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Idaho’s top high school running back commits to Mountain West football program

Running game powers Rocky Mountain High football into 5A state semifinals

Defending state champion Rocky Mountain enters the 5A state semifinals relying on a rushing attack averaging 344.6 yards per game. The Grizzlies haven't thrown much this season partly due to an injury at quarterback, and because they haven't neede
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Defending state champion Rocky Mountain enters the 5A state semifinals relying on a rushing attack averaging 344.6 yards per game. The Grizzlies haven't thrown much this season partly due to an injury at quarterback, and because they haven't neede

Carter Kuehl’s strength and elite speed made him one of Idaho’s most elusive high school running backs in 2016.

The combination also earned the 5-foot-6, 183-pound Rocky Mountain senior a future spot on the Air Force football roster.

Kuehl will be the first Idaho running back to sign as a high school senior with a Division I program since Moscow High’s Jayson Washington signed with Idaho in 2010.

“He has an unbelievable work ethic and complete focus to the task at hand,” Rocky Mountain coach Scott Criner said. “He is one of the most driven young men I have ever worked with. He is a complete academy guy.”

Cal Poly also offered a scholarship and Idaho had shown interest, Criner said.

Rocky Mountain's Carter Kuehl won the 5A boys 100 meters in 10.66 seconds,

Kuehl, who led the 5A classification last season with 1,987 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, committed to the Falcons late Sunday night after attending a one-day camp at the Colorado Springs, Colo., campus.

“It’s just a great way to serve my country and play some of the best football teams in the nation,” Kuehl said.

Kuehl was voted to the Idaho Statesman’s All-Idaho first team last season, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. In May, he won the 100 and 200 meters at the state track meet.

Kuehl’s father, Kenny Kuehl, played defensive back for Boise State from 1987 to 1990 and still ranks among the top 10 in BSU history in a number of defensive and special teams categories.

“He’s excited, super excited,” Kuehl said of his father’s reaction to his commitment.

The Falcons play in the Mountain West alongside Boise State and have beaten the Broncos the past three seasons.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @byrachelroberts

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