Meet The Grizzly Football Recruiting Class of 2017
Grizzly football signing day took place on Wednesday in the Sheehan-Majestic Center at Washington Grizzly Stadium, where third year head coach Bob Stitt welcomed his second full recruiting class.
The 2017 signing class consists of 18 freshmen, ten of whom are from Montana, and four transfers. Stitt said signing day is exciting, but also a relief for both the players and the coaching staff.
"Now that signing day is here, the players can return to somewhat a normal life, and our coaches and their families can, as well,” Stitt said. “We’ve got 18 high school kids and we brought in four transfers because we needed to have some help immediately on the defensive line, so we brought three defensive linemen in. We had a gap at the quarterback position, we’ve got a senior and a freshman and we needed something in between, so we brought in a junior college quarterback with two years left to generate a little competition, along with some depth.”
Stitt emphasized the importance of recruiting Montana players.
“The biggest thing about this class is 10 Montana kids, and we did a very good job of identifying kids with FCS ability, and our whole recruiting philosophy revolves around recruiting kids from Montana,” he said.
The Grizzlies are coming off a disappointing season, finishing at 6-5 overall and 3-5 in Big Sky Conference play, including a humbling 24-17 loss to the cross-state rival Montana State Bobcats under a first year head coach in Washington Grizzly Stadium
Here is the 2017 Grizzly football recruiting class. (Click the link to find photos and video highlights from each player.
Terron Moses RB 5-7 175 Vian, Okla. (Vian)
Carder Key LB 6-2 220 Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)
Mitch Roberts WR 6-1 185 Missoula, Mont. (Sentinel)
Tanner Wilson QB 6-2 190 Polson, Mont. (Polson)
Braydon Deming DE 6-4 205 Billings, Mont. (West)
Bryson Deming WR 6-4 192 Billings, Mont. (West)
Trevor Hoerner DE 6-4 210 Columbia Falls, Mont. (Columbia Falls)
Isiahia Banks S 6-0 205 Aurora, Colo. (Mullen)
Matt Rensvold WR 6-4 210 Polson, Mont. (Polson)
Marcus Welnel LB 6-0 207 Helena, Mont. (Capital)
Nathan Dick QB 5-10 179 Billings, Mont. (Senior)
Michael Matthews LB 6-2 205 Camas, Wash. (Camas)
Payton Stoner OL 6-6 275 San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Carmel)
Skyler Martin OL 6-5 240 Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview)
RJ Nelson DE 6-4 215 Hillsboro, Ore. (Hillsboro)
McKenzie Holt ATH 6-4 235 Thompson Falls, Mont. (Thompson Falls)
Michael McGinnis WR 6-3 185 Sidney, Mont. (Sidney)
Kendall Sweet LB 5-11 185 Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)