Lucas Kingston makes Tech signing official

Lucas Kingston makes Tech signing official
Butte High senior Lucas Kingston signs an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play football at Montana Tech Tuesday morning in the Richardson Gym. He is seated between his parents Lisa and Brian. His sister Kamryn and brother Jake look on.

By Bill Foley

The old Bulldogs are getting the band back together at Montana Tech.

Butte High senior Lucas Kingston became the fifth member of the 2019 Bulldog football team to sign to play football at Montana Tech.

The school announced Kingston’s commitment when it unveiled its list of 40 new recruits last week. Kingston made it official Tuesday morning, signing an NAIA National Letter of Intent at Butte High’s Richardson Gym.

He signed the letter while sitting between his parents, Lisa and Brian. His sister Kamryn and brother Jake watched over his shoulder.

A large group of family, friends and teammates also joined the brief signing ceremony before the start of classes.

Kingston said he chose the Orediggers after also considering Tech rival Carroll College.

“I felt like both schools have really good coaching staffs, but for me it felt like it was a better choice to stay close to my family,” Kingston said.

Kingston will be joined at Tech by Bulldogs Kobe and Kameron Moreno, Tucker Winston and Konor McClafferty. Butte Central senior Trevor Neumann also signed with the Orediggers.

A handful of teammates showed up before school to watch Lucas Kingston sign with Montana Tech.

“We want to bring kids here who know how to win,” Tech coach Kyle Samson said. “Obviously, coming from this program and what they’ve done over the last couple years, he knows how to win.”

Kingston is the seventh Bulldog to sign to play football in college this signing season. Quinn Sullivan will play at Minot State, and Tommy Mellott is heading to Montana State.

“We had a pretty good team last year,” Kingston said of his Bulldogs, who won their first 11 games before falling to Bozeman in the championship game. “We just didn’t play too well in the big game.”

Kingston earned second-team All-State honors while playing left guard for the Bulldogs. He was also a force at defensive tackle. He could play either position at Montana Tech.

“Right now, I really don’t care,” the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Kingston said. “Just wherever they feel is best for me.”

The Orediggers listed Kingston as an offensive lineman last week. Samson, though, said that is still up in the air.

“He brings a lot of versatility. He can play either one of those positions. With how athletic he is, he brings a lot to the table for us,” Samson said. “I think he’d be a heck of a nose guard, one-technique for us. He did a great job as a pulling guard in Coach Grey’s offense last year.”

Samson said getting to see Kingston firsthand sold him on the Bulldog.

“He had a great film this year, and did a great job on the offensive line, and defensive line,” the coach said. “But we had him up for a workout about a week and a half ago, and he kind of blew us away.”

Samson said the Orediggers could possibly add a couple of out-of-state players and maybe a transfer or two. Otherwise, his first recruiting class as head coach at Tech is complete.

That class is heavy on Montanans and heavy on Butte players.

“We want to win Butte,” Samson said. “Getting Lucas and really capping off the recruiting class with the guys we announced last week is a big deal for us.”

Kingston said he is looking at majoring at applied health or computer science at Montana Tech.

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