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MISSOULA — The Montana football team added three walk-ons on National Signing Day to cap its 2019 recruiting class at 26 players.

Helena Capital punter/kicker Brian Buschini, who committed to the Griz on Dec. 21 as a preferred walk-on, was officially added to the team on Wednesday. He's a three-time all-state honorable mention in Class AA.

The two previously unknown players who are expected to join the Griz are Whitefish punter/kicker Carver Gilman and safety Nick Guerena of Cathedral Catholic in San Diego. Gilman was first team all-state as a kicker and second team all-state as a safety in Class A. Guerena previously tweeted he had a preferred walk-on offer from Washington.

Montana’s crop of recruits includes 13 in-state players. Joining Buschini and Gilman are Great Falls Central tight end Noah Ambuehl, Whitefish offensive lineman/athlete Dillon Botner, Bozeman quarterback Kris Brown, Sentinel running back Elias DeWaters, Whitehall safety Max Feight, Billings West cornerback Trevin Gradney, Fairfield safety Ryder Meyer, Billings West wide receiver Jesse Owens, Billings Senior defensive lineman Garrison Poetzl, Bozeman wide receiver Ryan Simpson and Loyola linebacker Ryan Tirrell.

The recruiting class breaks down to five offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three running backs, three safeties, two cornerbacks, two punter/kickers, two linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers and one quarterback.

One of the offensive linemen and one of the running backs are junior college transfers.

Among the high school signees, there are four 3-star recruits and four 2-stars recruits, all from outside the state of Montana.

In addition to the incoming class of 26, Montana added two players to its roster who grayshirted in the fall, which meant their scholarships were delayed until the spring semester so their eligibility clock didn't start in the fall. Those players are Anaconda's Braxton Hill and Cole Grossman from the state of Washington.

Frank Gogola

Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at

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