Vandals high on Gem State ATH, feeling mutual

THEY'RE IN EVERY recruiting class coming out of Idaho high schools. Hard-nosed, grab your lunchpail, let's go hit the snot out of someone kinds-of-guys. They won't see the same press some of their counterparts out West do before Signing Day. Instead, they end up ‘great gets' after becoming playmakers on the college stage. The Vandals have offered one who might well end up just that kind of player.

Brad Marboe (6-3.5, 195, 4.7) out of Idaho Falls spent a whirlwind week on the camping circuit recently hitting five camps in eight days, literally. There were eight straight days on full-on contact at Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Boise State. After his Vandal camp experience ended, Marboe, his dad and Robb Akey had an extended sit-down, talking for about an hour.

"I love coach Akey, first of all. He was just telling me the staff at Idaho think I'm (one of their top targets) and feel like there's no other place they can see me playing, they want me at THE University of Idaho," said Marboe. "Akey was just saying 'You can be the next Yo Murphy, you can be Brad Marboe who went to Idaho and was one of the first players to help bring back the winning tradition to Idaho.' He was saying I can be part of great thing.

"I feel honestly that Akey is going to get things going in the right direction at Idaho. He's a great coach and a great guy. I see the Athletic Director there, how he's been putting money in the football program and they have a lot of stuff going on with the facilities and all that...they had one of the nicer facilities out of all the camps I was at."

MARBOE GAVE high marks to all the camps he attended and coaches he met, and particularly for Idaho's and Wyoming's.

"Wyoming was the other one. Coach Joe Glenn, I loved him, he's an awesome guy," said Marboe. "Coach Marty English, who is recruiting me from there for linebacker, which is what I'd play if I went there, I love the guy. Marty is awesome and we connected. The staff was great, facilities were great and Laramie is a nice smaller town that has that nice feeling. I love knowing that it's the only game in town, and that the whole state is behind them."

Marboe is a safety/receiver at Idaho Falls High, but colleges are recruiting him at linebacker, tight end and h-back. Idaho, said Marboe, has offered him as an athlete with an eye towards the linebacker spot.

IN ADDITION TO Idaho, Marboe holds offers from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho State. Boise State and Utah are showing a lot of interest, with Utah recruiting as a tight end. There are two schools, Marboe said, who are recruiting the hardest.

"I'd say Idaho -- Idaho and Wyoming, those two are pretty close," he said.

Pat Libey is running the recruiting point for the Vandals. "An awesome guy," said Marboe.

IMPORTANT TO MARBOE's decision will be the usual criteria -- academics, coaches and program. He also said he'll place an emphasis on how the various teams do this season as a gauge to see where they're headed in the future.

"I also want to see how my senior season goes, there might be (more offers) out there," said Marboe.

Marboe said it's too early to name a frontrunner and he remains open to all schools, with good things to say about others who have not offered including Boise State, Utah, Washington State, Washington and Stanford.

"Boise State and Utah want to see my first few games," said Marboe. "My senior season, I'm going to be playing slot and outside receiver and I want to show what I can do on offense and on defense, go out and tear some stuff up. Hopefully (others) will want to be on the list of places I have to pick from. I haven't had as much contact that I've put out to those schools as I have with the schools that have offered me."

Complete season stats were unavailable at press time but Marboe earned first team all-region for defensive back and wide receiver, and second team return specialist honors. An accomplished track and field athlete, Marboe's personal best in the 400-m is a 51-flat.

  • If the Marboe name sounds familiar to followers of the Gem State football scene, there's more than one reason. Father Kent Marboe starred at Skyline High and later Idaho State, playing on the 1981 Bengals' D-IIA national championship team under Dave Kragthorpe. Grandfather Kent Sr. played for Idaho back in the 50s. Both of Brad's uncles, Mike and Scott, also earned scholarships with Idaho. Alas, due to the difference in surgical techniques existing back then compared to now, knee injuries precluded both from being able to play college ball.

  • The younger Marboe, also a star in the classroom, was named to the honor roll at Idaho Falls High this past term, a classification that requires a 3.5 GPA or better.

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