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.