State Colleges

College of Idaho football focuses on offensive, defensive lines on Signing Day

Borah’s Nick Eden signed with the College of Idaho on Wednesday in a ceremony at the school.
Borah’s Nick Eden signed with the College of Idaho on Wednesday in a ceremony at the school. Courtesy of Borah High

The Yotes announced the signing of 23 members of its fourth recruiting class since reinstatement Wednesday, with 11 coming along the offensive and defensive lines.

NAIA schools are not bound by NCAA recruiting rules and can sign players throughout the year.

Borah’s Nick Eden, a first-team all-5A SIC pick on the offensive line, headlines a group of eight in-state recruits. He’ll play on the defensive line.

Other in-state recruits include: Offensive lineman Alex Gilbert (Timberline), defensive lineman Chase Owen (Skyline) and linebackers Joey Tuccinardi (Rocky Mountain), Chris Washburn (Lakeland), Cole Lindsley (Grangeville), Derek Higson (Gooding/Montana Western) and Damon Dance (Snake River/Chadron State).

The Yotes also signed a pair of quarterbacks to help replace the graduated Teejay Gordon. Freshman Connor Richardson was the Nevada 1-A player of the year while leading his team to a state title, and junior Peter Wysong is a former backup from Butte Junior College.


▪  QB Connor Richardson, 6-1, 190, Fr., Churchill County HS (Fallon, Nev.)

▪  QB Peter Wysong, 6-2, 205, Jr., Butte JC (Chico, Calif.)

▪  RB Dominic Garzoli, 5-6, 165, Fr., Orland HS (Orland, Calif.)

▪  FB Zachary Oster, 5-7, 185, Fr., O’Dea HS (Seattle)

▪  WR Griffey March, 5-9, 185, Fr., Richland HS (Richland, Wash.)

▪  OL Ricky Bowman Jr., 6-1, 275, Fr., Mission Viejo HS (Mission Viejo, Calif.)

▪  OL Hunter Grade, 6-3, 270, Fr., Richland HS (Richland, Wash.)

▪  OL Alex Gilbert, 6-2, 260, Fr., Timberline HS

▪  OL Dylan Palmer, 6-4, 305, Fr., San Marcos HS (San Marcos, Calif.)

▪  OL Patrick Shrum, 6-2, 225, Fr., Bothell HS (Bothell, Wash.)

▪  ATH Steven Bilafer, 6-0, 180, Fr., Colony HS (Palmer, Alaska)

▪  DL Tanner Thomson, 6-1, 235, Fr., Orland HS (Orland, Calif.)

▪  DL Demetreus Taua, 6-0, 285, Fr., Auburn HS (Auburn, Wash.)

▪  DL Joey Tuccinardi, 6-1, 210, Fr., Rocky Mountain HS

▪  DL Chase Owen, 6-2, 260, Fr., Skyline HS

▪  DL Nicholas Eden, 6-0, 255, Fr., Borah HS

▪  DE Trevor Walden, 6-2, 220, Fr., Soldotna HS (Soldotna, Alaska)

▪  LB Forrest Rivers, 5-11, 220, Fr., Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

▪  LB Brecken Galliher, 6-3, 210, Fr., Richland HS (Richland, Wash.)

▪  LB Cole Lindsley, 6-1, 210, Fr., Grangeville HS

▪  LB Chris Washburn, 5-9, 190, Fr., Lakeland HS

▪  LB Derek Higson, 6-1, 200, R-Fr., Gooding HS/Montana Western

▪  LB Damon Dance, 6-2, 210, R-Fr., Snake River HS/Chadron State

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama