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Carroll Signs 11 to 2016 Signing Class

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Carroll College head football coach Mike Van Diest announced the signing of 11 players to letters of intent, including five players from Montana.
The first group of signees in the 2016 recruiting class includes two offensive linemen, two running backs, two quarterbacks, two defensive tackles, a defensive back, an outside linebacker and a runningback/linebacker.
Players in this first group hail from Colorado, Utah, Washington and Wyoming to go along with the players from Montana. The class was further spread out than a typical Carroll class but Van Diest said that there is less available talent because, with new staffs, Montana and Montana State are trying to establish a strong recruiting base in Montana.
"For us, the key was going out where the players are at," Van Diest said. "We are trying to find some niche areas and maybe go back to some places where we have had success the last two or three years. Colorado has been good to us lately. We went down there and pulled a player out of there in Drew Petit in defensive tackle. A great offensive lineman down in the state of Utah and Austin Yager and then we took a player by the name of Colton Bustillus out of Torrington, Wyoming, and he's a heck of an offensive lineman as well."
The offensive line has been a key to Carroll's success in the past and this first group of signees is no different.
"I really like the two offensive lineman that we have signed," Van DIest said. "We have a couple more out there that we have offers on and we have a couple more that will be visiting in the next week, but Colton and Austin they are just good players. They are big strong kids and they got the body styles that we like. They are 6-2 or 6-3, they are 270-300 pounds and I think the thing I like about them is they are very athletic."
Another key to the Carroll success over the years is the rushing game. Glacier High standout and all-class touchdown record holder Thomas Trefney brings an immediate impact and the Saints also picked up Kyle Harrington From Butte Central, he missed his senior year because of injury.
"Thomas led the AA in rushing this year. He had a great year last year when they were state champions in 2014," Van Diest said. "He rushed for over 200 yards in the championship game and four touchdowns and everybody knew about him, but I think that kind of put him on the map and we watched him ever since. Kyle Harrington is kind of under the radar. He hurt his knee this summer and didn't get a chance to play this year. He'll be back for track season this spring at Butte Central and I really liked him as a football player."
The Saints also added a pair of signal callers in Kolby Killoy from Pasco, Washington and the Utah 3A Player of the Year Alex Hoffman.
"We watched Killoy his junior year and liked him a lot," Van Diest said. "They kind of changed their offense this year, so he wasn't quite as productive in terms of what he did the year before but we think he can do a lot of great things. Alex Hoffman out of Juan Diego, they were state champions down in the Salt Lake area. He's 6-4, 205 pounds, a big left-hander. Giving him the chance to work with Nick (Howlett), I think is going to improve his mechanics and I think he'll be a good football player."
A pair of Helena products will look to help bolster the Carroll defense.  Defensive lineman David Peterson from Helena Capital and Helena High outside linebacker Tyler Matteucci will look to add to the legacy of great Saints defensive players from the Capital City.
"Tyler is a late-bloomer, he has played a number of positions at Helena High but he has a lot of potential and I think he has a great future here," Van Diest said. "David is the second-ranked wrestler in the state at the 205 weight class. He brings a lot of strength and athletic ability and he'll come at right around 225 next fall so that is going to help us a lot there."
Another defensive line recruit is Drew Petit from Brighton, Colorado.
"I'm really excited about Drew. He's 6-2 and about 270 so he brings a lot of size and strength to the position," Van Diest said. "He is about right where we want him so he should add some depth and competition to the d-line right away."
Whitefish product Bryan FauntLeRoy will look to contribute at the safety position. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a State 'A' Championship in 2015.
"Brian can play nickelback, he can play strong safety, a free safety," Van Diest said. "They were state class A champs and we liked him from day one. We saw him play three or four times. I'm really excited about him."
Jack McIntyre, a two-way player from Buffalo, Wyoming, brings experience returning kicks and punts. He also has a family history with Carroll College.
"Jack is someone we have been watching for a long time," Van DIest said. "His cousins Bryan and John Camino played on national championship teams here and he has been coming to games for most of his life. He had a good season down in Buffalo and we are excited to have him here."
The coaching staff is not finished with recruiting and will look to add more depth in the skilled positions as well as the offensive line going forward.
"We still want to get some skill guys. We are waiting on a couple wide receivers that had visited this last week and we are hoping and keeping our fingers crossed that they'll jump on board," Van Diest said. "There are a couple offensive lineman coming in that we really like that Coach (Jim) Hogan and I and Coach Howlett sat down and watched film on and they're very good. We are also looking as a couple of defensive backs, some linebackers along with the skill players."
The second annual Carroll signing day reception will be held on Feb. 22, at the Lewis and Clark Brewery. Saints fans have the opportunity to watch film of all Saints recruits and hear from coach Van Diest in person. More details on the event will be released later in the week.


David Peterson • Defensive Lineman • 6-1, 215 • Helena, Mont. • Helena Capital

Peterson was a four-year letter winner in football. He has also lettered in wrestling and track. In 2014, he was named Second-Team All-Conference as a defensive end for the Bruins and in 2015 improved that to First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-State honors. He was Capital High's MVP for the defensive line in 2014 and 2015. This past season he finished with 14 sacks and tied Bobby Daly as Capital High's career sack leader with 26. He has been selected to play in the East/West Shrine game this summer. He is currently ranked second in Montana in the 205-pound weight class in wrestling. In 2015, David was selected Academic All-State.
Thomas Trefney • Running Back • 6-0, 205 • Kalispell, Mont. • Glacier High School

In 2015, Trefney was named First-Team All-State and offensive MVP of the Western "AA" Division. He rushed for 1,654 yards and 23 touchdowns. As a junior, Trefney helped Glacier to the State "AA" championship where he rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns. During his junior year Trefney rushed for 1,132 yards and scored a state record of 29 touchdowns. In his career, he tallied 3,162 all-purpose yards and set a Montana All-Class Record for scoring 52 touchdowns. He has been selected to play in both the East/West Shrine Game and the Badlands All-Star Game. Trefney was named team captain and offensive MVP this past season for the Wolfpack. He carries a 3.2 GPA and is also a letter winner in track.
Brian FauntLeRoy • Defensive Back • 6-1, 195 • Whitefish, Mont. • Whitefish High School

FauntLeRoy is a four year letter winner in both football and track. He led the bulldogs to the class "A" state football championship this past season. In 2014 and in 2015 he was named First-Team All-Conference both on offense and defense. This past season he was named First-Team All-State as a defensive back. He was a member of the 2015 State Championship 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. He was selected as team captain in football during his junior and senior seasons. Brian carries a 4.0 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society.
Drew Petit • Defensive Lineman • 6-2, 265 • Commerce City, Colo. • Brighton High School

Petit was a four year starter at Brighton High School. He was selected All-Conference all four years and in 2013 and 2015 he was named the conference defensive MVP. He has been a team captain the past three seasons. In 2014 he was named All-Conference in wrestling. He earned academic All-State honors in 2013, 2014, and in 2015.
Kolby Killoy • Quarterback • 6-1, 190 • Pasco, Wash. • Pasco High School

Killoy is a four year letter winner in football, baseball, and plays hockey for the U18 team. In 2014 Kolby was named All-Conference at the quarterback position and in 2015 was nominated for the USA U19 National football team. For his career he has thrown for 4,052 yards and 33 touchdowns. His current GPA is a 3.5 and has been on the honor roll each year.
Alex Hoffman • Quarterback • 6-4, 200 •Draper, Utah • Juan Diego High School

As a senior Hoffman led Juan Diego to the Utah 3A state championship. This past season Alex was named the 3A MVP and was also named First-Team All-State. As a senior, Hoffman was selected captain, he threw for 1,608 yards, 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 569 yards and 10 touchdowns. Alex is also a three year starter on the basketball team and was selected as a captain for his team. He is a four-year letter winner in baseball and carries a 3.97 GPA.
Colton Bustillos • Offensive Lineman • 6-2, 275 •Torrington, Wyo. • Torrington High School

In 2014 Bustillos was selected first-Team All-Conference center. In 2015 he was named First-Team All-Conference center and defensive tackle. This past season he was named First-Team All-State as a center as well as team captain. He has been selected to play in Wyoming's Shrine game this summer. He was picked on the Casper's Tribune Super 25 Team. He was also lettered in wrestling and track. Colton carries a GPA of 3.1 and has been on the honor roll all four years.
Jack McIntyre • Running back/Linebacker • 5-8, 165 • Buffalo, Wyo. • Buffalo High School

Jack was selected for All-Conference and was also team captain in 2015.  He was the top 10 3A kick returner in Wyoming in his 2013 season and top-10, 3A punt returner in Wyoming in his 2015 season.  Jack was also the leading team rusher for the 2015 season.  Jack was team captain and a Wyoming State qualifier for wrestling in 2015.  He was also a member of the Wyoming 3A state championship soccer team in 2013. His sophomore year, Jack received the Bridgette Bidonde Award for being the most outstanding student-athlete at Buffalo High School. 
Kyle Harrington • Running back • 6-0, 190 • Butte, Mont. • Butte Central High School
Kyle is a letterman in football, basketball, and track.  In his high school career, Kyle had 1,696 rushing yards, 245 carries, and 15 rushing touchdowns.  He was also part of the 2014-15 All-Conference selection and First-Team defense and offense.  In his sophomore season of track, Kyle was third in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200 meter dash at state.  Kyle was part of the 2015 National Honor Society and Academics All-State Selection. 
Austin Yager • Offensive Lineman • 6-3, 300 • Provo, Utah • Timpview High School

Yager was a key member on a team that played in three Utah 4A State Championship games, winning back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. He was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter. As a senior,  Yager earned All-Region honors at the guard position and also acted as the team's long snapper. He was named a team captain in 2014. He has a 3.57 GPA. His coach Cary Whittingham is the brother of University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Tyler Matteucci • Outside Linebacker • 6-2, 195 • East Helena, Mont. • Helena High School

Tyler is a three-year letterman in football and a three-year starter.  He had 70 tackles his senior year and tallied seven interceptions during his career. This past season, as an outside linebacker, he helped the Bengals football team to the playoffs.  Tyler has also played basketball and is a letterman in track.  He has been academic all-state for three seasons.

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