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Boise State making impressive recruiting inroads in Texas


Boise State has been recruiting the state of Texas for several years with some success, but the Broncos have taken it to another level with the 2012 class.

Behind the efforts of assistant coaches Jeff Choate in the Houston area and Brent Pease in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Boise State has landed 10 commitments from the Lone Star State.

The latest commit came last weekend when heavily recruited inside linebacker Ben Weaver (Spring, Texas/Klein) pledged to Boise State following visits to Texas Tech, California and the Broncos.

"It was a little bit of everything [that pushed Boise State over the top]," Weaver said Sunday. "Going and visiting really gave me a good feeling about the school. The players and coaches made me feel right at home when I got there. I felt like part of the family."

Weaver's commitment is quite the coup for Boise State. The instinctive linebacker turned down verbal offers from the likes of California, Arizona, Texas Tech, Louisville, Utah, Wake Forest, Houston, Rice and others.

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In 2008 the Broncos inked three prospects from Texas, followed by two more in the 2009 class.

After not signing a player from Texas in the 2010 class, Chris Petersen and his staff signed four Texans in the 2011 class, led by the versatile Sam Ukwuachu (Pearland, Texas). While the 2011 class appeared to be quite the haul, the 2012 cycle has already surpassed it.

The Broncos picked up commitments from running backs Devin Demas (Cypress Creek, Texas) and Jack Fields (El Paso, Texas/Americas), tight end Armand Nance (Spring, Texas/DeKaney) and offensive guard Steven Baggett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) earlier in June after picking up a commitment from slot wide receiver and return man Shane Rhodes (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) in May.

Demas and Rhodes are two of the Houston area's top playmakers. Demas rushed for more than 1,700 yards as a junior, while Rhodes was a jack-of-all-trades for Klein Collins. He had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards last season.

Demas entertained verbal offers from Iowa State, Utah, Rice and Indiana, while Rhodes picked Boise State over Kansas State.

With six commitments and a number of verbal offers still out to Texas prospects, expect the list of Texans committing to Boise State to continue to grow.