The List

After weeks of discussion and debate on this site regarding where Idaho's recruiting efforts should be focused, Coach Tom Cable's 2002 recruiting class was announced Wednesday afternoon. "Heavy" in Defensive Line recruits, the athletes who do battle in the trenches stole the lime-light this recruiting season.

First, we at would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Coach Cable and his staff, and particularly the overhauled Defensive Staff, on what appears to be another solid recruiting class. The challenges facing Idaho this recruiting season, particularly on the heels of a disappointing 2001 campaign, were significant. But at first glance, Idaho appears to have done a good job addressing depth issues accross the board, particularly on the defensive line, with a mixture of JC and highschool prospects.

California was the recruiting state of choice this year, but we also made an inroad into the great football state of Louisiana to land a highschool Wide Receiver prospect (thank you, Sun Belt Conference). Over the next few days we will be spotlighting each new recruit (grouped by platoon), starting with the Defensive Line. In the meantime, below is the complete list, as published by the University of Idaho:

HS recruits
K Mike Barrow, Ventura, CA, 5'11", 165
S Robert Davis, Simi Valley, CA, 6'4", 195
TE Keith Greer, Santa Ana, CA, 6'2", 250
WR Brandon Mascorro, Ventura CA, 5'9", 170
OL Matt Newell, Las Vegas, NV, 6'8", 285
WR Wendell Octave, St. James, LA, 6'1", 185
LB Nick Pilon CDA, ID, 6'4", 231
FB Andrew Stobart, Borah, ID, 6'2", 235
OL Jade Tadvick, Stephensville, WA, 6'5", 298
DT Kelly Talavou, Los Angeles, CA, 6'2", 310
OL Hank Therien, Corvallis, OR, 6'7", 318
OL Nate VanderPol, Federal Way, WA, 6'6", 290
LB Jaron Williams, Pasadena, CA, 6'1", 200
DT Geoff Zuber, Gold Beach, OR, 6'4", 280

JC Recruits
DT Ryan Atoe, College of Redwoods, 6'2", 314
CB Rod Bryant, West Hills JC, 6'1", 180
DE Kody Kraus, Ricks, 6'3", 228
DB Darryl Murphy, College of the Canyons, 5'11", 185
DE Kelly Nead, Ricks College, 6'4", 236
CB Robert Ortega, Chaffey JC, 6'1", 200
DT Johhny Parra, SW College, 6'3", 310
RB Shung Peoples, Long Beach City, 5'10", 182
CB JR Ruffin, Citrus College, 6'1, 190
RB Malfred Shaw, Sierra College, 5'10", 207
WR Cedric Thompson, College of the Canyons, 5'8", 175

Official Press Release, Idaho 2002 Recruits (PDF) Vandal Recruit List ('98 - Present)

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