LCI Rams standout Isaiah Bagnah heading to Boise State

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

LCI Rams football player Isaiah Bagnah is headed to Boise State to play football for the Broncos.

This marks the first time since 2004 that LCI has had a player sign with a Division 1 NCAA football team. Ironically, that player was Jon Gott, who also attended Boise State. Gott, an offensive lineman for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks, played for the Broncos from 2004-2008.

And now, it’s Bagnah’s turn to head south and pursue his football dreams.

“It’s extra exciting,” said Bagnah, as he met with the media Monday afternoon at LCI to announce his commitment to Boise State. “It’s a great opportunity for sure. It’s big for my family and for the community here.”

Bagnah added Boise State has always been one of his favourite college football teams. A trip to the campus, where he had an opportunity to view all the facilities the Broncos had to offer, including the iconic blue turf field, sealed the deal.

“I thought it was a great fit for me,” said Bagnah. “It’s huge to me. It was one of my dreams to play Division 1 football.”

The star defensive lineman gave credit to the LCI Rams coaching staff for his development, as he added his Rams teammates welcomed him with open arms from day one.

“It was easy to come in and be a part of this team.”

With a lot of other American programs in the running for his services, it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to one, but Bagnah added he hopes more players from Western Canada will get an opportunity down south as a result of his signing.

“I think for football in Canada it opens a lot of doors, especially for the western part, because most of the recruiting happens out east.”

His ultimate dream is to one day suit up professionally for a team in the National Football League or the Canadian Football League, but that doesn’t mean Bagnah doesn’t have a strong Plan B.

“I’m excited to get my degree,” he said, and added his Boise State experience will be all about his development as a football player and as a person, as Bagnah pursues his Business Management degree.

LCI Rams football head coach Darren Majeran added Bagnah’s commitment to Boise State is a huge moment for the Rams program.

"We at LCI are very proud of Isaiah Bagnah for his achievements on the football field,” said Majeran. “Isaiah has started for the Rams for all three of his years in high school. His size, athleticism and desire have set him apart from the pack. We wish Isaiah the best of luck at Boise State, and we know that Isaiah will have great success as he continues to work hard and believe in himself."

The coach added the recruitment process was interesting for Bagnah and the Rams coaching staff.

“It’s really cool to see the different universities in the U.S. pay a lot of attention to him,” said Majeran. “It couldn’t happen to a better kid.”

The coach added Bagnah is not only an excellent football player, but he’s also respectful, a hard worker and a natural leader.

“Those are the kinds of things recruiters look for,” said the coach, who praised Bagnah’s efforts over the last three years at LCI. “This is a dominant three-year starter for us. It makes us really proud and you just feel lucky to be able to coach Isaiah.”

A new football journey will start this summer for Bagnah, who will now hit the court and suit up for the Rams on the court for basketball season. For a quick recap of his time as a LCI Ram on the football field, please click the following link for a series of highlights: RAMS.

Date posted: Dec. 4, 2018