Gabe Linehan (Scout.com)
Ever since he was a little kid, Gabe Linehan knew he would have some big shoes to fill - literally. Not only were his brothers - Josh and Cole - Division-1 football players, they were BIG players. Josh was a mainstay on the Oregon State offensive line, while Cole was finding his way on Oregon's defensive line. All Gabe knew is that he wanted to follow in their footsteps.
"It's a great feeling," Linehan told Scout.com Thursday after verbally committing to Boise State. "My whole high school career has been based on this. To have it solid and for sure is a nice feeling. It's also great to continue the legacy for my brothers and my father and my mother. It's going to make the school year even that much better."
It all started with Gabe's father Ron, who played at Idaho and was a fixture on the Portland-area high school coaching scene. He passed away in 2005, but the gift of football he passed on to his sons continues to this day.
"This was his dream, and we're fulfilling his legacy," the youngest Linehan said. "This is exactly what he would have wanted for us."
While admitting that Oregon State was always his dream school, it didn't take long for Linehan to pick up a strong vibe for the Broncos while taking part in their summer camp. "I liked the program, but I didn't know that much about it," he said, adding that he also has family that live in the Treasure Valley. "But the whole impression hooked me. They seemed really excited about having me. And I started performing pretty well, and kept getting more excited. I felt at home.
At 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, the Broncos recruited Linehan as an athlete, with a nod toward tight end. "That's what they are thinking," he said.
"They offered me about a week later and I accepted it. I'm committed. It's 100 percent. Oregon State is a dream school, but at tight end, there's no better place than Boise State with their spread offense. Sometimes they run two tight ends. And I didn't think you could get better than the Oregon State coaching staff, but the Boise State staff is right up there too. It's going to be a great fit for me.
"They had the belief in me and they really wanted me, so I had that loyalty also. I went through all my options. I went to my coach's house and talked to all the influential people in my family and in my life. I really decided that I was going to do that. Time could have expired on the offer, and I wasn't going to let that happen. I wanted to get it over with. It's going to be nice having it out of the way."
Linehan normally plays quarterback and linebacker for Banks. "We have a good backup quarterback, so if we're killing some teams this year he's going to get some time and I'll go to tight end," he said. "It's going to be a good season."
Coach Wilcox was the point man in Linehan's recruitment. "I let Coach Wilcox know first, just kind of threw it out there," Linehan said when he made his decision formal. "He was really excited, so then I called Coach (Chris) Petersen and Coach (Chris) Strausser, the Tight Ends coach."
Linehan is more than ready to accept a change in position in college. Being the son of a football coach, there's not much that trips him up on the field of play. "It's kind of a weird feeling, but I've been a leader for a couple of years now, and that's not going to change," he said.
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