Blast From The Past

Two years ago, first-year head coach Robb Akey offered hard-hitting Shadow Ridge High School (Nevada) linebacker KOREY TOOMER a scholarship to Idaho. Now, after spending two years at Arizona Western college honing his skills (3 INTs in the Matadors 4-4 defense), Toomer is again being recruited to Idaho and has an offer from the Vandals, and is planning an official visit to Moscow in January.

The name Korey Toomer should be very familiar to Vandal fans close to the program. As a senior standout at Shadow Ridge High School (Nevada) way back in 2006 where he was a two-way starter at tightend and linebacker, Korey Toomer registered 88 tackles and 8 sacks and was named a First Team All Northwest Division and All-Sunset Conference selection (LB). His high school coach, J.D. Johnson, described him then as "…very explosive off the line and very instinctual on the field."

A highly regarded prospect in that recruiting class two years ago, Idaho looked forward to Korey joining the program and received an LOI from Toomer on signing day. But the wait would be a little longer than anticipated, as he would take a brief detour to the junior college ranks first.

Idaho never lost contact with the hard-hitting, ball-hawking linebacker.

This season, as a true sophomore at Arizona Western (and a former teammate of current Idaho safety Jeromy Jones), Toomer settled into the outside linebacker position in the Matadors' 4-4 defensive alignment after playing inside linebacker as a freshman under a different coaching staff. "This year I had three interceptions (good for fourth in the league), had a couple of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries," Toomer told "I had pretty much a good season throughout the year. It really wasn't a bad season for me. I did pretty well."

The Matadors went 5-5 this year in Coach Thomas C. Minnick's first season at the helm. In 2007 they went 2-8 under a different coaching staff, so the improvement was significant.

"Korey's a kid that can run, he can chase you down," said coach Minnick. "The good thing about Korey is he can cover. He did well in our scheme covering people. As an outside linebacker you need to find some players that can cover the spread, and he's a kid that can do that. He's a good football player."

He's also the type of player that puts team first, making a position change to give his team the best opportunity to win. "I think he played inside linebacker a lot before I got here," coach Minnick said. "He didn't have as many tackles [this year] as he had the year before, because we ran a different defense – he was inside last year, but we put him outside because of the defense we run."

What he brings to the team also isn't just limited to his performance on the field. "He's a good kid too," Minnick added. "He's the type of kid you want in your program. His parents did a great job with him, and he doesn't get into trouble. He's a kid that will be at practice everyday and do what you tell him. That's the kind of kid you want to coach, kid's that do the right things, and Korey's been that way with us."

A future Criminal Justice major, Toomer has an official visit to Moscow setup for January 23rd and will have three years to play two. He currently holds offers from Idaho and Nevada, and he is also interested in Southern Miss and New Mexico State, and has been in communications with Washington State.

He has not committed to anyone yet, but states he is leaning towards Idaho. "They've just been legit throughout my whole high school career and throughout my college career - they really show interest in that they want me. Checking up with me at school, going over the little stuff, that has me interested in leaning towards them."

Coaches Steve Axman and Mark Criner are leading the charge for Toomer, who is being looked to as an outside linebacker in the Vandal defense. More specifically, he's being pegged for the WILL position in Idaho's 4-3 alignment.

"I met with all of them," Toomer said of the coaches recruiting him. "They came to my house when I was in high school. They ate with my family. My mom cooked dinner and stuff. I met Robb Akey. They're all good people."

He has also connected with Coach Akey. "We had a good vibe. Even if more laid back, he was cool with everybody. He was just outstanding all around, a great person to be around. I could really get to know him a lot."

Toomer is working to finish his coursework at Arizona Western and expects to complete his degree in May or June. Once finished, he'll be ready to get back out onto the field during the summer.

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