Coach Pflugrad & his staff announce Class of 2012
Feb. 1, 2012
Ryan Burke, WR, 6-4, 195, Fr., HS, Billings (Central HS): Ryan was moved from wide receiver to quarterback his senior season, when he passed for 1,474 yards and 18 touchdowns with just 4 picks... while leading his team to its fifth straight State A championship game...also rushed for 704 yards and 8 TDs...as a junior he caught 48 passes for 677 yards and six TDs...prep football coach was Jim Stanton... Eastern A pick in football, basketball and track...prep team lost A title game 8-0 to Miles City in 2011... selected to play in both the East-West Shrine Game and Montana-Dakota All-Star Game...member of Central's state champion 400-meter relay team and state runner-up 1,600 relay foursome his junior year.
Jacob Coogan, Safety, 6-2, 205, Jr., JC, San Diego, Calif. (Southwestern College-Calif.): Jacob was one of the leading tacklers at Southwestern College last season with 40 stops, along with an interception and a tackle for loss...named team's "Hardest Hitter" last season in junior college...started his college career at San Diego State...all-league selection at defensive back as a senior at Marian Catholic High School...named team MVP his senior season in high school.
Joey Counts, RB, 5-9, 205, Fr., HS, Mesa, Ariz. (Desert Ridge HS): Joey rushed for 1,719 yards on 180 carries (9.55 yards a carry) and scored 22 touchdowns, and also had 200 receiving yards as a senior...his senior team went 10-3...he rushed for a state record 403 yards and five touchdowns to lead Desert Ridge to a 63-14 win over Phoenix North Canyon last season...named to All-Arizona team following his senior campaign...tabbed first team all-region as a junior when he rushed for 1,329 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Hayden Craig, TE, 6-5, 246, Fr. HS, Dayton, Ore. (Dayton HS): Hayden is a standout three-sport athlete at Dayton High School...he was first team all-state in football as a junior and senior...chosen his conference's "Defensive Player of the Year" in football as a junior and senior...has started all three years on Dayton's two-time state runner-up basketball team...all-state in basketball and baseball his junior year...carries a 3.4 GPA.
Devon Dietrich, OL, 6-5, 260, Fr., HS, Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS): Devon has accepted admissions to UM...he was named first team 4A all-league at offensive tackle as a senior by the Seattle Times and tabbed a "White Chip Recruit" by that publication...given 2011 Coaches Award...team captain as a senior...a three-year letterman in football...academic all-league selection...a member of the National Honor Society, 2008 to present...has a second degree black belt.
Herbert Gamboa, LB, 6-1, 215, Fr., HS, San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente HS): Herbert helped the Tritons to a 12-2 record and a berth in the Pac5 Southern Conference Section title game, a 27-13 loss to Santa Margarita... finished the season with 112 tackles, including 82 solo stops, and seven sacks...also ran for two touchdowns and caught a TD pass...has excellent speed, running a 10.71 in the 100 meters.
Anthony Goodwin, CB, 6-0, 185, Jr., JC, Temecula, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio JC/Great Oaks HS): Anthony's (he prefers the nickname "Chief") junior college team played undefeated City College of San Francisco (12-0) in the California Community College Athletic Association football championship game, losing 52-42...JC team was ranked No. 3 in the nation...named All-Southern Conference in 2011, when he had 40 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, two pciks (one for a TD)...his freshman JC squad won a national championship (the Mounties also won the title in 2009)...Mt. SAC has won or shared seven straight conference titles...has run a 10.6 in the 100 meters.
Harrison Greenberg, PK, 5-8, 155, Fr., HS, Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego HS): Harrison has accepted admission at UM...has prep career mark in PATS made with 85 (of 89) at Lake Oswego High School...his senior team went 14-0 en route to its first state title... ranked first in Oregon in kickoff touchbacks...named first team kicker by Northwest Elite Index..."The #1 kicker not only in Oregon, but in the Region. He can play at the highest level. 84% (sic) of kickoffs go for touchbacks. A potent weapon." - Dirk Knutson, Northwest Prep Report (12/10/11).
Brady Gustafson, QB, 6-7, 210, Fr. HS, Billings, Mont. (West HS): Brady passed for 2,913 yards and 20 touchdowns with 8 picks to lead the Golden Bears to an 11-2 record in 2011...West's all-time leading passer with 6,202, topping the record of 5,457 set by Bo Bartik from 1997-99... one of just eight players in Montana prep history to surpass 6,000 passing yards...was 22-8 as a starter, including 22-5 the past two seasons...selected to play in Montana's annual East-West Shrine Game and Montana-Dakota All-Star Game...named to Great Falls Tribune "Super Team."
Bo Harris, DL, 6-3, 260, Fr., HS, Fairfield, Mont. (Fairfield HS): Bo was a key member of Fairfield's "B" state championship in 2011, which had an 11-0 record...a two-time all-state selection...first team all-conference pick on offense and defense...named to Great Falls Tribune "Super Team"... selected to play in Montana's annual East-West Shrine Game and Montana-Dakota All-Star Game...also a three-year letterman in basketball...an all-state athlete in track and field.
Ellis Henderson, Athlete, 6-0, 180, Fr., TR, Vancouver, Wash. (Hawaii/Skyview HS): Ellis is currently enrolled at UM...was at the University of Hawaii last season, but did not play there...a three-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back for the Skyview High School Storm, where he had 109 receptions for 1,893 yards and 24 TDs, 8 kick/punt returns for touchdowns, along with 143 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 9 interceptions....in 2010, he was selected to the 4A GSHL Coaches All-League Defensive Player of the Year...first team all-league at defensive back and wide receiver...also a GSHLFootball.com All- Level All-Star 1st Team DB...also a two-time winner of the GSHLFootball.com Player of the Week award as a senior.
Nick Holt VI, LB, 6-0, 230, Fr., TR, Seattle, Wash. (Univ. of Washington/Seattle Prep): Nick is currently enrolled at Montana...a transfer from UW, where he was a redshirt last season...played quarterback and linebacker at Seattle Prep...Co-Defensive MVP of the Metro League Mountain Division as a senior, and first team all-league at both linebacker and quarterback...named first team 3A All-State by the Associated Press and also made the Seattle Times All-Area team as a senior...had 82 tackles and four sacks as a senior...rushed for 244 yards in a win over Eastside Catholic in 2010...All-Metro League defensive MVP as junior, and first team all-league at linebacker and second team at QB...prep coach was D.R. Clawson...son of former UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt.
Tyrone Holmes, DL, 6-4, 265, Fr., HS, Eagle Point, Ore. (Eagle Point HS): Tyrone was the 2011 co-defensive player of the year in the Midwestern League as a senior...also first team all-state and all-league honors as a senior... first team all-league as a junior and sophomore....received first team all-league honors as an offensive lineman as a senior, and was a second team all-league performer the previous two years...also an excellent and versatile track athlete...defending state champion in the shout put and placed fourth in the state meet in the high hurdles.
Ryan Johnson, DL, 6-2 ½, 235, Fr., HS, Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View HS): Ryan was named to Greater Helena League first team on defense as a senior...preseason all-state selection in 2011...named to Preseason GSHLFootball.com All Level All-Star Team first team on defense and also chosen as the preseason "Defensive Player of the Year" by that entity prior to his senior season....Greater Vancouver and Southwest Washington Scholar Athlete of the Year with a 3.75 GPA....also plays basketball and baseball...his hoops coach is former (1987-89) Grizzly player Nate DuChesne.
Max Kelly, OT, 6-7, 265, Fr. HS, Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep): Max was named to several all-state teams following his senior campaign...first team All-Greater Spokane League and all-city selection as a senior and junior at Gonzaga Prep...4A all-state honorable mention pick and team captain his senior year..tabbed Spokane U-District's Physical Therapy Iron Man Award winner...selected for Washington's East-West All-Star Game...also a standout in track in the shot put and discus...prep football coach was David McKenna.
Caleb Kidder, DE, 6-5, 240, Fr., HS, Helena, Mont. (Capital HS): Caleb was named the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior, when he led the Helena Capital Bruins to a 12-1 record and the Class AA state championship... chosen "AAA" defensive MVP senior year...named first team all-state at guard and defensive end following his senior campaign... amassed 97 tackles, 13 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles as a senior...a three-time all-state selection...also recorded 45 pancake blocks on offense in 2011...selected to play in Montana's annual East-West Shrine Game and Montana-Dakota All-Star Game prep football coach was Pat Murphy...named to Great Falls Tribune "Super Team"... carries a 3.71 grade point average.
Jeremiah Kose, LB, 6-2, 225, So., JC, Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar College/Vista HS): Jeremiah was a first team All-CIF San Diego Section pick at linebacker...also an All-Southern Conference and All-Country first team selection last season at Palomar...was second on the team with 88 tackles and tied for first in sacks with five last year.
Clint LaRowe, OT, 6-5, 250, Fr., HS, Miles City, Mont. (Custer County HS): Clint was a player on his Custer County High School's state "A" championship team in 2011...selected to play in Montana's East-West Shrine Game and the Montana-Dakota All-Star Game...named to Great Falls Tribune "Super Team"...a three-year letterman in basketball...also a track letterman, participating in the shot put and discus...maintains a 3/7 GPA.
Chase Naccarato, WR, 5-8, 160, Fr., HS, Spokane (Mt. Spokane HS): Chase was a two-way starter the past two seasons at Mt. Spokane, playing cornerback and wide receiver...first team all-state and all-league as a senior, as well as team MVP...named Greater Spokane League's all-purpose player of the year as a junior... has been timed in the high 4.3s in the 40...school record holder with 53 career touchdowns...also holds the school mark for the 40-yard dash...his high school football coach was Mike McLaughlin.
JR Nelson, CB, 6-2, 172, Fr., HS, Hacienda Heights, Calif. (Glen A. Wilson HS): A two-way starter as a senior, playing cornerback and wide receiver...as a senior he had 211 rushes form 1704 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with 20 receptions for 415 yards and a score, and threw for one TD....senior season he rushed for 401 yards and five TDs in one game...in 2010 he had 38 catches for 540 yards (14.2-yard average) and 6 touchdowns; 59 tackles (49 unassisted); also rushed 10 times for 57 yards and a TD...only California prep athlete to earn five letters: football, basketball, track, drama and choir.
Zach Peevey, DE, 6-3, 230, Fr., HS, Missoula, Mont. (Hellgate HS): Zach was an honorable mention all-state selection at fullback and defensive end for the Knights....also a two-year starter in basketball...he was a prep teammate of Griz redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jesse Ginn...a three-time member of Hellgate High School's state championship tennis teams.
McCauley Todd, OL, 6-7, 275, Fr., HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington HS): McCauley was a Mississippi Valley Conference and All-Cedar Rapids first team selection...his senior team was 8-4, and he anchored the right tackle position on an offense that averaged 33.8 points and 242.8 rushing yards per game...his senior squad advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs...senior campaign he allowed zero sacks in 235 pass attempts and averaged five knockdowns a game...Iowa Preps ranked him the 21st top player in the state and a three-star player...he missed part of his junior year due to an injury...he has a 3.7 GPA.
Taylor Walcott, WR, 6-0, 175, Fr., HS, Eugene, Ore. (Marist HS): Taylor was named first team 5A all-state by the Oregonian...as a senior he had 40 catches for 810 yards and 11 touchdowns...for his career he averaged more than 20 yards on 137 catches...had 2,805 yards and 44 touchdowns...as a junior his Spartan team went 12-1 and lost in overtime in the Class 5A state title game, he had 58 catches for 1,144 yards and 18 scores...his high school football coach was Frank Geske...had 27 catches for 547 yards and 9 TDs as a sophomore, when Marist went 14-0 and won the 5A crown...he's the reigning Class 5A champion in the 100 meters at 10.84 seconds, and he was second in the 200 at 22.36. He swept the 100 and 200 Midwestern League track titles as a junior after accomplishing that as a sophomore in the Sky-Em League...Taylor's father, George, was the Pac-10 champion in the 200 for Oregon in 1983 and is currently the track coach at Churchill High School in Eugene.
Ben Weyer, OL, 6-4, 255, Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman HS): Ben was a two time all-state selection on both offense and defense... started at left tackle for the Hawks in their 2010 State AA title season... projected as a center for the Grizzlies... selected to play in both the East-West Shrine Game and Montana-Dakota All-Star Game had shoulder surgery after the 2011 season...prep football coach was Troy Purcell...named to Great Falls Tribune "Super Team"...also participates in track for the Hawks...maintains a 3.8 GPA.
QUOTES FROM HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Robin Pflugrad ON CLASS OF 2012
BETTER JUMP IN MONTANA: "We probably had a better jump on things (than the previous two years), with our team camp and our individual camp. I think that we knew the players in the state of Montana much, much better, especially since our first year (2010) when we took over on January first.
"Ten of these players went to our summer camp so we were able to evaluate them and get to know them as individuals. Some of them committed early, and we were very happy that they stayed with us. Caleb Kidder (a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end from Helena Capital High School in Montana) and Hayden Craig (a 6-5, 246-pound tight end from Dayton High School in Oregon) were two of our first commits and they stayed with us until today. Those two players, I personally believe could play at a higher level, as could a couple of others, but they stuck with us."
THE CHALLENGE OF RECRUITING: "It is a very challenging campus to recruit to with the long (five weeks) winter break. It's a challenge in the process of having enough people on campus to sell what a great university we have, and what a great academic institution it (UM) is."
"We tried to bring some (recruits) players in during the season to see what our home crowd is like and to see what the city of Missoula is like; and I think that paid some dividends."
WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR: "First of all, we lost a lot of outstanding senior players, not to mention a lot of starters (the Griz return six starters on offense and three on defense from their 11-3 team of 2011). We were looking for offensive and defensive linemen, wide receivers, and defensive backs. I think we got some outstanding players, a few of them will definitely get an opportunity to play right away.
"We also looked for players who can have success on the field, in the classroom, and in college. Sixteen players are over a 3.35, which is somewhat off the charts in what we are trying to achieve. All three (recruiting) classes have been outstanding in the classroom.
"It is a pretty big class (24 players), but we'd still like to have one more quarterback (UM signed one), like to have a running back (signed one late today), a wide receiver (three signed), and possibly a corner (two signees), but all coaches think like that."
GOOD SPEED AND SIZE: "I like this class. It is an excellent class in terms of speed - overall speed at each and every position. I think it's an excellent class in growth potential. All of the linemen we signed are three-sport athletes, and they are hovering around 6-5, 260. To remain around 260 and run track and play basketball is an impressive feat."
IMPACT PLAYERS? "I think impact-wise, losing so many players, specifically on defense, we're going to have to look at some players in the secondary. A couple of guys who stand out are Jacob Coogan (a safety and junior college transfer from Southwestern College), Anthony Goodwin (a cornerback and junior JC transfer from Mt. San Antonio) will get a shot to play right away. JR Nelson (a freshman from Glen Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif.) is probably a little under-sized weight-wise (6-2, 172) and we'd like to redshirt him, but he runs very well and there is a possibility that he could play as a true freshman.
"On the defensive line, I think that Caleb Kidder and Bo Harris (6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Fairfield High School in Montana), Ryan Johnson (6-2 ½, 235 from Mountain View HS in Vancouver, Wash.) , and Tyrone Holmes (6-4, 265, from Eagle Point High School in Oregon) - are four players who we look at playing right away."
University of Montana Football Alphabetical Roster: Class of 2012
Player- Pos.-Ht.- Wt.- Year- Exp.- Hometown (School)
Ryan Burke- WR-6-4-195 Fr.- HS-Billings, Mont. (Central Catholic HS)
Jacob Coogan- Safety-6-2-205-Jr.-JC-San Diego, Calif. (Southwestern College)
Hayden Craig-TE 6-5-246- Fr.- HS-Dayton, Ore. (Dayton HS)
Joey Counts-RB-5-9-205-Fr.- HS- Mesa, Ariz. (Desert Ridge HS)
Devon Dietrich-OL- 6-5- 260- Fr.-HS-Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)
Herbert Gamboa- LB-6-1-215-Fr.-HS-San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
Anthony Goodwin- CB-6-1-190-Jr.- JC-Temecula, Calif. (Mt. San Antonio JC)
Harrison Greenberg- PK- 5-8-155- Fr.-HS-Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego HS)
Brady Gustafson- QB- 6-7- 210-Fr.-HS-Billings, Mont. (West HS)
Bo Harris - DL- 6-3-260- Fr.-HS- Fairfield, Mont. (Fairfield HS)
Ellis Henderson**-Athlete-6-0-180-Fr.-HS-Vancouver, Wash. (U of Hawaii/Skyview HS)
Nick Holt**- LB- 6-0-230-Fr.-TR-Seattle, Wash. (Univ. of Washington)
Tyrone Holmes- DL- 6-4-265-Fr.-HS-Eagle Point, Ore. (Eagle Point HS)
Ryan Johnson- DL- 6-2 ½-235-Fr.-HS-Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View HS)
Max Kelly- OT- 6-7-265-Fr.-HS-Spokane, Wash. (Gonzaga Prep)
Caleb Kidder- DE- 6-5-240-Fr.-HS- Helena, Mont. (Capital HS)
Jeremiah Kose- LB- 6-2-225-So.-JC-Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar College)
Clint LaRowe- OT-6-5-250-Fr.-HS-Miles City, Mont. (Custer County City HS)
Chase Naccarato- WR- 5-8-160-Fr.-HS-Spokane, Wash., (Mt. Spokane HS)
JR Nelson- CB-6-2-172-Fr.-HS-Haceinda Heights, Calif. (Glen Wilson HS)
Zach Peevey- DE- 6-3-230-Fr.-HS-Missoula, Mont. (Hellgate HS)
McCauley Todd- OL- 6-7-280-Fr.-HS-Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington HS)
Taylor Walcott- WR- 6-0-175-Fr.-HS-Eugene, Ore. (Marist HS)
Ben Weyer- OL- 6-4- 275-Fr.-HS-Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman HS)
**=Transfer, currently enrolled at UM
SIGNEE BREAKDOWN (24: 20 prep players/4 Transfers):
By Position: 5 offensive linemen; 5 defensive lineman; 3 linebackers; 3 defensive backs; 3 wide receivers; 1 quarterback; 1 athlete; 1 place-kicker; 1 tight end; 1 running back.
By State: 7 Montana; 6 Washington; 5 California; 4 Oregon; 1 Arizona; 1 Iowa.
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