Vandals eye dynamic Oregon QB/ATH

IDAHO QUARTERBACKS COACH Jonathan Smith was not your typical college quarterback, entering Oregon State as a 5-foot-11, 179-pound walk-on. He left Corvallis with a passel of school records and led the Beavs to a Pac-10 Conference co-championship. Smith is now part of the Vandal recruiting effort of a 5-10.5, 189-pound Portland athlete who says UI is looking at him first as a quarterback.

Most schools see Andre Broadous as a defensive back, running back or slot receiver. Smith and Idaho, whom GoVandals.net projects will take two quarterbacks this class, are talking to him about playing QB, depending on how his senior campaign progresses.

"I talked to him about a month ago and at that time they were talking about QB first, and then as an athlete second," said Broadous of Smith. "That's intriguing to me because I've been playing quarterback since (my sophomore year) in high school."

Broadous set the state on fire his junior season, racking up a ridiculous 42 total touchdowns while going up top for 1,933 passing yards and rushing for 1,150 more. Defensively, he had five interceptions. Diallo Lewis, his coach at Grant High, says he was "a few votes shy of being the Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Oregon," in 2006.

THE KEY this recruiting season for Broadous, who holds an offer from Portland State to play quarterback in Gerry Glanville's wide open attack, will be his senior season -- his first few games in particular. If he wows Idaho and others, more offers could end up on the table in a hurry.

"I really like the Vandals," said Broadous. "I talked to Jonathan Smith, the quarterbacks coach, and they're going to be checking out my first few games."

Broadous, however, also has strong feelings about several others, including nearby Oregon State, ASU and Washington to name a few.

"I went to an Oregon State practice about two weeks ago," said Broadous. "It was real fun, coach (Mike) Riley, as soon as he saw us, came up and talked to all of us. It was a good atmosphere. I'm really interested in (OSU, UW, ASU,) all those schools.

"A lot of schools seem like they're high on me but they're not completely sure, they want to (see tape of my senior season) and then figure it out."

BROADOUS SAID it will be a family decision, with academics playing a big role. The coaching staff, however, is also a big part of the equation for both him and his parents.

"We're looking for academics, and a place that me and my family can agree on. And they're also looking for a good coaching staff," said Broadous.

With a jamboree later this week and Grant's opener slated for Sep. 7, the focus for Broadous is on his senior season although he said he might try to squeeze in an unofficial visit to Washington to take in a Huskies' practice in the next few days.

NAMED THE offensive player of the year in his league as a junior, Broadous also captured second team all-state honors.

In this age of specialization, Broadous is a throwback as a three-sport star at Grant, excelling in football, basketball and baseball.

He benches 275 pounds, squats 380 pounds and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

Andre Broadous profile and video


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