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December 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Report: Boise’s recruiting coordinator to join Chris Petersen at UW

Just coming up for air after spending most of the day working on a Chris Petersen Sunday profile, and here’s some news out of Boise:

Keith Bhonapha, a recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at Boise State for the past eight seasons, will join Petersen’s staff at Washington, the Idaho Statesman is reporting.

From the Statesman:

Boise State running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, a key recruiter in Southern California, will join Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington.

Bhonapha told offensive lineman commit Troy Bacon of his decision, Bacon said Saturday. Bhonapha was not at Boise State’s practice Saturday.

Offensive line coach Chris Strausser also spoke to Bacon. Strausser told him that he was a candidate to replace Petersen but otherwise likely would go to Washington.

Bacon plans to take an official visit to Washington State and would listen to an offer from Washington. He also won’t rule out Boise State.

Bhonapha was Bacon’s primary recruiter.

“The big two people that I really, really clicked it off with are leaving,” Bacon said. “That’s a big reason I’ll be looking to Washington here soon.”

Boise State held 13 oral commitments from 2014 recruits when Petersen left. It already has lost one. Defensive end Jaylen Johnson — who chose Boise State over Oregon — has decommitted and Petersen offered him a scholarship to Washington, Johnson told Lindsey Thiry of FOX Sports. 

The Statesman has also reported that Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski (can I just type “Coach K” from now on, please?) will also join the UW staff, though it’s unclear in what role.

UW needed a new recruiting coordinator after Peter Sirmon, also UW’s linebackers coach, left to join Steve Sarkisian‘s staff at USC. Assistants Keith Heyward and Johnny Nansen also followed Sarkisian, USC confirmed on Friday.

The status of UW’s remaining assistants — Dan Cozzetto, Justin Wilcox, Tosh Lupoi, Jordan Paopao and Eric Kiesau — is unknown as of this afternoon. Marques Tuiasosopo had been named UW’s interim coach earlier in the week.

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