It is recruiting time in the world of football.

Here in the Mining City, the Orediggers of Montana Tech are coming off a solid 7-3 season in the Frontier Conference. The Diggs averaged 398 yards a game (good for 2nd in the conference) and their defense only allowed 273 yards a game (which was also good for second) The Orediggers cleaned up in the postseason awards as well, placing 13 individuals on the all-conference list. (More on that later)

I wrote about Butte High Quarterback Jace Stenson, committing to the Diggs a couple of weeks ago and I thought I would turn the spotlight on a few other stellar High School Athletes who have committed to the Diggs.

I’m going to start right here in Butte with Linebacker Luke Garrison. I think Luke (when he graduates from Tech) will have worn a wider variety of Butte Jerseys than anyone in history. Luke started his football career at Butte Central and played extensively on both sides of the ball. Between his Junior and Senior season, he transferred to Butte High School and finished his career mainly at Linebacker, (with some reps in the run game as well). When talking about Luke Bute High Head Coach Aire Grey said that Luke “is a physical force, a guy that isn’t afraid to get right in there and mix it up.” “He just does things the right way, and is one tough dude”

photo courtesy of BRIANNA OMARA BnO Photography
photo courtesy of BRIANNA OMARA BnO Photography

Garrison finished this year with 60 total tackles (39 solo, 21 assisted) 4 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He will find his way into a deep linebacker group for the Diggs.

Next up, Receiver Nick Michelotti from the Montana AA State Champion Capital Bruins. Nick will join his cousin Jamey Michelotti at Montana Tech, where Jamey just finished up an outstanding Freshman year in the offensive front. Nick is another guy that played on both sides of the ball a bunch. His defensive prowess and stats were impressive this past year, 35 total tackles (33 of those solo) 5 tackles for loss, and 3 interceptions… And that isn’t the side of the ball he is being recruited for.
In the receiving game, he finished the season with 27 catches, good for 713 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is a big, long target, an outstanding blocker on the edge, and tough as nails. The most talented receiving core in the Frontier Conference just got deeper.

Photo used with permission from BRIANNA OMARA- BnO Photography
Photo courtesy of BRIANNA OMARA- BnO Photography

Last, but far from least, is Jarrett Wilson, Quarterback from Polson. Everyone in the state had better be familiar with the career that Jarrett (and his brothers) have had in Polson. I normally would refer to numbers like his as “video game-like” but I feel that is underselling what he was able to do as a Pirate. According to Maxpreps, Jarrett (over 3 years) passed for 8812 yards, 115 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions in 3 years. His Senior year he threw for 261 yards a game (his lowest output of the 3 years) 35 touchdowns as opposed to only 3 interceptions.

Jerrett Wilson Playoffs vs. BIllings Central
Jerrett Wilson Playoffs vs. BIllings Central

Did I mention that the kid can run the football? His Senior year he amassed 886 yards on the ground (5 games over 100 yards) and 17 rushing touchdowns. Yea, his Senior year he accounted for 52 total offensive touchdowns.
And that is just the beginning, plenty more recruits picking Montana Tech, and we will preview them all. My Thanks to Brianna O'Mara, BnO Photography for the use of her photos.

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