Oredigger football unveils 2022 recruiting class

Oredigger football unveils 2022 recruiting class
The Montana Tech Orediggers take the field in this Butte Sports file photo.

Montana Tech head football coach Kyle Samson announced the 2022 recruiting class today. The class contains 27 total commitments arriving at Montana Tech next fall.

“We are very excited to announce these signings,” Samson said. “All of them are great competitors and will represent our program very well in the classroom, the community, and on the field.

“These recruits are not only good athletes but great leaders in their schools and communities. All of them were multiple sport athletes coming out of high school. We feel like they are great fits for our culture what we are trying to build on and off the field.”

The list of signees includes Butte Central’s Eyston Lakkala and Butte High’s Cole Stewart. Those signings were previously reported by Butte Sports. It also includes Jamey Michelotti of Helena Capital. He is the son of former Butte High quarterback Brian Michelotti.

The recruiting class includes 16 student-athletes from Montana and 11 out of state commitments. The out of state group is from Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, California and Georgia.

The Class of 2022 includes five state champions and 14 Montanans chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game this summer.

“This is our second full recruiting class as a staff and we are very proud that we have been able to bring in some of the top recruits in Montana and the northwest,” Samson said. “We are very excited about the athleticism of this group from all positions. The group has great size and speed and there are some guys that will definitely have big impacts on our team in the near future.”

A large part of the Oredigger recruiting class is 10 offensive and defensive lineman. The skill positions were addressed as well including four wide receivers, four defensive backs, two running backs, and two athletes.

“You win championships upfront with your O-line and D-line and we feel that these two groups have the potential to be very special here at Tech,” Samson said. “I want to thank our coaching staff for doing a tremendous job to get these student-athletes to Tech. We have great assistant coaches on our staff that truly value relationships and they have done a great job of identifying players that will be great fits for our team and our culture. I can’t thank them enough for all their time, effort, and commitment to bringing in young men that will make our community of Butte proud.

“I also want to personally thank all of our campus community for helping us in our recruiting efforts as well. The whole Tech community is a big reason that these young men have chosen to come to Butte.

“Lastly, I want to thank these recruit’s families and their high school coaches and teachers.  They wouldn’t be where they are today without them and we know they will be successful here at Tech because of all the great mentors they have had in their lift.”

“Myself and our whole staff want to welcome these great young men and their families to our Montana Tech Family and look forward to seeing of them this fall.

The Oredigger football team is hosting a signing day event at the Knights of Columbus on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Luke Bilau                           TE           6-2          220         Kalispell, Mont.                Glacier HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Grady Bennett at Glacier HS. Selected first team all-conference and All-State at halfback. Selected first team all-conference and second team All-State at tight end. Selected first team All-State midfielder in lacrosse. Named Academic All-State four times. Member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Luke, the son of Kelly and Joe, plans on pursuing a degree in Business and Accounting.

Zachary Clark                     DB          5-10       160         Rathdrum, Idaho              Post Falls HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Blaine Bennett at Post Falls HS. Senior team captain named Inland Empire League 5A Co-MVP. Named to 5A All-Idaho Second Team. Selected Inland Empire League Region I 5A all-league at defensive back. Led the state of Idaho and set school record with nine interceptions as a junior. Named Idaho Top Scholar Academic Award and received Certificate of Achievement for Highest Honors. Named Academic All-State in football and baseball. Member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Zachary, the son of Annette and Kevin, plans on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

Jaxon Cotton                     TE           6-2          220         Bozeman, Mont.              Bozeman HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Levi Wesche at Bozeman HS. Selected honorable mention all-conference at tight end as a junior. Selected first team all-conference and second team All-Sate at defensive end as a senior. Selected second team All-State at tight end as a senior. Named Academic All-Conference two times.

Personal: Jaxon, the son of Sarah and Tyler, plans on pursuing a degree in Mathematics and Education.

Austin Emmons                OL           6-7          270         Snohomish, Wash.          Glacier Peak HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Shane Keck at Glacier Peak HS. Two-time second team all-league at defensive line. Selected first team all-league and first team all-area at offensive line.

Personal: Austin, son of Stacy and Rich, plans on pursuing a degree in Construction Management.

Johnny Fehr                       DE           6-0          200         Eureka, Mont.                   Eureka HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Trevor Utter at Eureka HS. Selected second team all-conference at defensive end as a sophomore. Selected first team all-conference and first team all-state as a junior and senior. Named Academic All-State three times.

Personal: Johnny is the son of Karla and Kenny Westbrook.

Carson Giles                      OL           6-1          260         Bothel, Wash.                   Woodinville HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Wayne Maxwell at Woodinville HS. Named team captain. Two-time first team All-KingCo offensive guard selection.

Personal: Carson is the son of Tonya and Derick.

Ezra Gulewich                   DL           6-1          235         Folsom, Calif.                     Folsom HS

2021: Played defensive line at Sierra College. Recorded 32 total tackles (13 solo, 19 assisted). Had 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, forced fumble, and pass break up.

Personal: Ezra, the son of Nelly and mark, plan on pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

Braeden Guse                   OL           6-2          295         Bigfork, Mont.                  Bigfork HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Jim Benn at Bigfork HS. Helped lead team to Class B State Championship runner-up. Two-time first team all-conference selection at offensive line. Selected all-conference and first team All-State at defensive line. Chosen to play in East-West Shrine Game.

Personal: Braeden, the son of Corby and Aaron, plans on pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Kevin Hanenburg             OL           6-4          270         Huson, Mont.                    Frenchtown HS

High School:  Played prep for head coach Ryne Nelson at Frenchtown HS. Named team captain. Selected first team all-conference at offensive line and defensive line. Selected All-State at offensive line. Chosen to play in East-West Shrine Game.

Personal: Kevin, son of Cindy and Jason, plans on pursuing a degree in Construction Technology.

Trey Johannes                   RB           5-9          185         Columbus, Mont.             Columbus HS    

High School: Played prep for head coach Blake Hoge at Columbus HS. Two-time first team all-conference and All-State selection at running back. Selected all-conference in wrestling as a junior. Named Academic All-State eight times.

Personal: Trey, the son of Jody and Danen, plans on pursuing a degree in Exercise and Health Science.

Tanner Johnson                K/P         6-2          175         Riverton, Wyo.                 Riverton HS

High School: Played pre for head coach Troy Anderson at Riverton HS. Selected all-conference at kicker. Received Player of the Week award. Selected all-conference and All-State in soccer.

Personal: Tanner, son of Brandy Christensen and Mike Johnson, plans on pursuing a degree in Exercise and Health Science or Business and Information Technology.

Charlie Kirgan                    ATH       6-0          215         Missoula, Mont.               Sentinel HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Dane Oliver at Sentinel HS. Selected second team All-State at fullback as a sophomore. Selected first team All-State at fullback and punter as a junior and second team All-State at defensive line. Selected first team All-State at fullback and defensive line as a senior. Named Academic All-State three times.

Personal: Charlie, son of Cahterine and Steven, plans on pursuing a degree in Biology.

Eyston Lakkala                  DB          5-11       180         Butte, Mont.                      Butte Central HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Don Peoples at Butte Central HS. Selected first team all-conference and All-State at defensive back.

Personal: Eyston, son of Airika and Scott, plans on pursuing a degree in Occupational Safety and Health. 

Gabe Martin                      LB           6-2          220         Ridgefield, Wash.            Skyview HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Steve Kizer at Skyview HS. Selected first team all-conference at linebacker. Selected second team all-conference at running back. Named Scholar Athlete.

 

Personal: Gabe is the son of Jennie and Eddie.

Colby Martinez                 WR         6-1          170         Columbus, Mont.             Columbus HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Blake Hoge at Columbus HS. Three-time All-State selection at wide receiver and defensive back. Two-time All-State selection in basketball. State Champion in long jump. Named Academic All-State.

Personal: Colby, the son of Lorie and Ronald, plans on pursuing a degree in Exercise Science.

Carter McComb                ATH       5-10       170         Sheridan, Wyo.                 Sheridan HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Jeff Mowry at Sheridan HS. Three-time All-State selection at kick returner. Selected first team All-State at defensive back. Selected first team all-conference at offense at large. Named to Star Tribune Super 25 Team. State Champion in 200m Indoor Track and earned second place at 55m dash. Three-time All-State selection in indoor track. Received Academic Excellence Award.

Personal: Carter, the son of Tara and Donovan, plans on pursuing a degree in Exercise Science.

Chaise Meyer                    OL           6-3          285         Missoula, Mont.               Big Sky HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Matt Johnson at Big Sky HS. Selected first team all-conference and first team All-State at offensive line. Placed fifth at state meet in shot put.

Personal:  Chaise is the son of Cyndi and Jim.

Jamey Michelotti            OL           6-3          230         Helena, Mont.                  Capital HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Kyle Mihelish at Capital HS. Selected honorable mention All-State at offensive line as a junior. Selected first team All-State at offensive line as a senior.

Personal: Jamey, the son of Jill and Brian, plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering.

Zach Newton                     DL           6-0          230         Great Falls, Mont.           Great Falls HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Mark Samson at Great Falls HS. Selected first team all-conference and first team All-State at defensive line. Selected first team all-conference and second team All-State at special teams. Selected second team all-conference and honorable mention All-State at offensive tackle. Member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Zach, the son of Nichole and Jeff, plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering.

Caleb Novak                       DL           6-5          245         Gig Harbor, ash.           Peninsula HS

High School: Played prep for Ross Filkins at Peninsula HS. Named team captain in football and basketball. Selected second team all-league at tight end. Named Scholar Athlete two times.

Personal: Caleb is the son of Cynthia Navak-Hallengren.

Jamal Price                         DB          5-11       160         Loganville, Ga.                  Loganville HS 

High School: Played prep for head coach Patrick Stewart at Loganville Christian HS. Selected second team all-region.

Personal: Jamal, the son of Orlando, plans on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

Blake Shoupe                    WR         6-0          185         Florence, Mont.               Florence Carlton HS       

High School: Played prep for head coach Pat Duchien at Florence Carlton HS. Member of Class B State Championship Team. Four-time all-conference selection at wide receiver and defensive back. Three-time All-State selection at wide receiver and defensive back. Named Academic All-State four times.

Personal: Blake, the son of Nicole and Jeff, plans on pursuing a degree in Biology.

Cole Stewart                      DB          5-11       180         Butte, Mont.                      Butte HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Arie Grey at Butte HS. Selected second team all-conference and second team All-State at defensive back. Named Academic All-State. Member of National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.

Personal: Cole, the son of Heidi and Eddy, plans on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

Luke Trogden                    RB           6-0          205         Mullan, Idaho                    Mullan HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Jess Allen at Mullan HS. Selected second team All-State as a junior. Selected first team All-State as a senior. Named All-League Player of the Year. Named Co-MVP of the North Star League as a senior. Named Co-MVP and Male Athlete of the Year by the North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame as a senior. Selected all-league as a junior in basketball. Chosen student body president.

Personal: Luke is the son of Amanda and Steven.

Drew Trotter                      ATH       6-0          190         Cody, Wyo.                        Cody HS

High School: Played prep for Matt McFadden at Cody HS. Selected first team all-conference and All-State. Named to Star Tribune Super 25 Team.

Personal: Drew, the son of Nicolle and Shawn, plans on pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jakob Turner                      WR         5-7          155         Kalispell, Mont.                Glacier HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Grady Bennett at Glacier HS. Selected honorable mention all-conference at wide receiver as a junior. Selected first team all-conference and second team All-State at athlete as a senior. Selected second team all-conference at kick returner. Placed fourth in the 400m in Track.

Personal: Jakob, the son of the Susan and Mark, plans on pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Caden Zaluski                    WR         5-11       150         Florence, Mont.               Florence Carlton HS

High School: Played prep for head coach Pat Duchien at Florence Carlton HS. Member of Class B State Championship Team. Selected second team all-conference at kicker and defensive back as a junior. Selected first team all-conference and All-State at kicker, wide receiver, and defensive back as a senior. Chosen to play in East-West Shrine Game. Named Academic All-State eight times.

Personal: Caden, the son of Cindy and Ron, plans on pursuing a degree in Exercise and Health Science.



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