2 MINUTE DRILL: Marboe in for spring

2 MINUTE DRILL:  Marboe in for spring

One of Idaho's top commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, standout offensive lineman MIKE MARBOE (6-2, 295) informed Scout.com this weekend that he had officially graduated from high school last Friday and was heading to Moscow Sunday afternoon. Scout.com confirmed Wednesday that he had enrolled at Idaho and is preparing to battle for a position on the Vandal O-line this spring.

The University of Idaho lost four senior starters on the offensive line off this year's 2009 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl championship team, led by concensus First Team All-American guard Mike Iupati, and the battle to rebuild that unit begins this spring. Possibly the most wide-open battle on this unit will be for the starting center position. Two players with backup experience will be in the hunt: senior Clell Hasenbank was No.2 most of last season, and redshirt sophomore Guy Reynolds was ranked No.19 nationally by Scout.com as a highschool senior in 2007.

Joining in the battle will be enormous JC transfer Sam Tupua (6-3, 315) out of Palomar (Cali.) College, a powerful 3-star prospect described by Idaho head coach Robb Akey as "a big, strong kid with very good feet."

We will have a more indepth look at the entire unit in the days ahead, but for now there is one more name to add to the mix this spring. Mike Marboe (6-2, 295), the Columbia Basin Big Nine Offensive Lineman of the Year, completed his high school education a semester early and has enrolled at Idaho this week. "I graduated Friday," Marboe told GoVandals.net this weekend. "I'll be in for spring ball."

It was a busy weekend for the lineman named an All-State selection as a junior, making the move to Moscow Sunday afternoon (he's reportedly rooming with 6-6, 280-pound Idaho grayshirt offensive lineman Kyle Salm). It's still rare for a high school student to graduate from high school a semester early, but the trend is increasing and he joins senior quarterback Nathan Enderle as Vandals who jump started their football careers with early college enrollment.

The payoff - sooner rather than later - could be enormous.

That being said, Marboe is keeping his plans for next fall in check. "I don't really have any expectations," he said. "I'm just going to come in and work hard and do everything I can to play for that spot. I'll most likely play center, but I can play guard as well. But I don't really care honestly -- I'll play wherever they need me to play."

The future business major kept his eyes on an Idaho team this fall that posted a 8-5 record and made a bowl game for the first time in a decade. The turn around under head coach Robb Akey - particularly this season - had an impact on Marboe, currenlty ranked by Scout.com as the No.18 high school center prospect in the nation, and the No.25 overall high school prospect in the Northwest Region (which includes athletes from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Hawaii, Alaska, and western Canada).

"I think that the program has been on the rise for the last couple of years with Coach Akey," Marboe told GoVandals.net. "That's a big thing that I saw, and I want to be a part of it."


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