By Brian Murphy
Matt Linehan, the son of former Idaho Vandals quarterback Scott Linehan, committed to play for the Vandals on Monday, Matt Linehan told the Idaho Statesman.
Linehan (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) took his official visit to Idaho over the weekend. Linehan said he had offers from Football Championship Subdivision and Division II schools, but Idaho was his first Football Bowl Subdivision offer. He said he was getting interest from other FBS schools.
"I think I found a great place," Linehan said.
Linehan said the plan is for him to redshirt in 2013.
"Develop my strength and mobility and try to get that to where it needs to be," Linehan said.
New Idaho coach Paul Petrino coached under Scott Linehan with the Vandals in 1992-93 and at Louisville in 1999. Linehan was the offensive coordinator in both spots and Petrino was a position coach.
"I knew they knew each other very well. My dad is very fond of Coach Petrino," Matt Linehan said.
Linehan led Orchard Lakes St. Mary's to the state title game in Michigan. He threw for 1,500 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions, Linehan said.
Scott Linehan, who quarterbacked Idaho from 1983 to 1986, is now the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator. Matt Linehan said he has had a chance to interact with Lions' quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill. Linehan said former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore congratulated him on his college choice Monday.
"I get as much information as I can from them," Linehan said. "Anytime I have a question I go to them — or, at least, my dad."
Boise State senior tight end Gabe Linehan is Matt's cousin.
Vandals QB situation
Linehan will become the fifth quarterback in the program when he signs on Feb. 6 (National Signing Day). He will join senior Taylor Davis, junior Anthony Neyer and redshirt freshmen Chad Chalich and Austin DeCoud.
Davis, Chalich and DeCoud were in the program last year. Neyer joined as a junior-college transfer this winter.