The Boise State football team’s 63-14 win over UT Martin did more than quiet an angry fan base. It helped the basketball team land a recruit.
Broncos coach Leon Rice and the Boise State basketball team received an oral commitment from Mission Viejo (High), Calif., senior Chandler Hutchison during a visit to Boise over the weekend, his AAU coach Perry Webster confirmed.
“I knew when he went up there and saw a game and the atmosphere, I knew he’d be blown away,” Webster said. “He just fell in love with the place and pulled the trigger.”
Hutchison, listed as a 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward by Scout.com, was being recruited by several schools in California, including UC Irvine, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s and San Diego.
“The thing that separated Boise State was the opportunity to get away from home and really be pushed,” Webster said. “They sold him on, ‘we’re going to push you every day to get better. You’ll be in a really good conference with really good players.’ A big-time school, big-time atmosphere, community spirit — it’s all a big deal and it all sold him.”
The football team also helped land Hutchison by having one of his best friends in the fold in Sean Modster, a senior wide receiver at Mission Viejo High who has already committed to join the Broncos next year.
ESPN.com rated Hutchison as the No. 10 player in talent-rich California for the 2014 class.
“He’s a versatile guy on offense and defense,” Webster said. “He can score the ball in different ways. He can shoot the three, he needs to develop that more, but he’s a good shooter. He can also pass and make plays for his teammates. He’s a smooth athlete. He’s not explosive, but really smooth and long and that helps on the defensive end. He can guard multiple positions. He can block shots. He gets his hands in the passing lane.”