Recruiting Focus: The Offense

This recruiting season, the staff was clearly focused on bringing in immediate help for the Idaho <I>defense</I>. On offense, however, the staff was able to bring in some truly exceptional athletes, many of whom will be given plenty of time to develop within the system. This group comes to Moscow from Southern California, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Montana. Plus, we even brought in a promising young Idahoan for good measure.

Of the 26 recruits in this year's class, only 11 are penciled in on the offensive side of the ball. These 11, however, are good all-around athletes. Eight of the 11 are highschoolers, and 4 of these are offensive linemen. Given the depth we are forming on the offensive line, it's likely all four of the new linemen could be redshirted this season. Regardless, this group of linemen is as big as any class of freshmen ever recruited to Idaho, and all 4 have the physical size and ability to crack the starting lineup at some point in their career.

Among the specialists, we have a healthy mix of highschoolers (4) and junior college transfers (3). Among the highschoolers, Mascorro was a 2-way starter at St. Bonaventure and could play on either side of the ball. Greer, Octave and Stobart bring exceptional size, and all have good speed.

All 3 JC transfers have had solid careers at the JC ranks, and all 3 should play significant roles on this year's Vandal team. Thompson is a threat when he has the ball, and could see immediate action as a return specialist (2-time all-conference return specialist selection) or in the starting rotation at wide receiver.

At running back, it is uncertain how significant the knee injury to last year's blossoming star Blair Lewis will impact his career, so Peoples and Shaw will likely see significant playing time carrying the ball. Both have good speed, and both are durable backs.

Below is a more detailed look at each athlete.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends:

TE Keith Greer, 6-2, 250, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA

WR Brandon Mascorro, 5-9, 170, St. Bonaventure High School, Ventura, CA

WR Wendell Octave, 6-1, 185, St. James High School, St. James, Louisiana

WR Cedric Thompson, 5-8, 175, College of the Canyons (CA)

Running Backs / Full Backs:

Shung Peoples, 5-10, 182, Long Beach City College

Malfred Shaw Jr., 5-10, 207, Sierra College

Andrew Stobart, 6-2, 235, Borah High School, Boise, ID

Offensive Line:

Matt Newell, 6-8, 285, Green Valley High School, Las Vegas, NV

Jade Tadvick, 6-5, 298, Stevensville High School, Stevensville, MT

Hank Therien, 6-7, 318, Crescent Valley High School, Corvalis, OR

Nate VanderPol, 6-6, 290, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, WA

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