Idaho's list of reported verbal commitments grew by 5 more high schoolers this week as the Vandals received verbal commitments from a linebacker out of California, 2 defensive linemen out of Washington, plus 2 offensive linemen (one hailing from Colorado, the other from Southern California). All five players (spotlighted below) have outstanding high school backgrounds, and point to what is looking like a strong recruiting class in Coach Nick Holt's first season in Moscow. For the most up-to-date information on Idaho recruits, please utilize the Scout service provided by TheInsiders.com (listed in the left hand margin on this page).
To keep track of how the recruiting roster is filling out by position, we've prepared a recruiting roster dating back to 1998 (also in the left hand margin), and its been updated at the link below:
2004 Vandal Football Recruits
As we get more information, we'll keep the recruiting link updated. In the mean-time, make plans to come to Moscow to see the team during the annual Silver and Gold game.
6-2, 215 Pounds
School: Leuzinger High School (Olympians)
2nd Team, All-Bay League, LB ('02)
First year head coach Nick Holt and his staff have made speed and toughness a priority in this, their first recruiting season. A prime example of that is southern California linebacking recruit Benjamin Alexander. As a junior Benjamin lined up for the Olympians at TE/WB on offense, and linebacker on defense. He was solid at both, but linebacker was the position where he excelled. Excellent size, agility and speed (a reported 4.32 40 time, with an 11.25 second 100 m time recorded as a junior), he was on the radar screens of several PAC-10 and WAC teams following his junior season...a season in which he earned All League honors in the tough Bay League.
Primed for a break-out senior season, Benjamin's year was cut short after an injury suffered in October. His stats and senior honors fell, but his stock as a solid 1-A prospect did not.
With reported offers from USC, Oregon and Fresno, coach Holt and his staff kept on the trail of Benjamin. One recruiting trip to Moscow to meet with coach Holt, his staff and part of the team, and Benjamin made his verbal commitment to the Vandals.
LINK: Leuzinger High Pre-View
6-3, 275 Pounds
School: St. John Bosco High School
1st Team, All-Serra League, OL
Sticking to his goal to replenish Idaho's offensive line depth (Idaho recruited only 1 HS offensive lineman last season), coach Holt and crew have signed two promising prospects so far, one of which is Kristopher Anderson of St. John Bosco High School.
An All-Serra selection this season, Kristopher was getting solid interest from UCLA and San Jose State (visited the Spartans on 01/09), in addition to having the full attention of the Idaho staff. He made a verbal commitment to the Vandals during his visit last weekend (hosted by Idaho tackle Hank Therien).
An imposing specimen at 6-3, 280, Kristopher was a cog on a resilient St. John Bosco team that went 7-4 on the season in California's powerful Serra League. In 2002 Bosco won the league crown as they defeated powerhouse Mater Dei, defeated Loyola for the first time since 1986, and beat Bishop Amat in La Puente for the first time ever. The 2003 season wasn't quite as successful (their biggest win coming over Servite), but they still made the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) playoffs.
Kristopher reports a bench of 275 pounds, 450 pound squat and 280 pound clean. He also had a strong showing at the USC Nike Camp.
6-3, 285 Pounds
Fort Collins, CO
School: Poudre High School (Impalas)
1st Team, All-State Class 5A, OL (2003)
1st Team, All-Conference, OL (2003)
All-Conference, OL (2002)
Continuing with the search to keep the pipeline of prospects in the OL solid, the Idaho staff received a verbal commitment this week from big Adam Korby out of Fort Collins Colorado. Adam is coming off a strong high school career, and caught the attention of several programs.
Among the schools pursuing Adam were the Air Force Academy (reportedly offered a scholarship), Colorado State, Iowa State, and Northern Colorado (reportedly offered), among others. But it was his visit to the Moscow campus, and his chance to get to know coach Holt's staff better, that sealed the deal for Idaho to land this solid prospect.
A 2-time All Conference selection, and 1st Team All-State selection from Colorado's Class 5A Poudre High School, Adam combines good size, strength (330 pound bench, 450 squat), speed (reported 5.1 40) and footwork. As a left guard for the Impalas, he helped guide his team to the state playoffs this season.
With his background and some hard work, Adam looks like a prospect that should fit in well with the spread offense making a come-back this fall under Holt.
LINK: Fort Collins Coloradoan article
Defensive Line / Offensive Line
6-3, 240 Pounds
School: Kamiakin High School (Braves)
1st Team, AP All-State 4A, OL
Big 9 Offensive Lineman of the Year (2003)
1st Team, All-Big Nine, OL (2003)
1st Team, All-Big Nine, DL (2003)
Listed by Fab50 among top DEs, (2003)
1st Team, All-Big Nine, OL (2002)
One of the Big 9 Conference's best linemen on either side of the ball in 2003, Brent Rushin is flat-out a go-getter, and is one of 2 Kamiakin Braves to give Idaho an early verbal commitment. From the Tri-Cities Herald newspaper, "In all the photos you see in the paper he's either on the top of the pile or on the bottom," said Kamiakin defensive line coach Chad Potter. "The linebackers are the heart of the defense, and they say they can't get to the ball because Rushin gets there first."
A tireless 2-way starter at home in the trenches, he has a non-stop motor that earned him 1st Team All-Conference honors on both the offensive AND defensive lines, 1st Team All State recognition as an OL, recognition as the Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year for the Big Nine Conference, and he is listed by Fab50 as one of the top DE prospects out of high school. He helped guide Kamiakin to an 11-2 record, played multiple positions on the offensive line, and uses good leverage and explosion off the line when on defense (according to a report on TheInsiders.com).
He's also been among the state's best heavyweight wrestlers during his high-school career, and is considered a baseball prospect.
Not a bad resume.
6-3, 230 Pounds
School: Kamiakin High School (Braves)
1st Team, AP All-State 4A, DL (2003)
1st Team, All-Big Nine, DL (2003)
Seattle Times WHITE CHIP Prospect (2003)
H.M., All Big Nine, DL (2002)
Like teammate and fellow Vandal verbal commit Brent Rushin, Kamiakin OG/DT Evan Ruud will be coming to Idaho with a solid football background. A defensive tackle and offensive guard at Kamiakin, he's been an All-League performer 2 years in a row on a team that has dominated the state during his career. The Kamiakin defense didn't give up a touchdown in the first 3 games of this season, ended the year 11-2, and made it to the quarter finals of the state play-offs.
Although Ruud missed part of this season with a serious shoulder injury (both Ruud and teammate, linebacker Nick Genatone, sported special $200 shoulder braces for Kamiakin's heated rivalry regular season game against Pasco that doctors said would work if they could play through the pain...which they did), he was still among the best defensive linemen in the state, and earned 1st Team All-State recognition (Class 4A) on the defensive line.
Kamiakin won the regular season match-up with Pasco, but lost by 6 points in the playoffs to Pasco in a rematch, falling just short of a birth in the State Championship.
When Evan wasn't on the football field, he was tearing things up in track, where this outstanding athlete has a personal best 10 foot standing long jump, and jumped 21'-2" last year at 220 pounds...a sign of a prospect that can move.
Among the first prospects to sign with Idaho to play on the defensive line, Evan looks like a solid prospect under a defensive minded coach such as Nick Holt.