Boise State, Idaho, USA The 2018 recruiting class of Boise State football players is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent years.
After taking the 2018 recruiting rankings and recruiting rankings for all 32 teams, ESPN ranked Boise State No. 9 in the country, a number that was also the highest for the program in the past five years.
In 2019, Boise State ranked No. 3 in the conference, but the 2018 ranking did not factor in the changes in the Big Sky Conference (BCS), so the Big Ten had a bigger impact in 2019.
Baylor, Minnesota, and Oklahoma all went from the No. 1-12 list to the No 1-4 list in 2019, with Minnesota’s departure coming in the middle of the season.
There was one notable drop in Boise, however, as Boise State went from No. 8 in 2019 to No. 15 in 2020.
The 2017-18 class of players that played in Boise was one of its most dynamic since the 2011-12 class, and it will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future.
A look at the 2019 recruiting rankings: Boise State was No. 5 in 2019 for a reason: The Broncos ranked in the top 20 in the league in both total offense (923.4 yards per game) and total defense (109.3 yards per contest).
Bears wide receiver Tyler Lockett, a 2017-2018 graduate of Boise, was ranked No 1 in the class for the first time since 2016, according to ESPN.
Bears linebacker Jonathan Bullard, who also played for Boise State from 2012-15, was also ranked No 2 in the 2019 class.
Boise State also had a star running back in Deontay Greenberry, a 2019 graduate of the program who had 10 touchdowns in his career.
While the Broncos will be looking to build around a quarterback and an offensive line, the Broncos have a lot of young talent on the offensive line.
The 2018-19 class of linemen had six linemen rated in the ESPN 200 (No. 50, No. 65, No, 78, 79, 81, and 82) who were at least rated as the No 4-6 lineman.
The 2018-2019 class also had six tackles, two sacks, and three forced fumbles for a total of six players rated in that range.
Head coach Todd Graham is coming off a winning season, which includes a berth in the College Football Playoff.
He has the ability to lead the Broncos to a championship, and this class will provide him with a solid foundation for the next decade.
Top prospects are being recruited in Boise as a group, and the Broncos are going to have to find ways to make some major adjustments in the recruiting pipeline to maintain their status as a Top-10 program.
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