Fullback of the Future

Among <b>Coach Cable's</b> recruiting needs this off-season was to find a Fullback for the future. Idaho signed an outstanding prospect in <b>Andrew Stobart</b> of Boise's Borah High School. A 2-way starter at Tight End & Defensive End for the Lions (1st Team 5A All-State & All-Conference DE), Andrew brings outstanding versatility with his size, physical style of play, and ability to catch.<br> <br> Many thanks to VanJoe for this spotlight article, and to Andrew for the interview and photos.

Andrew Stobart, 6-3, 240
Boise, ID
Andrew Stobart moved around a lot as a youth with his mom and brother. Although he was born in Dallas, Texas, he developed his taste for football while living in Lacy, Washington. Halfway through his sophomore year in Lacy, Andrew's mother decided to move them back to Dallas. On the way, their car broke down in Boise, and as one thing led to another they decided to stay.

"He showed up in my office right before Christmas of his sophomore year wanting to play football", says head Borah football Coach John Gough (pronounced Goff). "He's a great kid with great potential. He's still growing, he's grown an inch in height his senior year alone and put on 10 pounds, his hands are huge. One of the biggest things about him is his focus, he's a perfectionist who is constantly trying to improve his game."

At Borah Andrew played both ways, at tight end on offense and defensive end on the defense. When I asked Coach Gough what Andrew's best position was he immediately said "D-end, he was very destructive on defense, broke up a lot of plays." Then, after a brief pause he said "you know, I want to say defense but now that I think about it, he won a lot of games for us with his ability to catch and run, that guy has amazing hands."

I thought this all sounded great and asked if Coach Gough thought it might be okay if I contacted Andrew for an interview. As if to underscore what he had said about Andrew's dedication, Coach Gough said that Andrew was lifting weights as we spoke and that I could talk to him right then if I'd like.

Since he was lifting weights at that very moment, that was one of the first things I asked him about. While he is lifting in preparation for Vandal football he is also currently in training for the track team. Andrew told me that he lifts weights 2 ½ hours per day. His personal bests in each of the key lifts are: power clean: 295, squat: 485, bench: 350, and he has a stationary vertical leap of 34 inches (he's doing the high jump in track). He said that he wants to get bigger for football and that he's currently 240 pounds and exactly 6' 3 ½ inches tall. He also told me that he'd grown an inch this year.

In track and field Andrew is competing in the high jump, the 4x100 relay, the shot, and the discus. His personal bests are all from last season and they are; high jump: 6', shot: 41' and discus 127'. This is his first year in the relays. He really likes track and all sports for that matter, but football is his first love.

I congratulated Andrew on his commitment with Idaho and asked him what he liked best about the recruiting process in regards to the Vandals. He said, "I loved the campus, the coaches and the guys. What I liked most was Coach Cable and his staff's honest approach, that did if for me. Honesty is personally very important to me." Andrew also said that his good friend Dan White helped him out a lot as well.

Andrew is a Fullback recruit with experience at TE and DE.
Andrew's recruiting trail was quite extensive. He was offered by West Point, took an official trip to ISU, an unofficial trip to BSU and cancelled trips to UNR and Oregon. He was also contacted by OSU. When Andrew visited Idaho he was joined by "Big" Hank Therien, Jade Tadvick and Matt Newell. I would not have wanted to pick up that meal tab. Andrew said that he was quite impressed by the size of those three. He was recruited by Rick Fisher and during his trip had a long meeting with his position coach Joel Thomas. "They were both awesome."

In preparation for football Andrew has attended football camps at the University of Puget Sound and the Idaho Stallions Camp right here in my home of Canyon County. Andrew tells me that he eats, sleeps and breathes football and that he's a sports junkie. He also wants to be a coach. It may be in his blood, as Andrew is the nephew of former Ohio State Buckeye's Offensive Coordinator Chuck Stobart.

I asked Andrew what would be his dream position in college. He said "Well, playing defense is awesome but I love having the ball in my hands." Andrew has never really played fullback but his good hands and his size should translate to success at the fullback position. And if not, Coach Cable's offense loves a good tight end.

Whatever the case, Andrew sounds like a good catch and a good Vandal. I wish him luck academically and athletically in the years to come. The dedication that he displays should pay off for him in many ways.

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