Boise State is Finding Texas a Hotbed for Recruiting

ARLINGTON TX - NOVEMBER 01: A fan waves a Texas state flag. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The eyes of Texas are upon you, Boise State---and its proving to be virtual hotbed for the Bronco's recuiting efforts, especially in the fertile recruiting grounds around Houston.  Boise State's Texas recruits can testify to that.

But why the interest in BSU from way down in the Lone Star State, anyway?  Texas running back Devan Demas, 5' 8" 175 lbs, said, "I felt that family feeling," when he committed to Boise State.  Demas is from Cypress Creek High School in Houston and had eight offers that included Indiana, Iowa State, Utah, Wake Forrest and Rice before announcing his decision to play on the Blue as part of the 2012 class.  He is dynamic and explosive, and rushed for 1850 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.  He runs the 40 in about 4.40 seconds. 

RB/WR Shane Rhodes, 5' 7", 160 lbs, is another Bronco commit for 2012 from nearby Klein Collins HS, 25 miles down the road in Spring, Texas.  He is the reigning Class 5A-District 13 Offensive MVP and turned down offers to Kansas State and Louisiana- Lafayette for the Blue turf of Boise.  Rhodes accounted for 1,517 yards of total offense and 20 TD's while averaging eight yards per rush and 20 per reception.  He is being recruited as a slot receiver and punt returner.

 

Another Klein Collins HS recruit is safety Ryan Santos who is nearing a decision within the next 48 hours.  "I'm going to commit to Boise State in the next few days," Santos said. "I'm supposed to talk with them this week."  The 5' 10" Santos has been the Klein Collins Tigers' last line of defense as a two-year starter and has received offers from Boise State, Colorado, and RIce.  "I think I'll have the opportunity to play early and often at Boise and I really like the coaching staff," he said. "Their engineering program is top-notch and that is what I want to study."

There is no doubt that there has been a lot of buzz around Houston as it relates to Boise State.  "We all talk and everyone is excited to get up there together," Santos said. "There are a lot of Texas kids going there."

He's right about that.  Pearland, Texas defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, 6' 5" 200 lb, who runs the 40 in 4.70, signed with Boise State in February.  He joined Boise State's star running back D.J. Harper, now a senior, who is from Cypress, Texas.  Both of those towns are within 20 miles of Houston.

Arlington, Texas is 255 miles from Houston and closer to the Dallas/FW area.  That is where the latest Texan to commit is from.  Steven Baggett, a 6' 4" 255 pound offensive tackle from Martin High School committed to the Broncos 2012 class last weekend after making a visit to Boise.  He had offers from Westerrn Kentucky, Air Force, New Mexico State and other schools in the Big Ten and Big East.

Other Texas players already on the Bronco team are senior safety George Iloka, 6' 3" 207 lbs, from Houston, TX; sophmore WR Aaron Burks, 6' 2" 186 lbs, from Grand Prairie, TX; sophmore CB Quaylon Ewing, 6' 0" 175 lbs, Houston, TX; junior C Chris Robertson, 6' 0" 222 lbs, from Katy, TX; junior G Brenel Myers, 6' 2" 267 lbs, from Houston, TX; and junior TE Chandler Koch, 6' 2" 264 lbs, from Flower Mound, TX. 
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