BOISE, Idaho - Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen announced, Wednesday (Dec. 15) afternoon, that the Broncos have signed their first national letter of intent for the class of 2011 with the addition of junior college transfer Dextrell Simmons.
Simmons (5-10, 205), a Houston, Texas native, will join Boise State after two outstanding seasons playing linebacker at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Simmons played a key role on the 2009 Blinn football team that captured the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship; along side current Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton. He also helped lead the Buccaneers to an 8-3 record and a No. 10 national ranking to end the 2010 season.
As a sophomore at Blinn, Simmons recorded 57 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His standout 2010 season followed up a freshman campaign in which he tallied 57 tackles, 10 pass breakups and seven tackles for loss. Simmons also finished his first season at Blinn with three sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions; including one interception return for touchdown.
For his outstanding on field performance Simmons was voted first team all-conference and honorable mention NJCAA All-American. He was also named a defensive captain for the Buccaneers. Off the field, Simmons was a member of the Blinn Leadership Council for two years.
No. 10 Boise State announces the addition of Simmons in the midst of its preparation for the Broncos matchup against No. 19 Utah in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas XIX, Dec. 22 (Wednesday), in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will air on ESPN with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m. (MST).