BOISE — After losing two quarterback commits shortly before signing day in the past three years, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin and his staff will surely be on pins and needles until the signed paperwork is received Wednesday morning from Hank Bachmeier.
The four-star quarterback from Murrieta Valley (California) High School has been committed to the Broncos since May, and would be the second-highest rated player ever to sign with the Broncos. His average ranking on 247Sports is higher than Brett Rypien’s when he signed with the Broncos prior to the 2015 season.
Bachmeier is listed as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback recruit in the 2019 class according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-3 senior holds offers from dozens of schools including Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Washington State, California, Utah, Oregon State, Colorado, Minnesota and Indiana — but is expected to sign with Boise State on Wednesday morning.
He’s largely kept quiet in recent weeks and hasn’t tweeted since October, but his mother posted photos to Twitter recently of two visits Boise State’s coaches made to their house. Harsin and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Zak Hill came two weeks ago, and then Hill returned for another visit last week in which April Bachmeier tweeted, “Another wonderful visit to go over paperwork. It’s getting real.”
Boise State lost Micah Wilson to Missouri in January of 2016, and Zach Wilson decommitted a week before the new early signing period last December before signing with BYU.
But 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman told the Idaho Press Tuesday that he has “zero reason to believe” Bachmeier won’t follow through and sign with the Broncos. Two possible poaching candidates, California and Utah, both had situations change recently. Cal got a commitment from quarterback Devon Modster, while Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor took a head coaching job at Sacramento State.
If a school were to try and swoop in and change Bachmeier’s mind, it almost certainly would have already happened. But until the Broncos get the paperwork, they won’t totally believe it.
Bachmeier is expected to enroll in classes in January and take part in spring practices. He could compete for the starting job as a freshman with the originally projected starter Chase Cord out most of the offseason with a torn ACL.
Boise State has 13 known oral commitments that are expected to sign with the Broncos Wednesday. In addition to Bachmeier, the Broncos have four more four-star commits including athlete Casey Kline of Brawley (Calif.) High, running back George Holani of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, running back Keegan Duncan of Declo High School and junior college tight end Austin Griffin of Saint George, Utah.
Griffin, a former Louisville commit, is the No. 1 ranked junior college tight end in the country according to 247Sports. He’s listed at 6-foot-7, 250 pounds after playing this past season at Mt. San Antonio College.
In addition to Bachmeier, the Broncos have a commitment from a second quarterback in Kaiden Bennett, a three-star, dual-threat prospect from Folsom (Calif.) High School. The Broncos have dealt with numerous quarterback transfers in recent years and needed a second prep quarterback to add depth.
Boise State also has commitments from seven other three-star players including two offensive tackles, a wide receiver, a defensive back and three defensive linemen. The Broncos could have other players that kept their commitments silently sign Wednesday.
Players who don’t sign during the early signing period that runs Wednesday to Friday, can sign in February. The Broncos will likely sign additional players then, but the bulk of their class will be finalized on Wednesday.
Harsin will hold a press conference with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the signees, and both the offensive and defensive assistant coaches will meet with the media after that. Check BlueTurfSports.com and Thursday’s Idaho Press for complete coverage.