NCF On The Trail: Montana Grizzlies

Busy Saturday for Arizona

July, 28, 2013
The Wildcats picked up four pledges on Saturday. According to multiple reports, Darrell Cloy Jr. (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), J.R. Hunt (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler), Kwesi Mashack (Norco, Calif./Norco) and Trevor Wood (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) committed.

Cloy is a 6-foot-3, 226-pound tight end-H, rated as a three-star prospect and the 14th-best player at his position in this class. Colorado and Colorado State were his other scholarship offers. Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Washington expressed some interest.

Hunt, a 6-3, 199-pound safety, selected Arizona over offers from rival Arizona State and Montana. ESPN RecruitingNation rates Hunt as a three-star.

Mashack also carries a three-star grade. Hawaii was his other offer, while California, San Diego State and UCLA showed interest in the 5-9, 182-pound athlete.

Following his evaluation, Wood might end up as the highest-rated prospect of the group. The 6-6, 240-pound rising senior tight end was also offered by Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

Arizona's class has grown to 18 following the flurry over commitments this weekend.

Beavers get DE Shane Bowman

July, 28, 2013
Class of 2014 prospect Shane Bowman (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) is on board with Oregon State, according to multiple reports.

Montana, Montana State, Nevada, Northern Colorado and UNLV also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 231-pound defensive end. Arizona State, Boise State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State showed interest.

"I called coach [Mike] Riley and told him I felt that OSU was the perfect fit," he told the Northwest Elite Index.

Bowman is the sixth 2014 pledge for the Beavers, who currently hold one of the smallest classes among BCS schools.

Stanford continues to build with Veach

July, 16, 2013
Defensive end/tight end Lane Veach (Chandler, Ariz./Perry) accepted a scholarship offer from Stanford, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound rising senior also holds offers from Air Force, Arizona, Montana, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado.

Stanford has nine verbals for 2014. Six of the nine players, including No. 1-ranked quarterback Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), announced in June.

Three-star CB Griffin makes the call

June, 26, 2013
Washington State has landed a verbal from cornerback Kevin Griffin (Concord, Calif./De La Salle). The 6-foot, 169-pound three-star athlete selected the Cougars over a scholarship offer from Montana.

Griffin posted the news, which has been confirmed by multiple reports, on Twitter:


Washington State now has seven commitments for 2014, all rated as three-star propsects by ESPN RecruitingNation.

Three-star WR Long finds a new home 

February, 2, 2013
Three-star wide receiver Sammie Long (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) thought his future was set early in the recruiting process. He committed to in-state Washington last March. However, the two recently parted ways, and Long had to consider new options.

In the last two months, he took official visits to Montana (Dec. 7), Idaho (Jan. 11), Colorado State (Jan. 18) and Eastern Washington (Jan. 25). Friday, he announced for Jim McElwain's Rams.

Nevada also offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior. Programs such as California, Georgia Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State showed interest.

Minnesota TE Scarver makes decision 

January, 15, 2013
Tight end Noah Scarver (Minneapolis/Washburn) had a favorite going into this past weekend. He took an official visit to another school, and it only reinforced his feelings.

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WR Marquin Russell commits to Montana 

December, 13, 2012
When Marquin Russell (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) was on his official visit to Montana over the weekend, the coaching staff set three goals.

No. 1: Academics are first. Get your degree.

No. 2: Beat Montana State.

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WR Marquin Russell weighs his options 

December, 3, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Marquin Russell (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) called the recruiting process “nerve-racking” Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver stood in coach Dave Miller’s office. As Russell talked about weighing the four scholarship offers he currently holds from Idaho, Army, UNLV and Montana, the Lancers’ football coach briefly interrupted.

“Nerve-racking is not having any offers,” Miller said with a laugh.

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Visits are set for WR Elroy Masters 

November, 26, 2012
A broken collarbone cut last year short for wide receiver Elroy Masters (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain), as he was able to participate in only four games. But this season, not much of anything stopped Masters, who caught 44 passes for 1,118 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season.

His year was highlighted by a five-catch, five-touchdown performance against Glendale (Ariz.) Copper Canyon, when he went for 254 receiving yards. That game began something of a recruiting avalanche for Masters, as scholarship offers from Air Force, Montana, Nevada, Nothern Arizona, San Jose State and Wyoming all came in during the following week.

Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA are Pac-12 programs that have expressed interest in Masters.

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RB John Nguyen lands Montana offer 

November, 13, 2012
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- When asked about landing his first scholarship offer, John Nguyen started to laugh.

“It feels great,” he said. “I finally fit in with the group now.”

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) became the latest member of the nation’s second-ranked program to earn an offer when Montana invited him to join the Grizzlies last week.

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DL Freeman shows size isn't issue 

September, 8, 2012
BOTHELL, Wash. -- After watching film, college coaches wanted to take a closer look at Bellevue (Wash.) nose guard Darien Freeman.

When they got a chance to see the senior in person, though, they pointed to the one thing Freeman can't control -- his height.

“My parents are short,” said Freeman, who is 5-foot-11. “I’m short. I’ve just got to deal with it.”

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Safety Xavier Lewis (Centennial, Colo./Eaglecrest) picked up his third offer this past Thursday, as Air Force entered his recruiting picture, to go along with offers from Montana and Wyoming.

“They said they like the physical presence I can bring at safety,” Lewis said.

The 6-foot, 186-pound safety said he has been in regular communication with the Air Force coaches, but won’t rush into a decision. Lewis attended a camp at Stanford this summer and was hearing from the Colorado coaches until recently. At this point, he said he is comfortable taking his existing offers into his senior season and letting things play out.

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Outside linebacker Chris Wipson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) committed to the University of Minnesota, multiple sources report.

Air Force, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota also offered the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder.

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Rising senior quarterback Dajon Williams (Pflugerville, Texas/Connally) committed to play for North Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Montana also offered the 6-foot-3, 177-pound prospect.

Last season, Williams completed 106 of 196 attempts for 1,977 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also carried 51 times for 357 yards and four more scores.

Before his junior year, Williams posted a 5.14-second 40-yard dash, 4.5 20-yard shuttle and 24.6-inch vertical on the combine circuit.

North Texas has three verbals.

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Three-star athlete Nathan Gerry (Sioux Falls, S.D./Washington) has given his pledge to Nebraska, according to multiple sources.

Arizona State, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and South Dakota State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect.

Gerry, a two-way standout, caught 37 passes for 647 yards and eight touchdowns while also registering 73 tackles and two sacks last season.

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