BOISE, Idaho — Fifteen student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to play football for Boise State University on early signing day.
“It’s just a blessing. I am so grateful for it. It just means a lot to me,” said Boise State recruit Ahmed Hassanein.
“Both my parents were college athletes. My mom was a D-1 soccer player, but she ended up having me and ended up having to let go of that dream and take care of me, so being able to fulfill their dreams and mine means a ton,” said Boise State recruit Mason Randolph.
Just two of the recruits who verbally committed didn't sign their NLI but another signing day is in February.
“We got a bunch of guys in there that are just good football players, the versatility a lot of guys played multiple positions," said Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin. "The athleticism of this group, the size of the O-line which is an average of 6’5," 300 pounds.”
Some recruits include quarterback Taylen Green from Texas and highly recruited wide-receiver Kaden Dudley.
But, COVID-19 forced players and coaches to meet virtually, and some signed without even stepping foot on to Boise State's campus.
“It was much different than what we do in previous years. A lot of Zoom, a lot of contact of Facetime, telephones, things like that all the ways electronically to communicate,” said Harsin.
Harsin gives credit to his staff for getting creative amid the challenges.
“You don’t get to get out there and see these guys with your own eyes, and I do believe that is a big part of recruiting," he said. "We all do. We want to get out there and watch the guy do something in the spring.”
Although Harsin has not met any of the recruits in person, he says he thinks their commitment will make their class even better.
“I think with this class when it is all said and done, this class is going to be amazing because of that. Because they made decisions off faith and trust, and that’s not normal," Harsin explained.
Randolph says he can't wait to put on a Bronco uniform.
“I’m looking forward to the team mentality, and things like that," he said. "I see all the home games, playing on the Blue, things like that is the most important to me and what I'm looking forward to.”