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Montana State announces five Montana walk-ons

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 17 2014 08:45:25 PM MST

Earlier this month the Montana State football team announced it's full list of signees on National Signing day. Today, they finished out their fall roster announcing five preferred walk-ons, all from Montana.

"They're five outstanding players in the state and I want to make sure the understanding is clear out there, these are recruited guys," said head coach Rob Ash. "These are guys that we targeted back through our evaluations. These are guys we invited in for official visits."

The five walk-ons are Bozeman wide receiver John D'Agostino, Glacier running-back Noah James, Hellgate defensive back Hunter Mahlum, Billings West tight end Wilson Brott and Huntley Project linebacker Koni Dole, who lost his right leg from the knee down after a devastating injury his junior year. Coach Ash spoke about each player on Monday.

D'Agostino: "He was really a dynamic part of that offense. He ran by people. He took short passes and made people miss. He was a real steady outstanding performer. I think he was a real key part of Bozeman's state championship run."

James: "Noah's an outstanding player and I like him on both sides of the ball. We're gonna play him at running-back. He's got good size, he's a very good student and he really likes Montana State."

Dole: "Koni Dole is probably one of the toughest and most courageous young men that I've ever known. But I want to point out we're offering him this spot not out of any feeling good or sympathy or anything like that. He's a good player. He came to our camp last June and performed extremely well. He's incredibly strong, very tough. A great weight room guy, an extremely instinctive player."

Mahlum: "Hunter is a good athlete. His father played on the championship team here in '84. He comes from a very good gene pool that we're very well aware of. I think he'll be a guy that can compete."

Brott: "Coach McEndoo actually proposed the idea of moving Brott to tight end, which he's never really played before. He's 6'5 and he's got a good frame. It's gonna take him a year or two to put on the weight that he needs to play that position, but he's very excited."