Today, college football coaches across the country sat eagerly around the fax machine, waiting to see which prized recruits had selected their particular school.

In a year, where the Montana Grizzlies lost just 15 seniors to graduation, head coach Robin Pflugrad managed to pull in 21 new recruits.

Taking a look at the new Griz, a couple of things stand out to me.

First, 10 players from the state of Montana are included in this year's class, including a couple of legacies.

Secondly, pipelines were re-established to both Butte and Hawaii. One Butte Bulldog (Matt Berg) and two Butte Central Maroons (cousins Aschan and Jonathan Richards) signed with the Griz, as did 3 athletes from Hawaii (offensive lineman Samson Kaleikini and Mililani teammates Trent McKinney and Hassan Richardson).

Finally, safety and offensive line were the teams' biggest priority as 4 at each position signed letters of intent with UM. 

Here is a complete rundown of the 20 newest members of the Grizzly football program.

  1. Matt Hermanson - Freshman, Safety,  Washington HS (Sioux Falls, SD)
  2. John Schmaing - Freshman, Offensive Line, Senior HS (Billings, MT)
  3. Archie Woulard - Junior, Wide Receiver, Chandler HS (Chandler, AZ)
  4. Connor Lebsock - Freshman, Safety, Skyview HS (Billings, MT)
  5. Trent McKinney - Freshman, Quarterback, Mililani HS (Mililani, HI)
  6. Jesse Ginn - Freshman, Defensive Tackle, Hellgate HS (Missoula, MT)
  7. Kevin Frank Jr. - Junior, Cornerback, Sierra College (Rocklin, CA)
  8. Jonathan Richards - Freshman, Linebacker, Butte Central HS (Butte, MT)
  9. Samson Kaleikini - Freshman, Offensive Line, Kapolei HS (Kapolei, HI)
  10. Gavin Hagfors - Freshman, Running Back, C.M. Russell HS (Great Falls, MT)
  11. Nate Harris - Freshman, Cornerback, Chino Hills HS (Chino, CA)
  12. Aschan Richards - Freshman, Tight End, Butte Central HS (Butte, MT)
  13. Joe Dahl - Freshman, Offensive Line, University HS (Spokane, WA)
  14. Nelo Butler - Freshman, Running Back, Helena HS (Helena, MT)
  15. Addison Owen - Freshman, Linebacker, Camas HS (Vancouver, WA)
  16. Zach Gratton - Freshman, Safety, Senior HS (Billings, MT)
  17. Hassan Richardson - Freshman, Wide Receiver, Mililani HS (Mililani, HI)
  18. Chase White - Freshman, Quarterback, Shelby HS (Shelby, MT)
  19. Stephen Shaw - Freshman, Kicker/Punter, Capital HS (Boise, ID)
  20. Matt Berg - Freshman, Quarterback/Kicker, Butte HS (Butte, MT)
  21. Christian Licciardi - Freshman, Offensive Line, Orange Lutheran HS (Orange, CA)