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)

What To Know About Quarterbacks In June

For the third consecutive year Idaho has a QB Competition coming into fall camp. With the recent announcement broke by Colton Clark of the Lewiston Tribune, that Lewiston’s Colton Richardson will not be returning to the team this fall. The competition now seems even more open than before.

With Colton out, Idaho will carry five”ish” quarterbacks into fall camp. I would also not be surprised to see a late addition added to bolster some depth via the transfer portal.

 

Expect to Start:

Mike Beaudry: R-Senior

Mike has spent his collegiate career bouncing around a few times, Idaho will be his 3rd stop.  The early indications were it was going to be Mike or Colton behind center in 2020. With Colton out it appears Mike is the leader in the clubhouse to take over the reins.

Being a senior expect him to be an important voice in the locker room. Not being able to work with the team in spring could make the comradery slower to develop.

Mike knows what it takes to step in and compete. He took Western Florida to the D2 National title game as a sophomore. He has the big game experience which should play well into the trend of Idaho last season . Who seemed to show up for all the big games.

He is coming in as a grad transfer from UConn who plays in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) which is widely regarded as the top group of five conference in the FBS. He won the starting job at UConn before suffering an injury early in the season that led to more of a dual QB system after.

He seems to be exactly what Idaho will need in 2020. A leader who can step in on a young offense with some experience and help them take the next step forward. Helping coach and push both Nayar & Jordan to be at even higher level come 2021.

Compete to Start:

Nikhil Nayar: R-Sophomore

After national signing day in February it looked like Nayar may have been a victim of the added depth Idaho has assembled in past two seasons, and would have been a long shot to start. Not necessarily based on talent, but based on getting reps. Between a returning redshirt junior, high profile true freshman and a FBS grad transfer, snaps would have been hard to get. With Colton no longer on the roster you would image Nikhil will be the beneficiary of most of those snaps.

In a year where Spring and Summer ball has been nonexistent it gives him a major leg up as this is his 3rd year in system where the others have only had playbook for a few months. They also have not had opportunity to practice with the team where Nayar has.

From everything we have heard Nayar has the talent to be QB1. But, in previous seasons seemed to lack consistency and confidence the coaching staff was looking for to put him in a serious starting position. You know what helps with consistency and confidence? Getting reps at practice, which he will be getting this year. Now Nayar just needs to capitalize.

Nayar is the sleeper pick to win the job. He has the Skills, Size and IQ. If he puts it together don’t be surprised if he blows this competition out of the water.

Caleb “CJ” Jordan: Freshman

Maybe the most hyped QB to join Idaho since Dominique Blackman, will have a lot of weight on his shoulder and maybe unfair expectations. To some he is already being viewed as the savior of Vandal football. Jordan was considered by Hero Sports to be the #2 QB prospect in the FCS. The 3 star out of Vancouver Washington (Greater Portland Area) had offers to many FBS schools including some in the power five such as Louisville. He is worthy of the hype. Idaho should be tactical with this decision. Throwing him to the wolves may not be the best idea, especially with a shortened off-season.

A major believe is if CJ had not suffered a season ending meniscus tear during his senior season. He would be playing for a Pac 12 or Big 12 type of school. The talent is there. If you follow CJ on Twitter, he has been working his tail off to get back on the field stronger than ever. Just because he can play, doesn’t necessarily mean he should.

With a Grad transfer appearing to be the favorite, it means Idaho will likely have a 4th straight year of competition coming in 2021. Giving Jordan a year to continue to rehab, learn the playbook, get in the weight room with coach Scharnhorst and build those relationships with his teammates.

Don’t forget with current NCAA rules he is allowed to play in 4 games during 2020 season and still be a redshirt freshman in 2021. In 2021 we would also have returning weapons Haywood, Hatten, Lee, Carter, Romano and others we will learn about this year.

This all being said, if he shows up and is the clear-cut favorite. You start him. After all he is a coaches kid, and Coach Petrino loves coaches kids.

Likely Depth

Nathan Cisco: R-Freshman

A guy who has gone a bit under the radar. Coming into fall camp Cisco looks to have fallen into the position I had originally pegged Nayar in Being a victim of our depth. Cisco is young and is still learning the offense. 2019’s competition saw Richardson and Petrino receive the majority of the snaps with Nayar getting some snaps here and there. Expect Cisco to take that role in 2020.

It may be a hard year for Cisco and will test his mental fortitude. As unfortunately I do not think 2020 will be the year for him.

I have little doubt he will takes snaps in a live game in his future. But to happen in 2020 he would need to have taken a large leap forward in the off-season or injury issues.

Good news for Cisco is he is young and has years left in his career. His first 2 seasons will not define his career.

Scout Team

Carter Friesz : R-Freshman

A fan favorite in Moscow Carter will have a lot of people pulling for him. The last time we took a player whose dad had quite the name recognition in Moscow at the Quarterback position it worked out alright. Like Carter Friesz, Matt Linehan was under recruited for football but Idaho gave them a chance. Matt took that opportunity and never looked back.

Could Carter do the same?

Zach Borisch : Redshirt Sophomore

Former Washington player of the year arrived on campus with some expectations on his shoulders. He has since disappeared to many casual fans. The hardcore fans know he has received a greyshirt, redshirt and a position move to the other side of the ball.

Given his Judo background it appear to make sense that he would be tasked with taking people to the ground, instead of avoiding it.

That being said he did appear in a post by QB coach Charlie Molnar over the spring in a Zoom Meeting with the other QBs. He may get a run at QB this fall. His high school production lends you to believe he could take the reins and do something special with them.

But until we get confirmation, he will be running with the QBs full time this fall, it is easier to see him running some scout team or special packages, than a true starter.

Conclusion

This is how I view the competition and its competitors as we come into July. By September 4th Cisco could be starting and Borisch backing him up. Nobody really knows until we get these men back in pads and see how they look at full speed.

One thing is for sure, Vandal fans should be thrilled with the level of talent it appears this QB room has from top to bottom. That will only improve more in 2021 as Colton Richardson returns along with everyone else on this list not named Beaudry.

Going to be a promising next couple of years.

University of Idaho Football Rivalry with Eastern Washington Could Be Diamond In The Rough

The Idaho Vandal football team is still “Moving Forward.” The uninspiring slogan dubbed by former University of Idaho president Chuck Staben has fallen short of materializing in reality, but there’s still a chance rivalries could finally make this happen. I touched on this similar topic last year with needing to make Idaho and Idaho State the Gem State’s great new game. We also know we get to battle it out again with our second oldest rival: Montana. But what about that school about 77 miles away?  Could it take some of the heat and passion from our oldest rivalry with the school only seven miles away? Can we see similarities in our battles with this school as we do with that trucker school to the south?

Eastern Washington should be a solid rival! In the past, it was a rivalry game. We played them in the Governor’s Cup. Eastern has since “Moved Forward” from that game and slapped that title onto their rivalry with Montana. In a way, Eastern combines much of what we hate in our previous 3 biggest rivals (Boise State, Washington State and Montana).  So could it become our most heated rivalry?

Let’s start with how it can draw on the Montana rivalry. We’ve played them 85 times. The vast majority of these meetings have taken place as conference foes. Whether it was in the Pacific Coast Conference days (the predecessor to the Pac-10 and Pac-12) or for decades in the Big Sky. Both Idaho and Montana were charter members of the Big Sky. The game often had large implications in the conference standings, the early years to avoid a last place finish in PCC and in more modern times to win a Big Sky Championships. Having to lineup against the Griz every year with something on the line led to some incredible games and some serious rivalry hate.

Much like Montana, we have played most of the 22 meetings with Eastern Washington in the Big sky Conference. The only difference is back in the day Eastern was more of an automatic win than a challenger to us for Big Sky championships. The times have since changed as Eastern has won 11 Big Sky titles. In the last 10 years the Eagles have won six Big Sky titles and a National Championship on two title game appearances. It is now on Idaho to stop being an automatic win on Eastern’s path to a Big Sky championship (Idaho is currently on a three game losing streak to the Eags, including two losses while in FBS). If we can improve then this rivalry will naturally grow in importance much like theirs and ours with Montana.

Now let’s compare them to those pesky Cougs seven miles done the road. If we are being honest the “Battle For The Palouse” isn’t going anywhere. We already have games No. 92, 93 and 94 on the schedule over the next six seasons. Though fun, and usually one of my favorite games every year we play it, it just has not been competitive since we left the PCC. Wazzu has won the last two meetings in 2016 and 2013 by a combined score of 98-6. Even in the final years of the PCC things started to get a bit out of hand. Idaho has only managed 16 wins and three ties all-time. In the last century (1919-2019) we have only gotten eight wins and two ties.  It has some quirky history with the Loser’s Walk, Idaho’s first pass and the “displacement bowl.” Overall, it has become a better basketball rivalry than a football one. It’s the oldest continuous basketball rivalry in the western United States.

What really makes the Battle of the Palouse great is the proximity. Its no secret that though in different states, Pullman and Moscow function better as a united community than as two separate ones. One has better dining (Moscow), the single greatest bar in the World (Moscow), cheaper alcohol (Moscow) and lower sales tax (Moscow). The other has bowling alley/casino (Pullman), a dance club (Pullman), and, technically, the airport.

This kind of appeal is what should make our games with Eastern Washington special. It’s a game fans are able to drive to and back from in one day if you live in the Inland Northwest. Which, is possible even more so now that we play every other year in Cheney. If you live in Boise, flights to Spokane are easy to come by and there are multiple a day. Once in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area, you can drive oh, maybe 20 to 30 minutes to get to Cheney. If coming from the Moscow area it takes less than 90 minutes. Plus, we actually get home games in Moscow every other year now. Unlike in the Battle for the Palouse that hasn’t seen a contest in Moscow since 1966. Last year Eastern had to bring in extra bleachers to accommodate the fan interest on both sides. Idaho sold out their away team allotment last weeks before the game was even played. Eastern may have yet to do that in the Kibbie Dome for this upcoming Saturday. But hey, I never said they had a more devoted fan base.

I think being less than 100 miles apart is so unique and will always create animosity, as you will run into the other fan base so frequently. If you want to let go of the WSU rivalry then this is our closest rival geographically by far. Missoula is over 240 miles, Boise is 290 miles and Pocatello is on the other side of the moon. The red of EWU will be the most prominent color you’ll see if you’re a Vandal in North Idaho and eastern Washington, other than WSU’s Crimson.

(Editor note: Hot take upcoming)

Last and certainly least is Boise State. To be honest, I don’t know why we let this be considered a rivalry. We are different in every way. The University of Idaho is a Land Grant University that opened her doors in 1889 before Idaho even accomplished statehood. Most of U of I’s Greek houses have been on the campus before Boise Junior College came into existence in 1934. They didn’t even become a university until 1974. We didn’t even start playing them in football until 1971. To be able to compete with Idaho on the football field it took changing to colored turf.  They have always been academically inferior. We should view them the same way a Cal or Stanford views a Fresno or San Jose State.  You may share a yard, but we are not rivals.

The opposite is true with Eastern. The school opened in 1882. They been known by the Eastern Washington name since 1977. Right around the same time we started playing Boise State. If anything it makes way more sense to be rivals with Eastern than Boise State. Eastern did take one page out of Boise’s book and installed colored turf to become competitive in recruiting. So, if you hate Boise for the blue turf then it will be easy transition to hated red turf.

Eastern and Idaho is setup well to be a major rivalry not just for us, but for entire FCS to enjoy. It just makes too much sense. All it is missing is a couple years of awesome match-ups  …and a name.

We can take care of the competitive games this year by ruining EWU’s season with an upset win on Saturday in the Dome. As for the name…. We vote “ The Red Scare Rivalry.”

 

Big Sky be damned, I’m still buying season tickets. Why you should too:

I’m counting the days until kickoff. I haven’t been the Moscow in nearly nine months, and that’s just too much time for me to have been away.

Vandal football is giving me the perfect excuse to end that hiatus.

I’ll be around my Vandal family. I’ll be able to shove Grub Truck and Sweaty Teddys into my mouth. I finally won’t have to drink my beers in pint-sized portions like an animal. I’m getting that shit 32 ounces at a time.

I’ll be there for the season opener against Sacramento State and the banner unveiling for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl following the most successful season in Idaho’s FBS history.

Yet, something feels off. We all know what that feeling is. The internal battle inside of us between excitement for this program and the disappointment and distress at the inevitable death of our FBS foray in 2018.

In fact, how good Idaho is projected to be in 2017 just makes this feel worse. This has to happen now? Right when Paul Petrino has not only built a good football team, but a great and sustainable program from the recruiting aspect to the system on the football field?

Augh.

It sucks. It sucks all around. And no matter what it’s going to affect how I feel about this season.

Still, I’m going to be there for every game I can be, with season tickets in my hand, cheering on my Vandals. I’ll do it because the players on the field had nothing to do with the decision and they still deserve our support.

Listen, you think you’re upset about the drop to the Big Sky? Nobody is more upset about this than the coaches and players.

None of these kids who signed on in Petrino’s first few seasons came to North Idaho to play for the FCS playoffs. Most of them came because Idaho offered their only opportunity at FBS football and an opportunity to build a program from the ground up.

Few of these players want to see what could be back-to-back bowl winning seasons amount to a scholarship-budget slashing and a drop in level of competition.

They had no say in the situation, though many current and former players publicly opposed moving to the Big Sky.

You not attending games because you’re mad accomplishes little. The players are as mad as you are. They’re still playing football for Idaho. You can go watch.

Look, if you want to withhold donations that’s cool. The administration should understand the financial impact of the decision they’ve made.  If we’re talking about thousands of dollars per year of your money you’re throwing at the university, that’s your choice.

Withholding your money from the ticket office will barely make an impact.

Idaho projected 2016’s football ticket sales would be less than half of the nearly $1 Million the school received in 2011. This means football ticket sales barely account for five percent of the total athletic department revenue. You and a thousand of your buddies not buying tickets may make an annoying impact, but it won’t act as a deterrent. It’s something Idaho was certainly prepared to absorb.

I get it. It’s going to be a battle to care as much when it’s Southern Utah and UC Davis coming to the Kibbie Dome. I get the disappointment at the administration not even at least exploring independence.

Don’t take your disappointment out on these players.

It meant a lot to them wen we made that disgusting Boise stadium ours in December, battling temperatures so cold our beers became slushy after three sips. Still we showed up 25,000 strong.

It’ll mean a lot to them to see the Kibbie Dome have atmosphere in their final season as an FBS program.

And if you don’t feel like it? Here’s what you’re missing:

  • Matt Linehan becoming the all-time leading passer in the history of Idaho Vandal football with only ~ 2,100 yards remaining. He’ll pass Doug Nussmeier, Ken Hobart, Nathan Enderle and John Friesz. He’ll likely end top five all-time in touchdown passes and simply replicating each of the last two seasons could make him the most accurate Vandal quarterback of all time.
  • A defensive front seven with NFL prospects in Aikeem Coleman and Kaden Elliss. Tony Lashley, who was a part of Paul Petrino’s very first signing class at Idaho, is also getting a lot of preseason hype.
  • The best marching band in all the damn land.
  • A good fucking football team. Some of us were with this program during the worst years bridging Robb Akey’s last few teams to Petrino building this thing up. I’m not going to take this type of talent for granted.

Finally, you’re missing out on Moscow. Coming back to the University, the town and the community that gave you so much in life. There’s never a bad excuse to make your way to the Palouse for $4 tubs of Rainier and good people.

I’ll see you in Moscow.