Eagle High kicker commits to Idaho

Eagle High's Jace Johnson gave a verbal commitment Thursday to play football for the University of Idaho.

The 6-foot, 195-pound senior wrapped up his high school career with a second consecutive appearance on the All-Idaho first team as a kicker.

Johnson made 56-of-57 point-after tries and 7-of-9 field goals — including a long of 39 yards — for the runner-up Mustangs. Eighty-eight percent of Johnson's kickoffs went for touchbacks.

"We all know that Jace has been blessed with a terrific leg, great determination and a high level of confidence," Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. "I think he has the characteristics that bode well for having a successful kicking career."

Johnson said he will likely grayshirt and join the team in 2013.

"It just seemed right. I liked the coaches and everything about Idaho," Johnson said.

Below is a list of other college commitments reported to the Idaho Statesman.

This list includes Treasure Valley athletes (2012 graduates unless otherwise noted) who have either signed a letter of intent or have verbally committed to compete for a college or university. The information was provided to the Statesman by high school coaches and administrators or by club team officials. College commitments and signings can be sent to rroberts@idahostatesman.com.

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Brandon Brown, Eagle, Oregon
Bryce Feist, Rocky Mountain, Dixie State
Mason Smith, Rocky Mountain, Utah

Boys basketball

Joey Nebeker, Melba, Boise State University
Braiden Shaw, Eagle (2013), BYU

Girls basketball

Sam Loggins, Mountain View, Utah Valley


Marc Cooper, Eagle, Northern Arizona
D.J. Dean, Eagle, Boise State University
Jace Johnson, Eagle, University of Idaho
Tanner Mangum, Eagle, BYU
Joe Martarano, Fruitland (2013), Boise State University
Demetrius Oliver, Rocky Mountain, Idaho State University
Hayden Stout, Meridian, Idaho State University

Boys golf

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Girls golf

Tyler Barker, Vallivue, Wyoming
Kathryn Buckingham, Centennial, Elon University

Boys soccer

Wade Canon, Meridian, Dixie State
Nick Davey, Boise (Idaho Rush), Harvard
Garrett Jones, Boise (Idaho Rush), Seattle Pacific
Bryson Pavel, Boise (Idaho Rush), Seattle Pacific
Graham Reid, Boise (Idaho Rush), Seattle Pacific
Mesa Selimovic, Mountain View High (Idaho Rush), Grand Canyon

Girls soccer

Brooke Heidemann, Rocky Mountain (FC Nova), Boise State University
Catlin Jensen, Rocky Mountain (FC Nova), Northwest Nazarene University
Whitney Peterson, Rocky Mountain (FC Nova), Boise State University
Argia Phillips, Meridian, Northwest Nazarene University
Sydney Woods, Meridian, College of Idaho


Michaela Barr, Mountain View, Idaho State University

Boys track and field/cross country

David Trompke, Rocky Mountain, Harvard

Girls track and field/cross country

Emily Nist, Bishop Kelly, Syracuse

Boys tennis

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Girls tennis

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Hannah Schleis, Borah, Cal Poly


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Girls swimming

Maddie Eyolfson, Boise, University of Denver

Boys swimming

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