Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin said Wednesday night that junior defensive end Kamalei Correa’s performance in the Poinsettia Bowl could influence the decision on whether he leaves early for the NFL.
Harsin spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune at the Poinsettia Bowl press conference in San Diego. He was asked about Correa at the Idaho Statesman’s request.
Last year, tailback Jay Ajayi left early but safety Darian Thompson requested an NFL evaluation and decided to stay in school.
“No matter what happens, (Correa’s) focus, our focus, is the game,” Harsin said. “Because, really, that’s where it needs to be. That’s already out there, that he might be making a decision — it’s all going to show up in the game. We’ve had these discussions before, guys want to send things in, papers in, get their information back. We had guys do that last year that stayed. It’s not a for-sure thing at this point, but playing well in the bowl game, that is. Once it’s over, we’ll sit down and figure what his future is, and if that’s the best move for him. If it’s the best thing and he’s going to get a good opportunity, then fine. But you’ve got to play well first.”
Correa’s production has dropped this year. He has 35 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was named to the All-Mountain West second team.
Last year, he led the Mountain West with 12 sacks and was named to the all-conference first team. He also recorded 59 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.