By Bill Foley
Jake Michelotti is following in the footsteps of his father.
Well, sort of.
The Butte Central senior signed to play football with Montana Tech Monday afternoon. He will likely play on the offensive or defensive for the Orediggers, likely after a redshirt season.
The Orediggers haven’t officially released the addition of Michelotti. Head coach Chuck Morrell, though, confirmed the signing on Monday.
Michelotti’s father, Tom, also played for the Orediggers. He played fullback for coach Bob Green, serving as a captain during the 1992 Frontier Conference championship team.
Jake Michelotti, however, wouldn’t mind playing the same position as his dad.
“They’ll probably going to want me to play defensive line,” Michelotti said. “That would be awesome (playing fullback), though.”
The 6-foot, 245-pound Michelotti said offensive line is also a possibility after a solid career at guard and defensive tackle for the Orediggers.
“Wherever they need me,” Michelotti said. “I just love football.”
Butte Central head coach Don Peoples Jr. said he thinks Michelotti is a great addition to the Orediggers, who won the Frontier Conference title in 2015.
“He’s a great kid,” Peoples said. “He’s a guy who really made himself into a football player by working hard. By the time he was a junior, he was one of our strongest guys on the team. He was the strongest guy this year.”
Michelotti started three years for the Maroons.
“We’re really proud of it,” Peoples said of Michelotti’s signing with Tech. “He’s one of the real success stories in athletics.”
Michelotti, who carries just under a 4.0 GPA at Butte Central plans to study mining or metallurgical engineering at Tech. He said, without football, he would have likely attended Montana Tech or Montana State to pursue that career goal.
“I definitely want to take engineering, and this is the best school to go to,” he said.
Michelotti said he likes the prospect of playing on the Bob Green Field at Montana Tech. That was his home field for high school games the last three years.
On that field he helped lead the Maroons to the Class A state championship game as a sophomore. That is where he also earned a spot in this year’s Montana East-West Shrine Game.
Michelotti earned All-State honors. He was also named to the USA Today All-Montana Team.
“That’s awesome that I get to play in Butte,” Michelotti said. “I’m excited. My whole family is excited.”