Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I knew I wanted to play college football, but it wasn't until my senior year that I realized it could be possible. Midway through my senior season, I started gaining confidence as I had success and coaches saw my potential to play at the next level.
I started considering Division II and NAIA colleges with respected programs in the West, but couldn't find a school that was the right fit for me. I went on official visits to a couple schools in Montana and had a school in Oregon that was an option, but I couldn't see myself spending the next four years at any of them.
As time was running out to make my decision, I heard about the new football program at the College of Idaho. I heard only good things about the school, the athletic director and the head coach they had just hired.
I found that they had a great business program, my planned major, good location and a strong reputation as a school. After weighing all my options, it was obvious that College of Idaho was the right choice for me.
After signing, I grew to know that this was a special opportunity and learned how much this meant to so many people. I am very excited to start playing football again, but even more excited to get to know all of the guys and be a part of this amazing opportunity.
It won't be easy to get this football program in winning condition, but with hard work and dedication we can make it happen as a team.
About Marcus Lenhardt
Lenhardt became the first signee for the new College of Idaho football program Feb. 11. He was an All-Southern Idaho Conference tight end at Eagle High and chose the Coyotes over Carroll College and Montana Tech, which also compete in the Frontier Conference. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder barely played as a high school junior but became a key contributor in 2012, when the Mustangs needed a more physical presence on offense.
"He just kept persevering and pushing," Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. "He paid his dues in our program and when it was his time to shine, he earned everything that he achieved. And he's got a little nasty in him. He's a punishing blocker."
Lenhardt will write about his experience with the Coyotes throughout our series on the program.