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2010 PROFILE: OL Spencer Beale
A starter at Lewiston (Ida.) High School since his sophomore season, senior left tackle Spencer Beale (6-5, 290) is one of the state of Idaho 's top college football prospects for the 2010 recruiting class. An All-State and League lineman of the year as a junior in 2008, he brings tremendous strength to the gridiron.
And with the prep star located just a few miles from the University of Idaho campus, an athlete of Beale's caliber has likely been on the Vandals recruiting radar for years.
Beale's potential as a college prospect also extends beyond Idaho's borders. Last spring he was named to the Scout.com Northwest Hot 50 as the No.2 prospect in the state of Idaho , the No.45 prospect in the northwest region (a region that includes Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Canada, and Hawaii). He also is currently ranked the No.141 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
More importantly, he fits in perfectly with the offensive line the Vandals have been building for years, as evidenced by this year's Vandal road graders which are considered one of the best lines in the Western Athletic Conference. He boasts a bench of 350, a squat of 450, and a power clean of 260. Solid numbers by any standard. And his ESPN evaluation had this to say: "This player is aggressive, and flashes the ability to lock onto a defender and maintain contact."
That aggressive style led to a tremendous junior season, a season in which Beale provided a protective wall on the left side of the line for fellow Idaho commit, quarterback Justin Podrabsky (Inland Empire League Offensive MVP), leading the way for Lewiston's 10-1 record (averaging 35.1 points per game), culminating with Beale being named the Inland Empire League Offensive Lineman of the Year, and a Class 5A First Team All-State selection.
For 2009, the Bengals are considered a top title contender, and Beale is a major reason.
Last week GoVandals.net confirmed that Beale had made a verbal commitment to Robb Akey and the University of Idaho Vandals . Sporting an offer from Idaho State and interest from Eastern Washington – among other universities – Beale talked about the impression the Idaho program had on his decision.
"I love the atmosphere up there," Beale told GoVandals.net. "They're really competitive and a great family atmosphere. I also know a couple guys up there [Beale's brother is also a student at Idaho ], so it will be easier to get to know other people.
"I love the coaches up there - it's just a great campus and a great school."
A standout offensive tackle, Beale is a two-way starter for the Bengals who could see a move inside to offensive guard. "More than likely offensive line," Beale told GVN about the position Idaho is recruiting him to play. "They are thinking probably guard."
So what does the future Social Science or Physical Education bring to the table for the Vandal line? "I'm a strong kid," he said of his strengths as a lineman. "I can also react pretty quickly mentally and physically."
Being so close to the Idaho campus, Beale is familiar with Coach Akey's rebuilding effort on the Moscow campus. "I went there for a camp, and I went there for a couple practices," Beale said of his visits. "I went there in the spring once or twice, and I went to a scrimmage there once in the fall."
The new facilities at Idaho also made an impression. "They have a great weightroom, I think it's only a couple years old," Beale said of the Iverson Speed and Strength Center . "They've got a great practice field – SprinTurf, so that's pretty nice. They just redid the Kibbie Dome, and that's pretty cool."
The University of Idaho wasn't his only visit this recruiting season. "I went to a couple junior days at some Pac-10 schools," Beale said when discussing his visits this year. "I also went to Eastern Washington 's football camp."
Fortunately for Idaho , Akey's program made the right impression with Beale and a rock-solid foundation for the future of the Vandal line made a Silver and Gold pledge.
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