The University of Idaho has confirmed their recruit, Jace Malek has lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.

Jace played for West Valley High School in Spokane Valley and had big dreams of taking the field for the Vandals.  The U of I didn't hesitate to honor his scholarship when he became terminally sick.  Instead they made Jace an assistant coach and his full ride was intact.


Coach Paul Petrino offered this statement to the family on Sunday after Jace passed away.  "I am thankful Jace Malek was part of our team.  I know everyone feels the same. Jace made me a better father, better coach and a better person. I am grateful and honored that he was part of my life. We love him and will miss him."