Boise State football may be in the midst of its most difficult transition in program history with the shocking departure of Chris Petersen, but the Broncos are already reaping the benefits of their new coaching staff. Following head coach Bryan Harsin’s hiring of Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, the Broncos landed their first headline-writing recruit.
Enter Dylan Sumner-Gardner.
Sumner-Gardner had been committed to Texas A&M, recruited by Yates since March, but announced his commitment to Boise State immediately after Yates decided to take the defensive coordinator position at Boise State. He is also Harsin’s first commitment as head coach.
According to Scout, Sumner-Gardner is the No. 8 safety in the recruiting class of 2014, and the No. 95 overall player. He is ranked No. 93 overall by ESPN and No. 86 by Rivals.
The 6-foot-2, 197-pound safety joins a long list of successful defensive backs to learn under Yates at Boise State, including George Iloka (2008-11), Jeron Johnson (2007-10), Gerald Alexander (2004-06), Kyle Wilson (2006-09) and Orlando Scandrick (2005-07), who all went on to play in the NFL.
Sumner-Gardner has expressed that his decision was based greatly on Yates’ decision to become Boise State’s defensive coordinator, and has already begun recruiting other top prospects on his own.
The West Mesquite High star has already graduated from high school, and will enroll for the Boise State spring semester.