BREAKING NEWS: Corona WR Headed to Idaho

WIDE RECEIVER IS A PRIORITY for Idaho this year, and the Vandals are tapping into one of California's top high school programs for talent. MARSEL POSEY (5-10, 160, 4.5) pledged his commitment to the Vandals, and the leading receiver from CIF State Championship runner-up Centennial High School (13-2) says, "They want me to play in the fall, and I don't expect to be redshirted."

PLAYER PROFILE: Marsel Posey, 5-10, 160, 4.5, Wide Receiver


Posey was selected to play in the SoCal Bowl (also known as the Navy Marine Corps All-Star Game) which will be played on January 26th Cal State Fullerton's Titan Field. Posey will play on the same "Marine" team as Vandal LB recruit Treshawn Robinson.

"I enjoyed it," Centennial High School standout Marsel Posey told recently about his trip to Moscow. "I had a lot of fun. I got to tour the campus, got to hang out with some of the football players. There's not too much more you can ask for. I enjoyed myself, and they welcomed me with open arms. They respected me, and I respect them. All the coaching staff is really great, and I think I'll have a nice little career up there."

"They welcomed me with open arms, and expect me to do great things out in Idaho."

Without a doubt, he's already off to a great start on that "little" career. Case in point, earlier this season, in a pre-game report by written October 4th previewing the much anticipated matchup of NATIONALLY ranked teams Centennial and Mater Dei, Marsel's powerful Centennial High football team was ranked No. 2 in the NATION (Centennial finished the season ranked among the country's Top 25 high school teams despite two losses on the year). At that time, the state of California's leading receiver was Marsel Posey, with 463 yards receiving on 42 catches through the first five games.

Heading into the CIF State D-I title game against California powerhouse De La Salle (recently holders of a 151-game winning streak), Posey had already composed an impressive season with 854 yards on 71 receptions and four touchdowns. At that time he had also returned two kicks for touchdowns, including a 96-yarder.

The Centennial Huskies (13-2) lost a classic battle in the title game, falling 37-31 after having tied the game at 31 with 8 minutes left on a furious 24-point comeback. During that comeback Posey gained 10-yards on a crucial fourth and five reverse play, allowing the Huskies to score from 37-yards out on the following play. Posey would end the season as the Huskies leading receiver the Husikies set a new Inland area record with 7,061 yards offense on the year).

For his efforts Posey was named a 2nd Team All Inland Area selection at wide receiver, and he was selected to play in the SoCal Bowl (also known as the Navy Marine Corps All-Star Game) which will be played on January 26th Cal State Fullerton's Titan Field.

On his trip to Moscow last weekend however, it was all Idaho. The future SLOT receiver was hosted by current Vandal Maurice Shaw and had a chance to meet an army of Idaho athletes hailing from the state of California. "They told me what it was like up at Idaho," Posey said following a weekend that include snow and cold temperatures. "How they - the out of state football players - adapted to the environment up there."

And how did the Vandal coaching staff respond to his commitment? "The coaching staff was really excited. They really can't wait to get me up there in the fall, and actually I'm going out there in the spring - I look forward to that. I'm going up there to watch the spring practice."

Don't expect Posey to be waiting in the wings too long when he gets to Moscow either. "They want me to play in the fall, and I don't expect to be redshirted," Posey said. "But if it happens, it happens."

With proven receiving skills, he also brings a nice burst of speed to the gridiron. At the Long Beach NIKE COMBINE Marsel recorded a 4.54 - 40 yard dash, tied four fourth among several hundred athletes at the event. As a junior on the track team he sprinted 100-meters in a personal-best time of 10.89 seconds. And at the Scout Combine he recorded 4.03 seconds in the Short Shuttle (fastest time recorded on the day of the Combine in Los Angeles) and a 35.5 vertical jump.

With offers from Montana State and Air Force, as well as early interest from BYU, Marsel actually made his decision about a month ago. Solid in his commitment to Idaho, Posey won't be visiting any other campuses. "I chose Idaho because I think I can accomplish big things up there, and I wanted to go somewhere where I will play. I think Idaho is the place for me."

A solid student, this summer Posey reported a 3.7 GPA this summer.

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