Butler CC produces two more pledges

Prospects from Butler Community College, champion of the Jayhawk Community College Conference, continue to make decisions with the midterm junior-college signing period set to open Wednesday.

Running back Derrick Thomas committed on Sunday to Boise State at the conclusion of an official visit during which he received a scholarship offer from the Broncos.

“I just felt like I was in a great environment, a great atmosphere with great coaches,” Thomas said as he prepared to leave Idaho for his Dothan, Ala., home. “It’s a great opportunity for me to come in and make a difference. I’m ready to go to work. I fit right in.”

Additionally, cornerback Torrel Saffold has committed to South Florida after taking a visit last weekend that coincided with the hiring of coach Willie Taggart.

“They made it the place for me,” Saffold said from his home in Kansas City, Kan. “They never tried too hard. They’re casual folks. And Coach Taggart, he’s really competitive. He knows what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.”

Saffold, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, collected 32 tackles with four interceptions and 14 passes defended in 12 games as a sophomore at Butler. He visited USF with teammate Rahmon Swain, who also pledged to the Bulls. The Big East school has 18 pledges for its 2013 recruiting class.

Saffold said he would report to Tampa before the Jan. 7 start of classes.

Thomas, who rushed for 829 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at Butler, starts at Boise two weeks later.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.

Thomas delivered his decision directly to Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

“They were all excited,” Thomas said, “very welcoming.”