Enter junior college standout Cory Rhoane.
With a strong, young offensive line growing in depth, a solid stable of runningbacks, and a battle at quarterback anticipated for next season (two talented freshmen QB prospects in Jon Tobin and Nathan Enderle headline a chart that is currently 4-deep), Idaho is in a position to focus on restocking the wide receiver depth chart.
Rhoane's sophomore season at Cerritos was a successful one, as he led the team with 39 receptions for 594 yards and four touchdowns. The effort earned him First Team All-Mission Conference National Division honors this season. As a freshman he caught 12 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown.
He runs a reported 4.53 - 40 and has a 36-inch vertical leap.
"I can do everything," Rhoane told Scout's Scott Eklund earlier this year. "I play on the outside and I love to go deep, but I would probably say I'm more of a possession receiver. I like to go across the middle and make the catch and then split the defenders. I love eating up zone coverage."
Everything came together this season and got him noticed.
He received a scholarship offer to Iowa State back in October (before their recent coaching change), and he also holds offers from Sacramento State and Charleston Southern, with interest picking up from other schools.
But Rhoane had a good visit at Idaho, knows a couple guys on the team already, and looks forward to the wide-open WAC style of play. For these and other reasons, he has made a verbal commitment to play for the Vandals this fall.
Rhoane is expected to join the team for spring semester, will have 3 years to complete 2, and plans to major in Business at Idaho.
Cory was a 1st Team All-Mission Conference National Division selection after leading the Falcons with 39 receptions for 594 yards and four TDs.
LJ: Have you signed an LOI with Idaho, or have you made a verbal commitment?
CR: "I made a verbal commitment. I have the papers sitting right here. I'm going to be talking to my counselor before I sign the papers, [but] it will be around January 2nd or 3rd when I fax it in."
LJ: How many years of eligibility will you have?
CR: "I have 3 years to play 2."
LJ: Have you visited the Idaho campus?
CR: "Yeah, I visited on December 8th … that weekend."
|The J.A. Albertson building, completed in 2002, houses the University of Idaho School of Business.|
LJ: How did you like it?
CR: "I liked it a lot. It was a pretty nice campus. I like that new business center they built, the Albertson's [Business School]. It's a pretty good campus. I liked the weight room and everything. I liked my visit a lot."
LJ: Who was your host and who recruited you?
CR: "Coach Johnny Nansen recruited me and Jo-Artis Ratti was my host."
CR: Well, basically, I liked my visit. I liked all the guys on the team. I know in the WAC, they throw the ball a lot. I play receiver, so that's what I like. [Plus, there are] a lot of guys from Southern California. I knew a couple of guys on the team already too."
LJ: Who else do you know on the team?
CR: "I know Stanley Franks. I played against him in High School."
LJ: What other schools made offers?
CR: "Charleston Southern made an offer. Iowa State offered me back in October before they had a coaching change. I had a visit set up for them (Iowa State) and Sacramento offered me. I was getting a lot of looks from other places too."
LJ: Are you expecting to play receiver at Idaho, and what position do you think is best-suited for your strengths?
CR: "I'm definitely going to play … but outside receiver. I could play in the slot too though. I wouldn't mind, but I prefer on the outside."
LJ: Describe for our readers some of your strengths?
CR: "My biggest strength is that I can go up and get the ball. I like it when the quarterback throws it up and I can jump over DB's and get it; and I'm exceptionally fast too. I like to run "streaks", but I also run pretty crisp routes too."
LJ: What do you do best with the football?
CR: "If I can get under the catch, I just head straight for the end zone."
CR: "My favorite player in the NFL is Chad Johnson. I like him because I love his routes. He gets in and out of his sets real fast. I love watching him play and watching him catch the ball."
LJ: What do you plan to major in at Idaho?
LJ: Any particular area of business?
CR: "I'm not sure yet. Once I get there, I'll probably decide. It's going to be something in business though."