2020 Vandal Recruiting Tracker

Myself and Marten Heimstra have been hard at work keeping track of every public Offer, Transfer & Commitment.


We will update the list as quick as possible throughout the day. This post will be receiving updates all day.

Look for our recruiting podcast to be out tonight (2/5).

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Other Good Recruiting News Sites at the Pretain to Idaho

HERO SPORTS Big Sky Rankings

247 Sports Idaho Page



Entering the morning Idaho ranks 132 in the Nation for recruiting. Good for 3rd in FCS. Ahead of some notable programs

FBS: New Mexico State (145)

FCS: North Dakota State (138), Harvard (139), Yale (140),Montana (150) & James Madison (165)



We Landed another Rehkow! Landon Rehkow has signed his Letter of Intent to play for the Vandals!

Landon will take a 2 year mission. Will not be on the team until 2022. (Per Luther Elliss Interview)



Tune into Pluto.tv to see the Idaho Vandal recruiting special.

-Mike Breske excited about Colsbey Nosworthy out of CDA. Hoping he can win te bhattle to get him to “The Dark Side” (Defense). Much like he did with Llyod Hightower.

-Cinkovich is excited about Elijah Sanchez (247sports.com 3 star prospect). Beat out two other Big Sky Programs to win him. Chance he can get on field quickly.

-Luther Elliss talking FAMILY!

-Montana Alumi and current Idaho DB Coach Vernon Smith on Dareon Nash our University of Montana transfer. Coach Smith is EXCITED about Nash. Nash got bored on visit talking low level football. He shocked Smith how Nash intiaited more cmplex defensive conversations. Expects him to be star on cornerback for us this season. Lockingdown the outside. His Montana connection helped us land him.

-Kayode Rufai talks about the importance of the Northern Arizona win to close out the season. It help set the standard for this years senior class. “Even when the chips are down, you gotta show up”

-Brian Reader is amazing and we are lucky to have him. He is the perfect recruiting coordinator. He is what many wanted Jason Gesser to be, if Paul retained him when coming in. Brians a better fit in that role and an enormous asset to this program.

-Pauls picks for instant contributors. Chad Bagwell, Chauncey Smart & Fa’avae Fa’avae. Excited about Caleb “CJ” Jordan (arent we all?). Is currently 2nd highest QB recruit in the FCS and  ” Will make Vandal fans happy for alot of years to come.” Postitions looking to have most competetion going into Spring ball: QB & O-line. The staff has already started putting together the 2021 class.



Where signees are from






Connecticut: 1

Arizona: 1

Montana: 1

Oregon: 1

Texas: 1

Nevada: 1


UPDATE 2/6 4:11PM

247sports.com updated rankings. Idaho is ranked 134. Good for 5th in the FCS.


Notable teams behind:

Eastern Washington (128), Montana State (132), Cal Poly (133)


Notable teams Idaho is ahead of:

New Mexico State (146)

UC Davis (135) , Harvard  (139), North Dakota State (140), [our D2 opener in 2020] Western Oregon (142), Montana (155), Missouri State (163), Idaho State (164), James Madison (168)

UPDATE 2/12 9:11AM

FCS Class Rankings

247Sports.com:  5th in FCS, 3rd in Big Sky

Notable Schools we are ahead of: North Dakota State(10), Montana(23)

Notable Schooles Behind: Princeton(1), Eastern Washington (2), Montana State(3), Cal Poly (4)

Hero Sports: Not in top 50, 6th in Big Sky


Recruit Rankings

# of Recruits in Hero Sports Top 300 : 1

#43 QB Caleb “CJ” Jordan

  • 5th rated QB (no other Big Sky QBs in top 20)
  • 2nd rated overall recruit in Big Sky

# of Recruits in top 100 of 247sports:

Notable not ranked Caleb “CJ” Jordan

  • 24th rated QB in FCS
  • 3rd rated QB in Big Sky




Goal To Go: Central Washington Edition – Idaho Football Four Things To Watch

Welcome to “And Goal To Go. A new series where I will give my 4 things to watch, know or expect for the Vandals upcoming game and a score prediction.

The mighty Vandals return home for their home opener. They will be facing D-II Central Washington under first year head coach Chris Fisk.

First Down & Goal

Central Washington is a question mark at the quarterback position. The Wildcats have a new head coach, a new quarterback coach in Kelly Bills and only one player back with any significant time. The quarterback position in Ellensburg consist of three returning player and three true freshman.  Nothing we’ve found says Central has named a starter, but they do have some guys who can play. My three projected quarterbacks we should expect to see are:

Most likely to Start: Branden Miles

He is a 6-foot-3 Transfer following Coach Bills from Weber State. He saw some time on Weber State’s back-to-back Big Sky Championship teams

Second-most snaps: Tai-John Mizutani

Mizutani hails from Honolulu. He is fourth all-time on the islands for passing yards in a career and a game. Yes, that same state which has produced QBs like Marcus Mariota, Tua & Taulia Tagovailoa and Milton McKenzie.

The other guy: Christian Moore

The returning 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore had 10 appearance last year for the Wildcats as the backup.

Second Down & Goal

Is our revamped secondary as bad as it looked vs Penn State, or were we just playing a top 15 FBS team that is just that good? We have one of the Big Sky’s leading pass defenders in senior Llyod Hightower, a Cotton Bowl contributing transfer Davontae Ginwright from Western Michigan, and Tyrese Dedmond has another year of experience. One of our last Potato bowl contributors in senior Sedrick Thomas. Plus, added depth in junior college signee Satchel Escalante. As I mentioned in first down, they are facing a rather inexperienced group of QBs from a D-II school. We should see improvement from the Vandals here.

Third Down & Goal

We hope our secondary is revamped and that our defensive line is reloaded. We have had so many great defensive linemen in past few seasons such as Maxx Forde, Benson Mayowa, Aikeem Coleman, Quinton Bradley, DJ Henderson and so on. Kayode Rufai and gang looked good against Penn State early. Then, well, they never got off the field. This game should help build some momentum as Kayode, Kim, Akanno and both of the Elliss’ should live in the backfield against this inferior offensive line.

Fourth down & Goal

A quarterback competition. We’ve kept hearing about a competition at the spot going all the way back to last season. But, the snap tallies tell a very different story. Mason Petrino had 275 more pass attempts than Colton Richardson last season. Richardson battled injuries, to be fair, but even before the injury it was obvious who was going to be taking more snaps. We also learned Mason had a separated shoulder all season which makes you wonder why he was even playing. Mason threw the ball 17 times last week, more than Richardson’s nine attempts. Let’s just please make this an actual competition and give both QBs a fair shake and see who comes out on top.


Chris: Idaho 54 Central Washington 6

TJ: Idaho 27 Central Washington 17

Brian: Idaho 42 Central Washington 28

Sean: Idaho 41 Central Washington 17

Marten: Idaho 49 Central Washington 13