Idaho's list of reported verbal commitments grew by 4 more high schoolers this week as the Vandals received verbal commitments from a wide receiver out of California, a linebacker/runningback out of Washington, an athlete/runningback also out of Washington, and an offensive lineman out of Northern Idaho. All four players (spotlighted below) have outstanding high school backgrounds, and point to what is looking like a strong recruiting class. For the most up-to-date information on Idaho recruits, please utilize the Scout service provided by TheInsiders.com (listed in the upper 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, under the "Football" section below the Scout), and its been updated at the link below:
2003 Vandal Football Recruits
For a more complete idea of our depth going into next fall, we've prepared a chart, by position, of expected returning players. You will need to scroll down after you click on the link to see the charts:
2003 Football Depth Chart
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.
Runningback / Athlete
5-3, 151 Pounds
School: Lakes High School
1st Team, AP All-State 3A, RB ('02, '01, '00 HM)
1st Team, All-Seamount League, ('02, '01, '00)
3A State Player of the Year, 2001
Seamount Back of the Year, 2001
News Tribune All-Area Team
Seattle Times "RED Chip" prospect
Head coach Tom Cable and staff hit the recruiting trail looking for specialists, and they found an outstanding prospect in Akeem Anthony. How good? As a sophomore at Lakes High School he rushed for 1886 yards (222 carries) and 24 TDs. As a junior, he rushed for 1556 yards (172 carries) and 23 TDs. As a senior (and a marked man, having been named AP All-State as a soph and junior, and the 3A MVP as a junior), he rushed for over 1,617 yards (17 TDs), which combined with his 4 years as a starter on the Lakes varsity team, made him the state of Washington's All-Time rushing leader in the 3A classification (5,449 total career yards). Impressive, just about any way you slice it.
Short in stature (publications list him anywhere from 5-3 to 5-7...the Nike Camp listed him as 5-3, so we'll stick with that till he makes it to campus), the young man is huge on effort. He's also fleet of foot, with a personal best in the 40 of 4.38 seconds (4.57 at the Nike Camp). He benches 300 pounds, squats 500 pounds, has a 33 inch vertical leap, and recorded the 6th fastest shuttle at the Nike Camp this year, being clocked in 3.99 seconds. He's one of just 23 Washington football players classified as a "Red Chip" prospect.
He comes from a program with an incredible winning tradition (in his 4 years at Lakes, the Lancers lost only 1 conference game). He's played through injuries (high ankle sprain late in the season), he's played through adversity (every team he faced this year keyed on stopping the Lancer rushing attack), and Akeem not only persevered, but excelled.
Linebacker / Runningback
6-2, 205 Pounds
School: Tacoma Baptist HS
1st Team, AP All-State 1A, RB
1st Team, All-Chinook League, RB
1st Team, All-Chinook League, LB
Chinook League MVP
News Tribune All-Area Team
With the trenches finally well-stocked, Idaho is putting a premium this recruiting season on bringing in players with wheels. Josh Bousman out of western Washington's Tacoma Baptist High School fits the bill, and then some. His list of accomplishments in 3 years as a starter are staggering. He's rushed for over 2000 yards each of the past 2 seasons (2,075 yards this year despite missing one game with an injury, 30 TDs). He was named to the AP 1st Team offense as a runningback, and was voted 1st Team All-League as a runningback and linebacker. He played in the 1A State Championship game as a freshman and junior, but his Tacoma Baptist team this year fell short of the playoffs (7-2 record). He played in one of the smallest football classifications in the state (1A), but he was definitely a leader throughout his career, and possesses skills (speed, hard worker, instincts) that are difficult, if not impossible, to teach.
To put an exclamation point on his ability to run, he's been the 1A State Champion 100 meter sprinter each of the past 2 consecutive seasons, recorded a 4.51 - 40 at the Nike Camp, and he's a good student too, carrying a 3.2 GPA.
Although he'll get looks at several positions, he's being recruited to Idaho as a linebacker, where his combination of good size (6-2, 205) and excellent speed should get him on the field soon.
The Press Enterprise
6-4, 185 Pounds
School: Chaparral High School
1st Team, All-CIF Division V, WR
1st Team, All-Riverside County, WR
Idaho is hitting the recruiting trail this spring, looking for talent at the specialist positions (runningback, wide receiver, defensive back, etc.). The recruiting trail in this case passed through Temecula, CA (Inland Southern California) as Idaho received a much anticipated verbal commitment from Chris Kehne, a 6-4, 185 pound wide receiver out of Chaparral High School. Admittedly, we don't have a tremendous amount of information on Chris, and we all know how competitive the California HS football climate is.
That being said, Chris was definitely the sparkplug in the Chaparral offense, on a team which this year advanced in the CIF Division 5 playoffs for the fist time, ended the year with a 7-4-1 record, and beat its cross-town rival. For the year Chris was tops in the Inland area with 70 receptions for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a junior he caught 39 passes for 741 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was the Pumas' go-to receiver this year, and in one game matched a personal best 11 catches for 193 yards, while setting a personal best on the same night with 4 TDs.
Fitting the form with this class, he has recorded a personal best 4.5 - 40, and was repeatedly referred to as the teams best performer in the clutch.
He'll likely be redshirted his first year in Moscow, but we think we'll see some outstanding things from this athlete in the years ahead.
The Press Enterprise
6-3, 260 Pounds
School: Chaparral High School
1st Team, All-State 3A, OL
1st Team, All-Intermountain League, OL
1st Team, All-Intermountain League, DE
Intermountain League Lineman of the Year, DE
Although it's quarterbacks that often come to mind when talking Idaho football, the Vandals also have a long, rich history of attracting and developing outstanding talent in the trenches. From the great Jerry Kramer, to John Yarno of the '70s, Mark Schlereth of the 80's, and through Spencer Folau and Rick DeMulling currently starting in the NFL, Idaho has long prided itself on a deep offensive line.
Since coming back to Idaho in 2000, head coach Tom Cable (himself a starting lineman for Idaho in the early '80s) has made rebuilding this group a priority. After 3 years of recruiting, our line now is as deep as its been since moving back to 1A football in the mid-90's, and Eric Nave of Lakeland High School fits the mold: A big, talented high schooler who's experienced success in multiple sports.
Eric, the second Idaho native to sign with the Vandals this season, has been making a name for himself for quite some time, and has been a 2-way starter for 2 years. This season he's played defensive end and middle linebacker on defense, and left guard and right tackle on offense. He was named 2nd Team All-State as an offensive lineman as a junior, and although his aggressiveness on defense will be an asset, its the offensive line where Eric will be expected to make an impact for Idaho (likely at center).
Eric has played for a Lakeland team that's grown accustomed to winning, having played in the State Finals his junior and sophomore year, and making the playoffs this season. Individually, he was the State runner-up last year as a heavy-weight wrestler and also in the shot-put.
We're excited to have another Idaho high schooler in the fold with this class, and we definitely look forward to watching Eric develop in Moscow.