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Montana State's Full 2014 Signing Class

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Below is a press release from Montana State University:

 

MONTANA STATE CLASS OF 2014 BIOS

 

MID-YEAR TRANSFER

Bryson Keeton, DB 

6-2, 190, Jr, Bakersfield, CA(Nevada/Ridgeview)

Player Notes: Transferred to MSU at the semester,and is presently enrolled and attending classes... played in 10 games as asophomore last fall, logging 38 tackles, including one sack... intercepted onepass, and broke up or deflected five others... played in six games as aredshirt freshman, starting against Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl... pickedoff a pass and all four of his tackles for the season in that game...redshirted at Nevada in 2011... three-time all-league and all-section defensiveback at Ridgeview High School... lettered in basketball, helping his team to aValley championship in 2010.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "I've been very impressed with BrysonKeeton. He's been here since the beginning of the semester, and he reported interrific shape. He's a team player, he's been punctual and organized ineverything he's done, and he looks to be a very talented athlete with good sizefor his position. I'm very excited to have Bryson in our program."

 

AUGUST TRANSFERS

Anthony Knight, RB 

6-1, 240, Jr, Boston, MA (RiversideJC/Nevada/Lawrence Academy)

Player Notes: Rushed for 741 yards on 123 carrieslast season at Riverside Community College, for 6.3 yards per carry... beganhis collegiate career at Nevada, where he redshirted in 2011... played in threegames in 2012, carrying four times for 10 yards and a touchdown... namedPreseason All-Mountain West Second Team by College Football Madness and ThirdTeam by Phil Steele...rushed for 1,735 yards on 140 carries as a junior atLawrence Academy Prep School, and 1,399 yards on 99 carries as a senior.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Anthony Knight is a big, powerfulrunning back who transfers from Nevada via Riverside Community College inCalifornia. He's very gifted athletically, and he gives us the option of usinga bigger back, as we've done on occasion."

 

Wawa Leota, DL

6-1, 286, Jr, Bedford, TX (Tyler JC/EulessTrinity)

Player Notes: Registered 38 total tackles for TylerJunior College in 2013, with six sacks and 11 total tackles-for-loss... alsoforced a fumble... the cousin of current Bobcat Na'a Moeakiola and MSU signeeToti Moeakiola.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Wawa is a transfer from Tyler JuniorCollege, and he is another player that comes to us from Euless Trinity. He is adynamic playmaker in the defensive line, a big, athletic player who has alsoplayed as a short-yardage fullback. He was recruited by some programs asstrictly a fullback, but he wants to play defense full-time. It's conceivablethat we'll use him as a fullback in some situations, but as a defensive linemanhe's an impact player in our program."

 

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

Bryce Alley, CB

5-10, 169, Fr, Houston, TX (North Shore)

Player Notes: Earned Class 5A All-District 21honorable mention honors as a senior, helping lead North Shore to a 13-1record... two-year letterman.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Bryce Alley is an extremely talentedcorner from a very highly-regarded, competitive high school program in Houston.He burst on the scene as a senior, and he's an exciting, talented coverageplayer. We're really excited about Bryce's future."

 

Curtis Amos, TE

6-0, 212, Fr, Houston, TX (Centennial)

Player Notes: Caught 24 passes for 469 yards (19.5yards a catch) with nine touchdowns as a senior... Class 4A All-District 8First Team selection at tight end, and First Team All-Johnson County...TexasHSFootball.com All-Star... ranked 47th on the Texas Top 100 preseason listin 2014 by InsideTexas.com, and the ninth-ranked tight end prospect in thestate by Texas-247 Sports.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "He's an extremely talented andversatile two-way player at defensive end and tight end. We plan to use him onoffense. Curtis is powerful and has excellent speed, he runs good routes, hasgood hands, and is very explosive athletically. He has a chance to be a verygood player."

 

Grant Collins, LB

6-4, 213, Fr, Bozeman, MT (Bozeman)

Player Notes: Helped lead Bozeman High to anundefeated state championship in 2013, earning USA Today MontanaDefensive Player of the Year honors... Class AA Co-Defensive MVP, First TeamAll-State and Great Falls Tribune Superstate choice... chosen for the MontanaShrine Game and the Mon-Dak All-Star Game... his father Shane Collins played atArizona State and for the Washington Redskins, and his grandfather Dr. DonCollins was a long-time MSU professor.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Grant Collins is a huge part of thisrecruiting class because he fills a major role for us athletically at Mikelinebacker. He has the size, aggressiveness and skill to be a big presence forus as an inside linebacker, but he also comes from a great, athletic family, andfrom a very good program at Bozeman High School. We are very excited for Grantto join the Bobcats."

 

Tavon Dodd, RB

5-7, 165, Fr, Houston, TX (John H. Reagan)

Player Notes: Earned First Team All-District,District Offensive Player of the Year, and District MVP honors at John H.Reagan High in 2013.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Tavon Dodd is a three-way skilledplayer. He's a running back, a safety, and a kick returner, who is a powerfulplayer in a smaller frame. He plays much bigger and more explosively than hisstature would lead you to believe. We're looking at him on offense, but Tavonhas a lot of versatility."

 

Braelen Evans, CB

5-11, 183, Fr, Frisco, TX (Hebron)

Player Notes: Earned First Team All-District honorsin 2013 as a defensive back... also Second Team All-District running back.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Braelen Evans is a dynamic covercorner, joining Bryce Alley. He has some height to him, he's both quick andfast, and he has excellent ball skills. Braelen was a very talented runningback earlier in his high school career at a powerful high school program inDallas. He is a big, big signing for us."

 

Tyrone Faa'nono, LB

6-2, 261, Fr, Oxnard, CA (Oaks Christian)

Player Notes: A two-time All-Maramonte Leagueselection, earning conference defensive lineman of the year honors... VenturaStar First Team All-County and All-CIF selection... played in AIGA FoundationAll-Poly All-Star Game... 45 tackles and seven sacks on the season.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Tyrone is a very quick and athleticdefensive lineman. He has the potential to grow and get much bigger, which isintriguing becasue he is so athletic and fast for a bigger guy. He is already260 lbs, but has a big frame that could still fill out. We'll look at him as adefensive end, but he may be a defensive tackle eventually. He is anotherversatile defensive line prospect."

 

Mitchell Herbert, WR

6-4, 201, Fr, Eugene, OR (Sheldon)

Player Notes: All-league selection on offense anddefense... earned team MVP and Scholar-Athlete honors at Sheldon High... caught84 passes for 1,142 yards and five touchdowns... rushed 34 times for 200 yardsand six scores... 44 tackles on the season... compiled a 4.0 grade pointaverage, National Honor Society member.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Mitchell Herbert is an impressive,tall wide receiver from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon. He has greatball skills and runs excellent routes. For a bigger receiver Mitchell is veryproductive in gaining yards after he catches the ball. He is a prototypeoutside receiver, and those guys are hard to find."

 

DeMonte King, S

6-1, 212, Fr, Los Alomitos, CA (Los Alomitos)

Player Notes: Earned team defensive MVP honors atLos Alomitos, where he was a two-year starter... First Team All-Sunset Leagueand Third Team All-Orange County.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "The best description for DeMonteKing is that he's a pure football player. He absolutely loves the game andplays with great passion and intensity. He's tall and fast and versatile. Hecan play safety and linebacker, but we're looking at him as a safety. He playedfor a very strong program at Los Alomitos and had great performances againstvery talented competition."

 

Joey Marinello, OL

6-5, 320, Fr, Apple Valley, MN (Eastview)

Player Notes: First Team All-State andAll-Conference selection... First Team Minneapolis Star-TribuneAll-Metro... team captain as a senior.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Joey Marinello was our secondcommitment in this class. He committed to us in the fall, and is a big,powerful offensive lineman with a great frame, excellent footwork and balance.He is highly recognized in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area as one of thetop linemen in that region."

 

Garrett Marino, DL

6-2, 274, Fr, Mission Viejo, CA (MissionViejo)

Player Notes: A 2013 graduate of Mission Viejo HighSchool... First Team All-League in 2012, earning All-Pac 5 Division and All-CIFhonors... First Team All-Orange County  and Second Team All-State by MaxPreps in 2012... 40 tackles, 14 sacks as a senior.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Garret Marino is a dynamic defensiveline prospect whose explosiveness and tenacity in rushing the quarterback istruly special. He has a chance to continue our long run of productive passrushers."

 

Toti Moeakiola, S

6-1, 205, Fr, Euless, TX (Trinity)

Player Notes: Earned second team all-conferencehonors at Euless Trinity.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Toti is very similar athletically tohis brother, Na'a (a current Bobcat linebacker). Toti is a very quick-twitch,explosive, strong, tenacious player. He is versatile, and we're looking at himas a Sam linebacker, but he can play safety, too. Toti is an all-aroundproductive football player from a tremendous family and a tremendous highschool program."

 

Austin Oldenburger, OL

6-3, 270, Fr, Manhattan, MT (Manhattan)

Player Notes: A three-time Class B All-State andall-conference choice on the offensive and defensive lines.. four-timeManhattan Lineman ofthe Year... chosen for Montana Shrine and Mon-Dak all-stargames... all-state discus thrower, as well.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Austin is an intriguing offensiveline candidate. He has excellent feet, he's a powerful blocker, and we're goingto play him at center. We think he'll be a mainstay in our line in the futurebecause he's a smart, tough, experienced player."

 

Justin Paige, ATH

5-11, 171, Fr, Katy, TX (Morton Ranch)

Player Notes: A versatile athlete who earned teamMVP honors at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Tex., as a senior... caught 18passes for 473 yards, averaging 27.4 yards per catch.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "We're listing Justin Paige as anathlete because he can play a number of different positions, but most likelyhe'll play either receiver or corner for us. He is extremely fast, probably thefastest player in this class, and as a return specialist he's very explosive.Justin is a speed athlete with really good skills as both a receiver andcoverage player."

 

Eric Prevost, LB

6-0, 205, Fr, Covina, CA (Charter Oak)

Player Notes: First Team All-Sierra Leagueselection, earning conference Defensive MVP honors... Southern SectionAll-Inland First Team honors... LA Times All-Area and All-CIF Southern Sectionselection... Max Preps First Team All-State defensive lineman, and SanGabriel Valley Tribune Defensive Player of the Year... 128 tackles , 22 sacks,42 total tackles-for-loss as a senior.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Eric Prevost was a highly-decorateddefensive player in southern California with incredible numbers in terms ofsacks and tackles-for-losses. He compiled those numbers because he is a relentlessfootball player. He's fast and explosive and dynamic and hard to block, andthose traits allowed him to make an uncanny number of plays."

 

Matt Stewart, P

6-4, 235, Fr, Corona, CA (Santiago)

Player Notes: Third Team High School All-America asa senior, when he averaged 46 yards a punt and dropped 11 of his 30 kicksinside the 20-yard line... an accomplished all-around athlete, joining hisschool's 1,000-lb weight lifting club for bench press, squat and clean... trackteam captain, earning all-league honors in the shot put and second team honorsin the discus, breaking 15-year old records in both events... lettered infootball, track and baseball.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Pure and simply, Matt Stewart is apunter. We signed him to do nothing else. He's not a kicker, not a positionplayer, we signed him because he's a nationally-ranked punter with a huge leg.He can do sky kicks and specialty kicks and great hang time, whatever we'llneed him to do. We decided to invest in a guy just to do that job, and Matt istremdnous at that job."

 

Connor Sullivan, ATH

6-4, 218, Fr, Ennis, MT (Ennis)

Player Notes: Helped lead Ennis to a Class C StateChampionship in 2013... First Team All-State receiver... 50 catches for 918yards, 18.4 per catch, and 16 touchdowns... 40 tackles and seveninterceptions... Great Falls Tribune Superstate choice... teamcaptain... selected for Montana Shrine and Mon-Dak all-star games.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Connor is another prototype outsidewide receiver with height and speed and fantastic ball skills. He has excellentathleticism. Connor was the first player to commit to us way back in the springand I think he has a chance to be a really good player in our program."

 

Trevin Thompson, K

5-9, 195, Fr, Helena, MT (Helena)

Player Notes: Earned First Team All-State,All-Conference and Great Falls Tribune Superstate honors in 2013... scored 64points, including six field goals with a long of 43 yards... 46 extra points in2013 was a Helena High record, and he finished his career with 131 PATs, 179points, and 16 field goals.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Trevin Thompson is arguably the bestkicker in the state, certainly he is in our evaluation, and he'll have theopportunity to challenge for the field goal and kickoff roles next fall."

 

Wade Webster, OL

6-6, 295, Fr, Bettendorf, IA (Bettendorf)

Player Notes: Helped lead Bettendorf to playoffs asa senior... earned Second Team All-State and First Team All-Conference andAll-Metro honors.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Wade Webster is the second bigoffensive lineman to come to us from Bettendorf, Iowa. He has excellent sizeand power, and very good feet. He has the perfect combination of attributes -size and quickness and mobility - to be a tremendous offensive lineman in theBig Sky Conference."

 

Zach Wright, DL

6-3, 234, Fr, New Braunfels, TX (NewBraunfels)

Player Notes: A First Team All-District selection.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Zach Wright is another tremendousaddition to our defensive line. He is a powerful, tough, hard-nosed player whois technically sound. Zach has a great work ethic and a great love for playingthe game of football."

 

Tucker Yates, DL

6-1, 285, Fr, Colstrip, MT (Colstrip)

Player Notes: Three-time Class A All-Stateselection in football on the offensive and defensive lines... three-time ClassA State Champion wrestler, two-time state shot put champion... Great FallsTribune Superstate choice, chosen for Montana Shrine and Mon-Dak all-stargames.

From MSU Coach Rob Ash: "Tucker Yates is the kind of big,powerful defensive lineman from Montana who this program has had great successsigning and developing. He is an excellent wrestler who is technically sound,physically strong, and athletically very gifted for a big man. We expect him tohave a great career here at Montana State."

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