By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Junior college defensive end Demarcus Lawrence of Butler Community College in Kansas has committed to Boise State, will sign a letter of intent this week and will join the team in January, he said Monday.
Lawrence (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) has three years to play three seasons, he said. He spent two years at Butler — redshirting one season and playing this season.
He chose Boise State over Tennessee, South Florida, Kansas State and Mississippi.
“I felt more comfortable with Boise — the Boise coaches and their players,” Lawrence said. “And they had a major that I want to major in (kinesiology). Plus, they’re a winning program. I love to be a part of a winning program.”
Lawrence earned second-team All-America honors this year with 66 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He redshirted during his first year at Butler.
Lawrence could have returned for another season at junior college but was ready to move on. He is originally from Aiken, S.C., and needed to attend a junior college for academic reasons.
He visited Boise for the Wyoming game and committed Sunday.
“I was able to (leave) and I didn’t want to waste my year,” he said.
Lawrence fills a need for the Broncos, who lose all four starting linemen and their top three ends.
Junior college players can sign beginning Wednesday.
2012 RECRUITING CLASS
— QB Nick Patti, 5-11, 190, Dr. Phillips HS (Orlando, Fla.)
— WR/RB Shane Rhodes, 5-7, 160, Klein Collins HS (Spring, Texas)
— CB Chaz Anderson, 6-0, 175, Loyola HS (Los Angeles)
— TE Armand Nance, 6-1, 238, Dekaney HS (Houston)
— RB Devan Demas, 5-9, 170, Cypress Creek HS (Houston)
— OL Steven Baggett, 6-4, 250, Martin HS (Arlington, Texas)
— RB Jack Fields, 5-11, 200, Americas HS (El Paso, Texas)
— CB Donte Deayon, 5-9, 155, Summit HS (Fontana, Calif.)
— LB Ben Weaver, 6-1, 225, Klein HS (Spring, Texas)
— OL Travis Averill, 6-4, 280, Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)
— LB Andrew Pint, 6-2, 215, Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
— N Chris Santini, 6-1, 216, Leland HS (San Jose, Calif.)
— S Chanceller James, 6-2, 190, Steele Canyon HS (San Diego)
— DE Elliot Hoyte (Tavistock, England)
— WR/S D.J. Dean, 6-1, 190, Eagle HS
— DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6-4, 240, Butler C.C. (Aiken, S.C.)
Grayshirt from 2011 class
— TE Hayden Plinke, 6-4, 230, Glencoe HS (Hillsboro, Ore.)
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