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Choate, staff hope to keep Idaho pipeline going despite Vandals’ return


BOZEMAN — Zach Redd remembers his recruitment by the University of Idaho during his last two years as a standout at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian.

Growing up in a suburb 15 minutes from Idaho’s capital city of Boise, Redd naturally gravitated toward rooting for Boise State. The 6-foot-1, 275-pound center received some interest from the hometown Broncos, but his first scholarship offer came from the Vandals.

“All my friends were going to Moscow but I wanted to do my own thing, go my own route,” Redd said on Wednesday.

Montana State head coach Jeff Choate grew up in Saint Marie’s, Idaho about an hour from Moscow. After beginning his coaching career when his playing career was cut short at Montana Western, Choate spent 1994 until 2001 as a high school coach in the Gem State with stops at Challis, Twin Falls and Post Falls.

After launching his college coaching career at Utah State in 2002 and spending 2005 as the special teams coordinator at Eastern Illinois, Choate landed at Boise State. For most of the last 13 years, Choate has mined the Treasure Valley for football recruits.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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