Billy Bates                    OL         6-5        264                   Southridge High School       Beaverton, Ore

Kellen Beam                    TE         6-7        227                            Gon zaga Prep       Spokane, Wash

Bryan Braman                   DE         6-5        224                  Shadle Park High School       Spokane, Wash

Jason Brown                   ATH         6-1        210                         Long Beach Poly     Long Beach, Calif

Marvin Jones                   DT         6-2        298                       Bethel High School         Vallejo, Cali

Adam Juratovac                 OL         6-3        285                        Gunn High School        Palo Alto, Cali

Kurt Newboles                  OL         6-7        281                    WF West High School         Chehalis, Wash

Miles Robbins                 WR         5-11        174                      Corona High School          Corona, Cali

Adam Shamion                   LB         6-2        220                    Post Falls High School     Post Falls, Idah

Josh Shaw                      DE         6-2        233                Lewis & Clark High School       Spokane, Wash

Bryce Sinclair                 OL         6-5        330                        Serra High School    Los Angeles, Calif

Irvin Stevens                  OL         6-3        279                   Centennial High School         Corona, Cali

Eddie W illiams             H-BA CK       6-1        237                      Aragon High School          Aragon, Calif

Wes Williams                   CB        5-10        156                    Esperanza High School    Yo rba Linda, Cali

Justin Willis                  DT        5-11        281            Valley Christian High School        San Jose, Cali


Matt Askew                    WR          6-4        211                        West Hills College        St. Louis, Mo

Charles Campbell               DE         6-3        230                           Chabot College       Hayward, Calif

Ryan Davis                     DT         6-0        272                     Orange Coast Co llege      LaVerne, Cali

Jason Martin                   CB         5-9        182                  Mt. San Antonio College      Monrovia, Cali

Matt O’Donnell                 OL         6-4        288                         San Jose College    Santa Clara, Calif

DeAngelo Ramsey               WR          6-2        209                           Fresno College         Clovis, Calif

Daniel Smith                  WR         5-11        210                            Pierce College      Houston, Texa

Tone Taupule                    S         6-1        196                         Co mpton College    Long Beach, Calif

Steve Wichman                  QB         6-3        224                             Delta College         Tracy, Calif

Offensive line • 6-5 • 264 • Southridge High School • Beaverton, Ore.
   Coaches believe that Billy Bates has a lot of room to mature and imp rove as an offensive lineman. This
   idea must seem baffling for those players who already have faced him.
   “I think he do minated as a senior,” Southridge High coach Brad Mastrud said. “His potential’s still
   untapped. He’s got great feet and great speed. He’ll be a very good player in college if he continues to
   Bates was a second team All-State selection and was nominated for the Oregon Bo wl. He was the team’s
   Most Outstanding Lineman and a first team All-Metro League selection.
   “He’s just developing. He made huge strides as a player here,” Mastrud said. “I think he’s a great kid to
   be around. His academics are good, and he never had problems in school. He’s an outstanding guy.”
   Bates is a two-time district heavyweight wrestling champion.

Tight end • 6-7 • 227 • Gonzaga Prep • Spokane, Wash.
   Kellen Beam already possesses the frame and soft hands to be a great college tigh t end. Now he only
   needs to fulfill the rest of his tremendous potential.
   “He’s huge, but he’s got to grow into his body,” Gonzaga Prep coach Dave Carson said. “He could put
   on 50 pounds real easily. He has quick feet and great hands, and a tremendous upside.
   Beam, a two-way player and a two-year starter for the Bullpups, had 16 catches for 185 yards and two
   touchdowns as a senior. Gonzaga Prep fin ished the season 12-2 and advanced to the state semifinals.
   Beam earned second team All-Greater Spokane League honors.
   “I think he’ll be a major t ight end. He’s a quality kid,” Carson said. “He can catch the ball, and he can
   block. He’s going to get bigger and stronger – that’s for sure.”

Defensive end • 6-5 • 224 • Shadle Park High School • Spokane, Wash.
   Bryan Braman fits the extremely rare mo ld of defensive linemen who are fast enough to pull duty as
   kick returners.
   Unlikely as it may seem, the 220-pounder even returned one kick 85 yards for a touchdown as a senior
   at Shadle Park High School.
   “We put in a defense just for him. He was that type of special kid,” Shadle Park coach Mark Hester said.
   “He was tough to stop. No question about it.”
   Braman, who blocked eight punts and had 20 sacks as a prep star, was a second team All-GSL selection
   last season. As a track athlete, he posted a time of 11.1 seconds in the 100 meters, cleared 6-9 in the high
   ju mp and long-ju mped more 21 feet.
   “He’s big, he’s fast, and he’s aggressive. He’ll go get the football,” Hester said. “We’re pretty excited
   that he’s able to go (to Idaho).”

Athlete • • • Long Beach Po ly • Long Beach, Calif.
   As a senior at Long Beach Poly High School, Jason Brown impressed those around him with his
   character and fearlessness in the face of a leg injury that lingered throughout h is senior year.
   “He’s a really tough kid. He p layed most of last year with a leg in jury, even though we kept trying to get
   him to sit out and rest it,” Long Beach Po ly defensive coordinator Jeff Turley said. “He just refused to
   be held out of the game.”
   Bro wn helped his team reach the CIF Southern Section Champ ionship. In that game, he had eight
   tackles (including three for loss) as well as three deflections. As a junior, he was a first team All -Moore
   League as well as a second team all-CIF selection.
   “He’s a phenomenal athlete. An impact player,” Turley said. “He’s going to hit you hard whether he’s
   carrying the ball, or you’re carrying the ball. He could play anywhere on the field. You definitely got
   yourselves a great kid and a great athlete”

Defensive tackle • 6-2 • 298 • Bethel High School • Vallejo, Calif.
   The list of Marv in Jones’ high school accomplishments is, to say the least, impressive. Still, the gifted
   football player and wrestler already has his sights set on loftier acco mplishments at the next level.
   “He’s got a goal of starting as a freshman. I thin k if he puts his mind to that goal, that’s exactly what
   he’s going to do,” Bethel High coach Jeff Turner said. “He’ll do the same thing there as he did here.
   He’ll be a leader.”
   Despite missing three games last season, Jones was an All-Region, All-Metro and All-Silano County
   Athletic Conference selection at defensive line. He had 80 tackles (48 solo) and three sacks.
   “He’s my kind of player,” Turner said. “He’s a hard worker. A good team leader. He leads by example.
   He has a good motor, and he doesn’t take plays off. He’s a dominating player for us, and I thin k he’s
   going to be a great.”

Offensive lineman • 6-3 • 285 • Gunn High School • Palo Alto, Calif.

Offensive line • 6-7 • 281 • W.F. West High School • Chehalis, Wash.
   When it comes to evaluating players, many coaches like to talk about the “eye-ball” test. They especially
   like to talk about the eye-ball test when the subject is 6-7 Kurt Newboles.
   “I think he’s a great candidate for D-I football, thanks to his tremendous athletic ability co mbined with
   his great size,” W.F. West High coach Kevin Ryan said. “He’s smart, a great pass blocker, and he has
   great feet and great hands. He’s a very intriguing college prospect.”
   Newboles is a three-year starter and a two-t ime all Pac -9 selection. He was the team’s Most Valuable
   Lineman three consecutive years. Last season he had two rushing attempts for six yards and one
   “You wouldn’t know fro m watching him get around so quickly just how big he is,” Ryan said. “He’s
   just a great kid. His character is unquestionable. I think they’re getting an All -A merican type player at
   Idaho. I really do.”

Wide receiver • 5-11 • 174 • Corona High School • Corona, Calif.
   Injuries often prevented Miles Robbins from making it to the field last season. But when he did play, he
   did more than enough to impress those coaches who had the privilege of watching him.
   “He’s a tall, rangy kid who can run and catch. He’s an explosive kid who’s spent time in the weight
   room,” Corona High School coach John Brandon said.
   Robbins, a two-way standout, averaged 19.4 yards per catch and had five receiving touchdowns in just
   four games last season. He also had 23 tackles, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and
   one blocked kick.
   “He’s just a kid who gets it done in the classroom, on the field and in the weight room,” Brandon said.
   “He’s very strong and very dedicated.”
   Robbins started for three seasons on defense and earned second team A ll-Mountain View League honors
   as a junior.

Linebacker • 6-2 • 220 • Post Falls High School • Post Falls, Idaho
   Adam Shamion has spent the past few years at impressing the coaches at Post Falls with a winning
   attitude and uncommon athleticis m.
   “He just has the type of personality that’s infectious,” Post Falls coach Jerry Lee said. “People rally
   around him.”
   Shamion, a three-year starter at free safety, linebacker and tight end, earned All-state honors last season
   and was a first team All-Inland Emp ire League selection both on offense and defense.
   “He was just sold on coach Holt and the program,” Lee said. “He felt like it was a perfect fit for him. It
   wasn’t his only option. He just shut everything else down really early . He’s going to be a Vandal.”
   As a senior Shamion had 25 catches for 391 yards and six touchdowns. He had 52 tackles on defense.
   He was the IEL Linebacker of the Year.

Defensive end • 6-2 • 233 • Lewis & Clark High School • Spokane, Wash.
   Josh Shaw has displayed the versatility needed to play on both sides of the ball as well as change
   defensive positions in the Greater Spokane League. He switched fro m defensive line to linebacker
   between his junior and senior seasons at Lewis and Clark High Scho ol.
   “Josh is a quality addition as a person and player to the University of Idaho program,” Lewis and Clark
   coach Tom Yearout said. “He has a real high football IQ and a desire to make himself a quality football
   Shaw, who has been chosen to play in the 2005 Washington state high school all-star game, earned first
   team A ll-GSL honors as a defensive lineman as a junior and second team honors after adjusting to his
   new position as a senior. He was a three-year starter at Lewis and Clark.
   “He’s a good kid,” Yearout said. “He’s just starting to figure out the potential he has.”

Offensive line • • • Serra High School • Los Angeles, Calif.
   A combination of youth, size and upside has led coaches to believe that great things await Bryce Sinclair
   in D-I football.
   “He’s just a young kid, as far as a 17-year-o ld senior,” Centennial High coach Scott Altenberg said.
   “This last season was only his third year of play ing football. His best football is defin itely ahead of
   Sinclair earned first team All-Del Rey League honors as a senior and second team honors as a junior.
   “He’s a powerful kid. He moves well,” Altenberg said. “He’s a big hoss of a guy, and I think he’s going
   to be a great player for the Vandals.”

Offensive line • 6-3 • 279 • Centennial High School • Corona, Calif.
   Irvin Stevens already has played a central role as an offensive lineman in a very successful football
   program. Vandal coaches envision him doing the same thing – only on a greater stage – a couple years
   down the road.
   Last season, Stevens helped Centennial High School win a Mountain View League Championship.
   Centennial also won the CIF Div ision 5 Champ ionship and finished the season 13-1.
   “Honestly, he could grow into a big-time offensive tackle,” Centennial coach Matt Logan said.
   “Somet imes linemen are b ig but they’re not real athletic. But he’s athletic. His upside is tremendous.”
   Stevens earned the the team “Warrior Award” for the way he fought through a strained MCL to help his
   team. He p lays center for the Centennial basketball team and also throws the shot put and discus.
   “He’s very intense. A real tough player,” Logan said. “He’s a very dedicated, hard -working kid.”

H-back • 6-1 • 237 • Aragon High School • Aragon, Calif.
   Thanks to his work ethic, character and a proven knack for winning, Eddie Williams is the type of player
   coaches love.
   “He’s a wonderful kid,” Aragon High coach Steve Sell said. “He’s hard -working, respectful and
   unbelievably coachable. Just a superb human being.”
   During Williams’ three-year career, Aragon lost only two league games. He was a two -time team M VP,
   and as a senior he won the Peninsula Athletic League “A” Division’s “Utility” award for overall play on
   offense and defense.
   “A kid that big who can move that fast is capable of doing great things in college,” Sell said. “He’s kind
   of like a receiver in a linebacker’s body. Or maybe a linebacker in a receiver’s body.”
   Williams was a first team All-County and All-League selection.

   “Who knows what position he’s going to end up playing?” Sell said. “He’s just a great football player.”

Wide receiver • 5-10 • 156 • Esperanza High School • Yorba Linda, Calif.
   Wes Williams’ athletic versatility has proven helpful not only on the football field, but also in tra ck,
   where his obvious speed has carried him to regional success.
   Williams advanced to the California state finals last year in the 200 - and 400-meter races after winning
   the county championship in both.
   “Wes has great speed,” Esperenza High School coach Bill Pendleton said. “He’s a very versatile, team-
   oriented player.”
   As a senior, Williams excelled wherever he was placed on the football field – be it runningback,
   cornerback or returner. He earned first team All-CIF, All-County and All-Sunset League recognition.
   The Orange County Register selected him as a top-25 prospect.
   “He’s a great kid,” Pendleton said. “He’s real funny. He likes to fish.”

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   Justin Willis’ teammates and coaches like to call him “the High School Warren Sapp.” Based on the
   success Willis enjoyed as a senior, this analogy may not have been much of a stretch.
   Willis was a first team All-Central Coast, All-Bay Area and All-West Catholic Athletic League
   defensive lineman. He earned Defensive Lineman of the Year honors in one of California’s toughest
   leagues, and he was awarded All-State honors.
   “He’s a force in the middle – a guy that solidified our offensive line and made plays for us on defense,”
   Valley Christian High School coach Mike Machado said. “He was a play maker and a leader. He came to
   play, and when the lights came on everyone could see it.”
   Machado said that Willis reminds others of Warren Sapp because, though he may not be the tallest
   player on the field, he consistently disrupts the other teams’ offenses – particularly in short-yardage
“He made plays,” Machado said. “He made plays in the backfield, made p lays down the line, and he made
plays when teams were b rave enough to run at him. Not many were.”

Wide receiver • 6-4 • 211 • West Hills College • St. Louis, Mo.
   Matt Askew never played a down for West Hills Co mmunity College. Yet WHCC head coach Mark
   Gritton lights up at the mere mention of Askew’s name.
   “That’s the beautiful thing about Matt Askew going to Idaho on a full scholarship,” Gritton said. “He
   never got to play for us, but he did everything we asked of him. He pract iced every single week.”
   Askew spent last year raising his grades to eligibility level. Thoug h he eventually succeeded, he did not
   do so in time to play for WHCC. As Askew’s grades improved, Gritton says now ,with a smile, his
   character and attitude improved tenfold.
   “I think his time out here was a life-changing experience. I just told him, so mething’s going to happen.
   You’ve got to keep going,” Gritton said. “I told the Idaho coaches that they were lucky he never played.
   Because he’s the best receiver to ever set foot on this campus.”

Defensive end • • Chabot College • Hayward, Calif.

Defensive tackle • 6-0 • 272 • Orange Coast College • LaVerne, Calif.
   Ryan Davis will have this spring to learn a new system so come this fall he will be able to give the
   Vandals some much-needed immediate help on the defensive line.
   He certain ly made an impact through two years in the California -based Mission Conference. As a
   freshman at Orange Coast Co llege, he had 46 tackles (nine for loss), 2.5 sacks, five pass breakups and an
   interception. As a sophomore he had 58 tackles (four fo r loss), 4.5 sacks and two pass breakups.
   “We were able to do a lot of things with him,” OCC coach Mike Taylor said. “He moves around pretty
   well. It shows up on the football field.”
   Davis, whose father Ricky played on the Canadian Oly mpic soccer team, was a two year all-conference
   “He’s got very good football sense,” Taylor said. “He’s a very, very athletic 270-pound kid. Co me game
   day, he was always ready to play. He obviously produced.”

Cornerback • 5-9 • 182 • Mt. San Antonio College • Monrovia, Calif.
   Jason Martin displayed the athleticism and wherewithal to play as a receiver, returner and cornerback at
   Mount San Antonio College in Californ ia. At Idaho, he’ll likely be able to focus on defense, where he
   figures to make an immediate impact.
   “He’s a difference-maker,” Mt. SAC coach Bill Fisk said. “He’s a great player who makes big plays.
   He’s just a really good player.”
   Despite playing only a partial season on defense, Martin earned unanimous all-M ission Conference
   recognition. He intercepted five passes in eight games at cornerback and had a 28.6 -yard kick return
   average. He also had 11 deflections and 46 tackles.

Offensive line • 6-4 • 288 • San Jose Co llege • Santa Clara, Calif.
   Matt O’Donnell, a sophomore with three remaining seasons of eligibility, will add depth to a young
   corps of Vandal linemen.
   Thanks to a fortunate combination of good work habits and strong physical potential, San Jose City
   College coach Don Stagnaro believes O’Donnell will develop into a st andout D-I offensive lineman
   “He has an excellent attitude. He’s a hard worker with a great upside,” Stagnaro said. “As he gets
   stronger, faster and grows into his body, he’ll mature into a really good player. He’s got three years to
   do it and I believe he’ll have plenty of success.”
   O’Donnell started all last season for SJCC and was a first team A ll-Coast Conference selection.

Athlete • 6-2 • 209 • Fresno College • Clovis, Calif.
   With the arrival of DeAngelo Ramsey, the Vandal receiv ing corps immediately will be faster, taller and
   deeper. For these reasons, among others, Fresno College coach Tony Caviglia expects Ramsey to excel
   early and often at the D-I level.
   “He’s a big-play receiver,” Caviglia said. “He’s 6-2 and really put together. He’s got great height and
   speed, and he’s very strong. A guy that can get behind a lot of secondaries.”
   Ramsey’s game-changing potential are exh ibited in h is 2004 stats. Last season he caught 24 passes for
   438 yards – an average of 18.25 yards per catch.
   Ramsey also returned kicks and averaged 34.18 yards per return in 11 attempts. He scored four
   touchdowns receiving and by one returning.
   “We’ve lost six games in six years, and he’s one of the best receivers we’ve ever had around here,”
   Cavig lia said.

Wide receiver • 5-11 • 210 • Pierce Co llege • Houston, Texas

Linebacker • 6-1 • 196 • Co mpton College • Long Beach, Calif.
   Former Oregon State signee Tone Tapule developed a menacing reputation as a big -hitting linebacker at
   Co mpton College last season.
   “He’s my kind of football player,” Co mpton coach Angelo Jackson said. “He will be your meanest
   football player on your team. Period. He plays with a lot of intensity”
   Tapule redshirted one year at Oregon State before leaving for junior college. He was a second team All-
   Western States selection in 2003. As a high schooler, he made the LA Times All-Reg ion team his senior
   “(Idaho) got a PAC-10 p layer, which is a steal,” Jackson said. “He’s just a very mean football player. He
   plays with high intensity. I think of him really as a no -nonsense guy. He’s not a talker, but he will be a

Quarterback • 6-3 • 224 • San Joaquin Delta College • Tracy, Calif.
   Vandal coaches plan on Steven Wichman bringing to Mos cow from San Joaquin Delta Co llege at
   Stockton, Calif., his winning habits – along with athleticis m and a strong arm.
   “In his time here at Delta College he made a major impact in two seasons,” SJDC coach Gary Barlow
   said. “He’s just a quality young man and an excellent football player.”
   Wichman led his team to two bowl games and was the offensive MVP of the Valley Conference as a
   sophomore. He earned first team all-conference recognition twice.
   “He turned down offers from several bigger schools because he felt comfortable with coach Holt,”
   Barlow said “He felt really confident in the fact that that he and coach Holt, together, could help the
   Vandals get their program going.”

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