Broncos look to score late...

Who is this mystery man?

Boise State has always scored big with late qualifiers, and this year doesn't appear to be any different. One of the most pressing needs for Boise State to address on LOI day was at RB, where 1 new player was added. Now it appears that there may be another High School RB on his way to Boise, one that just about every Pac-10 team wanted according to one California newspaper...

Every year there are literally dozens of PAC-10 caliber athletes who don't sign letters of intent because they haven't qualified academically. Because the PAC usually has athletes that are comparable lined up as backup plans, many of these players fall between the cracks and end up at other schools.

Boise State has made a living off of identifying these players and sticking with them even after the others have given up. That appears to be the case with Bellflower RB Jeremy Avery.

Sources close to Avery's recruitment in California have reported to that Jeremy Avery was able to qualify late, (after the February LOI date), and that the one school that stayed with him and recruited him strong throughout was Boise State.

Avery, (5'9 173lb) a very heavily recruited RB from Bellflower High, (Bellflower, CA) finished his senior season with 229 carries for 1821 yards and 19 TD's. He averaged 165.5 ypg and 8 ypc. Good enough to be named to the 2005-06 Southern Section/AAF Division VI 1st Team Offense, (along with incoming Bronco TE Tommy Gallarda.)

As a Junior, Jeremy led the Suburban league in rushing, going for 1207 yards on 163 carries and 9 TD's. An average of 7.4 ypc.

Jeremy Avery was named to the LA/Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Dream Team" as a 1st team Runningback. The article had the following to say about Avery. "Just about every Pac-10 school wants Avery, and with good reason. He ran for 1,821 yards and 19 TDs, averaging 7.95 yards per carry. He shared co-Suburban League Offensive Back of the Year honors with (Quarterback Steven) Roman.

In an odd twist, Avery finished 1st team ahead of Lakewood CA RB Justin Robertson, a RB who had committed to the University of Colorado.. only to see his scholarship offer disappear once Coach Hawkins took over the Buffalo's.

He also finished ahead of RB Brandon Johnson, a Junior at the time who now, as a 4-star rated senior RB, boasts early offers from Oregon, California, and Washington.

The unofficial word that has reached BroncoCountry says that Avery is coming to Boise State as a scholarship athlete, and although there is no binding agreement on Avery, since he did not sign a LOI with Boise State, that Avery has every intention of becoming a Bronco and is merely awaiting all the paperwork to go through the NCAA clearinghouse until he comes to Boise to start practicing with the Broncos.

However, as with any late non-obligated player, nothing if for sure with Jeremy until he is on campus and attends his first class at Boise State.

We hope to be able to contact Jeremy soon to get the official word from him.. so keep an eye out for an update.

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