football; HHS vs CHS

Capital High’s Trevor Welnel tackles Helena High’s Kyle Tabbert for a 5-yard loss during the Class AA semifinals at Vigilante Stadium in Helena.

MISSOULA — Football is family. 

Montana football takes that to another level. 

There are currently two sets of twins on the roster — Jeremy and Justin Calhoun and Bryson and Braydon Deming — and another pair of brothers, Nick and Nash Fouch. 

Trevor Welnel's commitment to Montana gave the Grizzlies their fourth brotherly duo, as his older brother, Marcus, was in last year's recruiting class. 

"I get to keep playing with my brother, so that's exciting," Welnel told on Thursday. 

Welnel — a 6-foot-4, 245-pound offensive lineman — announced his intentions to play for Montana via Twitter on Thursday morning.

Being a Grizzly has been in the Welnels' blood for a while. His family has season tickets.

Trevor doesn't remember many specifics about games he went to as a kid but one thing stands out: 

"All I remember is that cannon all the time because my uncle's seats are right next to that."

He added: "Just getting scared every time. You get super-excited when the Grizzlies score and then all of a sudden you about crap yourself when there's a loud boom."

Welnel is joining the team as a preferred walk-on and turned down scholarship offers from Carroll College, Rocky Mountain College, Montana Tech, Montana Western and Minot State. 

Welnel was offered preferred walk-on status at Montana by UM's Chad Germer during the New Orleans Saints' wild-card playoff win Jan. 7 over the Carolina Panthers. 

"You always want to get a scholarship, but this gives motivation to work harder," Welnel said. "I had to think about it because I'm leaving a lot of money on the table from other schools to follow what (I) want to do. I think it's worth it."

Welnel isn't the only Bruin who has pledged allegiance to the Grizzlies. Fellow offensive lineman Conor Quick committed to UM back in August and signed his National Letter of Intent during December's early signing period. 

"We were pretty good together in high school," Welnel said. "Hopefully we can keep building it up and stay good together in college." 

Most members of the Class of 2018 have already signed their National Letters of Intent.

Welnel joins three other high school commits who still have yet to sign their NLI. Welnel, along with Cole Sain of Bellflower, California, Cole Grossman of Vancouver, Washington and Missoula Loyola's David Koppang, anticipate signing their NLIs on National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

Signees in Montana's 2018 class include: Kalispell Glacier's Jackson PepeDrew Turner and Max Morris, Eureka's Garrett Graves, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Missoula Big Sky's Levi Janacaro, Valier's Colten CurryNash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, Sean Anderson of Buckeye, Arizona, Tyler Ganoung of Portland, Oregon and Lorenzo Brown of Las Vegas.

Incoming transfers include: Fort Scott CC (Kan.)'s Dalton Sneed and Air Force Prep's Eli Alford.

Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at

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