Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
June used to be the month that recruits began committing to Boise State. Now, it s the month of the second wave, and it kicked off yesterday with Scout.com reporting the commitment of Ladarryl Blair, a wide receiver from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. Although he could be a quarterback or a running back or a cornerback (read that: athlete). It looks like Bronco defensive coordinator Marcel Yates has struck Texas again. Blair is friends with Dylan Sumner-Gardner, the prize of this year s recruiting class who followed Yates to Boise after committing to Texas A&M. A Go Broncos tweet from coach Bryan Harsin not-so-secretly signaled the commitment, and Blair, a 5-11, 170-pounder, took it from there.
Blair becomes Boise State s sixth verbal for the 2015 recruiting class (if you re still counting safety Darrell Stewart out of Houston, who many believe is not long for the Bronco commit list as he reviews offers from SEC schools). Blair is the second wide receiver in the group if that s where he ends up joining another friend, Akilian Butler of Mesquite, Texas. Blair told Scout.com, however, that he committed as a corner.
Council High School s Matt Paradis is officially a professional football player now. The former Boise State star, Denver s sixth-round draft pick last month, has reached a deal with the NFL club. We really thought that he had the potential, Denver general manager John Elway said when Paradis was drafted. We had a great grade on him. The only thing that dropped that was we only thought he was 280 pounds, but when we found out he was 300 pounds or 305 pounds, we were much happier to hear that and we knew at that point in time that he was going to be high on our list. Paradis calling card going into the draft was the 4.46-second time he posted in the 20-yard short shuttle at the NFL Combine, best among centers.
Boise seemed like a long, long way from his hometown of Atlanta when linebacker Tommy Smith joined the Boise State football program as a redshirt in 2008. Smith spent five seasons as a Bronco and finally got his shot as a full-time starter in 2012, logging a career-high 61 tackles. He then had a cup of coffee with the Cleveland Browns in training camp last year. Now, Boise is apparently home, as KTVB s Jay Tust reports that Smith is going to join Bryan Harsin s staff as a defensive graduate assistant.
Another sign that Duke transfer Brandon Connette is destined to be Fresno State's starting quarterback this season: QB Myles Carr has moved to wide receiver for the Bulldogs. Carr, no relation to new Oakland Raider Derek, competed in spring football with Brian Burrell before Connette's arrival, and Burrell was said to have the edge. Coach Tim DeRuyter says his staff told Carr he could remain a quarterback and go somewhere else where he could play or switch positions and stay with Fresno State.
The Albertsons Boise Open hosted its annual media luncheon (and round of golf at Hillcrest Country Club) yesterday, and tournament director and founder Jeff Sanders said the event will celebrate its 25th year by sticking to its basics: the money it raises for charity. All ticket sales to the event, which will be played in July for the second consecutive year, go to local non-profits. The Boise Open has topped the $1 million mark for seven consecutive years.
It was not a banner day yesterday at US Open Sectional Qualifying for PGA Tour pro Troy Merritt and current Boise State standout Ty Travis. Merritt finished his 36 holes at Colonial Country Club in Memphis at two-over, well out of the running for the 13 Open berths available to the 145-player field. He ll hang around Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic that tees off Thursday. Travis finished six-over at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, Oregon.
Congratulations to our friend Mike Safford Jr., Sports Information Director at the College of Idaho, who has been named the Cascade Conference SID of the Year. It s the second straight year and the fourth time in 13 years that Safford has captured the honor. This has been the busiest year of Safford s career, as the Coyotes are not only launching football, they also hosted six conference championship events. And a week from Friday, Safford returns to the booth for another season as the Voice of the Boise Hawks. He s a hard-workin hombre.
Speaking of the Hawks, one of the guys who made a big splash in Boise last summer is getting close to the bigs. A story in the Chicago Tribune says CSN analyst Todd Hollandsworth feels it s time for the Cubs to call up Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the Major League Draft last year. You have to learn it up here, you have to play up here, you have to learn if you can stand on your own two feet at the major league level, the longtime major league outfielder said on CSN. So the sooner you get these guys going, that's when the process really starts. Bryant is leading the Double-A Southern League in homers, average and several other offensive categories. The Cubs don t appear to be in any hurry to summon him, though.
This Day In Sports...June 3, 2012:
It had become a shockingly rare occurrence, but Tiger Woods gets a win in the Memorial Tournament, the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus. In the process, Woods tied Nicklaus for second place all-time in PGA Tour wins with 73 (Sam Snead holds the record with 82 tour victories). Tiger s charge in the final round included a flop-shot chip-in from the deep rough on the 16th, spurring Nicklaus to call it the most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen. It was only Woods second win since 2009. He was still chasing Nicklaus standard of 18 major titles Tiger has been stuck on 14 since winning the 2008 U.S. Open.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)
Could be the beginning of a June surge
Tuesday, June 3, 2014.