Falcons, Tiger and Bear, oh my! Boise State QB hosts special guests vs. Air Force

Boise took on a distinctly wild feel Saturday.

The Boise State Broncos hosted the Air Force Falcons, and two of quarterback Hank Bachmeier’s younger brothers, Tiger and Bear, were in the stands at Albertsons Stadium.

Tiger and Bear joined a large group of recruits visiting this weekend. Both made unofficial visits and plan to spend the weekend at their big brother’s house in Boise.

It’s hardly the first trip to The Blue for the younger Bachmeiers, though. Both accompanied Hank in the past, and Tiger was even with him on Hank’s official recruiting visit. Hank verbally committed to Boise State in May 2018 and joined the program as a four-star recruit in 2019.

Boise already kind of feels like home to Bear and Tiger, even though it’s nearly 900 miles from their house in Murrieta, California.

“Blue is my favorite color,” Tiger joked on Saturday. “I love the area and I love what everybody says about Boise State.”

“I love the environment with the blue field,” Bear added. “I love what coach (Tim) Plough is doing with the offense. It’s electrifying and really fun to watch.”

Tiger — a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver — has been offered a scholarship by two coaching staffs at Boise State. Former head coach Bryan Harsin offered him a full ride last September, and he went through Hank to deliver the message.

“It was a regular virtual school day, and Hank called at a weird time, and he said he had someone on the phone who wanted to talk to me,” said Tiger, who made this weekend’s trip to Boise with his brother and their uncle, Jeremy. “I wasn’t expecting it, and I was pretty speechless.”

Over the summer, Tiger and Bear competed at a camp held at the University of Redlands — where their sister, Ella, runs track. First-year Boise State football coach Andy Avalos was also there, and the boys were grocery shopping with their father, Michael, after the camp when he called to ensure Tiger that the new staff intended to honor his BSU offer — and extend one to Bear.

Tiger is a three-star recruit in the 2023 class, and he also has scholarship offers from Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Washington State, Cal and Fresno State, according to 247Sports.

For Bear — a quarterback in the 2025 class — the offer from Boise State was his first, and he enjoyed spending time with the coaching staff on Saturday.

“The whole vibe of the coaches was really welcoming,” Bear said. “And getting to know some of the players was cool, too.”

Bear is a freshman at Murrieta Valley High and is just beginning his high school career, but he’s already getting a taste of life at the varsity level. He got on the field in Murrieta Valley’s season opener against Paloma Valley, and his first career completion went to Tiger, who is a junior for the Nighthawks.

Bear and Tiger connected on three passes that night, and Tiger started the season on the right foot, scoring three touchdowns on five catches. Their chemistry is on point because they’ve spent most of their lives developing it in a field next to their home, which borders the Cleveland National Forest.

“It feels like backyard football,” Tiger said. “We throw in some hand signals we made up in the backyard.”

Tiger also has another three-touchdown game to his credit this fall, and he hauled in a 90-yard touchdown catch on Friday night to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards on the season. He has racked up 56 catches for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games, according to MaxPreps.

Bear hasn’t played since the season opener. He’s backing up Utah commit Brandon Rose, but Bear knows he is going to have big shoes to fill if he becomes the second Bachmeier to start at quarterback for Murrieta Valley.

Hank was a four-year starter for the Nighthawks, and he posted more than 13,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards during his high school career. His 156 career touchdown passes are the most in the history of the CIF Southern Section in California, and he added 32 rushing touchdowns.

“Having the Bachmeier name, everyone knows who you are,” Bear said. “You have to be a leader, and you have to have a presence.”

Both of the younger Bachmeiers have plenty of time to decide where they’re going to spend their college careers, but Bear — ever the entrepreneur — can already see the marketing possibilities if all three wound up being Broncos. They even have a younger brother named Buck or Cougar, depending on whom you ask, and the 12-year-old lefty is also a quarterback.

“That sounds crazy, but it would be so cool,” Bear said. “As a marketing deal, I can already see it: the Bachmeier Bros.”

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