Boise State Football Adds Former Oregon State QB Vidlak

The latest addition to Boise State’s 2022 recruiting class is a quarterback with Pac-12 experience.

Former Oregon State quarterback Sam Vidlak is moving to Boise State, the schedule announced Sunday night. Vidlak appeared in a game for the Beavers last season, which means he has at least four years of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Applegate, Oregon native was a three-star rookie from Hidden Valley High, according to 247Sports and Rivals. He signed with the State of Oregon after originally enlisting in Montana.

As a junior in 2019, Vidlak was named the state’s offensive player of the year and has led all Oregon high school quarterbacks with 3,404 yards and 44 touchdowns in the air. He also helped Hidden Valley reach their first state championship game in 41 years and set one-game title records with 39 goals for 479 passing yards. Vidlak’s senior season was postponed due to COVID-19, but in his sophomore year he recorded 2,294 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.

The only game Vidlak appeared for Oregon State last season was a 42-0 win over Idaho. He played 12 snaps and completed 2 of 3 passes for eight yards.

Vidlak joins the Broncos as the program seeks an experienced replacement to replace former USC quarterback Jack Sears, who joined the program in 2020 and announced in December that he was leaving Boise State to play his final season. somewhere else.

Vidlak will likely compete with rookie Redshirt Taylen Green to serve as the main replacement for starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier for three years. Green signed up early and joined the Broncos last January. He played two games during the season but did not attempt to pass.

Quarterback Maddux Madsen was also one of 22 rookies Boise State signed during the first signing period in December.


CB Dionte Thornton, 6-3, 185, Lawndale (Calif.) High

OT Kage Casey, 6-6, 250, Clackamas (Oregon) High

TE Austin Terry, 6-5, 230, Tumwater High (Olympia, Washington)

S Keenan McCaddy, 6-4, 180, Moanalua High (Honolulu, Hawaii)

OT Roger Carreon, 6-5, 295, Jal (New Mexico) High

DL JJ Talo, 6-3, 250, Kearns High (Salt Lake City, Utah)

LB Jayden Virgin, 6-3, 220, Mt. Carmel High (San Diego, CA)

OT Hall Schmidt, 6-7, 300, Peninsula (Washington) High

WR Zamondre Merriweather, 6-2, 200, Valencia (Calif.) High

QB Maddux Madsen, 6-0, 185, American Fork (Utah) High

LB Jake Ripp, 6-3, 215, Los Gatos (Calif.) High

LB Gavin Hambrick, 6-2, 220, Apple Valley (Calif.) High

RB Ashton Jeanty, 5-9, 195, Lone Star (Texas) High

P James Ferguson, 6-1, 175, Pro Kick Australia

OT Tyson Molio’o, 6-4, 295, St. John Bosco (Bellfower, CA)

DE Cortez Hogans Jr., 6-3, 265, Snow College (Palatine, Illinois)

LB Dshawn Misa, 6-3, 230, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Washington)

Edge Deven Wright, 6-5, 230, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

OL Cade Beresford, 6-7, 300, Washington State (Woodinville, Washington)

Edge George Tarlas, 6-4, 260, Weber State (Chalkida, Greece)

WR Prince Strachan, 6-4, 185, John Carroll High (Fort Pierce, Florida)

DT Braxton Fely, 6-2, 240, Timpview High (Provo, Utah)

QB Sam Vidlak, 6-1, 187, Oregon State (Applegate, Oregon)

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Ron Counts is the author of Boise State football beats for the Idaho Statesman. He is originally from Virginia and spent three years covering the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman.

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