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Federal Way's Lindsey will play football at U. of Idaho

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

Antonio Lindsey justs wants a chance to play football.

Which is why the 6-foot-2, 285-pound Federal Way High School defensive tackle will attend the University of Idaho next year. Lindsey committed to play for the Vandals on Monday after spending the weekend in Moscow on an official visit. He will sign his National Letter of Intent next Wednesday, the first day football players can officially ink their names.

“I am really excited about it,” Lindsey said. “They are going to give me a chance to play early. They want me to come in and play next year.”

Idaho competes in the Sun Belt Conference against schools like New Mexico State, North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Utah State, among others.

“I really liked the coaching staff that Idaho brought in,” Lindsey said.

The Vandals didn’t renew the contract of Tom Cable following the season and announced last month the hiring of Nick Holt as their new head coach. Holt has spent the last three years as the linebackers coach at national champion Southern California.

Idaho finished last season with a 3-9 record, including losses to Washington, Washington State and Boise State in non-league games. Lindsey will be joining former Federal Way teammate Nate VanderPol on the Idaho roster. VanderPol is a 6-6, 290-pound redshirt freshman offensive lineman.

“They are really putting in a good effort to make the program better,” Lindsey said. “They have a new weight room and a new locker room.”

Lindsey had three official visits scheduled. He went to Montana State University two weeks ago and had a trip to Idaho State this Friday, but cancelled after committing to Idaho.

During the recruiting process, Lindsey had expressed a strong interest at playing at the University of Nebraska. He said playing for the Cornhuskers was a “dream.” But new Nebraska coach Bill Callahan called Lindsey last week and said a defensive lineman ahead of him on the Cornhuskers’ wish list committed and that meant there was no room on their roster. Lindsey had also got some mild interest from Washington, Washington State and Colorado, among others, but had no offers from the bigger schools.

Lindsey was a two-time All-South Puget Sound League South Division selection and was named to several All-State teams before and after the Eagles’ season. Lindsey finished with seven sacks in nine games as a senior.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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