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BOISE -- West Mesquite High School (TX) senior four-star safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner has been one of the most sought-after prep football prospects in the entire country the last two years.

I don't even remember, he said when asked how many scholarship offers he received throughout the recruiting process.

Amongst the many, Sumner-Gardner said that Clemson was the first school to offer him following his sophomore year. After that Oklahoma, Nebraska, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M came along, the last of which Sumner-Gardner has been committed to since last spring.

But on Saturday he announced on Twitter he changed his mind.



On Sunday, Sumner-Gardner reiterated his commitment to KTVB sports director Jay Tust: I'm 100% committed to Boise State.

Without talking to a single current Boise State player, recruit or even taking a visit to Boise, Sumner-Gardner put his faith in one man.

Former Texas A&M assistant and new Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates.

I flipped to Boise State because me and coach Yates have a good relationship, Sumner-Gardner explained over the phone on Sunday. I felt as if I could come to Boise State and make a big impact.

He understands me and I understand him, Sumner-Gardner continued on about Yates. You don't find too many coaches like him during the recruiting process.

Sumner-Gardner is ranked at the eighth-best safety in the 2014 recruiting class by Scout.com. He is hopeful his decision opens the eyes of other talented recruits.

I think I am a big asset just because people are going to look at it like 'how come this 4-star recruit chose Boise State over all the other schools?' They're going to look and Boise State and then hopefully we can land (other) 4-star recruits.

Sumner-Gardner, who has already graduated from high school, says that we will make his official visit to Boise State on Jan. 17 and then enroll when the spring semester begins.

Enrolling early in college was important to me because I wanted to get that edge on everybody - learn the system and get in the weight room and get used to the speed (of the college game), Sumner-Gardner said.

I was expecting to play as a true freshman at Texas A&M too, but I think me playing as a true freshman at Boise State, might have a bigger impact on my career and Boise State's future, he added.

As far as the goes, Sumner-Gardner believes big things are in store for the Broncos as they Attack The Future.

I can see Boise State football, in two or three years, being one of the teams that people constantly see in the new playoff system.

He also seems himself as a key part of them getting back to the top of the college football rankings.

When I get up to Boise State and people see me dominating and people see me making something of myself, they're going to know why I did it, Sumner-Gardner said about his decision to flip his commitment.

I just want to be that face of Boise State, like Johnny Manziel was for A&M.

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