Idaho Linebacker Leaning Toward Wyoming

With one top prospect already committed and offers extended to at least six more, Wyoming is hot on the trail of another great class of linebackers for 2008.

The team's most recent recruit was 6-foot-2, 219-pound Iowa all-stater, Ben Durbin.

Now, less than two weeks after receiving Durbin's verbal, the Cowboys look to be on the verge of landing another defensive gem, Idaho Falls native Brad Marboe.

In addition to the Cowboys, Marboe has scholarship offers from Idaho, Idaho State and Montana--with Boise State and Utah showing interest--but the athletic senior-to-be seems extremely high on coming to Laramie in '08.

"Wyoming is definitely first," Marboe said of his top five schools yesterday in a telephone interview with CowboyBlitz. "It's too hard to decide the rest right now, but Wyoming's definitely one."

Marboe made a visit to Laramie in the middle of June for a recruiting camp, and afterwards, Wyoming coach Marty English offered him a scholarship.

"Coach English said he wanted to talk to me before I took off back to Idaho Falls," Marboe said. "So I came in and he sat me down in his office and pretty much just told me he wanted me to be a Cowboy. He told me that he liked to coach kids that have great heart and size and speed and said he thought I'd make a great Cowboy."

"I was really excited. My dad and I were so excited."

His dad, Kent Marboe, actually has ties to English. The two played together on Idaho State's 1981 Division I-AA national championship team.

But Kent's association with the Bengals apparently won't affect his son's college decision.

"It's all up to Brad," he said. "Wherever he wants to go is where he should go."

Marboe added that his son has a "huge upside."

"He can hit, he can run, he can catch and he can be a team leader," Kent said. "In football that's what you need. I know whoever gets him is going to see that."

Both father and son seemed most excited about the Cowboys' coaching staff.

"I've known Joe Glenn for a while because when he was at the University of Montana, I got to know him then," Kent said. "Then of course, Marty and I have known each other since the early 80s. They just have a great coaching staff at the University of Wyoming."

The younger Marboe echoed his father's sentiments.

"I just love the coaches," he said. "Coach Glenn, I thought, was just an awesome guy. The coaching staff at Wyoming was one of the best coaching staffs I met."

Most of those staffs think Marboe could add 40+ pounds to his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, and Wyoming sees the current safety/wide receiver as having the potential to become an ideal outside linebacker.

The Cowboys' biggest competition for the young man's services will likely come from Boise State. Fortunately for the Pokes, the Broncos have not yet offered the senior a scholarship.

"I am interested in Boise State offering because it is closer to my family at home, and it would make it easier for family members to come to the games to watch me," Marboe said. "I think both schools, Wyoming and Boise State, are headed in the right direction. Boise State is coming off a great season, but I think Wyoming is going to be right up there. I think that program is definitely going somewhere and has been for the last few years under Coach Glenn."

"I don't see anything wrong with either school," he added, "but I'd just have to see if I end up in that situation. If Boise State offered, I still don't know what I would do."

Marboe said he wants to keep his options open going into his senior season but understands he can't wait too long, especially with one linebacker having already committed to the Cowboys and others possibly close to following suit.

"That's definitely a little pressure," he said. "There's got to be (pressure) with knowing that they can't offer everyone. You know once those spots are taken, they're taken, so there's definitely that pressure and that feeling of a timer. But I'm keeping in contact with Coach English, and he's going to let me know every time someone signs."

"I know with that top prospect out of Iowa (Durbin) that they signed, I think there's going to be a good group of linebackers coming with him. And I kind of want to be part of that."

For the Cowboys, a verbal commitment from Marboe would mean a fast start in recruiting at the middle and front of its defense and the first pieces of another potentially star-studded class of linebackers.

Along with Durbin, the Pokes have verbals from three defensive ends, two offensive tackles and a wide receiver for 2008.

Athletically sound, Marboe would fit nicely into Wyoming's three-four defensive scheme and the team's high energy style at the linebacker position. He reports a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash and a personal best of 51 seconds flat in the 400 meters. He garnered first-team all-region honors as a defensive back and wide receiver along with 2nd-team honors as a return man in 2006.

Marboe is also an impressive student; he was named to his high school's honor roll last year, which requires a minimum 3.5 GPA.

To view Marboe's player page and junior season highlight films, click here.

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