These walk-ons from local high schools just earned Boise State football scholarships

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Boise State running back Tyler Crowe hasn’t had to search far for motivation.

When he needed a boost the past two years, he just looked at his phone. There, set as the home-screen background, is a picture of a Twitter conversation between Crowe and a high school football scout for MaxPreps.com.

“He’s fine. He’s a LB in college, probably Big Sky as the absolute ceiling,” the scout wrote, quoting a recruiting analyst. “Not real fluid. A little stiff. A 2-down backer type if he’s playing at the Big Sky level, but might be better off at D-2 school or NAIA.”

Crowe, a graduate of Skyview High in Nampa, can say he has far exceeded those expectations. He joined Boise State as a walk-on linebacker in 2019 and transitioned to running back last summer.

On Wednesday, he announced on Twitter that he has earned a full scholarship.

“This wasn’t for him or any of the coaches that passed on me,” Crowe wrote on Twitter, referring to the high school scout. “I did this for myself. If you find that you’re in my shoes, bet on yourself.”

Crowe wasn’t the only local product who got big news Wednesday from Boise State’s football team and first-year head coach Andy Avalos. Pass rusher Dylan Herberg, a graduate of Timberline High in Boise, also announced on Twitter that he had been awarded a scholarship.

Herberg joined the Broncos as a walk-on in 2018. He appeared in 12 games, posting one sack in 2019, and appeared in all seven games last season, mostly on special teams. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound redshirt junior earned all-state honors after posting 105 tackles, five interceptions and 15 tackles for loss in his final season at Timberline.

Crowe — a 5-11, 220-pound redshirt sophomore for the Broncos — was named 5A SIC Player of the Year in his final season at Skyview after racking up 69 tackles on defense and posting 1,830 rushing yards, 495 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns on offense.

He doesn’t appear on Boise State’s depth chart this fall, but Crowe led the Broncos with 45 yards rushing in their home opener against UTEP, despite not getting into the game until the second half.

He isn’t likely to contend for starting running back George Holani’s job anytime soon, but Crowe is one of Boise State’s most active players on social media and he’s cashing in with an endorsement deal. In August, he announced a deal with a supplement company called Bucked Up.

College football players can monetize their name, image and likeness after the NCAA passed an interim policy in July as NIL laws went into effect in several states.

Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir and quarterback Taylen Green have also announced endorsement deals this fall.

Three Boise State players from local high schools have now been put on scholarship this fall. Tight end Tyler Eiguren — a former star at Fruitland High — was surprised with one in August during the Broncos’ team hike up Table Rock, which is a tradition that follows the close of fall camp.

Shalyn Blaisdell, of Kuna, receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Boise State nursing program student Dane Larson outside Albertsons Stadium on Sept. 18. Boise State rewarded fans with prizes for being vaccinated and masking up.
Shalyn Blaisdell, of Kuna, receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Boise State nursing program student Dane Larson outside Albertsons Stadium on Sept. 18. Boise State rewarded fans with prizes for being vaccinated and masking up.

Fans get vaccinated before OSU kickoff

More than 50 fans received a vaccination against COVID-19 before Boise State’s football game against Oklahoma State on Sept. 18 at Albertsons Stadium, according to a university spokesperson.

Boise State set up an on-site vaccination tent in response to the lack of compliance with COVID-19 and masking protocols in the Broncos’ home opener against UTEP the week prior.

Fans who got vaccinated or wore their masks in the stadium were entered into drawings for prizes, including reduced tuition for one student and a one-year lease on a Ford F-150.

BSU students were required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test before entering the stadium for the Oklahoma State game. Starting Oct. 2 against Nevada, all fans attending BSU home games will have to meet the same requirements to attend, Boise State announced last week.

BOISE STATE AT UTAH STATE

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah

TV: CBS (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, Sherree Burris). That’s channel 2 on Sparklight and DirecTV and channel 2 or 5251 on Dish Network.

Radio: KBOI 670 AM/KTIK 93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)

Records: Boise State 1-2; Utah State 3-0

Series: Boise State is 20-5 all-time against Utah State. The Broncos have won the last five in a row, including a 42-13 victory last fall in the season opener.

Vegas line: Boise State by 9

Weather: High of 80 degrees, 1% chance of rain, 5 mph winds

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