Boise State football team signs three JC transfers

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

Boise State announced Wednesday the signing of three junior college players — cornerback Cleshawn Page (Harbor College, Los Angeles), kicker Tyler Rausa (Riverside City College, Temecula, Calif.) and running back Derrick Thomas (Butler Community College, Dothan, Ala.).

All three will join the program in January. Rausa will be a sophomore; the other two are juniors.

Two players who said that they committed to the Broncos did not sign but could at a later date — defensive lineman Justin Taimatuia (Fort Scott Community College) and cornerback Mercy Maston (Bakersfield College).

Here is info on the three players from the Boise State release:

Page, who will join the Broncos as a junior, played for Los Angeles Harbor College after graduating from Dorsey High in Los Angeles. As a sophomore for the Seahawks in 2012, Page, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, registered 44 tackles (28 solo), including 2.5 for-loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered another and broke up four passes.

Rausa, who will join the Broncos as a sophomore, played for Riverside City College this last season after graduating from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif. The 5-10, 180-pound kicker converted 15-of-20 (.750) field goal attempts this past season with a long of 48 yards. He was also 52-of-53 on PATs. Following his final prep campaign season, Rausa was named Los Angeles Times California Special Teams Most Valuable Player, and was named all-state, all-CIF, all-county, All-Southern Section and All-Southwestern League. The senior captain was also named MaxPreps All-American in leading his squad to the 2011 CIF Championship.

Thomas, a 6-1, 210-pound running back from Dothan, Ala. (Northview High School), spent the last three seasons at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. He will join the Broncos as a redshirt junior in 2012. This past season Thomas carried 157 times for 829 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in helping to lead the Grizzlies to the NJCAA National Championship game.

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Hopefully Rausa isn't like

the last hotshot kicker we recruited. (Van Tinkle?)...Sunny...


...not jus depth tho, these guys come with experience and talent. we will need it next year...offense is lookn pretty explosive next year if u ask me, whether southwick or patti leads them. explosive RB (ajayi, fields, demas) and speedy WR (d.burroughs, ware, burks, williams-rhodes). D Line and Nickel/OLB spot has great depth. DBs have depth and experience next year. defense shouldnt skip a beat

All long as they are OKG's

I am not big on JC transfers only from the point that they consume scholarships that could be used to develop someone for 4 to 6 years. But in this day and age of win and only have to use every option. I just remember the old Erickson teams full of JC thugs.

JC Transfers

Are usually used to smooth out years, as you only have a certain amount to give to incoming freshman. There is definitely a low number in this year's Soph group, (next year's Juniors) where most of these JC transfers will plug in. Helps keep totality of the numbers, where you may be limited by group.


In 2009 the Broncos only lost 7 seniors and returned 21 starters. The next recuiting year they only had 10 recruits and several gray shirted. The JC players balance out the yearly fluctuation caused by red shriting, injuries, and players that leave the program. I'm glad these guys are coming in a semester early. I think that makes it much better for them to become impact players in the fall.

JC players have worked

JC players have worked pretty well for Kansas State over the years.

Bronco Country

is reporting that a JC defensive tackle has signed a LOI with BSU today.

Tutulepeata Mataele 6'3" 285

Makes me wonder if the other DT's that have made verbals are wavering on their commitment.