- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - For Boise State, the priority was more than just adding wide receivers.

The Broncos needed wide receivers with height and size to give promising young quarterback Brett Rypien even more options to consider moving forward in his career.

Boise State signed a large class of 24 players on Wednesday, not including four others that have already enrolled in school. The highlight of the class was a trio of wide receivers, led by Bubba Ogbebor, who drew late interest from Oklahoma but remained firm in his commitment to Boise State.

All three of the wide receivers the Broncos added were at least 6-foot-1 or taller, giving Rypien some taller targets in the future.

All totaled, Boise State added 10 offensive players and 13 on the defensive side, including seven defensive linemen where there was a need for depth.

Other things to know:

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: DL Chase Hatada. Rated as one of the top 70 defensive ends in the country, Hatada has the talent that some recruiting analysts believe will allow him to step in and play as a freshman. Hatada was first-team all-Northern California as a senior at Rocklin High School.

Best of the rest: LB Desmond Williams is undersized for a linebacker at just 6-foot, 190 pounds but could fill a hybrid position eventually in the Broncos defense between safety and linebacker. RB Alexander Mattison rushed for more than 2,000 yards each of his final two seasons of high school but came from an unheralded program.

Late addition: Ogbebor and DL Jabari Watson both kept quiet about their commitments to Boise State until signing day.

One that got away: DL Josh Fatu of Long Beach City College had verbally committed to Boise State but flipped and signed with USC. QB Micah Wilson and RB Damarea Crockett both chose Missouri over Boise State as well.

How they’ll fit in: The defensive line was an area of need and along with Hatada there are others that could immediately see playing time next season.


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