Idaho Preps With FCS Potential

Big Sky Recruiting of The State of Idaho

The State of Idaho has been steadily growing as a High School Football recruiting ground for College Football. Idaho has produced some phenomenal FBS talents in recent times like Taysom Hill, Leighton Vander Esch, Shea McClellin, Taylor Kelly and Tanner Mangum. We also just had a guy like Jonah Elliss out of Moscow High be highly recruited and looks to possibly be the next NFL guy from the state of Idaho.

But for everyone of those guys, there are so many talented individuals coming from Idaho. I worked with Justin Jackson, the founder of Rare Academy ID, to identify some guys that have FCS potential. Even a few I was cautious to post about. According to Justin, there are some SERIOUS sleepers in this years class.

Big Sky schools are starting to notice the talent in the state as well. There are 72 players from the state currently on a Big Sky roster for the 21-22 season. Maybe the more important stat, the blue bloods of the conference have taken notice.

Big Sky Schools # of Idaho Players
Cal Poly0
Eastern Washington2
Idaho19
Idaho State29
Montana4
Montana State6
Northern Arizona0
Northern Colorado0
Sacramento State0
Southern Utah0
UC Davis1
Weber State11
TOTAL72

Weber State has won the Big Sky 4 years in a row now and in 2019 made the FCS semi-finals. They have 11 players from the State of Idaho. This includes 2x All-Conference and current Preseason All-Conference Junior George Taralas from Borah High in Boise.

Montana State also has dipped their toe in the Idaho waters when head coach Jeff Choate was at the helm. The St. Maries kid and former BSU assistant knew the gems in the gem state. Tucker Rovig of Mountain View led them under center to the semi-finals of the 2019 FCS Playoffs.

Another former Bronco, UC Davis head ball coach Dan Hawkins has been recruiting the Treasure Valley pretty heavy since taking the helm for the Aggies. He may not have won many of the recruiting battles, but he offers a healthy amount of Idaho kids.

FCS PROSPECTS

Over the course of a couple phone calls and a few of the RARE Academy Idaho camps we has compiled a list of guys in the state that are FCS Prospects.

RARE Academy Idaho is an all-year training academy for kids throughout the whole state. This is not only physical training, but they do alot to help with the mental side of being an athlete and making the move to the college environment. Like many of you, Justin and his team see the potential growing in this State and just want to help these kids get the offers they are capable of. Then have the tools to succeed physically and mentally once on campus.

If you have never checked them out, you should. Its more of a have to see it to believe it. What they do for recruits in this State is amazing and one of a kind. They are only going to continue to grow and help your sons, nephews, neighbors be recognized and preforming at their peak.

The have a staff of former FBS players including Idahos own Brady Strodtbeck who cleared holes for Vandal running backs during the 2016 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Some are borderline FBS guys, others could be PWO/D2 type guys. But this is the crop of dudes to keep your eye on and go see if their team is in your area this season.

PlayerPositionSchool
Davis ThackerWRMeridian
Ethan MikitaWREagle
Kade ThompsonWRRocky Mountain
Trais HigginsWRNampa
Ethan CastilloWRCapital
Garret LavinWRTimberline
Jackson MasonWRRocky Mountain
Gavin CappsWRJerome
Fisher ClementsTEMt.View
Isaiah SawyerTEMt. View
Will VailTEMelba
Gage JonesSEagle
Adam BallRBSt. Regis
Cross AntonnacchiRBMeridian
Taylor MarcumRBTimberline
Brett SpencerQB Weiser
Tiger AdolphoQBRigby
Carter FortinQBCole Valley
Malakai MartinezQBMeridian
Kaimen PeeblesQBSouth Freemont
Owen ToledoOLRocky Mountain
Gunnar ClarkOLMountain Home
Talin TogiaiOLRigby
Seth KnotheLBBishop Kelly
Caden KelleyLBRocky Mountain
AJ EdwardsLBRocky Mountain
Garrett McKennaLBMountain View
Jackson BergerLBCDA
AJ EdwardsLBRocky Mountain
Landyn YoungDLRocky Mountain
Liam ReevesDLTimberline
Jaxson WashingtonDLCDA
Deion TawzerDLRigby
Charles JudyDLSkyview
Jackson BeckDLMountain View
Aiden WhippleDLMountain View
Zachary ClarkDBPost Falls
Alameen AbimdolaDBMountain View
Casey CopeATHVallivue
Tao JohnsonATHThunder Ridge

There is loads of talent on this list. But there are a couple guys I want to highlight. Particularly in terms of Idaho going after them. I’m going to spotlight a few in no particular order.

Adam Ball 6’0 200lbs RB #17 St. Regis

I know this could be looked at as cheating since St.Regis the town is technically in Montana. But it is a border town and Adam is attending the RARE Academy Idaho showcases. He is not just attending, he is preforming. When Justin talks about this kid, you hear it in his voice. He is something special. He is the reason something like RARE exists.

If there is one name to take away from this piece. It is Adam Ball. Justin speaks so highly of this guy I am planning on attending a St. Regis game in person this season. (Scroll down for a list of MUST catch games this fall). Ball has been a standout at every event and is still under the radar. Almost, so much so, I just wanted to leave him off the list and just text our coaches about offering this kid. I just couldn’t not mention him, he deserves the recognition and WILL BE the steal of this class.

Davis Thacker 6’3 205lbs WR # 6 Meridian

Davis is the brother of Damen Thacker who just started 23 games for the Vandal hoops team. We know Paul Petrino is always talking about “family”. He loves recruiting sons, brothers, nephews of coaches, former players etc. Damen Thacker did transfer out and was apart of a different athletics program, but this is a move I would not be surprised to see our athletic department make.

Davis currently does not have any offers.

Taylor Marcum 6’0 185lbs RB #21 Timberline

If you follow prep football, this one is obvious. Taylor Marcum is one of the highly recruited guys in the state. In fact on July 18th he committed to Montana State. But, we have seen recently verbals change before NSD. He has an offer from the Vandals and Idaho is building a bit of a pedigree of giving in-state RBs playing time. Lets not forget the first play of the 2019 season against Penn State, Paul put in true freshman Nick Romano RB from Rocky Mountain and threw the ball to him. He is not afraid to say RBs from the state of Idaho are big time.

Garret Lavin 6’1 180lbs WR #19 Timberline

Yes, back to back Timberline guys. But, me myself, I am a Timberline guy. “The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”

Garrett is another legacy type guy. He comes from a Vandal family and just a guy I would love to see be given a shot. Even if our receiver room is getting crowded.

He does not currently have any offers.

Gage Jones 6’1 185lbs DB Eagle

Likely the best defensive back in the State, Gage is poised to have one heck of a season. With a few seasons now of poor secondary play. Getting this local stud would go along way to sure up the backend.

Jaxson Washington 6’1 260lbs DL #78 Couer D Alene

The kid is just one of those grinders. He has got a gym in the garage at home and from looks of it has spent some time with his second cousin Washington States star RB Max Borghi. He also is a very good wrestler, which is a extra bonus in a lineman. He also won the RARE Showcases events top 6 lineman honors.

The Vikes have put out loads of division one talent in the past decade. It is a program you trust. Our defensive line isn’t getting any younger. We should be looking to add 2 to 3 guys on the line in this class.

He currently has 3 offers from a few NAIA and such schools, some sort of offer from the Bengals in Pocatello. But looks to be getting looks from and Montana. His father is a former walk-on and they are a big Griz Family. They have been exposed to the Vandals and we could get him, but if Montana offers (especially before us) it would be hard to win this recruiting battle.

Malakai Martinez 6’0 180lbs QB #3 Meridian

Maybe a bit under the radar until recently. He is starting to show-up everywhere. He was one of if not the first QB Justin gave me. Then on August 8th he was announced the 6th best QB in The Northwest 9 the QB camp former guest of the podcast Taylor Barton runs.

Right now has no offers, I know Idaho has brought in the likes of CJ Jordan, Gevani McCoy and MacCloud Crowton. But you can never have too many QBs.

Hayden Klincheloe 5’10 215lb RB #23 Homedale

This one is a me pick. I watched Hayden in 3A state semis and final last season. He was hard not to notice. I turned to my friend I was in attendance with and said “this is the type of kid Idaho needs to offer.” I later learn he comes from a deep vandal family.

Feedback I got throught the grapevine is his speed is a concern. Well, if you can’t tackle him it doesn’t really matter does it?!

Hayden Klincheloe in State Playoffs Photo By: Chris Hammond

Games To Catch FCS Talent

For some of you football nuts out there, you want to catch these guys before they may suit up for or against the silver and gold in the coming years. I compiled a list of games to catch to watch some of this FCS talent under friday night lights around this beautiful state.

Week 1

Treasure Valley

Mountain View vs Meridian – Meridian,ID (Mountain View, HS)

  • 9 possible FCS guys

Capital vs Nampa – Boise, ID (Donnar Larson Park)

  • 1 Possible FCS guy

Eagle vs Bishop Kelly – Boise, ID (Bishop Kelly HS)

  • 3 possible FCS guys

Magic Valley

Buhl vs Weiser – Buhl, ID

  • 1 Possible FCS guy

Twin Falls vs Vallivue – Twin Falls, ID

  • 1 Possible FCS guy

Week 2

Spokane-CDA Area

Lakeside vs St. Regis – Plummer, ID

  • 1 Possible FCS STUD

Treasure Valley

Rocky Mountain vs Mountain View – Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountain HS)

  • 13 Possible FCS guys

Nampa vs Skyview – Nampa, ID (Skyview HS)

  • 3 Possible FCS guys

Idaho Falls

Rigby vs Post Falls – Rigby, ID

  • 5 Possible FCS guys

Week 3

Spokane-CDA Area

Koontenai vs St.Regis – Harrison, ID

  • 1 possible FCS STUD

Treasure Valley

Rocky Mountain vs Meridian – Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountai HS)

  • 11 Possible FCS guys

Week 4

Spokane-CDA Area

Clark Fork vs St. Regis – Clark Fork, ID

  • 1 Possible FCS STUD

Post Falls vs Mount Si (WA) – Post Falls, ID

  • 2 Possible FCS guys

Magic Valley

Thunder Ridge vs Rigby – Twin Falls (Thunder Ridge HS)

  • 4 Possible FCS guys

Week 5

Treasure Valley

Skyview vs Rocky Mountain – Nampa, ID

  • 10 Possible FCS guys

Melba vs Cole Valley – Melba, ID

  • 2 Possible FCS guys

Week 6

Treasure Valley

Eagle vs Timberline – Eagle, ID

  • 5 Possible FCS guys

Meridian v Skyview – Meridian, ID

  • 5 Possible FCS Guys

Week 7

Treasure Valley

Timberline vs Rocky Mountain – Boise, ID (Donna Larson Park)

  • 11 Possible FCS guys

Skyview vs Eagle – Nampa, ID (Skyview HS)

  • 4 Possible FCS guys

Magic Valley

Canyon Ridge vs Mountain Home – Twin Falls (Canyon Ridge HS)

  • 1 Possible FCS guy

Week 8

Treasure Valley

Homedale vs Weiser – Homedale, ID

  • 2 Possible FCS guys

Vallivue vs Bishop Kelly – Caldwell, ID (Vallivue HS)

  • 2 Possible FCS guys

Timberline vs Skyview – Boise, ID (Donna Larson Park)

  • 5 Possible FCS guys

Spokane-CDA

Coeur d’Alene v Post Falls – Coeur d’Alene, ID

  • 4 Possible FCS guys

Idaho Falls

Sugar-Salem vs South Fremont – Sugar City, ID

Week 9

Treasure Valley

Rocky Mountain vs Meridian – Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountain HS)

  • 11 Possible FCS guys

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2021 Recruiting HQ

Our Team has been hard at work keeping track of every public scholarship offer, transfer & verbal commitment to the Vandal Football program again this year! (Checkout our list from last year here.)

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We’ll update the list as swiftly as possible throughout the week, and even more so on National Letter of Intent day. This post will be receiving updates as commitments and news piles in.

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Another good recruiting news sites to checkout for Idaho news is 247 Sports Idaho Page.


December 22nd

updated 9:30am

While we wait on 2-4 more commits before this class is final lets take a look at some more in-depth breakdowns.

By Position:

3 WR (Evans, Lilly, Williams)

2.5 QB (McCoy, Crowton [Greyshirt in 21: Webb])

2 RB (Benton & Cummings)

2 CB (Duncan, Jones)

1 OL (Harris)

1 S (King)

1 LB (Musgrave)

.5 DL (Greyshirt in 21:Graves)

By State:

California:7

Texas: 2.5

Idaho: 1.5

Utah: 1

Oregon: 1

Elgible for spring season:

WR Elijah Lilly (Transfer from New Mexico)

CB Joshua Jones (Transfer from UTSA via Tyler Juco)

December 17th

updated 11:17am

Podcast on subject

Audio: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/2021-national-signing-day-idaho-vandals-big-sky-conference/id1409679616?i=1000502701370

Video:

December 16th

Updated 2:43pm

Elisha Cummings RB 5’9 180lb Waco,TX

Tyler Webb QB 6’3 205lb Waco, TX

Per Tyler’s Twitter he will be Greyshirting and report to team in 2022.

Updated 11:09am

Zamajay Duncan CB 5’10 180lb San Diego, CA (3 Star & 247.coms #2 Vandal Commit ALL-TIME)

& Teammate and our first verbal commit!

Ja’ShonWilliams WR/CB 5’11 170lb San Diego, CA

Updated 9:39am

Fall 21′

Isiah King S 6’4 200lb San Diego, CA

Jan 20′

Macloud Crowton QB 6’1 180lb St. George, UT

Updated 9:18am

First State of Oregon commit. Elgible Fall 21′

Colt Musgrave ILB 6’2 215lb Bend,OR

Updated 8:44am

They just keep rolling in

Fall 21′

Gabe Benton RB 6’1 225lb Stockton,CA

Updated 8:39am

Added 5th signing and he is a Hogmolly!

Elgible Jan’20

Logan Harris OL 6’7 290lb Boise, ID (Centennial)

Updated 7:58am

We appear to have answer that some of these recruits are eligble to play this spring

4 Commits Official commits 1 Fall 21′ 3 Jan 20′ According to GoVandals.com

Fall 21′

Gevani McCoy QB 6’1 160lb Los Angeles,CA

Jan 20′

Keison Evans 6’2 182lb WR Compton,CA

Joshua Jones CB 5’10 182lb (JR transfer from UTSA)

Elijah Lilly WR 6’0 160lb (RSr transfer from New Mexico)

December 15th

Updated 6:00 am

Rankings

We enter NSD eve ranked 129th nationally (135th in 2020) 7th in FCS (3rd in 2020) & 2nd in Big Sky (3rd in 2020)

Tubs Rankings as of today for the Big Sky

Teams:Points:Top Recruit:Notes:
1NAU80.92Kobe Walton (Safety)13 Commits.
2Cal Poly62.42Jekob Jones (ILB)11 Commits.
3Idaho58.85Zamajay Duncan (CB)10 Commits.
4EWU48.12Kekoa Visperas (QB)11 Commits.
5UC Davis31.22Porter Connors (OLB)8 Commits.
6MSU24.69Kenneth Eiden IV (ATH)10 Commits.
7Sac. State16.08Dorian Hale (QB)9 Commits.
8UNC8.31Wilson Clark (C)5 Commits.
9Montana7.31Daniel Britt (QB)5 Commits.
10PSU7.31Mason Packer (ATH)1 Commit.
11Weber StateN/ANoah Kjar (WR)3 Commits, One is in 247.
12SUUN/ANathan Sauste (TE)3 Commits.
13ISUN/ALoimata Mauga (DT)1 Commit.

IDAHO VERBALS

Zamajay Duncan 5’10 180lb CB (3star) San Diego, CA

Ja’Shon Williams 5’11 170lb CB (2star) San Diego, CA

Tristyn Flores 6’0 170lb CB (3star) Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Colt Musgrave 6’2 213lb ILB (3star) Bend, OR

Jacob Graves 6’3 285lb OG (2star) Kuna, ID

Nico Estrada 5’9 175lb ATH (2star) San Diego, CA

Isiah King 6’4 200lb ATH San Diego

Tyler Webb 6’3 205lb QB Waco, TX

Elisha Cummings 5’9 180lbs RB Waco,TX

Luke Borchardt 6’5 190lb WR Portland, OR (Grant)

Gevani McCoy 6’1 160lb QB Lakewood, CA

Gabriel Benton 6’1 225lb RB Stockton, CA

Jon Denny 6’6 32lb OL Fairfield, WA (Fr-Transfer from WSU)

Elijah Lilly 6’0 160lb San Bernardino, CA (RSr-Transfer from UNM


Idaho Kids With Vandal Offers Outstanding

Ammon Munyer TE (3star) Rathdrum, ID- Air Force, Charlotte, EWU, JSU, UM, MSU, NAU, Weber, CWU

Gus Elwell DE Boise, ID (Mountain View) – CofI

Ben Ford QB Eagle, ID (Eagle)- Army, Idaho State

Jordan Erickson RB Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountain)-Air Force, Army, Navy, San Diego, Montana Tech

Brett Tommasini LB (2star) Eagle, ID (Eagle)-Air Force

Alec Eckert DE (2star) Lewiston, ID – Columbia, MSU, CofI, Wazzu (PWO)