"Hank is excited to be part of the Vandal Nation and can only see good things to come," Hank Bryant's father, Michael Garcia, told Scout.com earlier today. It was a common theme shared by 20 signees today, national Letter of Intent signing day. Along with early signee Virdell Larkins - a 3-star defensive back who was ranked the No. 18 high school cornerback by Scout in 2004 who is already on the Idaho campus and training for Spring Camp - this is a solid and well-rounded class.
Starting THIS FRIDAY we will begin a more in-depth analysis of the class, looking at the signees individually and collectively in the units they will be joining this year.
Below is the OFFICIAL signing class list, as provided the University of Idaho Sports Information Office.
Defensive tackle, 6-0, 268
Corona High School, Corona, Calif.
Played fullback and defensive tackle in high school … as a junior, had 28 solo tackles and 17 assists for a total of 45 – an average of 5.6 per game … also had four sacks and one fumble recovery … had a single-tame high 10 tackles … missed part of junior season but still earned second-team all-Mountain View League recognition … missed senior season because of surgery to repair injury sustained during junior season … is the brother of Vandal defensive line coach Johnny Nansen.
Kama (Sheldon) Bailey
Running back, 5-9, 186
Damien Memorial High School, Honolulu, Hawai`i
Honolulu Star Bulletin Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … ILH co-Offensive Player of the Year … first-team all-ILH running back
… also earned all-state recognition as a junior … as a senior, carried the ball 192 times for a single-season state record 2,098 yards … scored 22 TDs and averaged 10.9 yards per carry … set single-game Interscholastic League record of 370 yards … also had six receptions for 94 yards … played in East-West all-star game and had two kickoff returns for TDs – one of 96 yards and one of 94 yards … rushed for 1,600 yards as a junior … senior class secretary … Said coach Brian Derby, “Kama is one of the best true, natural-ability runners that I have seen as long as I have been coaching … If I was to never coach
again, I would have been fulfilled. This kid has done things I’ve never seen.”
Defensive end, 6-4, 222
Tumwater High School, Tumwater, Wash.
2007 2A Evergreen Conference Most Valuable Player … first-team all-Evergreen Conference running back and defensive end … also chosen to
Associated Press all-state team … Northwest Hot 100 selection … 2007 All-Area Player of the Year by the Olympian newspaper … 2007 Tacoma News Tribune All-Area defensive end … two-way starter … three-year starter … played an offensive role every year … as a senior, took over as primary fullback and rushed for more than 1,032 yards on 125 carries and scored 17 TDs … also has punted and as a senior averaged 38.8 yards with a long of 51 yards … also had 38 tackles and two sacks
… first-team all-Evergreen Conference defensive end as a junior … won Southwest Washington NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition when he was in junior high.
Wide receiver, 6-1, 189
Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
First-team all-Sunset Region … First-team all-Northwest Division … as a junior, was second-team all-division as a receiver and defensive
end … served in multiple roles at Shadow Ridge … as a senior, had 36 receptions for 613 yards and seven TDs … also carried the ball 27 times for 192 yards and TDs … defensively, accounted for 42 total tackles (30 solo, 12 assists), three sacks, an interception, three fumble
recoveries, one blocked punt and two blocked field goals … also returned kickoffs (average of 21.33).
Defensive tackle, 6-2, 279
Gahr High School, Cerritos, Calif.
Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn, Wash.
As a senior, had 48 solo stops and 39 assists for 87 total tackles … averaged 7.3 tackles per game … also had two sacks and one interception … helped lead team to 10-3 overall record and to a Western Division semifinal game … two-year starter ... said coach Greg Marshall, “His upside it tremendous. He’s only going to be better. He’s only played organized football for three years. He was too big for Pop Warner. ... He’s a great raw talent, who is only going to get better.”
Defensive tackle, 6-0, 309
Garden City Community College, Garden City, Calif.
Auburn Riverside High School, Auburn, Wash.
Earned second-team all-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors in 2006 … as a sophomore at Garden City Community College in 2006, had 21 solo stops and 26 assists for a total 47 … also had four tackles for loss (minus 9 yards), which includes four sacks … had one
forced fumble … as a freshman in 2005 at Utah’s Dixie State College, had 19 solo stops and 13 assists … also had eight tackles-for-loss
(minus 41 yards) and 6.5 sacks (minus 36 yards), and one forced fumble, one recovery and three pass breakups … at Auburn Riverside High School, was a first-team all-South Puget Sound League North Division choice in 2004 … earned honorable mention recognition as a sophomore.
Willard (Trey) Farquhar
K, 6-1, 175
Redlands East Valley, Redlands, Calif.
First-team all-CIF Southern Section kicker as a senior … played in Navy Marine Corps Classic All-Star game … successful on 10 of 15 field
goal attempts … long field goal of 42 yards … all-Citrus Belt League first-team selection … winner of Last Man Standing and Field Goal
Charting competitions at Los Angeles area Nike Fall Camp … ranked 18th at 2007 Kohl’s Scholarship Camp Kickoff, which featured players
from across the nation … said opposing coach Jeff Steinberg (Fontana Miller), “He was the best kicker I saw this year. He had a real nice
pop when the ball came off his foot.”
Robert Hatchett III
Wide receiver, 5-9, 159
Centennial High School, Compton, Calif.
Four-year varsity player … first team Dream Team by the Long Beach
Telegraph newspaper … as a senior, had 64 receptions for 1,585 yards
and 17 TDs … also gained 970 yards rushing and had eight TDs in
addition to returning three kickoffs, one punt and two interceptions for
scores … also passed for two TDs … in one Southern Section Northwest
Division playoff game, he had 328 all-purpose yards and scored four TDs
– two on runs, one on a reception and another on a 99-yard kickoff
return … after that game his coach, Aaron Craver, said, “It was
alarming the frequency with which he had those types of games. He did that
just about every week.”
Defensive tackle, 6-2, 285
Kamehameha High School, Honolulu, Hawai`i
Played in East-West all-star game … second-team all-Interscholastic
League defensive lineman … two-year starter … said head coach David
Stant, “He’s big and strong. He’s really physical. He’s very
quiet; a gentle giant.” … said position coach Kanani Sousa, “Isaiah
is a very, very naturally strong athlete. He possesses a lot of
natural strength. He’s has very good size. He’s smart and he works at all
the things that he has to to be successful. He has a great work ethic
and he’s a student of the game. He’s a great citizen and has great
character. He’s a quite humble young man.” … also competes in
track and field.
Offensive tackle, 6-7, 285
Deer Valley High School, Glendale, Ariz.
As a senior, all-West Valley offensive lineman and Northwest Region
first-team offensive line … team captain … at Deer Valley, played
offensive and defensive line … in 2006,had 15 solo stops and 22 assists
for 37 total tackles … also had one sack for minus-5 yards.
Brad (Kent) Marboe
Linebacker, 6-3, 189
Idaho Falls High School, Idaho Falls, Idaho
As a senior, 5A first-team all-state … had 63 tackles, which includes
three for loss and one sack … also had three interceptions and
forced one fumble … also played at receiver where he had 34 receptions for
437 yards and two touchdowns … also was all-Region first-team
defensive back and District 4, 5, 6 second-team return specialist … also
second-team all-District 4, 5, 6 at receiver … honor roll student …
also competes in track, basketball and hockey … grandfather, Kent
Marboe, and uncle Scott Marboe played at Idaho … said coach Chuck Johnson, “He was very versatile for us. We had him playing all over the
field – corner, safety, linebacker, fullback, tight end. Wherever we
needed him, he was more than willing to help us be successful. He’s a
very unselfish kid. … He has those intangibles – his heart and desire
are unbelievable. … He’s just a great kid.”
Defensive back, 5-9, 175
Diamond Ranch High School, Pomona, Calif.
As a senior, had 74 total tackles (51 solo and 23 assists) … also
played on offense where he had 54 carries for 356 yards … bruising
blocker when used at fullback … scored two rushing TDs and two on
Quarterback, 6-0, 180
Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, Calif.
First-team all-Avocado League quarterback … second-team all-North San
Diego County quarterback … North County Times and Union Tribune
Athlete of the Week after completing 37 of53 passes for 403 yards and five
TDs … listed among the top 20 high school quarterbacks in the state
of California … led team to back-to-back San Diego Section titles …
as a senior, completed 112 of 191 passes for 1,623 yards and 12 TDs …
as a junior, completed 103-of-172 passes for 1,596 yards with 11 TDs
… second-team all-Avocado League quarterback as a junior … earned
North County Player of the Week recognition once during junior season …
left-handed … led Carlsbad to back-to-back San Diego Section
championships … three-year letterman … team was 18-2-2 when he started.
Wide receiver, 5-10, 160
Centennial High School, Corona, Calif.
All-Mountain View League selection … caught 72 passes for a
school-record 863 yards last season …five TD receptions … also scored on a
run and a kickoff return … played in Southern California all-star game
… and caught a touchdown pass in that game … said coach Matt
Logan, “His quickness is his best attribute. He’s quick and elusive in
the open field and that makes it tough for DBs to get a punch or a jam
on him. … He was team captain. He’s also a very hard-working kid.
He’s got a slight frame, but he works in the weight room really hard.
… “He’s just a great kid and a good student. He’s a really
good kid and he’ll do a great job at the University of Idaho both as a
student and an athlete.”
Guy Reynolds Jr.
Offensive line, 6-3, 319
Westview High School, Avondale, Ariz.
First-team all-state at center … West Valley Player of the Year …
2007 Desert West Regional selection … two-time Arizona Republic
All-Arizona selection … three-year offensive line starter … played as a
freshman on defense … part of a line that blocked for a backfield that
averaged 325 yards per game … said coach Jeff Bowen, “ … He is
intelligent. He is athletic for his size. He has great feet. He’s
strong in the weight room. And he’s a student of the game. … He’s not
just a leader by what he’s said, he’s a leader by example. … He
worked real hard but he also encouraged other people.”
Defensive back, 6-0, 169
Bowie High School, Arlington, Texas
Member of team that won Arlington City, District, Bi-District and Area
championships … team finished 12-2 overall and advanced to 5A
Division I state quarterfinal … in one playoff game, had three interceptions
… member of Bowie’s 4x400 relay team that finished third at the
Texas 5A state meet … 66 total tackles … seven interceptions …
blocked four kicks – two punts and two field goals … forced three
fumbles … recovered two fumbles … second-team all-district.
Linebacker, 5-11, 225
Upland High School, Upland, Calif.
2007 Baseline League Defensive MVP …all-CIF Southern Section Inland
Division choice in 2007 … had 48 solo stops and 16 assists for a total
64 … also had three sacks and recovered one fumble … two-time,
first-team all-conference selection … starting linebacker in Southern
Linebacker, 6-2, 200
Leilehua High School, Wahaiwa, Hawai`i
Honolulu Advertiser Defensive Player of the Year … Helped team win
OIA football championship in 2007 … had five interceptions as a senior
… said coach Nolan Tukuda, “He is an exceptional athlete. He played
safety for us the past two seasons, and even punted as a sophomore. He
plays a little receiver. He can do it all. … He’s fearless and he
loves to hit. … He’s got it all – size, speed, athleticism.
He’s a great football player. But his best attribute is his character. …
He’s a gentle giant; he always greets his teachers with a hug, and
thanks them for their help, and he puts the team before himself.”
Charles Smith Jr.
Defensive end, 6-5, 238
Desert Pines High School, Las Vegas,Nev.
First-team all-Sunrise Region Class 4A defensive end …Second-team
all-Sunrise Region Class 4A tight end … also first-team all-Northeast
Division at defensive end and tight end … Review Journal Nevada Class
4A second-team all-state defensive end … as a senior, had 52 total
tackles, 10 tackles for loss and eight sacks … as a junior, was
second-team all-Southern Nevada after accounting for 63 total tackles and nine
sacks … also played volleyball.
Running back, 6-0, 203
Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, Texas
First-team Class 4A Associated Press All-State selection … as a senior, carried the ball 243 times for 2,034 yards (8.4 per carry) and 25 touchdowns … never fumbled … set Copperas Cove single-team rushing record of 327 yards on 18 carries … also scored four TDs in that game … also runs track … at District 16-4A championships as a junior, finished second in the 300 hurdles, third in the long and triple jumps, was on the winning 4x400 relay team and on the runner-up 4x200 relay team.