Vandals offer Spokane wideout

IDAHO WRAPPED UP THEIR summer youth camp recently -- a high octane, 5-day event under first year coach Robb Akey. The camp is a critical tool for identifying future talent and one of the campers who grabbed the attention of the UI coaching staff was a playmaking receiver out of Spokane. After his Vandal camp experience was over, Idaho offered him a scholarship.

Wide receiver Jared Karstetter (6.3, 190, 4.53) out of Ferris High was in Moscow as a day camper at the tail end of June, and he certainly made good use of his time.

"They offered, and I really liked it down there," said Karstetter. "I liked the campus, it's close to home and it's a good school -- academics are pretty important to me, and I talked to them about their academic program and liked that too."

Karstetter said he's made a connection with the receivers coach and UI staff.

"Luther Carr, their receivers coach, I talked to him quite a bit. I liked him a lot, he's a good guy, and then Al Genatone, too," he said.

In addition to Idaho, Karstetter holds offers from Air Force, UNLV and Eastern Washington. He's seeing interest from the Pac-10 schools as well, with the most recruiting love coming from Washington State, ASU and Washington.

"I believe he's the top 'big' receiver in the state," said Scout.com NW Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters. "I think he's very similar to 2007 prospect O.J. Helwege from Eastlake, both being able to create YAC (yards after catch) because of his natural ability and acumen for the game. Karstetter adds a top gear, which is something schools are definitely noticing. For his size, he's a very fluid, coordinated athlete."

WHILE KARSTETTER said he was thrilled with the Idaho offer and holds the Vandals in high regard, his recruiting goals, he also said, would include landing a Pac-10 offer. Last month, he camped at ASU, attended a UW passing camp, and was at Washington State with his Ferris teammates, as the Saxons spent four days in Pullman.

"Washington State, I got to work with coach (Mike) Levenseller, I really liked him a lot. Washington State is one of my top two or three schools that I would like to go to. I grew up watching their games, and I've always wanted to play for the Cougs. So I really like them, and then the UW too, and then Arizona State, I worked out down there last month. Those are kind of my top three choices," said Karstetter.

Karstetter said WSU, UW and ASU have told him they'd likely want to see more of him this fall before making the decision on whether to offer.

"I talked to (Washington State) before the camp, and they said they were waiting until they had me in their camp to really evaluate me. They said it went good, and that they are interested. They want to watch me in my first 2-3 games or so. They said I'm on the short list.

"It's pretty much the same for all the Pac-10 schools, the same as WSU -- (UW and ASU) said they think I can probably play there but they want to watch how I keep developing, watch me for 2-3 games and tell me from there. I really liked all the (UW) coaches too."

WITH HIS COLLEGE camping season now completed, Karstetter nevertheless said his summer football program has just begun.

"I'm going to keep working out, hitting the weight room in the mornings. We still have football camps (for Ferris), like minicamp and stuff. So I'll be working with the team, and trying to get better so those first 2-3 games go good," he said.

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • On the gridiron this past season, Karstetter in 10 games racked up 71 receptions for 1,002 yards with 12 TDs. He was named all-league and AP all-state, and took home WIAA/Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week honors 174-yard, two touchdown outing against Shadle Park.

  • Also an outstanding basketball player, Karstetter was the MVP of the Greater Spokane League and AP first team all-state as the Saxons won the state 4A hoops title earlier this spring.

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