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USF Lands Former Boise State Defensive Tackle Dereck Boles

Charlie Strong beefed up his defensive line for 2017 even more by landing former Boise State defensive tackle and Lakeland native Dereck Boles.

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#ALLTHETRANSFERS season isn’t quite over yet for Charlie Strong and his USF staff.

Our good friend Tito Benach at Bulls247 broke the news late Thursday night that the Bulls had landed former Boise State defensive tackle Dereck Boles, who spent last season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

The Lakeland native will enroll this summer, making him eligible to play immediately in the fall.

A two-star Class of 2014 recruit out of Lakeland High School, Boles signed with Boise State, where he redshirted his freshman year. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, he appeared in all 13 games for the Broncos, recording 11 tackles (4 TFLs) and a sack.

Here’s where things take a dicey turn. In the spring of 2016, he was kicked off the team and subsequently arrested for an altercation with teammate Chanceller James in which he admitted to biting a portion off James’ ear off during the fight. He was found not guilty of felony mayhem this past April.

After being dismissed from Boise, Dereck resurfaced at JUCO powerhouse Coffeyville in the fall of 2016. In one season with the Red Ravens, he racked up 66 tackles and five sacks.

He was originally committed to Arizona as recently as four weeks ago, but he must have had a last-second change of heart and decided to return to his home state.

With numerous defensive line transfers lined up for this year and 2018, Coach Strong has certainly made beefing up the defensive line a priority. Time will tell if Boles can arrive to campus and make an immediate mark on Brian Jean-Mary’s defense.