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Jan 6

Boise State 4-star recruit gives thumbs up to ‘The Blue’ and Nike contract

West Mesquite High School senior Dylan Sumner-Gardner shocked the college football world when he flipped his verbal commitment from Texas A&M to Boise State on Saturday.

According to Rivals.com, the last time Boise State landed a four-star recruit straight out of high school was in 2005 when wide receiver Jeremy Childs committed to the Broncos.

Sumner-Gardner told KTVB sports director Jay Tust that his relationship with former Texas A&M assistant and current Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates was the main reason for his decision.

However, it was not the only one.

Although Sumner-Gardner has yet to step foot in the City of Trees, he said two staples of the Boise State program helped sell him: Cool uniforms and the unique color of the Broncos’ home field.

"The blue turf had a real good impact on me because I used to play NCAA (a video game) and I would always play with Boise State just because of the blue turf," Sumner-Gardner said.

"And the Nike uniforms. I’m a big guy with Nike. I love Nike. That had a real good impact on me."

While some of the other schools who offered Sumner-Gardner also have a Nike contract, Texas A&M is an Adidas school.

In addition, Sumner-Gardner says Boise State can help him achieve his academic goals.

"I want to be an RN (registered nurse) or a nurse practitioner," Sumner-Gardner said.

The distance from his home in Mesquite, Texas, will not be a problem either.

"We’re originally from New York, so my mom is real cool with it," Sumner-Gardner explained.

On playing high school in Texas: “Texas football is, I think, the best football in the country.”
Favorite NFL Team: Seattle Seahawks (Sumner-Gardner: “I like their secondary.”)
Favorite Player: Brian Dawkins

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)