The Boise State football team added to its 2019 recruiting class Friday with the commitment of junior college linebacker Josh Booker-Brown.
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Booker-Brown played in nine games for Pearl River (Mississippi) Community College last season and had 41 tackles and two sacks. He also had three blocked kicks on special teams.
Booker-Brown, who started his career at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017, recently visited Boise with his brother Nick, a high school senior in the fall and also has a scholarship offer from the Broncos.
Boise State has a need for depth at linebacker after Tyson Maeva was dismissed from the team for an incident at the bowl game. Riley Whimpey’s availability at the start of the season is also in question after he suffered a torn ACL midway through last season.
NNU’S KNIGHT NAMED GNAC TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Northwest Nazarene senior Jake Knight was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year Friday.
Knight, a native of Meridian and former Boise State football player, earned All-American status at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships last week in Kingsville, Texas, when he finished fifth in the discus. He also placed 17th in the shot put.
Knight won GNAC titles in both events, set school records in both events and set the all-time GNAC record in the discus with a mark of 183 feet. His shot put record is 60-0.25.
“His work ethic and how dedicated he is, is remarkable,” NNU track and field coach Danny Bowman said in a release. “He is just nonstop focused to get better as an athlete and to move on to the next level if he chooses to.”
BOISE STATE’S OSTRANDER NAMED WEST REGION WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Boise State redshirt junior Allie Ostrander was named West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA Friday.
Ostrander is the top-ranked collegian in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 10,000-meter. Her victory in the 10,000-meter at the Stanford Invitational (32:06.71) set the school and Mountain West record.
She also holds the third-fastest time in the 5,000-meter and the 1,500-meter.
Ostrander is the two-time defending national champion in the steeplechase and will go for a three-peat June 4-8 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas.
The native of Kenai, Alaska, was named the West Region Athlete of the Year in cross country last fall.