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Reinstated Coyote football team signs first recruit

The newly reinstated College of Idaho football team has its first signee. Head coach Mike Moroski introduced the first member of his initial recruiting class Feb. 11 as Eagle High School senior Marcus Lenhardt signed a Frontier Conference Letter of Intent.

Lenhardt, a 6-foot-4 tight end, was an All-Southern Idaho Conference performer at Eagle during the 2012 season. He made 27 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Mustangs reach their fifth consecutive 5A state tournament.

“I’ve always wanted to play college football, but I never expected to have an opportunity like this,” Lenhardt said. “To be the first guy at a new program, I’m just excited and thankful to be in this position.

“I chose the C of I because I know it’s a strong school academically, but also because of Coach Moroski. He believes in recruiting high-character guys, and I think that’s going to make us a better team.”

Lenhardt’s signing is a milestone for the new Coyote program, which was reinstated last summer after disbanding in 1977. Moroski, who was hired in January, is happy to have Lenhardt on board as he prepares for kickoff in August 2014, when the C of I will play its first football game in 37 years.

“No. 1, Marcus is a great kid,” said Moroski.  “He is an outstanding football player and his upside is tremendous.  Marcus is tall, athletic and very physical. He is truly a quality recruit.”

Marcus is the son of Lee and Kristy Lenhardt. He plans to pursue a degree in business at the C of I. 

For more information on Coyote football, visit C of I’s athletics website at www.yoteathletics.com.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.