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4 Local Standouts Signed to Play Montana Tech Football

Montana Tech Head Football Coach Chuck Morrell announced a number of commitments Wednesday. The list includes players from Montana and a few out of state signees.

"This is a great group for us as it helped us fill spots for many different positions," said Morrell. "There are some unbelievable classroom achievements with this crew as well."

James Foote, a 6'2" offensive tackle and defensive end, played prep for Missoula Big Sky. Foote was successful on both sides of the ball receiving an All-State honorable mention this past fall and second team All-Conference on the offensive line as a junior. On the defensive side, he was named second team All-State as a senior and first team All-Conference as a junior. Foote will play on the defensive line for Tech.

"James plays with extreme effort all of the time; he reminds me a lot of Jake Workman."

James, the son of Roy Foote and Georgia Worden, has a 3.3 GPA and plans on majoring in Business.

Two commitments from the city of Helena may have been crosstown rivals in the Capital City, but now are teammates in the Mining City. Two more new Orediggers are Nic Amestoy of Helena High and Daniel Van Dyke of Capital.

Amestoy, a 5'10" 210-pound linebacker and fullback, will suit up on defense for Tech.

Amestoy was selected first team All-State at linebacker last fall. As a fullback, he was Honorable Mention All-State and was an All-Conference honorable mention as a longsnapper as well. He was named Academic All-State in football.

Nic, the son of John Amestoy and Kristy Amestoy, plans on pursuing a degree in General Engineering.

From the perennial tough Capital High defense, the 5'8" 160-pound Van Dyke suited up at cornerback for the Bruins and will play the same position for Tech.

Not only was Van Dyke a captain on the grid iron, he also leads the track and field team. He was selected first team All-Conference and second team All-State at corner. On special teams, he was named honorable mention All-Conference as a punt returner. This summer he is playing in the East-West Shrine Game in Great Falls.

Daniel, the son of Jackie Ludwig and Rus Van Dyke, carries a 3.88 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.

He plans on majoring in General Engineering.

Another AA commitment, Bradley Humphreys from Great Falls High is attending Tech next fall. Humphreys, a 6' 190-pound athlete, was a running back, outside linebacker and kicker for the Bison.

"Brad is an athletic player that had a great year kicking the football."

As a junior, Humphreys was a first team All-Conference and All-State punter. Last fall he was selected second team All-Conference as a kicker.

The son of Eileen Humphreys and Aaron Humphreys, Brad is pursuing a degree in Engineering.

From nearby Dillon and part of two football state championship teams, Mick Paffhausen is another true athlete on the list of commitments. The 5'10" 175-pound strong safety and wide receiver will play offense for the Orediggers.

Paffhausen was named first team All-State at strong safety last fall and was an All-Conference wide receiver. The Great Falls Tribune selected him to their Super State squad. He is set to play in both the East West Shrine Game and the Montana-Dakota All-Star Game. Paffhausen earned All-State in track last season winning gold in the 300m hurdles.

The son of Tom and Camy, Paffhausen plans on majoring in Construction Business Management.

A standout Class B selection on the list is Cameron Nissen. Nissen, a 6'6" 205-pound, played both ways for Bigfork High School. He will suit up on the offense for the Orediggers.

Nissen earned All-State at both tight end and defensive end. He was selected All-Conference at both positions as a junior.

"Cam is easily one of the most athletic players in Class B. He will be able to play multiple offensive positions with his frame and speed."

Nissen, the son of Michael and Wendy, plans on pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Another Class B signee is Levi Lynde. Lynde, 5'9" 160-pound, played wide receiver and defensive back for Red Lodge.

Lynde was selected All-State on both offense and defense last fall. He is listed as an alternate for both the East West Shrine Game and the Badlands Bowl. He was selected to play in the Class B All-Star Game. As a junior, he earned All-Conference on offense and defense.

"Levis is a tough young man and a leader. He has shown the ability to play several different position for Coach Fitzgerald."

In the classroom, Lynde is a four-time Academic All-State selection and a member of the National Honors Society. The son of Rich and Lori, he plans on majoring in Petroleum Engineering.

A local on the list is Ethan Reich. Reich is a 6' 195-pound running back and linebacker from Anaconda.

Reich was a two-time All-Conference linebacker and was selected All-State his senior season. He led the Copperheads in tackles his junior (85) and senior (83) seasons. At running back, Reich earned a first team All-Conference nod rushing for 723 yards and a 5.4 yard average.

Reich excelled on the wrestling mat as well. Last winter he finished third at the Class A State Tournament in the 160-pound weight class. He is currently ranked No. 1 at 170-pounds this year.

The son of Bill and Billie, Reich plans on pursuing a degree in General Engineering.

Zach Dennehy, a 6'4" 240-pound offensive lineman, hails from Kalispell and played prep for Glacier High School.

"Zach had a great year as a mainstay on the front-lines for the State-Runner up Glacier Wolfpack."

Dennehy helped Glacier reach the state championship last year and the semi-finals in 2012. He is a two-time All-State selection on the offensive line earning first team as a senior and second team as a junior. This summer, Dennehy is slated to play in the East West Shrine game.

Not only did Dennehy find achievement on the grid iron, he succeeded in wrestling and track and field as well. On the mat, he finished sixth at state last year in the heavy weight division and was a member of the state championship team in 2012. Last spring he finished sixth at divisions in the discus.

In the classroom, Dennehy carries a 3.3 GPA. He is the president of the Wolfpack Leadership Club and has been a member of the student council throughout high school. The son of Mark and Kim, Dennehy plans on pursuing a degree in Business.

Zeb Bloom, a 5'11" 190-pound athlete, lit up the 8-man state record books for Class C Simms this fall.

"Zeb Bloom put up some Tecmo Bowl numbers this year breaking several Class C records."

The first team All-State quarterback broke numerous passing a scoring records last season. Bloom set the record for most points in a season (350), touchdowns (53), points in a single game (64), yards in a season (2,771), and yards per game (307.9). Bloom tied the state record for most touchdowns in a game with ten. He averaged 182.6 yards through the air and completed 60 percent of his passes. As a linebacker, he was named second team All-Conference.

Bloom found success on the basketball court and in track and field as well. He was selected second team All-Conference in hoops and was an All-Conference thrower and jumper.

Zeb, the son or Russell and Carol, plans on pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He carries a 3.81 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.

The first of three out of state commitments is Jordan Traynor. Traynor is a 6'2" 230-pound running back and linebacker from Rocklin, California.

While playing at Whitney High School, Traynor was a first team All-League linebacker as a junior and senior. He was named the Special Teams Player of the Year as a kicker both his junior and senior years.

Jordan, the son of Sean and Erin, carries a 3.85 GPA and plans on majoring in General Engineering.

Jacob Nelson, a 6'5" 285-pound force, played multiple positions on the offensive line for Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah.

"Jacob had a great year in the trenches and is one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in Utah."

Nelson attended the 2013 Elite Lineman Camp. On the mat, he placed second in the 3A Region in 2013 and finished fourth in the Super Region.

Jacob, the son of Anthony and Jennifer, plans on pursuing a degree in General Engineering.

The last commitment in the group, but not the least, is Jimmy Weigel. Weigel, a 6'2" 203-pound wide receiver, played prep for North Central High School in Spokane, Washington.

"Jimmy will quickly become an impact wide receiver for us with a combination of size and speed."

Weigel had 83 catches and 1,363 yards receiving in his career while hauling in 13 touchdowns. He was selected

All-League for the Greater Spokane League (GSL). He was also a two-time GSL Player of the Week, GSL Play of the Week and Hit of the Week. In addition, he was a two-time GSL Academic Player of the week.

Jimmy, the son of Jim and Jody, plans on majoring in Biological Sciences.

"This group of student-athletes certainly adds to the outstanding quality of the earlier signees that we have had this winter. We are continuing to work towards finishing out this class in the near future with a few more signings."

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