Trio commits to Idaho this week

THIS WEEK THE VANDALS PICKED UP THREE MORE verbal commitments from across the nation when Los Alamitos (Calif.) Dream Team tightend Joe Wysocki, Capital (Ida.) record setting wide receiver Tarik Littlejohn, and Lake Minneola (Flor.) Central Florida All-Star MVP defensive rush end Eric Hale all made pledges to the University of Idaho.

With National Letter of Intent signing day right around the corner (Wednesday, February 4), the 2015 Idaho Recruiting Class continues to evolve. This week Idaho picked up three more verbal commitments, boosting the 2015 Class up to 29 prospects, including 11 JUCO athletes signed in December. And with another group of recruits in Moscow this weekend, more verbal commitments could be on the horizon.

Idaho has cast a nationwide net this recruiting season, and the three high school athletes that made their pledge to the University of Idaho this week represent the coast-to-coast effort.

Below is a brief introduction to Idaho's newest commitments:

Eric Hale, 6-4, 240, Rush End - A standout defensive rush end for Lake Minneola (Flor.) High School located in central Florida, Hale recorded 89 tackles as a senior in 2014, including 48 solo tackles. More intriguing, he recorded 11 sacks on the season while forcing two fumbles and deflecting two passes. These stats and his general impact on games earned Hale a spot on the West roster in the Central Florida All Star game. Not content with just playing in the game, he put in a stellar performance and was named the Defensive MVP for his West team. With his senior season in the books, he went on to be ranked the No.47 player in the Orlando Sentinel's 2015 Central Florida Super60.

Joe Wysocki, 6-3, 220, Rush End - Last weekend fellow Los Alamitos athlete Denzal Brantley made his verbal commitment to the University of Idaho known via his Twitter account. Then on Thursday of this week standout tightend Joe Wysocki, who traveled to Idaho last weekend with Brantley, announced his commitment to Idaho via Twitter as well. As a senior Wysocki hauled in 34 passes for 478 yards (14.1 yards per reception) and scored three touchdowns on a Griffin team that went 9-2 overall and 5-0 in league. In 2014 he was a First Team All Sunset League selection while also being named to the Long Beach Press-Telegraph Dream Team 2014 (joining Brantley who was a First Team pick at runningback). A weapon in the passing attack and as a blocker, Wysocki earned five scholarship offers, including four from FBS programs (Idaho, New Mexico, Navy, and Air Force).

Tarik Littlejohn, 6-2, 190, Wide Receiver - One of the Gem State's best, Capital High School's 4-year starting wide receiver and three year starting safety owns most of the Eagles' receiving records. On the heels of an outstanding senior season Littlejohn was named the Class 5A Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) Player of the Year and a First Team All-Idaho selection. His prolific statistics included 58 receptions for 902 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior he gained 860 yards while hauling in 54 passes and crossing the goal line 10 times. For his career Littlejohn gained 3,046 yards receiving and scored 38 touchdowns. He announced his verbal to the Vandals on Twitter, and this weekend the Idaho Statesman ran a story on his Idaho commitment (Capital WR Littlejohn commits to Idaho).

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