Clayton Homme makes verbal pledge to Idaho

THE RECRUITING SEASON IS HEATING UP, and two weeks ago the University of Idaho received a verbal commitment from receiver CLAYTON HOMME, a Southridge High School senior ranked No. 2 in the Columbia Basin Big Nine league with 610 receiving yards. His big 6-5, 200-pound frame gives him the option to play multiple positions at the next level, and the Vandals are recruiting Homme to play tightend.

The Southridge Suns are coached by Andy Troxel – a name long familiar to Idaho fans – and coach Troxel says this year's team may be the best team in Southridge history. The Suns made the move from Class 3A up to Class 4A recently, and find themselves poised to battle for a state championship this season. Southridge is undefeated in league play (6-0 in the Columbia Basin Big Nine League), and they are undefeated on the season at 10-0 overall.

Two weeks ago Southridge pounded Eastmont 42-21 in a crossover playoff matchup. In the game, Homme came up BIG for the Suns with 128 receiving yards on seven receptions and a touchdown for the game.

Last week Southridge snuck by Walla Walla 16-14 for a victory in the 4A Regional playoffs. In the game, Homme caught two passes for 58 yards (tops for the Suns), including a 31-yard TD that was the game winner.

Now the Suns (10-0) prepare to take on Central Valley (9-1) in a first round State playoff tilt at Lampson Stadium (Kennewick, WA), tentatively set for this Saturday, November 15th, at 1pm.

The Suns have excellent team speed, a strong defense (they've given up just 103 points in 10 games this year), and a potent offensive attack (averaging 28.2 points per game). Among the team's leaders is wide receiver Clayton Homme, a big 6-5, 200-pound target who also works at defensive back for the Suns.'s Chris Fetters caught up with Sunset head coach Andy Troxel, and coach Troxel had this to say about Homme's verbal, "Clayton is a great young man who has worked very hard on and off the field to get to were he is at. He will have a great oppertunity at Idaho to play and get a quality education."

As a junior last year, Homme was named a First Team All-CBL selection, following his 27 catch, 355 yard season in which he finished second in the league with eight touchdown receptions.

As a senior this year, during the regular season he hauled in 37 receptions for 481 yards and five touchdowns (second in the league). Overall, he has gained 610 yards while scoring six touchdowns for the Suns (including his 128-yard playoff performance two weeks ago). Defensively Homme leads the league with six picks on the season, and is third on the team with 30 tackles.

Two weeks ago, hosted by Idaho coaches Luther Carr and Mike Finn, Clayton Homme made a verbal pledge to the Vandals.

"I like Idaho a lot and went down there on my visit last week," Homme told Scout. "I've been there a couple of times as far as football camps. When I went down there I pretty much just fell in love with the place."

"I like the campus a lot," the future Business major who currently holds a 3.7 GPA at Southridge added. "I'm from a small town myself, and it's kinda got that small town atmosphere. It's not too big, but it's not too small. I think I'll fit in great there."

Idaho is the lone offer right now, but Homme has been getting heavy interest from Central and Eastern Washington, with interest picking up from Washington State and Boise State. He states that "Idaho is by far number one right now," but the versatile athlete isn't ruling out visits to other programs. "I'm waiting until after football to visit most of the schools."

Homme finished the regular season with 481 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
He's also anticipating a move inside to tightend at Idaho. "I know the tightend right now is a senior [NFL prospect Eddie Williams], and that definitely gives me a shot to come in and play. I want to play as soon as possible."

With the graduation of H-Back Williams and senior tightends Rick Harrison and Jim Reuber, the current tightend / H-Back depth chart at Idaho will need rebuilding soon. Junior starting tightend Peter Bjorvik will be back, as well as H-backs Kevin Small (junior) and Daniel Hardy (sophomore). The opportunity is there to work into a playing role soon.

And football isn't the only sport Clayton excels at either. The three-sport star (football, basketball, baseball) is a solid baseball prospect as well. "Baseball is another huge sport for me," he told Scout. "But it would be tough. I mean I'm definitely in love with football more than any other sport, but it definitely would be a tough decision if it came down to it."

Homme first connected with the Idaho staff through the Vandal summer camp that has been growing steadily in reputation and size since 2004 to get back to it's enormous levels of the 1990s.

"He's definitely a credible guy," Homme said of head coach Robb Akey. "He's doing great things for Idaho. He really is a perfect fit there and he's a great head coach."

The building that has been happening within the Idaho program since 2004 has also resonated with Homme. "It definitely looks like they're renovating and putting in a lot of new facilities," he said of rebuilding Idaho program. "Robb Akey's doing a great job, and it looks like it's just blowing up. I know they've got plans to renovate the Kibbie Dome to put all the new seating and suites and all that stuff in, and it looks like they've now got new facilities as far as conference rooms and training facilities. It's shaping up to look pretty good. I was very impressed with it."

"They were very happy," Homme said when informing coach Akey and his staff of his decision to commit to Idaho. "They were actually kinda surprised, but they were DEFINITELY happy about it."

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