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Oredigger Football on the Rise

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In college football recruiting is key.  After their first winning season since 2005 coupled with a new field and facilities the Montana Tech Orediggers are becoming a popular pick for many Montana athletes.

"Everything about Tech I liked, the facilities, the team is building a good program and everything about it, I liked it a lot," said former Hellgate Knight Luke Bewley.

"Brand new facilities like I said, field, weight room, that's a huge sell right there," said former Big Sky Eagle Cole Baker.

"Just because they're on the up and up it's going to be sweet," said former Sentinel Spartan Lucas Meriwether.

"I went on an official visit and it was the only one I took I knew right then and there that I wanted to play for the Orediggers," said former Big Sky Eagle Ryan Stemple.

In Chuck Morrell's third season at Tech the Orediggers have focused on recruiting in state while trying to lock up athletes who don't go to Montana or Montana State.  Thirty-one out of the forty-two incoming players are from Montana.

"We try to be as competitive as we can for everybody and we know it's a dream for a lot of those guys coming out of high school to play for the Cats or the Griz, but if that doesn't work out we want to be right there because we feel like there's a lot of quality kids in state that can help us win ball games in the Frontier," said Montana Tech Head Coach Chuck Morrell.

One benefit to recruiting locally is a lot of the Montana players know each other and they say it will be exciting to play together at the next level.

"Well it's going to be cool I've always played against those guys as opponents and everything and now we are coming together to play on the same team so that will be a cool experience," said Meriwether.

"It's going to be great because we never had the chance to play with those kids before, we have played with them in AAU basketball in since grade so it's going to be awesome to play with them," said Stemple.

The Orediggers kick off their season on September 7th against Eastern Oregon.

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