Carroll College football added two wide receivers to next year’s roster when it signed Cayden Loveland from Gooding, Idaho, and Jacob Clinton from Lewistown.
Loveland stands at 6-foot-3, and led 3A Gooding High to eight wins last season, reaching the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament. Individually, he finished with 1,466 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns.
According to 247sports.com, Loveland is a two-star recruit and ranked No. 10 among Idaho wide receivers.
He said he didn’t know much about Carroll and was actually one of the last schools on his radar, but after meeting first-year coach Troy Purcell last season at the University of Idaho and being recruited previously by Carroll assistant coach Jared Petrino while he was at Rocky, Loveland started to get interest.
“During my visit there, I fell in love with Helena,” Loveland said. “I met all the coaches and saw the facilities and the campus. Everything was just awesome.”
Loveland said after talking to coaches he does not know if he will redshirt his freshman season, but will get the opportunity to prove himself.
Clinton, who also plays defensive back, helped Fergus High to eight wins and finished with 647 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
Extremely excited to announce my commitment to Carroll College to continue my academic and athletic career!🏈🔥I want to thank my family, my teammates, my coaches, and my friends for all they did to help me reach this point. And everyone else who believed in me!#F19GHTINGSAINTS pic.twitter.com/Gg6sTIPj0p— Jacob Clinton (@JacobClinton05) January 17, 2019
He was also named first team all-state as a safety.
The two join a receiving core that includes sophomores Shane Sipes and Joe Farris.
Last year the Saints finished last in the Frontier Conference in passing offense with 195.8 yards per game and Sipes led all receivers with 63.4 yards per game and seven touchdowns.
Carroll did not want to comment until its signing day ceremony on Feb. 6.