In-state QB eyes the Vandals

IN-STATE QUARTERBACK PROSPECT Dane Broadhead hit a number of school camps in June, including the high energy event in Moscow. The 6-2, 210-pounder out of southern central Idaho -- Rupert's Minico High to be precise, weighs in on the in-state schools, the latest on his recruitment and the direction he sees Idaho headed in under first year coach Robb Akey and his Vandals' staff.

Broadhead camped at Idaho, Oregon State, Oregon, Boise State and Idaho State for one day each, and spent three days with his team at the Montana State camp. Broadhead, who holds an offer from D-III Carroll College in Montana, had a favorable review for the first summer youth camp under Akey.

"I like them up there, I had a good camp with them. I like their new staff..they had some tough luck with coach (Dennis) Erickson leaving but I think they're rebuilding, and trying to get the program back on track.

"They said they're trying to get back some wins up there, trying to bring back the winning tradition. And they're making sure they do everything the right way," he said.

ALTHOUGH BROADHEAD has 4.7 speed, Minico operates out of a complex spread predicated on rapid fire reads and getting the ball out quickly to the receivers.

"A lot of schools say they like my footwork and a few of them have said I look a lot more athletic than I do on film. Most of them say they like my arm strength. And then a few have talked about being able to read defenses a little better, maybe move around in the pocket just a little bit more and make a few more plays," he said.

BROADHEAD WAS SEEING early interest from some of the Pac-10 schools, including Oregon State, Oregon and Stanford but the dynamic has shifted a bit of late.

"I've been talking to the in-state schools probably the most these days," said Broadhead.

In addition to Idaho, Broadhead gave a thumbs-up for both the one day camps at Idaho State and Boise State.

"(Boise State) is great and I love their staff, they really have quite a name for themselves after that bowl win last year. I really enjoyed the Idaho State camp, too. At first I didn't know if I was going to go, I was a little hesitant. But I went down there, met their entire staff and had a great time there. And now I'm looking at the Bengals as one of my possibilities," said Broadhead.

Academics and how he fits in with the coaches and players will be important, he said. Broadhead looks to be among the prospects whose senior season will determine where he plays his college ball.

"They all pretty much want to see how it goes, see how I do during my senior year and play it by ear," he said.

HIS JUNIOR SEASON, Broadhead completed 59-percent of his passes for 1,850 yards, 16 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He also rushed for over 400 yards and five more scores on the ground.

Broadhead also excels on the diamond, and will be wrapping up his summer baseball season later this month in anticipation of early August's start of two-a-days at Minico.

An outstanding student, Broadhead carries a 3.95 GPA.

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