BOISE — After making the roughly four-hour drive from Boise back home to Pocatello late Saturday night, Highland High linebacker Kyler Manu sat down with his parents to discuss the pros and cons of his visit to Boise State and the thought of accepting a scholarship offer to play for the Broncos.

The conversation was pretty one sided.

“We couldn’t find any cons,” Manu said.

And with that, the junior picked up the phone and called linebackers coach Andy Avalos at close to midnight to inform him he was ready to end his recruitment and commit to Boise State’s 2015 recruiting class.

“He was still at the office, and him and coach (Julius) Brown had me on speaker and they were both freaking out,” Manu said.

Manu, who will be a senior in high school in the fall, committed to the Broncos over interest from Washington, Utah State, Wisconsin and Idaho. The three-star linebacker was one of several high school sophomore and juniors visiting for Junior Day.

“I’ve been up there a lot, so I know the campus and facility real well,” Manu said. “I had met most of the staff, but Saturday was the first time I met (head coach Bryan) Harsin because he’s been out of the office every other time we’ve been up there.

“I like the way that the you can relate to the coaches because they are so young. Coach Avalos and I, we have a pretty good relationship because he’s been recruiting me since my sophomore year. I love coach Avalos. I can definitely feel the energy that the younger staff is bringing to the team, even from the scrimmage alone. I feel like they are going to provide the best options for me as a linebacker.”

Four-star quarterback Brett Rypien from Spokane, Wash., was also visiting and committed to the Broncos’ 2015 recruiting class a short time before Manu did.

The prospects toured the campus, the football facility and watched Saturday’s scrimmage from the stands. They also got time to meet one-on-one with several of the coaches, including head coach Bryan Harsin.

Manu said he was also impressed with Boise State president Bob Kustra, who showed his passion and dedication to the success of the football program during a talk with the group.

The plan wasn’t for Manu to commit following Saturday’s visit, but the junior was so impressed that he figured there was no reason to wait. And he couldn’t he happier with his decision.

“I met with coach Harsin after the scrimmage and he was telling my dad and I how much they wanted us,” Manu said. “They said they’d love to have me.

“It’s definitely a big relief. Now I can just relax my senior year and just have fun and not have the pressure of who is watching me and I can just go out and play my game and look forward to being a Bronco.”

Manu and Rypien join Fruitland offensive lineman Garrett Larson and Houston athlete Darrell Stewart as the four known commitments to Boise State’s 2015 class. The commitments are non-binding until next February’s signing day.

  • B.J Rains covers Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press-Tribune. He also makes daily appearances on ESPN Boise.


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