Idaho lineman sets up first visit

From the town of Idaho Falls, Idaho comes one of the bigger players to come from the land of famous potatoes in some time. Mark Asper is a 6-7, 270-pound lineman, and even though he may not be from a larger city, the big schools know exactly where he lives.

"Just to go out there and put on the pads, to prove that you're the bigger, badder, tougher man - that's what I love about football," Asper told Monday night. "Dominating somebody...that's what it's all about."

Mark runs a 5.0 40, benches 280, squats 400 and power cleans 250 pounds. He also jumps 24 inches in the vertical leap. He prefers offense over defense and is being recruited as such for college.

"On offense, you know more of what's going on," Asper said. "You don't have to read and react. Also it's a lot of fun to score."

Individually, Mark has scored plenty of accolades, including all-conference honors on both sides of the ball as a junior. He may have given up one hurry in 2003, but no sacks. "I never want to get beat," he said.

Despite his play, Bonneville didn't live up to expectations this season, ending the year 4-5.

"I wanted to score a touchdown on defense this year," Asper said of his individual goals. "I came close. I had an interception and rumbled for about 15 yards, but then I got tripped up by one of those smaller, speedier running backs."

Recruiting has been going well for Mark, who will take his first official visit this coming weekend. "I'm going to Oregon," he said. "It's the first time I've ever been to Oregon. It seems like they've been in the top-20 in the nation for a long time and they wear the same colors as our school, so I wouldn't have to buy new clothes."

Utah State saw Asper the summer before his junior year at their camp, and have been hot on ever since. Lately, however, their interest has cooled now that a Pac-10 team is in the mix.

Mark is also LDS, but that is of no matter to the schools looking to secure his signature on a letter of intent form. "I turn 19 in November of 2004," he said. "So I'll leave and go on my mission for two years then. Oregon said they would hold a scholarship for me. BYU and Utah State have said the same thing. Boise State is recruiting me and wants to see more film.

"It would be nice to stay close to home. I know my Mom and Dad would like me to stay close so that they could go to some games. I have family in Boise too. They've done really well the past few years, but they've just been kind of in the background for me. They haven't really said yea or nea as to what they want to do."

And the Cougars? They would seem to be a logical choice for Mark. "It's close to home and I have a lot of family down there. They've been big fans for a lot time. They think it would be really cool for me to play at BYU."

He'll be visiting Provo either January 16th or January 23rd.

Right now, Asper is still very much up in the air regarding a leader and looking forward to his visits. "I want to see the schools and see what they are all about," he said.

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