Montana Tech Signs Sentinel’s Bray and Four Other Commitments for 2012
Montana Tech head football coach Chuck Morrell announced the signing of five high school players from Montana and Washington this week.
“These five student athletes are great additions to the Digger program,” announced coach Morrell. “They excel on the field and in the classroom with majors ranging from petroleum engineering to business. I am proud to welcome them to the Digger Family.”
An offensive upgrade for Tech is Missoula Sentinel’s Alec Bray. Bray, a 5’11” 175 pound wide receiver and safety, was a standout athlete for the Spartans in both football and basketball.
“Alec is a major signing for our program as he has been one of the biggest offensive threats in AA the last couple of seasons,” commented Morrell. “He is a very gifted natural athlete and will have a significant impact on the Digger offense quickly.”
Playing both ways for the Spartans, Bray will be a wide receiver for the Orediggers. Bray has many accolades at that position. As a junior, Bray was named second team all-conference and honorable mention for special teams. Last season, Bray lead the state in receptions, receiving yards and interceptions. Bray was named first team all-state as a wide receiver and first team all-conference as a wide receiver and free safety. He was elected to the 2012 Shrine game as a wide receiver and selected for the Great Falls Tribune’s Super State Football Team.
Bray also started two years of varsity basketball for Sentinel and played American Legion Baseball. In school, Bray carries a 3.35 GPA and attended the Montana Youth Leadership Conference.
Kendall Shaules, a 6’4” 215 pound offensive guard and defensive end from Huntley Project, will play defensive end for the Orediggers.
“Kendall has the frame and ability to develop as an excellent defensive end in our 3-4 scheme,” said Morrell. “He fits the profile being a long, athletic player.”
Shaules played both ways for Class B Huntley Project High School. This past season, Shaules was named first team all-conference on both sides of the ball. He was named first team all-state as a defensive end and was elected to the 2012 Shrine Game.
Kyle Pederson, a 6’5” 180 pound quarterback and safety from Power High School, will play wide receiver for the Orediggers.
“Kyle is making the transition from being an excellent Class C quarterback to an outside wide receiver for us,” said Morrell. “His length and ability to get off the ground will be something we hope to use to create mismatches in the passing game.”
Pederson was named first team all-conference as a quarterback and safety for Power High School. He was named to the Bob Cleverly All-Star Game. In addition to football, Pederson plays basketball and track. Last year, Pederson was second team all-conference in basketball and placed third in the 110 meter high hurdles at the state track meet.
In academics, Pederson holds a 3.75 GPA. Pederson has been Academic All State for three years.
Jonah Koreski, a 6’1” 280 pound offensive guard and defensive tackle from Vancouver, Washington, will play defensive line for the Orediggers.
“Jonah is a very powerful football player who has already showed Digger toughness playing part of his senior season on a broken leg,” stated Morrell. “That mentality will serve us well on the defensive line in the physical Frontier Conference.”
Koreski played football at Skyview High School in Vancouver. This past season, Koreski was named first team all-conference and first team all-region as a defensive tackle.
Jacob Crawford, a 6’3” 235 pound tight end and linebacker from Tumwater, Washington, will play tight end for the Orediggers.
“Jacob is the prototype of what we were looking for at the tight end position: long, powerful and athletic,” noted Morrell. “Getting him on board has helped at an area that is one of our biggest recruiting target this off season.”
At A.G. West Black Hills High School, Crawford was a captain and given the Iron Man and Most Dedicated Awards by the team. He was named first team all-league as a linebacker and invited to play in the Washington state All-Star Game.
Montana Tech’s first home game is Saturday September 1st against Eastern Oregon.