MISSOULA — Two players who have recently played at Football Bowl Subdivision schools have accepted scholarships to play for the University of Montana, Grizzly head coach Mick Delaney announced today.
Wide receiver Jamaal Jones comes to UM from the University of Washington, while fullback Jamal Wilson is a transfer from Boise State.
A 6-1, 188-pounder from Spanaway, Wash., Jones saw action in three games last season and earned a letter playing for the Huskies. He served as the team captain for UW in its game against Arizona. He was a redshirt at Washington in 2011.
Jones was a first team All-South Puget Sound League at wide receiver league selection as a junior and senior at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Spanaway. He missed his senior season due to an injury. He was listed as the state of Washington’s No. 11 overall recruit by rivals.com as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player earning all-league honors as a junior and sophomore.
“Jamaal Jones will definitely help our wide receiver crew because of his experience at the FBS level,” Delaney said. “He has the speed to potentially be a big-play guy for us.”
Wilson is a 5-11, 238-pounder from Fontana, Calif. He participated in three games last season for the Broncos. He was a redshirt at BSU in 2011.
A three-year letterman in football at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, Wilson was first team all-league and second team All-CIF at middle linebacker, when he had 119 tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was an all-league pick as a junior and had 81 tackles that season.
“Jamal Wilson is an outstanding fullback, who is transferring from Boise State because they are not going to employ a fullback in their new offense,” Delaney said. “He’s the type of player who can make a difference in a two-back set.
“We feel fortunate to add two young men, who we expect to have a lot of accomplishments on and off the field,” Delaney said. “I think both of them can make big contributions to our 2013 Grizzly football team.”
Both Jones and Wilson will be sophomores eligibility-wise at Montana.
— UM Sports Information