Touted Safety Signs LOI with Idaho

Safety VIRDELL LARKINS joins the Vandals with a stellar resume. As a prep athlete in 2003 he was a All-American, was named to the Top 10 Dream Team, an all-Far West selection by SuperPrep, and was the 18th ranked CB nationally by Scout. He signed with Cal in '04, redshirted, then transfered to Laney College and was named a preseason JC Gridwire All-American last fall.

Below is the OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE from the University of Idaho Sports Information Department regarding the signing of safety Virdell Larkins. will be following up with Larkins soon.

MOSCOW, Idaho – Robb Akey signed the first recruit of his 2008 class with Virdell Larkins' commitment to University of Idaho football.

A highly touted safety, Larkins joins the Vandals in January as a mid-year transfer from California's Laney Junior College. A product of Oakland Tech High School, Larkins initially signed with California before transferring to Laney for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

"I'm real excited about him," said Akey, who recruited Larkins as a high schooler. "He has great speed. He can run and hit. He has a chance to come in here this spring and make something happen."

Larkins, 6-foot, 195, was a highly regarded player coming out of Oakland Tech. He was a three-time Oakland Athletic League selection. He also was a all-American and Top 10 Dream Team. Additionally, he was ranked 11th in the Top 20 and 16th in the SuperPrep.comTop 20. rated him as the 23rd best player at any position in California and he was ranked 31st in the Super West 60 by NorCal Prep ranked him eighth among all players in Northern California and he was an all-Far West selection by SuperPrep, which listed him 36th in California.

He earned those accolades with a stellar high school career that included 17 interceptions and 29 sacks. He doubled as a receiver with 1,200 yards in receptions. He was chosen to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl, which matches the best high school players from California and Florida.

Larkins continued his impressive efforts at Laney, where he earned first-team all-conference recognition as a freshman, an effort he was prevented from repeating because of an injury last fall –although he did play in every game during Laney's 10-1 Mid-Empire Conference championship season.

He is the son of Denise Bennett and Virdell Larkins. His cousin is Buffalo Bills' running back Marshawn Lynch. Larkins was born Nov. 7, 1986 at Oakland, Calif.

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