Idaho Vandals

Brothers transfer to Idaho football team from Boise State

Former Boise State football players Kayode and Mujeeb Rufai joined the Idaho Vandals on Wednesday as part of their 2019 signing class.

Kayode will be eligible to play this year as a redshirt junior because he’s dropping down to the Football Championship Subdivision. He was a scholarship defensive lineman at Boise State, where he appeared in 19 games and made 18 tackles.

Mujeeb, a safety, will be a redshirt freshman and also immediately eligible. He was a walk-on at Boise State in 2018 and was named the defensive MVP of the scout team.

The Rufais are among 10 players who signed with Idaho on Wednesday, adding to the group of 14 that signed in December.

Other signees included wide receiver Nehemiah Parker of Mountain Home High, twins Hayden (tight end) and Hogan (linebacker) Hatten of Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Ariz., and teammates David Eppinger (defensive back) and Daseau Puffer (wide receiver) of Chandler, Ariz.

“If this isn’t our best class we’ve signed here, it’s definitely one of the best classes we’ve put together,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said in a press release. “The assistant coaches did a great job of filling our needs and adding a couple of just really good players. They should all work right now like they’re going to help right away. If they’re ready to play, we’re going to play them.”

Idaho State signs 24

The Bengals filled most of their 2019 class on Wednesday, finishing with 24 recruits. There was an emphasis on defense with six defensive backs, five defensive linemen and two linebackers. The class includes seven Idahoans, three on scholarship. The quarterback was Sagan Gronauer of Faith Lutheran High in Las Vegas, where he was a two-time offensive MVP in his conference.

C of I loads up on locals

College of Idaho football’s recruiting class includes six Treasure Valley players who were named to the All-Idaho first team in 5A or 4A. Those players are LB Dylan Martinez, Mountain View; DB Kaimana Nawahine, Rocky Mountain; WR Carson Smith, Middleton; DB Austin Steblay, Middleton; DL Luke McLaughlin, Bishop Kelly; and OL Garrett Rehberg, Bishop Kelly.

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