Give Bryan Harsin and his Boise State coaching staff credit: they are the dictionary definition of going the extra mile — literally — to make sure they’re known in every nook and cranny of the their home state.
Over the weekend, the football program announced an initiative that’s been dubbed the “Bronco Blitz.” Over the course of the next four days, Harsin’s nine assistants — because of NCAA bylaws, Harsin isn’t allowed to visit recruits during the spring evaluation period — will visit every single football-playing Idaho high school, 130 in all.
According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the coaches will travel a collective 4,000-plus miles on their journey, passing through or visiting “an estimated 137 of the 201 cities or towns in Idaho.” The Idaho Statesman writes that “[t]he coaches will use social media to update fans, sharing photos, videos and an updated Bronco Blitz map.”
Just eight Idaho football players in the Class of 2014 signed with FBS football programs, and of that number just two stayed in-state and signed with the Broncos. Harsin said his goal is to reverse that trend.
“The goal is simple: Make sure the best and brightest talent in this state, football or otherwise, wear blue and orange and don’t have to look outside of the state for their college future,” the first-year BSU head coach said in a video, which just happens to appear below.