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The Griz offensive and defensive lines collide during the start of a play during a scrimmage.

MISSOULA — The door has officially shut on the 2018 recruiting cycle. 

This year was slightly different than in years past, as many members of Montana's next wave signed in the inaugural Early Signing Period. 

11 players signed their National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, following the 15 who signed back on Dec. 20, for a full class of 26. 

[RELATED: National Signing Day sees 11 more future Grizzlies sign with Montana]

Half of the class is from Montana. California produced four players, while three hail from Washington and two come from Arizona. Utah, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Nevada are also represented. 

"The most exciting thing about (this class) is getting a few of the guys that I think could have gone to a lot of places and they chose to come here," Montana's head coach Bobby Hauck said during a press conference on Wednesday. "They saw our vision for what we want to do, they love the school, they love the state, and it's not just the Montana kids. We have a guy coming from Philly for the exact same reason why Gabe Sulser game here. That's the most exciting thing."

Capsules on each signee or transfer with comments from head coach Bobby Hauck and/or assistant coaches (via multiple Twitter videos) are as follows, in alphabetical order.

Assistant coaches sharing comments are recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Justin Green, defensive line coach Barry Sacks, offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach, offensive line coach Chad Germer and safeties coach Shann Schillinger.

This list includes every member of Montana's 2018 recruiting class. For some of the players who signed their National Letter of Intent in December during the Early Signing Period, updates have been included. 


Eli Alford — 6-foot-1, 280-pound DT — Air Force Prep

When Alford signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Alford: Originally from Park City, Utah, Alford committed to Montana on Dec. 16 as the third to commit under Hauck. At Park City High, Alford was an all-state player in Utah. He also competed in track and field and was a regional champion in shot put. 

What Green had to say: "He has very good quick twitch. He's very strong and I'm excited to see him rush the passer." 

What Sacks had to say: "Eli's a versatile defensive lineman, plays inside, has great strength, great leverage and good size. Eli's from Park City, Utah, and Air Force Academy Prep. I'm proud to announce Eli and welcome him to Griz Nation."

What Alford's been up to: He's enrolled at Montana and is on track to join up with the team for spring ball. 

Sean Anderson — 6-foot-7, 305-pound OL — Buckeye, Arizona

When Anderson signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Anderson: Anderson initially committed to Montana on Sept. 26. He was primarily recruited by Jason Semore. The Arizona Republic touted Anderson as the No. 38 recruit in the state of Arizona regardless of position.

What Hauck had to say: "The big man from Phoenix can play all five positions. We had a great visit with he and his family last weekend and they are excited to join Griz Nation."

What Germer had to say: "Big road grader, 6-7, a guy that really has a great motor, that loves to finish. Can't wait to get him to Missoula and start working with Sean. 

What Anderson had to say when he signed: "After signing that paper, the feeling is surreal. It is truly amazing knowing that I am going to be part of a place with so much culture and love for the sport in general. I can't wait to get up north, perform my best and dominate up front with my brothers. I'm totally excited to be a part of the Griz family!" 

What Anderson's been up to: "Since signing day and the end of football season, I've been working on my athleticism and my strength overall, paying attention to more flexible movements and speed work. Being in high school, playing O-Lineman is easy when you're big, but, at the next level I need to develop that strength, speed and power combo you see in all of the really elite OTs. Other than that, spending time with my loved ones and enjoying my last moments here in Arizona."

Lorenzo Brown — 6-foot-4, 230-pound DE — Las Vegas

When Brown signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Brown: Brown committed to Montana on Oct. 19 after visiting UM. He led his Jaguars to two-straight Nevada 3A state titles and was named 3A Southern Lineman of the Year by NevadaPreps.com

What Hauck had to say: "Lorenzo's a terrific pass rusher and he's big enough to play the run. He may be the next in a long line of great Grizzlies to wear No. 53." 

What Sacks had to say: "Lorenzo's an extremely versatile player with a great upside, really good quickness, speed and some length. We're very proud to have Lorenzo join us and the Griz Nation." 

What Brown had to say when he signed: "I feel great. I don't plan on taking things easy or half-doing things when I get there. I plan on being the hardest working person I can be on and off the field and when I do get my chance, they're (going to) feel me." 

Colten Curry — 6-foot-7, 210-pound TE — Valier

When Curry signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Curry: Curry, following in his dad Scott's footsteps, initially committed to Montana on June 17 and is potentially the first 6-man product to play for UM. His Panthers made it to the semifinals this season. Curry made the all-state team as well.

What Hauck had to say: "Colten is a small-school star. He'll need to figure out where the other 10 players on the field are coming from. He comes from a Montana Grizzly family and he follows in his dad Scott's footsteps putting on the Griz helmet."

What Rosenbach had to say: "He's a multi-sport athlete in high school and played all over the field at his high school in Valier, Montana. His dad is Scott Curry, was on the national championship team in '95 so we're looking to continue that tradition."

Adam Eastwood — 6-foot-1, 215-pound RB — San Diego State

When Eastwood signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Eastwood: From Del Mar, California, Eastwood redshirted last season San Diego State. According to Maxpreps.com, Eastwood accumulated 2,015 rushing yards on 340 carries and 25 touchdowns during his three-year varsity career, in addition to 180 yards receiving. 

What Green had to say: "Adam is a very physical back. We're excited to see him run downhill. Adam comes to us from San Diego State via Cathedral Catholic High School — the same high school I went to."

What Eastwood's been up to: He's enrolled at Montana and is on track to join up with the team for spring ball. 

Nathaniel Ferguson — 6-foot-1, 210-pound P — Butte

When Ferguson signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Ferguson: Ferguson committed to be a Grizzly on Jan. 23 and is the first player from Butte on Montana's roster since 2015. In a January interview, Ferguson said he's likely foregoing his redshirt year and will be shadowing Eric Williams. 

What Green had to say: "This young man is a guy that we love because he plays different positions. We are going to have him play punter. We're very excited to have him and to add him to the group."

What Ferguson had to say: "I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get to work in Missoula. I knew I wanted to be a Griz from the beginning but it feels good to finally make it official! I’m making coach Grey (who played for the Cats) wear a #ReturnToDominance shirt today so he’s excited too. Feels great to be part of the Griz family!"

Nash Fouch — 6-foot-2, 190-pound S — Woodinville, Washington

When Fouch signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Fouch: Fouch is a three-star safety who committed to Montana on Aug. 5. His older brother Nick was in last year's recruiting class and his dad went to UM. He was an all-state safety who played on both sides of the ball. 

What Hauck had to say: "Nash has a good frame. He can play multiple positions. He can run, he hits. His dad is a Montana Grizzly alum and his brother is on our football team."

What Schillinger had to say: "Nash comes to us after leading his team to a state championship appearance his senior year. He was a team captain and MVP of his team. He was sought after by many other schools and chose Montana over them. We're extremely excited about the versatility he brings to our secondary. I think he'll be a big-time player for us."

What Fouch had to say when he signed: "Honestly today is a great feeling for my family and I. My parents are really excited that my brother and I will be playing together again and it feels great to officially be a Griz. I'm just excited to get to work with the team and I can't wait to live in Missoula!"

What Fouch has been up to: "Since signing day, I've just been training really hard and getting through school. Right now I'm really trying to enjoy my last few months in Woodinville with my friends and family. I've even been playing some rec basketball. Excited to get to Missoula!"

Tyler Ganoung — 6-foot-5, 320-pound OL — Portland, Oregon

When Ganoung signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Ganoung: Ganoung is a 2-star offensive lineman who committed to Montana on Oct. 15. He lined up at tackle this season, but he expects on moving back to guard when he gets to Montana.

What Hauck had to say: "We need more guys like Tyler on our offensive line. He's a true inside offensive lineman and can road grade with the best of them. Coach Germer loves this guy." 

What Germer had to say: "(He's) following in line with many great offensive lineman from Portland that have played for the Grizzlies. Tyler's a road grader that I know that's excited to get to Missoula and start working."

What Ganoung had to say when he signed: "Four years ago I was told by my old head coach that I wouldn't make it on a Division I program. That the amount of student athletes that actually do is so small and I need to lower my standards. Instead of following what he said, I raised the bar and pushed through for three years to achieve one goal. A Division I scholarship. Today I have signed my NLI to attend the University of Montana and have officially proven everyone who doubted me wrong. Go Griz and I can't wait to be on campus next fall!"

Nick Germer —  6-foot-2, 180-pound WR — Missoula Sentinel

When Germer signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Germer: Germer, the son of former Griz All-American and current UM offensive line coach Chad Germer, was the first to commit to UM on April 15. He was an all-state wide receiver for the Spartans this season.

What Hauck had to say: "Nick is a local high school player. He grew up with the program. He's probably attended over 100 of our practices, so he knows what to expect."Coach (Chad) Germer loves this guy too."

What Green had to say: "Nick was one of the top receivers in the state and we are very excited to continue the Germer bloodline." 

What Germer had to say when he signed: "I was excited to sign for the past couple months and I woke up today beyond excited to sign at the school I've always dreamed of playing at. I'm excited to be with my new family of teammates and coaches when I step foot on campus and just ready to see what college has in store for me."

What Germer's been up to: "After I signed in December, I've been focusing on my basketball season, which we are having an amazing year at a current 10-2 record. One of my main goals after I signed was to gain weight from week to week and it's been successful so far, regardless of all the running we have to do during the basketball season. Looking forward, my team and I are working to get to a state championship in basketball and after that, it's time to start training for football and getting more in the weight room."

[EXTRA COVERAGE: Like father, like son: Generations of Grizzlies for Germers]

Garrett Graves — 6-foot-3, 190-pound QB — Eureka

When Graves signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Graves: Graves committed to Montana on June 26 and is the lone incoming true freshman quarterback in this class. He's won two straight football titles with Eureka and is vying for his second-straight wrestling title.

What Hauck had to say: "Garrett will play quarterback for us. He's a terrific athlete. He can run it. He can throw it. He's a great competitor. He's a winner. I can't wait to see him under center."

What Rosenbach had to say: Garrett's got tremendous athletic ability. He's won state championships in two sports and we're excited to have him here with Griz Nation. 

What Graves had to say when he signed: "I feel great about the tradition I am about to be a part of. There is a distinct energy I feel in Coach Hauck about winning and I'm very happy to be a part of that and not settle for anything less than championships. I am very excited about meeting all the men that are going to be a huge part of my life for the next four to five years and I can tell already they are great people and great leaders. I am also excited to play my heart out for Griz Nation because I know they care as much as I do about this amazing team and this great sport."

What Graves has been up to: "I've been wrestling. Our team won divisionals and I'm undefeated going to the state tournament ranked No. 1." Editor's note: Graves is the reigning champion for Class B/C's 182-pound weight class and hasn't lost a match since he was a sophomore.  

Cole Grossman — 6-foot-4, 205-pound TE — Vancouver, Washington

When Grossman signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Grossman: Grossman, a two-star wideout, and multi-sport athlete committed to Montana out of Vancouver Skyview in Washington on Jan. 3 and had an official visit over the Jan. 24 weekend. He had a home visit with Hauck and Germer on Jan. 15. 

What Rosenbach had to say: "Cole's a big, long athlete and we're excited to welcome him to the Griz Nation."

What Grossman had to say: "It’s a dream come true, you only get one opportunity to sign with a school and it’s just an amazing feeling so much stress and pressure let off my shoulders and I couldn’t thank my parents, family, friends who have been there for me through this whole process and all glory to God."

Alex Gubner — 6-foot-3, 295-pound OL — Bellflower, California

When Gubner signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Gubner: Gubner committed to Montana out of Chaminade Prep on Jan. 29 after a recruiting visit. He was named first-team defense for his area by the Los Angeles Daily News. Chaminade Prep played in the first round of the Division 1 CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoff, but lost in a heartbreaker in the first round. 

What Sacks had to say: "He has great size and moves extremely well for his size and has quickness that we were very impressed with on film. He's from Chaminade in the Los Angeles area. We are very pleased to introduce Alex to the Griz Nation."

What Gubner had to say: "I feel at ease, pumped and just relieved and happy that the recruiting process is over. It's one of the most demanding things I have to go through and now I get to be be a part of the Grizzly family.

Cody Hartsoch — 6-foot-5, 260-pound OL — Kalispell Glacier

When Hartsoch signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Hartsoch: Hartsoch is one of four Glacier products to be a member of this recruiting class. He earned second-team all-state accolades as an offensive tackle this season and played on both sides of the ball. 

What Germer had to say: "He's a multi-sport athlete from Glacier High School in Kalispell. Cody's anxious to get down and be a part of the Grizzly offensive line."

[RELATED: Kalispell Glacier's football tide turning to Montana Grizzlies]

Robby Hauck — 5-foot-10, 170-pound S — Northern Arizona

When Robby signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Robby: Robby's more than just the son of Montana's head coach Bobby Hauck. Robby took his redshirt year at Northern Arizona this past season, but the Lumberjacks had high hopes for him. In high school, Robby was a four-time team MVP and set multiple tackles records. He had 103 tackles, per Maxpreps.com, his senior season Del Norte High School in San Diego. 

What Schillinger had to say"Robby comes to us after spending a semester at Northern Arizona. He played his high school ball at Del Norte High School in southern California. We're extremely excited about Robby. Robby brings great physicality and toughness to a room. He's a kid that won't shy away from contact. He's an excellent tackler. We're obviously very aware of the name 'Hauck' and this kid brings great pride in our program. We're extremely excited about having him and we think he'll be a great fit for us."

What Robby's been up to: He's enrolled at Montana and is on track to join up with the team for spring ball. 

Levi Janacaro — 6-foot, 220-pound FB — Missoula Big Sky

When Janacaro signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Janacaro: Janacaro was the second Hauck-recruited commit to pledge allegiance to UM. He committed on Dec. 6. Janacaro is a bruising ball carrier who is known for breaking tackles — or carrying defenders on his back to gain more yardage. And he can throw. Janacaro was an all-state quarterback and was the Western AA all-conference offensive MVP.

What Hauck had to say on Dec. 20: "He's another local guy. He brings toughness and attitude to our class. He's going to transition from quarterback to fullback. Not many guys can do that, but Levi can."

What Hauck had to say on Feb. 7: "Levi, he was a guy that was not recruited. He was really the first guy I met with when I took the job. He was just right up the street so I called him and said, 'Get on over here. I'm sitting in the office and bring your mom.' They came over, we had a nice visit and he committed on the spot. That was kinda cool. He was the first face to face chat. He played quarterback, he'll probably play fullback for us. I don't know how much that's going to be part of my offense next fall, but moving forward, his skillset lends itself to that."

What Green had to say: "We're very excited to have a fullback back in our offense. He's going to make a very physical, exciting player to watch."

What Janacaro had to say when he signed: "Today has been amazing. It finalized me becoming a Grizzly. Ever since I was a kid, I've only dreamed about this happening and today makes that dream a reality. I'm just so excited I get a chance to play DI football and even more excited that I get to do it for my hometown team. I'm super pumped to be able to play for Coach Hauck and have him push my teammates and I to the brink, but making us better players and people. I'm ecstatic to work with the group of guys in my recruiting class and the classes above me too. I'm just super pumped for the whole process."

What Janacaro's been up to: "Since I signed, i haven't been up to too much. Just a lot of basketball and school. I went on my official visit on Jan. 19 with all the other Montana recruits and that was the most fun I've had in a long time. Hanging out with all the boys and bonding a little was amazing. It got me even more excited for the future. Not just my class though, meeting some upperclassmen was awesome because they were all great guys who didn't treat us like we were younger than them. They acted as if we've all been friends for years and that was awesome."

David Koppang — 6-foot, 195-pound S — Loyola Sacred Heart

When Koppang signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Koppang: Koppang's a second-generation Grizzly football player out of Missoula. The multi-sport athlete committed to Montana on Sept. 20 and has only missed games at Washington-Grizzly when he's had one to play in himself. By the end of Class B Loyola's season, Koppang racked up 65 tackles and six interceptions. He finished the year with countless accolades, including first team all-state wide receiver, defensive back and punter, as well as second team all-state return specialist.

What Schillinger had to say: "David led his team to two back-to-back state championship appearances. He was a team captain two years and team MVP his senior year. He brings great versatility to our secondary and excited to have him join the Griz Nation.

What Koppang had to say: "The feeling is truly undescribable but what I can say is that it’s finally a huge relief to have signed and it feels amazing that I was able to achieve such a life long dream of mine. I truly can’t wait for this opportunity in my life and I’m ecstatic for the future! Honestly, I’m just super excited and cannot wait! GO GRIZ!"

Milton Mamula — 6-foot-3, 220-pound DE/LB — Newtown Square, Pennsyvlania

When Mamula signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Mamula: Mamula decided to come to Montana after having a connection to Tim Hauck. Tim and Mamula's dad, Mike, played together in Philadelphia with the Eagles. Mamula spent a lot of his high school career on the sidelines with injuries, but had a dominant senior year with 55 tackles with 22 1/2 tackles for loss. 13 1/2 of those were sacks. 

What Sacks had to say"His father was in the NFL, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Milton has great strength, great flexibility, long arms and the upside is he's gonna have his best football ahead of him. He's got extremely good speed and a striking ability and we're really happy to have Milton with us here at the University of Montana and Griz Nation."

What Hauck had to say: "In terms of Milt, we're always worried right up until the letter of intent comes through. He's a guy that I, he had some injury problems, coupled with the fact he's kind of a late bloomer. I was concerned, he's less than an hour from Maryland and Rutgers and all those places. Boston College is right there. That's his dad's alma mater. So, we were really worried about that but he hung in there with us and he's a special guy. He reminds me a lot of Kroy Biermann. Which, I don't mean to put that on the kids. He's going to be Milt Mamula, so he reminds me of his dad as well. He was a teammate of my brother's at the Eagles. That was the connection. So hopefully what we think will happen with him comes to fruition because he can be a big time player."

What Mamula had to say: "I'm feeling great now that the recruiting process is all over. I can’t wait to get to work in that weight room and the field. I'm excited to play with my future teammates and coaches."

Max Morris — 6-foot-4, 230-pound TE — Kalispell Glacier

When Morris signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Morris: Morris was the first Hauck-recruited player to commit to the Grizzlies. Out of Glacier, Morris was honorable mention for all-state honors this season.

What Hauck had to say"Max has a big frame. He's a high effort, high motor guy. He's just developing as a football player. He has Butte roots and he exhibits a lot of that Butte toughness."

What Rosenbach had to say: "(He's) a tight end that's coming with a host of players from his high school. We're excited to have them all be here and be a part of our family."

What Morris had to say when he signed: "It's a really exciting day that I'll remember for the rest of my life. This is a huge opportunity for me to go learn from the best and play high level football. I'm really looking forward to soaking in as much as I can from the older players and learning as I go."

Jackson Pepe — 6-foot, 200-pound S — Kalispell Glacier

When Pepe signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Pepe: Pepe committed to Montana back on Aug. 7 and was recruited by Shann Schillinger. He was an all-state honorable mention for Glacier this season. 

What Hauck had to say: "Jackson can run, he can strike. He has great ball skills. He has a chance to play anywhere in our secondary."

What Schillinger had to say: "Jackson is a big-time player that can do a lot of things for us. You'll notice in his highlight film he can return kicks, punts. He's a great tackler. We think he'll be a great player for us for many years to come. We're excited about having him."

What Pepe had to say when he signed: "I'm feeling awesome. I get to fulfill my dream of playing Division I college football. It's a surreal feeling being able to finalize my commitment. I'm very thankful to have been given this opportunity and it won't take it for granted."

Conor Quick — 6-foot-3, 275-pound C — Helena Capital

When Quick signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Quick: Quick committed to UM on Aug. 1 and was an all-state center two seasons in a row. Quick is currently nursing a broken leg and should be back to 100 percent in a few weeks. 

What Hauck had to say: "Conor is extremely athletic for a guy his size. He can run, he can pull, he drags guys into the ground. He'll play center for us."

What Quick had to say when he signed: "I'm excited and looking forward to being able to play for Coach Hauck and Coach Germer and the rest of the coaching staff. Excited to be a Grizzly!" 

What Quick's been up to: "Since signing day I have just been hitting the gym pretty much every day and I got to take my official with all of the other Montana boys and that was a great time just hanging out with all of them and all the coaches."

Gavin Robertson — 6-foot-2, 215-pound S — Arizona

When Robertson signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Robertson: Arizona moved Robertson from safety to linebacker last spring. He saw significant with the first and second team units during spring ball, according to Arizona's athletics website, but didn't record any statistics as a redshirt freshman. Out of high school, Rivals ranked Robertson as a 3-star recruit. He went to Auburn Mountainview in Auburn, Washington — the same high school as Montana's starting quarterback Gresch Jensen. 

What Schillinger had to say"Gavin comes to us from the University of Arizona. He was sought after by many other schools in the area. We think Gavin will bring great toughness and physicality to our unit. He's a big, strong safety that's not scared of contact. We think he can make an immediate impact for us."

Cole Sain — 6-foot-4, 290-pound OL — Bellflower, California

When Sain signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day. 

Summing up Sain: Sain, a three-star athlete, comes out of a national high school powerhouse program at St. John Bosco — the No. 3 high school team in the country by Maxpreps.com. He was born in Hamilton and raised in Darby. Sain grew up a Griz fan and his dad and uncle played for Montana State. 

What Germer had to say: "Glad to announce Cole Sain, a guy with Montana ties that's anxious to get back home and get to work and be a part of the Grizzly offensive front." 

What Sain had to say: "I'm feeling great and I'm super excited to be a Griz and be back in Montana. I look forward to get up to Montana and get to work with my new teammates and coaches. It's going to be a really fun next 4-5 years."

Dalton Sneed — 6-foot-1, 200-pound QB — Fort Scott CC

When Sneed signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Sneed: Sneed played at UNLV for two seasons before transferring to Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. He was an honorable mention QB for the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference this season. 

What Hauck had to say: "Dalton is a very athletic quarterback and a tremendous competitor. He'll bring that attitude to our locker room and our field and we're looking forward to watching him play."

What Rosenbach had to say: "Dalton is an athletic quarterback that can run and throw. We're excited to have him here to be part of the Griz Nation."

What Sneed had to say when he signed: "I'm super excited to continue my academic and athletic career at such a prestigious football school. I just can't wait to get to Missoula and start working with my coaches and teammates toward one common goal; a national championship. I'm coming to be a Griz to WIN!" 

What Sneed's been up to: "I absolutely love everything about this team and the city of Missoula. I'm starting to really meet all the guys and classes are going great. I just can't thank Coach Hauck enough for giving me a chance. Sept. 1 can't come soon enough." Editor's note: Since Sneed is a transfer, he's already on campus. He moved up to Missoula on Jan. 21 and is enrolled in classes. 

Gabe Sulser — 5-foot-9, 160-pound WR — Billings Senior

When Sulser signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Sulser: Sulser committed to Montana on July 13 and was the state's Swiss Army Knife on the gridiron. He earned all-state nods for wide receiver, punter, cornerback and kickoff returner after leading his Broncs to two-straight state titles. Unsurprisingly, one of Montana's best talents was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state. 

What Hauck had to say: "Gabe is a special guy. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Montana this year. He chose UM over many other options. He's a true Griz. Both his mom and dad were great Grizzlies in their own right and his sister's on our track team. We think Gabe can provide explosive plays; big play ability to our offense."

What Green had to say: "We're very excited to have the best receiver in the state in a long time. This young man was the Gatorade Player of the Year and we expect big things out of him."

What Sulser had to say when he signed: "I'm super happy to finally be a Griz. It's a dream come true. I love everything about the university and the football program. I look forward to making an impact on the team and win lots of games. I'm also very excited to build relationships with new teammates and friends."

What Sulser's been up to: "I've been spending a lot of offseason training. Spending time in the weight room to be as fast and as strong as possible to be ready for next year. I'm also looking forward to running track this spring."

EXTRA COVERAGE: Sulser makes it official with Montana, two other Billings-area players ink with Montana State

Drew Turner — 6-foot, 200-pound RB— Kalispell Glacier

When Turner signed: Dec. 20, 2017, during the Early Signing Period.

Summing up Turner: The record-breaking running back committed to UM on Sept. 11. Turner earned an all-state accolade for his efforts for Glacier.

What Hauck had to say: "Drew is a big running back with good speed. He can run through you and he can run by you, but there's nothing subtle about Drew's running style. I'm excited to watch him carry the ball."

What Green had to say: "We're very excited for him to be here. He averaged eight yards a carry and showed that he's the best running back in Montana." 

Trevor Welnel — 6-foot-4, 240-pound OL — Helena Capital

When Welnel signed: Feb. 7, 2018, on National Signing Day.

Summing up Welnel: Welnel has several ties to this Grizzly program. His older brother Marcus will be a redshirt-freshman linebacker next season. And, Welnel has a teammate in this recruiting class as well — Conor Quick. Welnel's been a Griz fan for as long as he remembers, as his family has season tickets. Welnel was tabbed to the Class AA first-team all-state list for offensive tackle.

What Germer had to say: "Trevor's coming to join his brother Marcus and be a part of the Grizzly offensive line."

What Welnel had to say: "I'm extremely excited to get back to work. Going to play in the atmosphere will be unbelievable and I can't wait to play with that group of guys. The coaches are very friendly and I'm super happy to have the opportunity to get to Missoula and make my family proud."

This story will be updated as student athletes respond with their thoughts on making their commitment official. 

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Amie Just covers Griz football and is based in Missoula. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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