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Update: Boise State DE Kamalei Correa enters NFL Draft

Boise State defensive lineman Kamalei Correa (8) celebrates his sack of Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon on the last play in regulation of the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Boise State defensive lineman Kamalei Correa (8) celebrates his sack of Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon on the last play in regulation of the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Priority Sports announced Thursday afternoon that it has signed Boise State junior defensive end Kamalei Correa, making official his decision to leave early for the NFL.

Correa recorded two sacks and was named defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday.

He said after the game that he needed to talk to his family before announcing an NFL decision. The Idaho Statesman reported on Tuesday night that Correa would leave (see the earlier report below).

At his MVP ceremony, teammates chanted, “One more year!”

The draft is April 28-30.

It’s the third straight year that a Bronco has left early. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence exited after the 2013 season and tailback Jay Ajayi moved on after the 2014 season.

Boise State junior defensive end Kamalei Correa discusses his future and his play in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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Boise State junior defensive end Kamalei Correa will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, sources told the Idaho Statesman.

Correa, a true junior from Hawaii, is tied for ninth on the team with 35 tackles this season. He is first with 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks and was named to the All-Mountain West second team.

Last year, he was fifth on the team with 59 tackles and first with 19 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He made the All-Mountain West first team.

Correa’s breakout sophomore season fueled speculation throughout 2015 that he would leave early for the NFL.

Coach Bryan Harsin said last week that Correa hadn’t told him what he planned to do.

The Broncos play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday.

“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.”

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