RECRUITING: Vandals offer DE/TE

SPOKANE HAS BEEN a fertile recruiting ground for Idaho, with five student-athletes from the Lilac City on the Vandal roster. And another in the 2008 class has been offered by Robb Akey and staff. He holds two offers all told, checks in at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, and tore it up in his season opener this past weekend with a boatload of tackles and three touchdowns -- in the first half.

Dan Spitz (6-6, 245, 4.8) lines up as a DE/TE for Mead. He's shown considerable improvement at tight end already this season but most schools are recruiting him on defense..

Idaho is among those who have caught Spitz's eye. Vandal assistant Al Genatone is running the recruiting point.

"We had Paul Senescall go there two years ago and he really likes it down there," said Spitz. "I really like Idaho, and we went there junior year for the camp. And I like all the coaches. I just talked to them in August."

STRENGTH NUMBERS INCLUDE a power clean of 315 pounds and a squat of 525.

In the season opener for Mead, Spitz played only the first half but made good use of his time, with four receptions for 72 yards and three touchdowns along with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.

As a junior, he racked up 66 tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks, five pass break ups and three forced fumbles. On offense, he had seven catches for 70 yards plus a pair of 2-point conversions. He earned second-team All-GSL honors as Mead went 5-5 in 2006.

IDAHO'S WESTERLY NEIGHBORS, Washington State, however, could be tough to beat if they choose to offer.

"I talked to coach (Greg) Peterson (Sunday) night from WSU. I like him, he's really a cool guy," said Spitz. "Coach Peterson does (stand out), I've probably gotten to know him the best."

In addition to Senescall, Spitz has also stayed in touch with Andy Mattingly, the 6-4, 241-pound Cougar 'backer who also did his prep turn at Mead. As for a decision timetable on a verbal commitment, Spitz said it's up in the air.

"You could say I'm playing it by ear but Washington State, that's definitely a school I'm most interested in...I've talked to (Mattingly) a lot. He loves it down there. He got huge after he went there," said Spitz.

IN ADDITION TO IDAHO, Spitz also holds an offer from Hawaii who offered soon after seeing his tape. (Look for Spitz' highlight reels on Scout.com soon.)

Spitz is also seeing increasing interest from, among others, Cal, Washington and Oregon. All came by Mead during the May Evaluation period. Cal is among those who have asked to see tape from his early senior season.

"They've said they'll probably offer if I make all-state," said Spitz of the the Huskies.

Academics will be important to his decision, said Spitz.

"I think I want to study either Physical Therapy or Vet, and (WSU) has good programs so that's definitely a plus with them. And it's close to home which is always nice," he said.

A solid student, Spitz has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT, though he wasn't satisfied with the mark and plans on bettering it later this year.

Dan Spitz profile

NOTABLE NOTE:
The five student-athletes on the '07 Idaho roster are Senescall (Mead), Kellen Beam (Gonzaga Prep), Andrew Blevins (Mead), Ryan Heacock (Central) and Josh Shaw (Lewis and Clark)


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