Idaho WR target's recruiting set to ramp up

JARED KARSTETTER holds five scholarship offers, including one from Idaho. The top "big" receiver in the Evergreen State according to Scout.com, the 6-foot-3 playmaker out of Ferris High has been busy with fall camp preparations for the Saxons' opener this Friday, with recruiting taking a back seat. Still, he's started to eye the dates for when some schools, including Idaho, play their home games.

Text messaging from coaches to prospects was discontinued on August 1 after complaints of abuse -- some coaches were alleged to have sent out as many as 100 texts a day. A meeting eight days later upheld the ban without any of the proposed alterations, namely limits, being adopted.

While a prospect can still text message or call a school as often as he wants, the coaches cannot initiate phone contact at this time of year. The ban will be revisited again, but not until January.

One of the predictable results has been that recruits, like Karstetter (6-3, 190, 4.53), have been hearing little from schools other than continuing to receive letters in the mail.

"I really haven't heard that much, I think they're all pretty busy with fall camp and they can't call right now or text message anymore," said Karstetter.

At the same time, the text message ban might not be having too large an effect. August is typically a slow month before things begin heating up on the recruiting trail in September and October. The reason lies with fall camp, both for college coaches and for the high school student-athletes.

Karstetter and Ferris have been formally practicing for a couple weeks now, and their season opener against North Central is slated for Friday. Karstetter had one foot out the door heading to practice on Monday when GoVandals.net spoke with him.

KARSTETTER SAID before heading to practice that he's starting to figure out some of his unofficial plans, and is looking to work out a schedule in the next few weeks as far as attending games. Those plans will focus on the home dates for Idaho, Montana, Washington and Washington State games this season.

In addition to Idaho, Karstetter holds offers from Montana, Air Force, UNLV and Eastern Washington. Washington State, ASU and Washington have shown interest and look to be waiting for senior season tape to arrive before making a decision on whether to offer. Typically, schools want to see tape of the first 2-3 senior season games, many times as soon as possible.

Karstetter said he's in no hurry to make a decision, and one of his goals is to land at least one Pac-10 offer this fall.

AS A JUNIOR, Karstetter racked up 71 receptions for 1,002 yards with 12 TDs in 10 games. He captured all-league and AP all-state honors, and took home the WIAA/Seattle Times State Athlete of the Week Award for his 174-yard, two touchdown performance against Shadle Park.

Speaking to his athleticism, Karstetter was also one of the state's top basketballers, taking home the MVP of the Greater Spokane League and AP first team all-state honors as the Saxons won the state 4A hoops title this past spring.

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