JC All-California QB verbals to Idaho

A focus for Idaho this recruiting season was to continue rebuilding the QB depth chart. In December high school standout Taylor Davis committed to Idaho, and last weekend the Vandals received a verbal commitment from JC signal caller BRIAN READER (6-3, 215), a mid-year transfer who will be arriving this week in time for spring. "I'm solid to Idaho, and I'll probably sign tomorrow [Tuesday]."

"I just committed to the University of Idaho," Monterey Peninsula College (Calif.) quarterback Brian Reader told Scout.com tonight. "I'm solid with Idaho, I'll probably sign tomorrow [Tuesday]. I'm flying out on Wednesday and I'll be going to school."

One of the positions believed to be a focus for Idaho this recruiting cycle was quarterback. The Vandals have gone a long way towards solidifying that depth chart, beginning with receiving a verbal commitment last December from high school First Team All-Region selection Taylor Davis (6-4, 200) out of Boulder Creek (Ariz.) High. The senior threw for a remarkable 2,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 6 picks on the year while completing 64.0% of his passes (averaged about 40 points per game).

A stellar foundation for the future.

Then this weekend the Vandals moved closer to meeting their immediate needs to solidify the QB chart with the verbal commitment from All-California Region II First Team signal caller Brian Reader (6-3, 215). Reader just completed his redshirt freshman season at Monterey Peninsula College, and will have three years to complete three years of eligibility, beginning this spring (he will be a redshirt sophomore for the 2009 season). He earned All-California honors for a season that included 2,500 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on the year. This was just his first year in the Monterey program after transferring from Arkansas where he was an invited walkon with the Razorbacks in 2007 when he redshirted as a freshman. He led the Monterey Peninsula Lobos to a perfect 10-0 record and Conference Championship.

His performance in just one year at Monterey this season was enough to get him serious looks by several programs, and an offer from Idaho.

Brian was recruited to Idaho by Coach Jeremy Thielbahr and was hosted on his trip by Max Komar. "I hung out with Max a lot," Reader said, "and we talked about the offense a lot."

Below is a summary of Scout.com's conversation with Brian.

About the trip to Idaho: "It went real well. Everything was great up there, the area was nice, coaches and the people – great people. Every player I met definitely had a positive attitude and seemed to welcome me in just as a recruit for the weekend. I had a really good time, and I think I made the right decision with this one."

About his playing style: "I actually grew up in a system when I was a senior in high school – a west coast style of offense. Two back, one back, under center a lot, a little bit of gun here and there. I went out to Arkansas and learned more about the under center stuff with two backs, power running - which was a lot of what we did with the big runningbacks we had out there. At Monterey it was more of the west coast style, under center a lot, a lot of certain reads. It's really similar [the offense Idaho runs] how you read the defense, the terminology, and everything of that nature. It all just folds together into the type of quarterback I've grown to be, and what I like to do – a lot of play action stuff, a lot of misdirection, and it's what I'm really used to. I think it would not be long for me to learn the offense. I could have looked at other schools that run a straight offense, but that's not the kind of quarterback I am."

About his record setting high school senior season at Palma (Salinas, CA):"I didn't start when I was a junior, we ran a different style of offense - it was a Utah spread type of offense. The guy ahead of me [a senior] was a runner and he won all kinds of awards too [went to college on a baseball scholarship]. I was waiting my turn, kind of like a USC kind of thing. But I had a good senior year. [Palma] brought in a college quarterback coach as offensive coordinator to coach us, and he turned our offense into a west coast style offense with a mixture of what we ran before. I got a good dose of what it was like in college football when I was in high school. And I can relate all that back to summer workouts before my senior year, perfecting my mechanics and my drops and everything. Without that, I wouldn't have gotten any awards."

About why he walked on at Arkansas: "I was going to go to San Francisco City College, but when Mitch Mustain left Arkansas [to enroll at USC], my high school coach said 'why don't you give Arkansas a call.' We talked a few times, I went on an unofficial visit, and the first thing they said was that they really liked me but they just didn't have a scholarship for me. They said come here and walkon as a regular walkon, and we'll see what we can do for you for a scholarship. I decided I was going to take a shot, and about three or four days before fall camp started I got a call saying they got me on an "invited walkon" spot, so I got to do all of fall camp and compete with all the quarterbacks. I was there for two-a-days and scrimmages, but I didn't beat out the starting quarterback's little brother for third string, so I was on the scout team for the whole year. That was definitely a positive experience because I got to play against a big-time SEC defense everyday. I got to throw the ball to these guys and hand the ball off to these guys - All-SEC players and future NFL players Darren McFadden, Felix Jones, and Peyton Hills - and you can't really replace that experience."

About why he chose Monterey after his first year at Arkansas: "The big reason I went to Monterey was that the type of offense we ran at Palma we ran there [at Monterey], instead of going to a really big school like Santa Rosa where they throw the ball 60 times a game, whereas at Monterey we throw the ball 30 times or so. I learned everything else as far as going into play action, under center, just different kinds of things that I like to do and I am comfortable with doing."

About what attracted him to the University of Idaho: "One of the big things, I'm a sophomore in college and I've met my associates degree. And just looking into the school part of it, that was one of the big kickers for me. They have the exact major I want to study, you can't find many majors like that out here on the west coast in California. I'm going to go into Fishery Resources - that's something I'm really interested in, and that was one of the reasons. I'm a really big fisherman, I fish in the lakes around California all the time, and fish in tournaments – it's my hobby outside of football. Its something I want to do later in life as well."

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