A Foundation for the Defensive Line of the Future

This off-season the defensive line was clearly the focus of <b>Coach Cable's</b> recruiting attention. We've heard quite a bit about the 3 outstanding JC transfers we have coming in, but the 2 high school prospects (6-2, 310 <b>Kelly Talavou</b> of Southern California and 6-4, 290 <b>Geoff Zuber</b>) are equally impressive. This is our spotlight focus on the new Vandal from Gold Beach, Oregon.

Football Head Coach Kevin Swift of Gold Beach High School in Gold Beach, Oregon thinks highly of his versatile student-athlete, 2002 Idaho football recruit Geoff Zuber. "His dad's a logger and his mom's a teacher, he's got a tremendous work ethic and he's smart." This enabled Coach Swift to play Geoff, who was introduced to the game as a freshman, at several positions. "He's a gifted student in the classroom who works hard at everything he does, this translated to many athletic positives." Swift went on to say, "It made it easy to introduce him to different positions."

Courtesy The Curry County Reporter
Geoff Zuber, 6-4, 290, DT/OL
Gold Beach, OR
When asked what position he thinks Geoff would play in college, Coach Swift says, "Well, he's a great O-lineman, he never gave up a sack and we throw 70-80% of the time." On the other hand Swift said, "I know the Vandals are looking at Geoff as a defensive tackle, that's also a good choice in my opinion. Geoff has a quick first step, he ran a 5.0 at the Oregon camp last year and he weighed 290 at the time. Geoff also has a mean streak to him." He added, "Although, he is the best long snapper I've seen in 22 years of coaching."

Geoff himself doesn't mince words, "My first choice would be defensive tackle but it's going to be the coaches final decision." Whatever that decision ends up being, Geoff is working towards making himself the best he can when the time comes. He is currently working out under the "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" program.

Geoff's bench is 315 lbs., cleans; 250lbs., military; 205lbs., (box) squat; 650lbs., and his vertical leap is 27 inches. Geoff is currently 6'4", 300 pounds. He also played basketball all 4 years of High School and started the last 3 years. To give further example of Geoff's versatility, he went out for track this year for the first time and threw both the shot and the discus. He placed 2nd in State in the shot and 3rd in the discus.

Geoff wants to major in Mechanical Engineering while attending Idaho. While visiting Idaho, Geoff was impressed with the campus. During his visit his host was junior defensive lineman Brian Howard. The coach that recruited him was Joel Thomas, and Geoff was joined on campus by another recruit, tight end signee Keith Greer of Mater Dei High School in Southern California.

Kind of a funny story, when I called Geoff to interview him, he was being visited by his new defensive line coach, George Booker. Geoff had just met him face-to-face for the first time (Coach Booker joined the Idaho staff in late December) and his initial impressions were very positive.

Geoff is a very young, High School senior. Coach Swift said, "His potential for growth is huge. He'll only be 17 years old as a College Freshman, I expect him to rise to a whole new level as he matures." He added, "Geoff is exactly the kind of kid you would want in a program, he's a model citizen, he has good values, morals, a good family, good grades and a great work ethic.

It was obvious in talking to Coach Swift that he is a big fan of Geoff Zuber. Coach Swift's enthusiasm for Geoff is contagious. I'm as excited to see Geoff wearing Idaho's Silver and Gold as Coach Swift was to have Geoff on his team for 4 years.

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