MISSOULA — The Montana football team may have lost a heartbreaker on Sept. 22 against Eastern Washington, but the Grizzlies won that day in terms of bringing a fresh defensive end to the team.
Lorenzo Brown, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, took his official visit that weekend and was blown away.
"When I came up there on my visit, I fell in love with the place," Brown said in a phone call to 406mtsports.com on Thursday. "Not only the sports, but the school campus, the academic parts of it and also the people that were up there.
"I liked everything about the place. I liked the facilities, the environment, the new Champions Center. I also enjoyed the players and the people that I was around. When I was there, I felt like I was home."
Brown announced his commitment to Montana via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
"I'd like to thank my coaches, my friends and my family for having my back and staying with me through the recruitment process," Brown said in the Tweet. "I'd like to give a huge shoutout to my big cousin/guardian Coach Hill for pushing me to be better and showing me (tough) love when I needed it. Also teaching me to be a man and a good student athlete and being with me through the entire process.
"Thank you to the coaches that recruited me and gave me a chance to go through their recruiting process but i'd like to say that I'm COMMITTING to the University of Montana."
Brown is the 13th member of Montana's class of 2018 and is the fourth defensive player in the group. The other three — Nash Fouch, Jackson Pepe and David Koppang — are all safeties.
Brown prides himself on being a "strong and confident" player with a strong attitude toward football.
"I'm not a person that gives up easily," he said.
Brown aided his Jaguars to win the 2016 3A state title and according to maxpreps.com, had 12 tackles for loss as a junior. That was the first state championship for Desert Pines.
"It was a very good feeling," Brown said. "The school had never won a state championship ever in history and it was a great moment in my life. It will always be a part of history because I was a part of that state championship team. It felt really good."
Brown and his team have two more regular season games before Nevada's state playoffs roll around. As of Thursday, the Jaguars are 5-2 and haven't lost since Sept. 1. The Jaguars have only allowed six points while on their 5-game win streak.
He was first offered by Montana back on June 7 and also had scholarship offers from Weber State and Adams State.
Brown said one of the things that stood out to him was how Montana coach Bob Stitt goes about recruiting.
"I strongly agree with his approach," Brown said. "Throughout my recruitment process, no other head coach was on the phone with me for more than 30 minutes. With our conversation that we had, I felt that he got to know me in ways that other coaches didn't and I felt like I got to know him based off the conversation that we had."
When he gets to Montana, Brown hopes to add another level of intensity and activeness, while still having fun.
Other verbal commits in Montana's 2018 class include: Loyola Sacred Heart's David Koppang, Kalispell Glacier's Jackson Pepe and Drew Turner, Eureka's Garrett Graves, Helena Capital's Conor Quick, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Valier's Colten Curry, Nash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, Matthew Robinson of San Juan Capistrano, California, Sean Anderson of Buckeye, Arizona, and Tyler Ganoung of Portland, Oregon.