Football recruiting has turned into a year round ordeal for college football programs, and after the spring semester ends, some players look for a new home. Today, the University of Montana football team announced two FBS players would be transferring to play in Missoula.
When a change in offense at Boise State led to fewer formations where a full-back was needed, Jamal Wilson was impressed by the Griz, and what Missoula had to offer.
"It was the same thing that appealed to me about Boise State, that football atmosphere, that football town," says Wilson.
While the football town appealed to Wilson, the Griz coaching staff were impressed by the strong individuals, both him and fellow FBS transfer Jamaal Jones from the University of Washington.
"The key for the two transfers we have coming in are they are both great young men, they are both really good students, and they are both really good football players," says Griz head coach Mick Delaney
While Montana may not be an FBS Power, when on a recruiting trip, Wilson learned just how successful the Griz have been when he ate at a restaurant featuring football pictures several decades old.
"Just that tradition from a long time ago, I don't think I've been to a school yet where the tradition goes back that far, and so deep, and it's a winning tradition at that too," says Wilson.
One benefit of bringing in Wilson is being able to move Joey Counts over to tailback fulltime.
"Joey's role is going to be to run the football, big strong physical guy to replace Dan Moore," says Delaney.
While many backs love carrying the ball, Wilson doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches.
"I'm more of a blocking back, kind of clear the way, and I feel like with what they are trying to do, I'd fit in perfect. I can come right in and do what needs to be done and make an instant impact," says Wilson.
Both Jones and Wilson will have three years left of eligibility, and come into fall camp looking for playing time early, and while they'll adjust to a new playbook, coach Delaney doesn't foresee it being a problem, particularly for Wilson, coming from Boise State.
"You know the terminology will be a little bit different, but as far as technique and how you get to how you are to block and run routes, he's already done a good deal of this stuff (at Boise State)," says Delaney.