Huge target picks Vandals

In need of immediate help at wide receiver, Idaho has been hitting the recruiting trail in search of receiver prospects this off-season. The first high schooler to commit to new Vandal head coach Robb Akey and the Idaho Vandals is ERIC GREENWOOD, a 6-6, 200 pound receiver out of Edmonds-Woodway High School (WA) who picked Idaho last week over an offer from UNLV.

This article was compiled from several sources, including conversations with future Vandal Eric Greenwood.

PLAYER PROFILE: Eric Greenwood, 6-6, 200, WR

After last season, there was little doubt that Idaho needed to continue rebuilding the wide receiver depth charts, and to hit it hard during this recruiting season. There is obviously talent in the returning chart, but it's impossible to have enough talent throughout, and to evaluate how those players will perform week-in-and-week-out.

This week Idaho got a big commitment, both literally and figuratively, in Eric Greenwood. A 6-6, 200-pound target out of Edmonds-Woodway High School just north of Seattle (WA), Greenwood had a stellar senior season in 2006. Named to the Seattle Times All Area Team, he led all receivers in the Seattle area with 14 receiving touchdowns and also returned a kickoff and punt for a TD. For the season, Greenwood recorded 44 receptions for 838 yards while also posting 30 tackles and two interceptions from his free safety position, all of which helped the Warriors earn a spot in the Class 4A state semifinals.

His best effort this season included a six-catch, 122-yard, three-TD performance against Mountlake Terrace that lifted Edmonds-Woodway to a 56-7 win. In the State Championships semi-final, Greenwood flew past Bothell's secondary while being hit in stride on a perfect pass to score a 71-yard touchdown.

He was known this season as Edmonds-Woodway's biggest playmaker.

Eric was named an Honorable Mention Class 4A AP All State selection this year (AP only names 1st Team and honorable mention), and was also named a Second Team Washinton Preps All-State selection. He was named a First Team All WesCo selection this season, and also was named a First Team selection in 2005 as a junior.

So what set Idaho apart from the other school's competing for Eric's talents? He had an offer from UNLV of the Mountain West Conference, plus a variety of offers and interest at from several 1-AA and regional programs including the University of San Diego and Eastern Washington. He committed to Idaho during his on-campus visit the weekend of January 19th, and as Scott Eklund from reported, "He [Robb Akey, new Vandal head coach] got up and said he was thrilled to have me and that they were really excited because I was their first high school commitment."

Asked this week about the University of Idaho campus, Greenwood told, "I just really enjoyed it and I think that there's a ton of stuff. There's a bunch of Go Vandals, Go Idaho, that type of stuff in the windows. It's a good place, nice small town - college atmosphere, college city, college town. I think it's gonna be really fun. A lot of people are gonna know about the Idaho Vandals in the next couple of years."

Recruited to Idaho specifically to play wide receiver, Greenwood expects to get his shot at playing time immediately. "When fall practices come, we're gonna all have a chance to compete for starting spots and depth chart spots."

As reported by Eklund, Greenwood mentioned that he "really liked their [Idaho's] offense. They are pretty similar to UNLV's, but because they are a quick flight over, that will allow my parents to watch me - that was the main deciding factor.

"I really liked the staff and the team. I know I can fit in there well."

Greenwood told Scout he was recruited to Idaho by new wide receiver coach Luther Carr (among others). Carr is a graduate of Eastern Washington who coached at the University of Washington with new offensive coordinator Steve Axman, and comes to Idaho after serving as a wide receivers coach under Axman for three season at the University of Montana.

Carr and Axman will be responsible for getting the Idaho passing attack back in the air this fall, and getting an athlete of Greenwood's caliber on the roster is clearly a fantastic start.

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