The Blue. 

A current player that didn’t have a very high rating according to 247 Sports (2 star) was The Weapon, Jeremy McNichols. Who went on a tear in his sophomore season.

While it is easy to get caught up in the star rankings, and the recruiting game, it really all comes down to coaching. If you can’t develop the players, they will never reach their full potential

History shows that stars don’t matter at Boise State. Many if not most of their best players were unknowns out of HS, and are now playing on your televisions on Sunday. So take heart, don’t get caught in the stars or the number of offers, because you’ll never know what you may find in the rough.

Here is the list of the 2016 Boise State Football Commits.


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