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From: Phoenix, Arizona
High School: Greenway
BroncoCountry has learned, through our Scout.com affiliate in Arizona, that Richie Brockel has verbaled to the Boise State coaches. Brockel was recruited to Boise State as a TE, although in HS he starred on both Offense and Defense.
For the Greenway Demons, Brockel was a focal point, even as a Junior. During the 03 campaign, he had 20 catches for 412 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had 74 tackles and an interception. In fact, Brockel was named to the Class 4-A All-Star Football Team as a Linebacker by the Arizona Republic. (So we know he can be a physical blocker when needed) He was also named to the 24-7football.com Big School All-State Team as a linebacker as well. 24-7football.com had this to say about the physical Linebacker: Sr Greenway – Teams had a tough time running up the middle with Big Richie manning the MLB spot for Greenway. He had 90 tackles but what was more amazing was that 73 of those were solo. So Richie is smart, has good speed, is physical to the extreme.. and still has soft hands. Nice combination!
24-7football.com also had Richie as an 'All-Purpose' all-stater
saying, "He lined up
at Ace back when his team needed him to and rushed for 434 yards
and 7 TDs. He played TE and scored another 7 TDs on 40 catches. And as mentioned
above he was the leader of his defense collecting 90 tackles.
So, as you can see from the above, his Junior Season was no fluke. Brockel had 40 receptions, 7 TD's, 90 tackles, and still ran for 434 yards and another 7 TD's. This Jack-of-All-Trades seems to have mastered football.
Richie was pursued fiercely by Nevada, UTEP, and Wyoming, and Harvard sent him an early application which is as good as an offer. All this love came about from his on the field performance, as well as some very good showings at some Summer Recruiting Camps. While at the camps, Brockel showed good route-running ability and solid hands while also displaying better than average speed for a tight end.
When it comes to work off the field however, Brockel might be even better than his incredible performances on the field. Brockel has a 4.0 grade point average, scored a 1090 on his SAT's, and ranked in the top 2 percent of his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He was a three-year starter for his football and Basketball teams, and was First team all-region as a tight end and linebacker. He was 4A All-State second team in Basketball. Brockel qualified for 4A championship meet in discus and 4x100m relay, and his Head Football Coach, Mike Brown described him in this say, "In nineteen years of teaching physics and AP physics and coaching football, track, and wrestling, I have had some great ones pass through my door, both academically and athletically. "I can honestly say that Richie is the best I have had in both categories. Richie is the true epitome of the term 'student athlete."
When asked to describe himself, however, Brockel said, "I always hustle and never take a play off. On defense I fly to the ball and am very aggressive."
Aggressive might be a good way to describe how Brockel has lived his life up to this point. The following is from an interview he did with his High School's Newspaper:
"Last Friday, I had a basketball game, and then I met with a coach recruiting me for football for a few hours. I woke up the next morning at 6 a.m. to take the SAT II, had an interview with Harvard College, went to the state football game with Cactus and Moon Valley competing against each other, visited my dad in the hospital. Next morning breakfast with my girlfriend for her birthday, put up Christmas lights, did my homework, dinner with my girlfriend at her house and then left early for University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)," Brockel said out of breath. "Everything was just bam, bam, bam. I wasn't even home half the time."
Part of that commitment to success that has led Brockel to the Broncos can be attributed to his parents, who he calls his "biggest support system academically and socially. They are there for me and also to teach me good morals and character." Being from a strong family is something that we all know Coach Hawkins and the staff look for in a recruit, and Brockel seems to be the poster-child for the prototypical Hawkins recruit. "I always tell myself, ‘Once you screw up, it's all gone,'" Brockel said.
But don't think that Brockel is just some nice kid who just works hard all the time and doesn't have time for fun, "My mental toughness and love for the game is something that college recruiters like about me," Brockel said to his HS Newspaper, "They always compliment me about how I always look like I'm having fun out there."
When pressed to name his goals, Rickie broke it down without pulling any punches, I would like to get a scholarship to a division 1 school for sports or academics or both. I want to play sports in college and get my doctorate.
Well Mr. Brockel welcome to Boise State University. We'll help you get those goals accomplished!