Recruitment dead heat for Marboe

FOR ONE OF IDAHO'S class of '08 targets, Brad Marboe, recruiting is heating up. He's been in close contact with the Vandals' coaching staff and plans for an official visit to Moscow are in the works. But others are coming on strong as well. The Idaho Falls standout talks leaders, visits, the biggest factor in making his decision and more.

Recent reports have mentioned Brad Marboe (6-3.5, 195, 4.7) with Wyoming as his leader but asked this week for a frontrunner, Marboe said it's a dead heat.

"I'd say it's too close to call between Wyoming and Idaho," said Marboe. "They're both awesome schools with awesome coaches."

Marboe listed most of the usual suspects explaining what he likes about Wyoming -- the coaches, the program. One other plus he said was that Wyoming is recruiting him purely on defense plus he likes how they play on that side of the ball. With Idaho, he said the Vandals are looking at him on defense but it's also less clear cut.

"With Idaho, I like the coaches up there a lot, too. I like the way things are heading up there, I think they're going in the right direction...they're recruiting me as an athlete but right now it's looking like defense, somewhere on the defensive side, but nothing specific," said Marboe.

MARBOE HAS no decision timetable in place, saying he'll commit when he feels the time is right. His official visits, he said, will be huge.

"I think I'll know a lot more after I take these trips," said Marboe. "To be able to see what game day is like and the atmosphere, I really think I'm going to come out of those with a lot of knowledge and know where I want to go...I'm pretty sure I'll just know, when it's 'Okay, I'm going here,' and I haven't really felt that, well, I've been feeling that way about two schools in (Idaho and Wyoming.)"

Marboe has an official visit scheduled to Wyoming next week. Details are being finalized for his trip to Moscow.

"There's nothing set yet but I've been talking about going up to Idaho on an official," said Marboe. "And then also going to Idaho State for their homecoming."

SCHOOLS WHO HAVE called since Sept. 1 include Idaho, Wyoming, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Utah, Boise State and Weber State.

"Idaho's been great with the phone calls and contact," said Marboe.

In addition to coaches calling, there's also been plenty of recruiting services calling wanting to know the latest, Marboe said.

"Between 8 and 10 my phone is always ringing..There's pressure. It's a big decision. I try to answer them all but this week I've been really busy with Homecoming week and all that stuff," he said.

Marboe was on an unofficial to Boise State last week and BSU also came down to watch a recent Idaho Falls game. Marboe said the Broncos are recruiting him at linebacker but not necessarily for the '08 class.

"They're talking to me about grayshirting. And they really use the grayshirting program well over there," said Marboe.

MARBOE PLAYS safety and receiver at Idaho Falls, but his collegiate future looked to be at either linebacker, tight end or h-back. Idaho, said Marboe, has offered him as an athlete with an eye towards the linebacker spot.

He earned first team all-region for defensive back and wide receiver, and second team return specialist honors as a junior. An accomplished track and field athlete, Marboe's personal best in the 400-m is 51-flat.

Also an academic standout, was named to the honor roll at Idaho Falls, a classification that requires a 3.5 GPA or better. Father Kent starred at Skyline High and later Idaho State, playing on the 1981 Bengals' D-IIA national championship team. Grandfather Kent Sr. played for Idaho back in the 50s. Both of Brad's uncles, Mike and Scott, earned football scholarships with Idaho.

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