Tanner Huff commits to Grizzly football

Tanner Huff commits to Grizzly football
Butte's Tanner Huff (21) and Dylan Averyt (41) celebrate after a big third down tackle by Huff in the first quarter during the 2019 Class AA State championship game in Butte. (Butte Sports file photo)

Tanner Huff has had a change of heart.

The recent Butte High graduate announced that he has committed to play football at the University of Montana. He made the announcement Wednesday night on Twitter.

“I am blessed and excited to announce my commitment to the University of Montana to continue my academic and athletic Career,” Huff wrote in the tweet. “Go Griz.”

He mentioned Grizzly assistant football coach Barry Sacks in the tweet.

Huff had signed to play football at Montana Western earlier this year. His announcement of the commitment to UM comes less than two weeks after he won four gold medals at the Class AA State track meet in Missoula.

Huff became just the third Butte High boy to win both the 100- and 200-meter races at state, joining Dalton Daum and Danny Hanley. He also ran a leg of Butte High’s championship 400- and 1,600-meter relay. He also placed fifth in the javelin.

After winning his fourth gold medal, Huff acknowledged the possibility that more doors opened up for him based on his fast times in the sprints.

“I definitely have to look over my options, but go Dawgs always,” Huff said.

Last week, Huff received the prestigious Harry “Swede” Dahlberg Outstanding Boy Athlete award at Butte High.

In 2020, Huff led the Butte High football team with 74 total tackles from his safety position. He was also a key member of the Bulldogs’ 2019 runner-up football team.

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