Vandals gain first verbal commitment

Late last week the Spokesman Review broke the news that Lake City (Idaho) High School standout JARED HESTON had made a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Idaho. A two-way starter for the Timberwolves, as a junior last year Heston was named to the All North Idaho First Team Defense, and is a leader on the perrenially powerful Lake City football team.

PLAYER PROFIILE: Jared Heston, 6-0.5, 226, Outside Linebacker

Late last week The Spokesman Review broke news that Lake City High standout Jared Heston had made a verbal commitment to Robb Akey and the University of Idaho football program. A two-way starter at linebacker and fullback, Jared (6-0.5, 226) is the first player to commit to Idaho this recruiting cycle, and already boasts a solid high school career. As a junior last year for the Timberwolves he was selected to the All North Idaho First Team Defense (CLICK HERE for Spokesman Link). In the first round of the playoffs last year against Lewiston, Heston scored the first two points of the game on a safety, then went on to rush for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the route.

As stated in the Spokesman article, "Heston was told that he was Idaho's No. 1 recruit in-state."

And for good reason.

Lake City has produced it's fair share of Division 1 caliber athletes in recent years. This season they have the #37 ranked tightend in the country (according to in Billy Sanders [verbal to the Miami Hurricanes]. Last year they produced Byron Hout, a Top-25 nationally ranked middle linebacker who signed an LOI with Boise State. In 2006 it was Carson York, a 4-star, Top-10 nationally ranked offensive lineman, and Brandon Hanna, at Top-15 ranked middle linebacker, both of whom signed with Oregon.

This year, in a preseason ranking, Heston was ranked the No.5 prospect overall in the state of Idaho by At the Inaugural Northwest Football Combine presented by the U.S. Army in Spokane, Heston finished 3rd with 26 reps of 185 pounds and 4th with a vertical jump of 30.5 inches.

Lake City High School head coach Van Troxel runs an impressive program that plays at a high level. Reviving the recruiting pipeline between this and other north Idaho high schools is crucial for the University of Idaho's rebuilding success.

Last week Larry Johnson caught up with the busy senior to get some comments on his commitment to the Idaho Vandals football team.

About whether he'll redshirt next fall or play right away: "We talked about it and we said we'll decide that after camp next year; so I'm not sure."

About his overall impression of the University of Idaho campus: "I really like it there. It just feels like home being so close by and everything. I've been there quite a few times actually." His last visit to the Idaho campus was "last Saturday."

About the other schools that have expressed interest in Jared this recruiting season: "I've talked with Washington State and Boise State, and then Idaho State offered a while ago, too." [Jared has offers from Idaho and Idaho State]

About what he plans to major in at Idaho: "I'm not sure. I'm looking something in… like physical therapy or somewhere around there."

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