Mike Singer started writing for the Blue Turf Nation in November of 2012. Since then, he has moved onto writing for the USF Rivals recruiting website, Runningthebulls.com where he works as a recruiting analyst/reporter. In this interview, I got the chance to ask him about all things Boise State recruiting related. Including, what we can expect from Jalen Greene, what recruits think of the turf, and if Boise State has any diamond in the rough recruits on the radar?
BTN: It is easy for fans to get really excited about future recruits. The recruit most Bronco fans seem to be really excited about right now is Jalen Greene. What can you tell us about him? How does he differ from the QB’s currently on the BSU roster.
Mike: Everything I’ve heard and read about Jalen Greene is that he’s just a stud. At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds he already has the size, but he has speed as well. He’s the 20th ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com. We all know that this staff finds their gems, but this guy has a decent ranking too. The only real question with his game has been his accuracy, but that has already improved throughout the first few weeks of his senior season. He’s a left quarterback – that alone makes Boise fans happy – but he also has the arm strength and athleticism to be a perfect fit in the new pistol, up-tempo offense that Boise is running.
BTN: Boise State has become famous for finding “diamond in the rough” type of players, is there anybody Bronco fans should keep an eye on that might fit this description?
Mike: Definitely. Sean Modster is that guy. I talked to him during the summer when he picked his first offer – which was of course, Boise State – and he was ecstatic and shortly committed thereafter. He’s tall at 6-foot-2, but he’s just considered to be a burner. A guy like this that can stretch the field is going to be big for Boise. He also had major interest from Oregon before he committed, has an offer from Colorado, and is ranked a three-star by Rivals despite only having two offers.
BTN: Having gotten the chance to speak to so many recruits, what separates Boise State from other schools in the mind of the recruit? Is it the field, uniforms, coaches, city etc...?
Mike: The recruits definitely like the field and the uniforms – that was something I always made sure to ask the kids. They also like the tradition behind the BSU program. The hammer that the defensive player runs out with before pregame is something they like. Mostly, the on the field success Boise has had the past decade is something they love. Boise is bringing in kids that want to win and will be dedicated to that.
BTN: Any predictions you want to give in regards to the future of Boise State football? Do you see Boise State continuing to gain more attention from the more sought after “4-5 star” type of recruits? Or do you think Boise State has peaked in terms of recruiting?
Mike: By ESPN.com, Boise State brought in two four star recruits last year. Aaron Baltazar was one of them and is guy I really liked coming out of high school. We’re seeing that on the field right now, and he’ll definitely be more involved in the offense as a true freshman. As four as getting more four and five star guys down the road, I think it’s going to happen. Boise will definitely need to get into a bigger conference for this to happen more frequently, but higher ranked recruits definitely are interested in what Boise has to offer. Four-star defensive lineman Connor Humphreys is one of the best recruits in the west, and he had high Boise State interest for a while. Kalen Ballage is another four-star who really likes Boise State and could possibly land there.
BTN: Do you have anything you would like to say to the Blue Turf Nation readers?
Mike: I’ve been writing for Runningthebulls.com – the Rivals site covering USF sports – for about six months now. I can assuredly say that it would not have happened if I didn’t get my start with the BTN. The BTN is the best fan website I’ve ever seen and it truly does a great job on bringing a positive light on the football and basketball programs. I appreciate all the Boise State fans I talk to on Twitter – and they still follow me despite all the USF tweets :). (You can now follow Mike @Mike_RTB)
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