INSIDE SLANT: Conrad Scheidt, LB

There are several linebackers on the Hawaiian Islands getting significant recruiting interest this year, and chief among them is CONRAD SHEIDT, a rover/linebacker with outstanding closing speed. Two weeks ago he made a verbal pledge to the University of Idaho, and has received offers from Arizona, Hawaii, and Army this recruiting season. He's solid to Idaho, but a new school is in the mix.

For years Idaho has fielded a solid linebacker unit, and has featured several All Conference selections over the years. Two-time First Team All-WAC selection David Vobora – currently in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams – was the most decorated of the group in recent years. With the graduation of three senior starters at the end of the 2007 season, Idaho last year turned to a group of sophomores and freshmen for leadership in the linebacker ranks, and experimented with several players playing different positions during the course of the season. The unit includes former Hawaii standouts Joseph "JoJo" Dickson and Robert Siavii, although Dickson – a sophomore – was injured for much of the season, and Siavii took his lumps as a true freshman.

For the Vandal defense to be good, this is a unit that must be competitive and deep. To strengthen the depth chart, the Vandals are recruiting this position aggressively this year. Coach Akey and crew already have a verbal commitment from Idaho standout Jared Heston (a first Team All-State selection) at MIKE. Then, two weeks ago Akey received another verbal commitment, this time coming from standout Conrad Scheidt, a senior at Kamehameha High (Hawaii) currently ranked the No.77 MLB in the nation by Scout.com.

"I made a verbal commitment on my trip [this past weekend]," Scheidt told Scout.com, "and they want me to play weakside ‘backer. During lunch, on Saturday, me and Kalani Brackenridge went together to talk to Coach Akey about it, and we told him that we wanted to be Vandals. He was excited about it, he was real fired up, and so was the rest of the coaching staff."


Scheidt already reports a bench press of 405 pounds and a squat of 365 as a senior. Because of his combination of strength and speed – as well as his nose for the football – his natural position in highschool was at Rover. "I played linebacker at the beginning of the season, because Kamehameha was having some injuries for a couple of games, and then I moved back to Rover."

Asked to describe his strengths, Scheidt said, "If anything, I have good sideline-to-sideline speed, I have good closing speed, and I guess I hit hard."

His trip to the University of Idaho campus allowed him to reconnect with a former high school teammate, "My host was Isaia Lavia, he's a defensive lineman. I went to school with him at Kamehameha High, and he's a redshirt freshman this year – the scout defensive player of the year."

The trip also allowed him to see the Idaho campus and Moscow community for what they have to offer. "I loved it," Scheidt said. "I mean, I love the small town atmosphere. I like that you're able to connect with everyone in the community and it's a real good football town.


But the recruiting process isn't ending immediately for the sought-after senior. "Idaho was my first trip," Scheidt said. "I'm taking one to Arizona the first week of January, and I'm trying to schedule one with the University of Washington."

The offer from Washington is relatively new, and comes on the heels of Coach Nansen's move from Idaho to the new Washington staff. "I was being recruited by Johnny Nansen, and then the day we were going to Idaho on the plane, he said he was going to Washington. So, the Defensive Coordinator at U of I [Mark Criner] is recruiting me now, along with Coach Akey."

The complete list of offers that Scheidt has received at various times this recruiting cycle includes Hawaii, Arizona, Army, Idaho, and now Washington.

"I'm actually really solid with Idaho, I'm just taking these other trips as feelers to see what else is out there. But I'm pretty solid at Idaho."

Scout.com will continue to keep tabs on Scheidt in the weeks ahead. Be sure to check in here for more updates as signing day approaches.


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