Vim's 2023 Montana High School Recruiting (Updated 2/26/22)

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I may be biased (since I call the Gallatin and Bozeman games) but keep an eye on Bozeman High Luke Smith... Is a beast on the defensive side of the ball, and very good hands as a TE. He should have a really big year, as Hawks lost a lot on the receiving side, and Casagranda will rely on Smith to pick up the slack. He could easily move up to the "Partial" list... Also look for Asher Feddes to have a HUGE year as well... Covered two Belgrade games last year, and he was the best LB I saw on any team (Every East team, and two West teams)... He may be a little small, but he is a tackling machine!! I would have him in the "Safe Investments" category..
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SACCAT66 wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 4:52 pm I may be biased (since I call the Gallatin and Bozeman games) but keep an eye on Bozeman High Luke Smith... Is a beast on the defensive side of the ball, and very good hands as a TE. He should have a really big year, as Hawks lost a lot on the receiving side, and Casagranda will rely on Smith to pick up the slack. He could easily move up to the "Partial" list... Also look for Asher Feddes to have a HUGE year as well... Covered two Belgrade games last year, and he was the best LB I saw on any team (Every East team, and two West teams)... He may be a little small, but he is a tackling machine!! I would have him in the "Safe Investments" category..
Sac—do you believe these two young people are likely to join the budding Gelatin County Diaspora upon graduation?
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Ursa Major wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 5:19 pm
SACCAT66 wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 4:52 pm I may be biased (since I call the Gallatin and Bozeman games) but keep an eye on Bozeman High Luke Smith... Is a beast on the defensive side of the ball, and very good hands as a TE. He should have a really big year, as Hawks lost a lot on the receiving side, and Casagranda will rely on Smith to pick up the slack. He could easily move up to the "Partial" list... Also look for Asher Feddes to have a HUGE year as well... Covered two Belgrade games last year, and he was the best LB I saw on any team (Every East team, and two West teams)... He may be a little small, but he is a tackling machine!! I would have him in the "Safe Investments" category..
Sac—do you believe these two young people are likely to join the budding Gelatin County Diaspora upon graduation?
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Offered... About time!

WR- Cameron Gurnsey 6' 1" 180 (Butte HS) Butte, MT (T 6/24/22)
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Not a real surprise, Many FBS schools were calling

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Ouch ! Ouch ! and Ouch !.......That leaves two o-line who have offers that we are aware of, correct ? We are due...
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krammer wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 3:54 pm Ouch ! Ouch ! and Ouch !.......That leaves two o-line who have offers that we are aware of, correct ? We are due...
The recruiting thread says there are 6 other OL offers out.
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Paytonlives wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:11 pm Offered... About time!

WR- Cameron Gurnsey 6' 1" 180 (Butte HS) Butte, MT (T 6/24/22)


I could be wrong, but I assume this is a roster spot for now because of the wording. It might become a scholarship further along in the recruiting cycle. Same with Buehler's. These are a couple of legacy Griz so hope this works out for both of them.
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So I don't see Jaxon Tucker on this list anywhere. Please point out if I missed it, or is he even more of a project?
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Paytonlives wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:41 pm

I see the Cats offered Clay Oven this morning. It says “offer” and not “scholarship”. Hopefully that gives the Griz a leg up.
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AZDoc wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:56 pm So I don't see Jaxon Tucker on this list anywhere. Please point out if I missed it, or is he even more of a project?
Will be interesting to see if Jaxon ends up playing football. Sounds like he just had a second shoulder surgery.
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Paytonlives wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:11 pm Offered... About time!

WR- Cameron Gurnsey 6' 1" 180 (Butte HS) Butte, MT (T 6/24/22)
I agree, Paytonlives.

Guernsey was a state leading WR as a JR (I mentioned him on here when he was a. Middle schooler... Ha).

Guernsey averaged 107.4 Class AA receiving yards per game, over 11 games. He missed 1 game.

Butte SR WR teammate Dylan Snyder averaged 63.4 Class AA receiving yards per game, over 12 games (44 yards per game less than Guernsey), and Snyder accepted an offer from the cats.
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On a minor side note, Butte QB Jace Stenson attended the Marty Morningwig (Dave Dickinson) QB camp that was in Missoula. So maybe Guernsey will benefit from that?
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Paytonlives wrote: Thu Feb 10, 2022 6:05 pm Thanks again Vim!

"The Rare Ones"
QB/ATH- ATH- Reed Harris 6' 5" 210 (Great Falls HS) Great Falls, MT (Boston College Verbal)
OL- Jacob Anderson 6'6" 260 (Billings West) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13298869/j ... highlights (Oregon State Verbal)

"The Blue Chips"
ATH- Hayden Opitz 6' 3" 210 (Helena Capital) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13992138/H ... highlights
QB/ATH- Cole Taylor 6'3" 205 (CMR) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13554756/C ... highlights (Kitten Offer)
OL- Zach Tierney 6'4" 260 (Butte) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13103358/Z ... highlights


"The Partials"
ATH- Kellan Beller 6' 1" 220 (Stevensville) - https://www.hudl.com/video/3/13178120
QB/ATH- Patrick Duchien 6' 2" 200 (Florence) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13047047/P ... highlights
RB/LB- Clay Oven 6' 2" 200 (Billings Central) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/12784292/C ... highlights (Griz Offer)
RB/ATH- Kade Boyd 6' 0" 180 (Billings Central) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/12932168/K ... highlights
**RB- Adam Jones 6'1" 180 (Missoula Sentinel)- RB for Sentinel who may be more intriguing as a receiver at the next level (Griz Offer)
FB/DL- Josiah Triplett 6' 1" 225 (CMR) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/14688608/J ... highlights
**WR- Cameron Gurnsey 6' 2" 180 (Butte) - https://www.hudl.com/profile/13103372/C ... highlights (Griz Offer)

"The Safe Investments"
ATH- Hunter Sharbano 6'2" 230 (Fairview)
QB- Fynn Ridgeway 6'1" 190 (Whitefish)- Technically sound QB with good wheels
QB- Jarett Wilson 6'0" 180 (Polson)- Record breaking QB who needs to get stronger
**OL- Austin Buehler 6'6" 240 (Helena Capital)- Developmental tackle...Mother is Griz hoops legend Greta Koss (Griz Offer)
OL- Dylan Christman 6'5" 250 (Helena High)
OL- Tate Templeton 6'3" 270 (Missoula Sentinel)
WR/S- Gage Norslien 6'1" 205 (Lewistown)- Weak safety class as well and Gage will get the opportunity to prove he's the best one
WR- Leo Filardi 5' 11" 175 (Missoula Hellgate)- Record breaking receiver who is only really held back by his size and speed
WR/DB- Eli Nourse 5'10" 165 (Dillon)

DE- Cy Stevenson 6'3" 215 (Libby)
DE- Wyatt DeVoss 6'2" 210 (Great Falls High)- Arguably the best pass rusher in this class
DE/LB- Luke Smith 6'4" 205 (Bozeman High)
DL- Talon Marsh 6'2" 235 (Helena Capital)- (kitten verbal)
LB- Anthony Okes 6'3" 220 (CMR)- A punishing linebacker prospect who would be a scholarship kid if he had a higher football IQ
LB- Bryce Grebe 6'2" 200 (Melstone) Brother is a kitten
CB- JJ Dolan 6'0" 170 (Missoula Sentinel)- A smart and athletic corner. Son of Nate Dolan


"The Projects"
QB/ATH- Connor Dick 6' 3" 175 (Missoula Hellgate)
QB- Jace Stenson 6' 2" 180 (Butte)
QB- Gage Sliter 6'1" 185 (Kalispell Glacier)
RB- Rafe Longin 5' 8" 180 (Great Falls High) Brother Gabe is on the Griz team
RB- Jett Boyce 6' 0" 185 (Lewistown)
RB/LB- Bryce Mikkelson 6'0" 205 (Bozeman Gallatin)
RB/LB- Kellen Curtiss 6'1" 190 (Missoula Sentinel)
RB/LB- Peyton Hicks 5' 10" 180 (Frenchtown)
RB/LB- Ty Schwaiger 6'0" 200 (Whitefish)
RB/DB- Dylan Graham 5'10" 175 (Helena Capital)
WR/S- Colter Petre 6' 1" 165 (Helena High)
WR/S- Tom Carter 6' 1" 170 (Helena Capital)
WR/CB- Trevor Rausch 5' 11" 175 (Sentinel)- Brother TJ is on the team Mom is Ann Lake
WR/S- Liam O'Connell 6' 1" 185 (Hamilton)
WR- Matthew Golik 6' 2" 185 (Lewistown)
WR/DB- Carson Anderson 6'1" 170 (Helena High)
WR/S- Kailua Fatupaito 6'1" 180 (Billings Skyview)
OL- Everett Carr 6'4" 245 (Bozeman)
TE- Bryce Gilliard 6' 3" 185 (Bigfork)
TE/DW- Josey Hinderager 6'2" 190 (Simms)
TE/WR- Nick Michelotti 6'4" 190 (Helena Capital)

DL- Seth Bange 5'11" 255 (Billings Central)
DE- Dominic Umile 6' 4" 205 (Missoula Sentinel)
DE- Alex Donnelly 6'3" 215 (Miles City)
LB/DE- Luke Donally 6'2" 190 (Huntley Project)
LB- Asher Feddes 6'2" 190 (Belgrade)
LB/ATH- Miles Hoerauf 6'0" 180 (Whitehall)
DB- Travis Hadley 6'1" 165 (Billings Central)
DB- Elijah Ratliff 6'1" 165 (Thompson Falls)
Blue Chipper lineman Zach Tierney (a wrestling state contender at Heavyweight, but missed the entire wrestling season due to football off-season surgery) is doing well playing Legion Baseball.

Here is a pic of Tierney after he smoked a 2 run RBI double to left center in the Semifinals of the Southwest A District tourney, for his #1 seed Butte Miners:

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rwilliams wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 8:00 am This is missing Helena High linemen Dylan Christman (6' 5" • 250 lbs). He's in the mix, no question.

Adam Jones should be ranked higher. He was very impressive this year.

Jace Stenson is also an impressive athlete for Butte. Maybe not a QB, but he's talented.
Good eye!

I agree on all 3.

Plus Stenson was just coached at camp by Morningwig and some Legend of the Fall guy... 😎
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alabamagrizzly wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 10:04 am Vim, what’s the story on Jacob Anderson and Zach Tierney. Any inside info on if they may lean this way or that way?
Well since I am the resident Butte guru... I would think I might know more than vim certainly on Butte athletes.
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rwilliams wrote: Fri Feb 11, 2022 8:00 am This is missing Helena High linemen Dylan Christman (6' 5" • 250 lbs). He's in the mix, no question.

Adam Jones should be ranked higher. He was very impressive this year.

Jace Stenson is also an impressive athlete for Butte. Maybe not a QB, but he's talented.
Stenson has an offer, at QB, from Montana Western.
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