RECRUITING: Karstetter eyes official to Idaho

A DYNAMIC multi-sport talent out of Spokane's Ferris High, Jared Karstetter (6-3, 190, 4.53, now has a tentative official visit date to Idaho, one of five schools to have extended the wide receiver prospect a scholarship offer. Meanwhile, out on the gridiron this season, Karstetter is heating up for the No. 1 ranked team in the state of Washington's 4A poll.

Since schools were able to initiate a phone call to prospective recruits on Sept. 1, Jared Karstetter has heard from Idaho, UNLV, Air Force, Washington State and Washington. Idaho is among those calling once a week, he said.

Karstetter, who had an impressive showing at the Vandals' summer youth camp, said an official visit is also in the works to Moscow.

"I'm taking an official to Idaho in December sometime, I think the December 8th weekend," he said..

Karstetter took an unofficial trip to Idaho last weekend for the Hawaii game and spent some time after the game chatting with the Vandals' coaches. He took an unofficial to the UW earlier in the year, when the Huskies played host to Ohio State.

"They were both real good, real fun experiences," he said.

In addition to Idaho's scholie offer, Karstetter holds offers from Montana, Air Force, UNLV and Eastern Washington. One of his goals remains to land a Pac-10 offer and to that end, he plans on sending out early senior season tape to a number of schools, including Idaho, either late this week or early next.

SCOUT.COM's CHRIS FETTERS calls Karstetter the top "big" receiver in the state this recruiting cycle, able to chew up yards after the catch and posessing some giddyup in his trunk.

"Karstetter adds a top gear, which is something schools are definitely noticing," says Fetters. "For his size, he's a very fluid, coordinated athlete."

KARSTETTER BEGAN HIS senior football campaign dinged up but is now 100 percent. The stat sheet doesn't show that he caught a pass in Week 1, but he's been making up for lost time, with the No. 1 ranked Saxons (5-0), ever since.

"I probably have 20 catches for right around 300 yards I imagine, and four touchdowns," said Karstetter.

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

Ferris was edged 14-13 in the first round of the state playoffs last year but a ton of those players are back, including Karstetter, and Ferris looks well positioned for a championship run.

Karstetter is also one of the state's top basketball players, 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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