Grizzly football signing day took place on Wednesday in the Sheehan-Majestic Center at Washington Grizzly Stadium, where third year head coach Bob Stitt welcomed his second full recruiting class.

The 2017 signing class consists of 18 freshmen, ten of whom are from Montana, and four transfers. Stitt said signing day is exciting, but also a relief for both the players and the coaching staff.

"Now that signing day is here, the players can return to somewhat a normal life, and our coaches and their families can, as well,” Stitt said. “We’ve got 18 high school kids and we brought in four transfers because we needed to have some help immediately on the defensive line, so we brought three defensive linemen in. We had a gap at the quarterback position, we’ve got a senior and a freshman and we needed something in between, so we brought in a junior college quarterback with two years left to generate a little competition, along with some depth.”

Stitt emphasized the importance of recruiting Montana players.

“The biggest thing about this class is 10 Montana kids, and we did a very good job of identifying kids with FCS ability, and our whole recruiting philosophy revolves around recruiting kids from Montana,” he said.

The Grizzlies are coming off a disappointing season, finishing at 6-5 overall and 3-5 in Big Sky Conference play, including a humbling 24-17 loss to the cross-state rival Montana State Bobcats under a first year head coach in Washington Grizzly Stadium

Here is the 2017 Grizzly football recruiting class. (Click the link to find photos and video highlights from each player.


Terron Moses  RB       5-7       175      Vian, Okla. (Vian)

Carder Key     LB       6-2       220      Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)

Mitch Roberts WR      6-1       185      Missoula, Mont. (Sentinel)

Tanner Wilson QB      6-2       190      Polson, Mont. (Polson)

Braydon Deming        DE       6-4       205      Billings, Mont. (West)

Bryson Deming           WR      6-4       192      Billings, Mont. (West)

Trevor Hoerner            DE       6-4       210      Columbia Falls, Mont. (Columbia Falls)

Isiahia Banks   S          6-0       205      Aurora, Colo. (Mullen)

Matt Rensvold            WR      6-4       210      Polson, Mont. (Polson)

Marcus Welnel            LB       6-0       207      Helena, Mont. (Capital)

Nathan Dick    QB      5-10     179      Billings, Mont. (Senior)

Michael Matthews      LB       6-2       205      Camas, Wash. (Camas)

Payton Stoner OL       6-6       275      San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Carmel)

Skyler Martin  OL       6-5       240      Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview)

RJ Nelson        DE       6-4       215      Hillsboro, Ore. (Hillsboro)

McKenzie Holt           ATH    6-4       235      Thompson Falls, Mont. (Thompson Falls)

Michael McGinnis       WR      6-3       185      Sidney, Mont. (Sidney)

Kendall Sweet            LB       5-11     185      Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)