Oredigger football team picks up Capital additions

Oredigger football team picks up Capital additions
Helena's Carson Shuman, left, and Alaric Greil singed with Montana Tech Friday afternoon in Tech's Hall of Fame Lounge.

By Bill Foley

When Chuck Morrell arrived in Butte to take over as Montana Tech’s head football coach in December 2010, one of the first things he did was sign Helena High linebacker David Meis.

Since that day, the Capital City has been very kind to Morrell and the Orediggers.

That pipeline grew even larger Friday. Much larger.

The Orediggers signed a pair of Helena Capital Bruins to play football at Montana Tech. Alaric Greil, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, and Carson Shuman, a 6-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, signed in front of family, friends and some Oredigger coaches in Tech’s Hall of Fame Lounge at the HPER Complex.

Greil is a senior at Capital High, while Shuman is transferring after spending the 2018 season redshirting at Washington State University.

“They come out of one of the most successful high school programs in the state over the last several decades,” Morrell said of Greil and Shuman. “They’ve been extremely well coached, and they understand wining. That’s important to us.

“We signed another player from Helena High this year, Jacob Howell. He’s a Helena High product, and he’s going to be a good player. Both high schools up there play a really good brand of football, and we’re excited to have those guys come down here.”

The highly-recruited Greil didn’t think he would ever play for the Orediggers, a team he’s hardly even watched. Then, he paid the school a visit.

“I didn’t want to come here,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh man, that Butte vibe.’ Then you come down here and see what these guys are doing, and how legit this place is. They’ve got some good stuff coming in the next couple of years.

“This is something else. I came on that one visit, and that’s all it took. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Greil registered 53 total tackles, five sacks and nine quarterback hurries while earning second-team All-State honors in 2018. He forced four fumbles.

“I usually was an outside rusher,” Greil said. “I was an outside linebacker, a stand up D end. I played a little bit of tight end, but mostly just D end.”

Morrell said Greil is as good as any defensive lineman in the state.

“Alaric is really physical,” the coach said. “He just gets off the ball relentless. That fits what we want to do on the defensive line.”

Shuman, who was a Whittier Wildcat in Butte from first through third grade, had no reservations about coming to the Mining City. However, he, too, never thought he’d play for the Orediggers

His grade school friend is Ben Sampson, whose father Scott is a former offensive line coach at Tech. Shuman’s father, Boe, played football for coach Bob Petrino at Carroll College.

“We would always get in arguments when we were little,” Shuman said. “I was a Carroll fan because my dad played at Carroll, and he was a Montana Tech fan because his dad coached at Tech. We would always sit there and argue, but I’m on the Montana Tech side now. I’m on the Digger side now.”

That is good news for Oredigger fans, especially the ones who watched Shuman dominated in the trenches for the Bruins.

“We recruited Carson pretty hard a year ago, and he got the opportunity to walk on at Washington State,” Morrell said. “When he reached out to us, we were excited to welcome him back.”

Morrell said Shuman brings the right mindset to Montana Tech.

“One thing Capital High School has been known for is being physical up front and running the football,” the coach said. “That’s a big piece of our identity here, too. We’ve led the Frontier Conference in rushing the last four years, and so bringing that mentality for is going to be an asset.”

Shuman will enroll at Montana Tech for the spring semester and be with the team for spring drills. Greil will join the Orediggers next fall.

That can’t come soon enough for Greil.

“I’m so excited to get on the field and start banging around because this place is cool,” he said 1 comment

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  • Bill Ryan
    December 15, 2018, 8:35 am

    Welcome to the Mining City men!

    Greil will pursue a Biology degree after meeting with Dr. Stella Capoccia – good job Stella!

    Shuman will join the Construction Technology/Construction Management degree program in spring with credits for courses transferring from Washington State.

    I look forward to watching these Diggers for the next few years!!!! Great recruiting coaches!


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