Any angst fans of the Boise State football team may have been feeling has officially been assuaged.
In the middle of last month, one-time North Texas commit Cade Fennegan flipped and committed to the Boise State football team. On National Signing Day last Wednesday, though, the 2020 quarterback didn’t sign a National Letter of Intent. Why? Because he was still in Argentina finishing up an LDS mission.
According to the school at the time, Fennegan had previously signed a Financial Aid Agreement with the school. That, however, is less binding than an NLI and would’ve made it much easier for the prospect to back out of his commitment to Boise State football.
That helped to add to the angst as, last Tuesday night, Fennegan tweeted that he had received a scholarship offer from USC.
Blessed to have received an offer from the University of Southern California! Thank you to @USCCoachHelton @CoachHarrellUSC @coach_jdbaker @CoachDoege @air14football #FightOn pic.twitter.com/UyBfZExrhn
— Cade Fennegan (@CadeFennegan) February 5, 2020
Monday, however, the Mountain West Conference school announced that “[t]he Boise State football team officially signed quarterback Cade Fennegan to a National Letter of Intent.” The signee is expected to be on campus either late in the spring or early on in summer.
In large part because he’s been away from the sport for two years, Fennegan was just a two-star recruit on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. The mission to a foreign country also proved interesting on the recruiting front.
From the Idaho Statesman last week:
Communicating with Fennegan wasn’t easy the past couple years. While on his mission, he is only allowed access to email once a week, usually on Mondays.
Harsin spoke to him on the phone just once, and Fennegan spoke in Spanish most of the time. The staff did most of its communicating with his parents, and the coaches even visited Fennegan’s home in Dallas while he was out of the country.
“We just have a criteria of exactly what we’re looking for and we go find it,” [offensive coordinator Eric] Kiesau said. “We don’t really compare stars or if he has 10 offers or zero offers. We’re just looking for the right fit for us, and he fit us, and that’s why we went after him.”