BOISE -- New Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin announced the addition of another former Bronco to his staff on Wednesday, hiring Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator.
"Being able to bring a coach, and person, of high quality like Marcel to our program is a home run," Harsin said. "We worked and played together at Boise State, and he is one of the sharpest defensive minds in the country."
Yates, who was an assistant with Boise State from 2003 to 2011, served as the co-defensive coordinator for Texas A&M the last two seasons.
"The last two years at Texas A&M have been great. I've learned so much from Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M Head Coach) and Mark Snyder (Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator). Coaching in the SEC was a great experience. I would like to thank them both for the opportunity to grow as a man and as a coach."
During Yates' first stint in Boise, he helped develop guys like Gerald Alexander (Second Round, Detroit Lions, 2007), Orlando Scandrick (Fifth Round, Dallas Cowboys, 2008), Kyle Wilson (First Round, New York Jets, 2010), Brandyn Thompson (Seventh Round, Washington Redskins, 2011), George Iloka (Fifth Round, Cincinnati Bengals, 2012) and Jamar Taylor (Second Round, Miami Dolphins, 2013), all of who were drafted into the NFL.
Furthermore, he is known as an outstanding recruiter.
"Marcel has always connected with his players and is an outstanding recruiter. During his two years at Texas A&M he has developed great recruiting ties to the state of Texas and throughout the SEC."
"It's an honor for me and my family to come back to Boise State," Yates said. "As excited as I am, I understand I have big shoes to fill. Coach Petersen and his staff have left Boise State in a great position, and I am elated about the opportunity to help continue this success."