Boise State loses No. 1 JUCO tight end

Boise State will be without the services of one of its top recruits in the 2019 class when the Broncos take on Florida State in 15 days. After being the only G5 program to sign three four-star recruits, that number has been whittled down to two. According to head coach Bryan Harsin, No. 1 JUCO tight end Austin Griffin didn’t academically qualify and will not join the team.

Griffin was expected to contend with returning veteran John Bates for the starting position before the news broke. Bates, a member of the John Mackey Award Watch List in 2018, caught 10 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in eight starts last season. With Griffin out of the picture, he’s the most likely of the group to be with the starters against FSU. Expect for reserve tight ends such as Matt Pistone and Tyneil Hopper to scoop up the majority of the backup reps.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end was ranked as the No. 15 overall JUCO prospect, the No. 1 TE, and the No. 1 player in Utah in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, earning Griffin a four-star distinction. He was the third-best player in Boise State’s recruiting class. The Seminoles have had their fair share of troubles as of late with covering elite tight ends. Griffin will be one less problem Harlon Barnett’s defense will have to deal with.

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