McNichols feeling blue, flips committment to Boise State

McNichols feeling blue, flips committment to Boise State

McNichols feeling blue, flips committment to Boise State


by Jay Tust

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Posted on January 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 26 at 8:51 PM

Santa Margarita Catholic High wide receiver Jeremy McNichols was not expecting it.

"I had no idea," he said.

The former University of Utah verbal commit decided to take an official visit to Boise State with the intention of just exploring his options.

But then, the unexpected happened.

"I just fell in love with the place," McNichols said.

McNichols announced he flipped his committment to Boise State on Saturday and later confirmed his decision with KTVB sports director Jay Tust.

Why the change of heart?

"The new coaching staff. They're young guys and they can relate to players very well," McNichols explained.

"The winning tradition at Boise State is second to none," he continued. "They've only lost five games at home over the last 10-to-12 years. That's what put it over the top."

And on top of all that.

"School was a big part too. I  talked to the academic center (on Saturday). Their AP rate is top 10. They're graduating guys and putting guys out to the NFL. Players are just good guys after they graduate from here too."

According to McNichols, all of this happened quickly. This week he received an in-home visit from Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, wide receivers coach Junior Adams and runningbacks coach Kent Riddle.


On Thursday, Boise State then showed how serious they were by officially offering him a scholarship.

"I first started talking to Boise when coach (Bryan) Harsin got hired," McNichols recalled. "My coach sent my film up here and after they saw my film, they gave me a call. They loved my film and they loved me as a person."

As for playing time, McNichols seems to have the understanding he will have to earn it.

"I'm a hard working kid. I'm going to listen to the coaches. I'm going to get my work done," McNichols said. "I'm going to work my tail off this offseason."

Whenever he does get on the field though, he believes he can contribute in a number of ways.

McNicols was primarily recruited as a runningback, he carried the ball 163 for 798 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High last season. However, also had 17 catches for 191 yards and two scores.

"I feel like I can have a big impact on the offense as far as playing runningback, playing slot receiver, catching the ball out of the backfield, running the ball, just helping them on offense."

Other than his offers from Boise State and Utah, McNichols also had one from Colorado State and was contemplating a visit to Fresno State next week as well.

McNichols said he will not take that final visit now and feels strongly about the rest of the recruits he met in Boise over the weekend.

"I love them all," McNichols boasted. "If they all come, we can do something special."