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Bobcats ink 23 recruits on National Signing day

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 05 2014 09:09:15 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 09:27:55 PM MST
Montana State football

The Montana State Bobcats received 23 letters of intent on Wednesday, 5 from athletes in Montana.

The biggest name from the Treasure state signees was Bozeman's Grant Collins. Collins was named the Co-defensive MVP this season, sharing the award with teammate Will Dissly. Montana State's head coach Rob Ash said Grant headlined the 23 recruits.

"The class to me is headlined by Grant Collins from right here in Bozeman," said Ash. "He's a fabulous player. I think he's one of the top 2 or 3 if not the best player in the state of Montana this year. We're just tremendously excited to have Grant."

Ash also took a moment to recognize one of his favorite recruits, a player from the small western Montana school of Ennis.

"Another guy that's really special to us is Connor Sullivan from Ennis because he's an 8 man football player," Ash said. "Great athlete and he was our first verbal commitment. He committed way back and we told him you'd have to wait 9 months to be an official Bobcat."

All Connor wanted to do was suit up for the Blue and Gold and he stuck with his commitment.

"It seemed like forever in the future to wait," Ash said. "Connor waited, turned everybody away. Didn't take another phone call or visit from anybody in 9 months!"

The Bobcats also brought in three more athletes from Montana, two lineman and one kicker.

"Excited to continue our Manhattan connection with Austin Oldenburger and also Tucker Yates (Colstrip) and Trevon Thompson (Helena), the other two Montana guys." Ash said.

The other 17 athletes are as follows:

Bryce AlleyCBHouston, TX
Curtis AmosTEBurleson, TX
Tavon DoddRBHouston, TX
Braelen EvansCBFrisco, TX
Tyrone Faa'nonoLBOxnard, CA
Mitchell HerbertWREugene, OR
DeMonte KingSLos Alamitos, CA
Joey MarinelloOLApple Valley, MN
Garrett MarinoDLMission Viejo, CA
Toti MoeakiolaSEuless, TX
Justin PaigeATHKaty, TX
Eric ProvostLBCovina, CA
Matt StewartPCornoa, CA
Wade WebsterOLBettendorf, IA
Zach WrightDLNew Braunfels, TX
Bryon KeetonCBBakersfield, CA (transfer)
Anthony KnightRBBoston, MA (transfer)
Wawa LeotaDLBedford, TX (transfer)