Still solid to Idaho

With just two weeks left before high school seniors throughout America sign Letters of Intent to play football at the collegiate level, caught up with hard-hitting defensive standout CONRAD SCHEIDT (6-1, 225) out of Kamehameha High (HI). He's ranked the No. 81 middle 'backer prospect in the country, has received numerous offers, and has been one of Idaho's top targets for the '09 class.

With signing day just two weeks out caught up with hard-hitting Hawaii standout defensive athlete Conrad Scheidt for an update on his recruiting status. In December he made a verbal commitment to the University of Idaho, but had a trip already in the works to Arizona for January, and he began hearing from Washington and some new programs.

One of Idaho's top targets in the 2009 class, Scheidt has hauled in offers from numerous programs, including Hawaii, Army, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. He's ranked the No. 81 middle linebacker in America by and would be a major a key to the future of Idaho's linebacking corps - a unit that sent David Vobora to the NFL and began rebuilding last fall.

So where does he stand? "I'm really high on Idaho," Scheidt told "And I plan on signing there."

He visited Idaho last December and formed a solid bond with the coaches and team. In a previous interview he described his trip to the Idaho campus. "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."

New Idaho defensive line coach Eti Ena - hired earlier this month - has taken over where former Vandal Coach Johnny Nansen left off in recruiting Scheidt to the University of Idaho.

Scheidt in pursuit.

Idaho's depth chart took some hits last fall due to several injuries, and Scheidt could see immediate playing time. "I played safety in high school," Scheidt said, "and they want me to play weakside 'backer in college - one of the linebacker positions, but primarily weakside." Sporting a bench of 405 pounds and a squat of 365, and his ability to play at a high velocity with outstanding lateral range, playing time early could be in the cards.

Last fall another Hawaii all-star linebacker, Robert Siavii, joined the Idaho program, and as the season progressed the true freshman saw his playing time steadily increase at the SAM position for the Vandals. Plus former Kamehameha High teammate Isaiah Lavea was named the Idaho Scout Team Player of the Year as he redshirted his freshman season this year at Idaho.

In addition to the offers he already had in December, a new offer was extened from Washington, but Scheidt said he did not want to complicate the process. "It came through, but I told them I wasn't really interested because I don't want to confuse things," Scheidt told "I'm really high on Idaho right now, and I like everything I've seen. I don't really want to have a bunch of schools and have the decision be harder."

Scheidt has one more trip remaining - to visit the Arizona Wildcats later this month. "We rescheduled for the end of the month," Scheidt said, "so I'm leaving on January 30th. I want to just check out another school, but I'm pretty much set on signing with Idaho."

Arizona is the only visit scheduled for Scheidt this month, and no other visits are planned.

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