Among them is invited walkon Justin Shearer (6-1.5, 190), an Idaho Falls High School product looking to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1A college football when he joins the Idaho program this fall. A defensive end in High School that worked out of a 2-point stance most of the time for the Tigers, he will be taking his shot at outside linebacker for the Vandals.
With the graduation of all three senior starters from a year ago, Idaho will be looking to build the entire linebacker depth chart this fall and competition is expected to be intense.
Below are some career stats for Justin:
AWARDS:Justin will be joined out of the IFHS program (which took third in the State Playoffs last fall) by linebacker recruit Brad Marboe (6-3.5, 200).
2nd Team All-High Country Conference Team (2007), DL
1st Team All-District 4, 5, & 6 Team (2007), DL
1st Team All-District 4, 5, & 6 Team (2006), LB
As a senior registered an impressive 15 ½ tackles from his defensive end position. As a junior led the Conference in quarterback sacks (10 ½) and recovered a fumble for a TD.
Below is our recent conversation with Justin.
LARRY JOHNSON: What position do you plan to play at Idaho this fall?
JUSTIN SHEARER: "I'll play outside linebacker."
LJ: Any other University of Idaho alumni in the family – parents, uncles, anything like that?
JS: "Actually, no. I'm going to be the first Vandal."
LJ: Can you walk us through your reasons for walking on at Idaho?
JS: "Well, I've always wanted to play college football. I've had a dream of playing NCAA Division I college football. I didn't have any other real offers until the U of I talked to me, and I really don't mind at all being a walkon - kind of like having a chip on my shoulder…"
LJ: Let's talk about your high school career. What was your high school career like at Idaho Falls High School?
JS: "Well, I played outside linebacker and defensive end – a standup D-end. Sometimes I'd go down to a three-point to play D-end as well. I played a little fullback in there too. Our senior year we did pretty well – we ended up finishing third in the state playoffs; we lost to Meridian in the semifinals. My junior year we didn't do so well. I still started my junior year and finished the year with 10-1/2 sacks [his season total led the Conference], and my senior year I finished the season with 15-1/2 sacks.
LJ: Have you visited the Idaho campus?
JS: "Yes, I have. I went for Vandal Friday which was back in March."
LJ: What do you plan to major in at Idaho?
JS: "Environmental sciences in my plan, but it's bound to change."