Yotes add local talent to comeback team

CALDWELL, Idaho - College of Idaho football coach Mike Moroski has announced the signing of additional 12 student-athletes to Frontier Conference Letters of Intent.

The group of 11 freshmen and one transfer brings the total number of 2014 signees to 17, as the resurrection of the Yotes long dormant program continues. Every player on the list was honored as all-conference selections, with four players named to the all-state team.

The Yotes will load up on the defensive side of the ball - including four defensive backs, a linebacker, and two linemen. Highlighting the group is Beau White, a 5A All-State selection from Mountain View High, as the six-foot defensive back had eight interceptions as a senior and holds the MVHS school record with 18 career picks.

"Beau is the perfect fit for us," said Moroski. "He proved to be a very skilled coverage player, he has extraordinary ball skills and he has very good speed. He is also a fine young man and a serious student."

Joining him in the secondary is Kuna safety Josiah Kotte, fellow Mountain View defensive back Bryan Dilworth, and Southern Virginia transfer, Grant Darrington. Kotte earned 4A All-State honors following a senior season that saw him rack up 41 tackles; Dilworth earned 5A All-SIC honors during the 2013 season; while Darrington, a Borah High grad and former All-SIC selection, was a special teams player as a freshman at the Division III school.

Heading to Caldwell is California native, Kyle Ashby, of Torrey Pines High in San Diego. The 6-1, 220 pound linebacker was a first-team All-Palomar League selection as a senior, leading his team to the postseason.

Kade Paulsen of Century High and Jordan Duncan of Mountain View High will be key members of the defensive line after stellar prep careers. Paulsen, a 6-3, 225 pound end, had 44 tackles as a senior and was a member of the Idaho State Journal All-Area team. Duncan, a 6-2, 265 pound tackle, earned All-SIC honors for the Mavericks.

The Yotes inked three offensive linemen - all with impressive resumes - including Sam Ball of Capital High. Ball was a 5A All-State selection, as the 6-3, 265-pounder helped his team to the state semifinals.

"Sam is one of the best offensive linemen in the Northwest," stated Moroski. "He has been very well coached at Capital. He will compete for a starting job immediately - and I believe he will have a great career as a Yote!"

Joining him is Isaac Reyna, a 6-1, 265 pound guard, who earned All-Southern Idaho Conference honors in helping the Grizzlies to the state playoffs, along with James Roy, a 6-1, 265 pound product of Damien High in Hawaii, was a two-time All-Interscholastic League I/II all-star.

C of I has added a quality running back in Joe Murphy, an All-SIC selection out of Centennial High, along with kicker Isaac Dodd of Mountain View High - a second-team 5A All-State pick who connected on 10-of-12 field goals this season.