Rocky Mountain adds 12 football recruits

BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College head football coach Brian Armstrong announced today the signing of 12 additional student athletes to the Battlin’ Bears football program.

Joining the program are Montana natives Brandyn Van Zee, Billings West; Tanner Miller, Huntley Project; Kyle Lassle, Terry; Marty Pigeon, Missoula Loyola; Conner Leach, Wibaux; Jesse Grabowska, Florence-Carlton and Joe Gallatin, Polson.

Kade Greer (Gillette, Wyo.), Koby Thrasher (Lewiston, Idaho), Tyler Eberhardt (Lewiston, Idaho), Jessie Sanders (Afton, Wyo.) and Malachi Butler (Orting, Wash.) round out Rocky’s third round of signees.

This latest group of gridiron standouts brings Armstrong’s 2015 recruiting class to a total of 26.

Van Zee will follow the footsteps of older brother Jayc, who will be a junior receiver for the Bears. Their father Doug also played for the Bears. Brandyn is a 5-foot-7, 185-pound receiver, who was a two-year starter for the Golden Bears.

Miller, whose older brother Tyler played tight end for the Bears, is a 6-3, 255-pound defensive lineman. He was a three-time first team All-Conference offensive lineman and was named to the Class B All-State team this season. He also won this year’s state heavyweight wrestling title for the Red Devils.

Lassle (5-11, 175) is a three-time All-Conference performer at quarterback/defensive back for the Terriers. He also earned All-State accolades his junior and senior seasons. He was selected to play in this year’s 6-man All-Star game.

Pigeon (6-0, 205) earned first team All-Conference this season at running back and helped lead the Rams to back-to-back Class B state championships in 2012 and 2013.

Leach is the second Wibaux Longhorn to sign with the Bears this spring (Trent Farnworth). He is a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder projected to play wide receiver. He is a two-time All-Conference and Class C All-State performer at tight end and outside linebacker. Leach will play in the Treasure State All-Star game and was selected to play in the East West Shrine Football Game.

Grabowska is a 6-2, 205-pound defensive end, who earned second-team All-Conference honors this year for the Falcons. He was selected to play in the Class B All-Star game.

Gallatin (6-1, 195) was named first-team All-Conference at linebacker and was second-team fullback for the Pirates this past season.

Greer is a 6-1, 190-pound linebacker, who earned second-team All-State honors for the Camels

Thrasher is a 5-9, 170-pound wide receiver/free safety. He earned first-team defensive and offensive honors for the Lewiston High Bengals.

Eberhardt, Thrasher’s teammate, is a 5-6, 165-pound running back. He was named the Bengals’ offensive player of the year and was his team’s captain.

Sanders is a 5-10, 180-pound running back who starred at Star Valley High School. He was All-State and All-Conference as well as captain for the Braves. He will play in this summer’s Wyoming East West Shrine Football Game.

Butler is a 5-7, 180- pound running back, and played for Orting High School.

“We are very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Armstrong said. “This latest group fits the model we use in recruiting: students-athletes, who will make an impact academically, socially as well as on the football field.”

BEAR TRACKS: The Battlin’ Bears began their second week of spring drills Tuesday (April 7). Their first public scrimmage will take place this Saturday on Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium. Action is set to begin at 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

— RMC Sports Information