LATE LAST WEEK Idaho Class 5A First Team All-Idaho defensive back selection BRAD MARBOE changed his verbal commitment from Wyoming to Idaho. One of the state of Idaho's top collegiate prospects, Marboe is being recruited as an athlete who has the versatility to play a number of positions on both sides of the ball, and will likely get his first look at linebacker for the Vandals.

PLAYER PROFILE: Brad Marboe, 6-3.5, 195, 4.7, OLB

The list of southeast Idaho athletes to have had stellar careers at the University of Idaho over the decades is extensive, topped by one of the Vandals greatest wide receivers of all-time, Yo Murphy, a veteran of the NFL and most recently the CFL, and holder of numerous Idaho all-time receiving records. Among the most recent of southeast Idaho's football products to don the silver and gold is current Vandal runningback Jayson Bird, a 2004 signee who burst on the scene as a true freshman to lead the Vandals in rushing and earn All Conference honors.

Now, another son of southeast Idaho appears poised to be headed to the University of Idaho campus. At 6-3.5 and 195-pounds with a 4.7 - 40, Idaho Falls High School product Brad Marboe is being recruited to Idaho as an "athlete." He will likely get his first look on the Vandal defense at linebacker, but could also get looks at tightend and H-back. Fellow Idaho natives Taylor Rust and Adam Shamion are expected to be among the top candidates to start defensively for the Vandals next fall when the team opens the season at Arizona. Rust, a redshirt junior last year, started all 12 games last season for the Vandals at defensive end, while redshirt freshman Shamion worked into the linebacker rotation as the top backup middle linebacker.

The opportunity for early playing time is there, especially for a high school recruit of Brad's caliber. His senior statistics as a safety for Idaho Falls High School are impressive and include 63 tackles, three interceptions, three tackles for loss, and a sack. He also lined up at receiver and as a returner on special teams. For his efforts, Marboe was named a Class 5A All-Idaho defensive back, First-Team All-Region at DB and kick returner, and was named a First-Team All-County selection at DB and KR. He also earned Second-Team All-County honors at wide receiver. An accomplished track and field athlete, Marboe's personal best in the 400-m is a 51-flat.

No slouch in the classroom either, Brad was named to the honor roll at Idaho Falls High this past term, a classification that requires a 3.5 GPA or better.

Brad's connection to the state of Idaho doesn't simply begin and end with his address. In fact it goes much deeper than that. Brad's father, Kent Marboe, starred at Skyline High and later Idaho State, playing on the 1981 Bengals' D-IAA National Championship team under Dave Kragthorpe. Brad's grandfather, Kent Sr., played for the University of Idaho back in the 1950s. Both of Brad's uncles, Mike and Scott, also earned scholarships with the Idaho Vandals. Unfortunately, due to the difference in surgical techniques that existed back then compared to today, knee injuries precluded both Mike and Scott from being able to play college ball.

Below is a recent conversation had with Brad following his visit to the University of Idaho campus.

HOW WAS TRIP TO MOSCOW LAST WEEKEND – "Honestly I loved it up there, everything about it. I had a great time."

WHO WAS YOUR PLAYER HOST DURING YOUR VISIT – "Derek Weiting. Got to meet him and his roommates. They're all cool guys."

WHAT WAS THE REACTION BY IDAHO COACHES WHEN YOU TOLD THEM ABOUT YOUR DECISION – "I think at first they were stunned a little bit, that's what it seemed like to me. But they were fired up when I talked to them later. I told Coach Patrick Libey and he went and told Coach Robb Akey and Coach Criner, then they ended up calling me - they all seemed fired up, really excited."

DO YOU EXPECT TO REDSHIRT OR PLAY YOUR FIRST YEAR AT IDAHO – "I think its too early to tell, it will all depend on how big I come in at and how fast and all that. I know their oldest linebacker - when I come in - is going to be a junior, so you never know."

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE FACTORS LEADING TO YOUR DECISION TO CHOOSE THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO – "It wasn't anything Wyoming did. It was just me going over everything again. I typed everything up, I compared everything between Wyoming and Idaho, because those were the two front-runners in the first place when I first committed to Wyoming. I looked everything over again, just to make sure I made the right decision. In the end I feel that Wyoming was a great place, but Idaho was better in some areas. I'll be playing for my state. I'll be going where some of my friends are going. I have family that lives up in Washington, close to Moscow. Just a whole bunch of different things came into play."

WHAT POSITION DO YOU EXPECT TO PLAY FOR THE VANDALS – "Right now it's looking like linebacker, but kind of like before you never know. I'm 6-4, I have a long stride, I can maybe get faster, maybe I can play DB. I have good hands, maybe I could play on the offensive side. Who knows, but right now it's looking like linebacker though. I'm happy with that."


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