Juco DE Lawrence chooses Boise State

Demarcus Lawrence (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community College) will call the “Smurf Turf” home next season.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior college defensive end, verbally committed to Boise State Sunday afternoon. Lawrence was one of the defensive leaders for a Butler team that finished No. 2 in the final NJCAA poll.

Lawrence made the decision after sitting down with his parents to choose between three schools – Boise State, Kansas State and Tennessee. He visited Boise State during Thanksgiving weekend and Kansas State the weekend after. Tennessee became a major player at the beginning of December, and he made an official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., this past weekend.

“Tennessee was nice. I liked how it felt, and there a lot of nice people,” Lawrence said, “but [Boise State] was all about where I felt the most comfortable. I was real comfortable around their players and coaches. The visit went well when I was there. The coaches really took care of me.”

Lawrence said middle linebacker Tommy Smith was his host, and he had a good time on the Boise State campus meeting potential teammate. He was recruited by defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, and he is now the 17th commitment for the Broncos and head coach Chris Petersen.

Lawrence finished his sophomore year with 66 tackles (27 for loss), 10 sacks, nine quarterback hurries and four fumble recoveries. He helped the Grizzlies to an 11-1 record and a victory over Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas) in the Citizens Bank Bowl earlier this month in Pittsburg, Kan.

“We were going back and forth with Tennessee because it’s closer to home, and it’s in the SEC,” said Lawrence, who played high school ball in Aiken, S.C. “They would have loved to see me play against Georgia. But my parents were comfortable with it, so I went with it.

“I feel pretty good. I’m just ready now to go out and ball again.”