Marboe Makes Visit and Makes a Decision

See what Idaho linebacker prospect Brad Marboe would and wouldn't say about which team he'll suit up for in '08. And find out how his recent visit to Laramie for the TCU game went.

Idaho Falls High School standout Brad Marboe has made a decision about where he'll be playing football for the next four years.

He's just not telling yet.

"I know where I'm going to go," he told yesterday. "The school's going to know, but I'm not going to tell people publicly and here in Idaho Falls until after our game this Friday."

His high school squad will host its yearly rivalry game this weekend, and Marboe wants the spotlight off of him and on his team.

"I want that…to be the talk of the news," he said. "It's going to be about the team right now."

Still, his decision is an official one.

"I've got my mind made up."

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound linebacker prospect has scholarship offers from Idaho, Idaho State, Montana and Wyoming and has been receiving heavy interest from Boise State and Utah since before the '07 season began.

The Cowboys have consistently been at the top of the senior's list, however, and Marboe's decision comes on the heels of a weekend visit to Laramie to see the Pokes' edge out conference favorite TCU.

"It went good," he said of the visit. "I had an awesome time there.

"I was pretty impressed. I mean, it (the score) shouldn't have been that close, but it was still a good win anyway. They got the W and that's what's important."

Marboe came to Laramie Friday night after competing against Bonneville High School last Thursday. Normally a safety for his high school team, coaches moved Marboe to cornerback in an attempt to lock down Bonneville's star wide receiver.

"I had nine tackles at corner," he said. "He (Bonneville WR) caught only one pass against me, and that was on a quick slant."

Were Marboe to choose Wyoming, he would be the second commitment for the Cowboys this week. Fort Collins, Colo. defensive end Chance Crawford gave the Pokes a verbal after also making a visit to Laramie for the TCU game Saturday.

Marboe would also become the third linebacker commitment of the '08 class. Iowa all-stater Ben Durbin and Columbine, Colo. HS standout Mat Birkeness have both given Wyoming a verbal.

The Cowboys have had a slight edge over other schools in Marboe's recruitment since the early part of the summer. His father, Kent, played college football with current Wyoming linebacker coach Marty English at Idaho State where they were members of the Bengals' 1981 D-IIA national championship team. When Marboe attended a football camp in Laramie in mid June, English extended a scholarship. His father's connection to Wyoming, and the Pokes' pursuit of the athletic senior seemed to pique his interest, and the Cowboys held the top spot on the young man's list for much of the early part of the '07 season.

"Wyoming is definitely first," he said of his top five schools in early August. "It's too hard to decide the rest right now, but Wyoming's definitely one."

Recruiting updates in late September showed Idaho in a dead heat with the Cowboys for Marboe's services, but UW fans hope the recent successful visit will be enough to make the Pokes the lucky winners.

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