Cat-Griz recruiting rivalry heats up


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Fall camp is more than a month away, but the in-state recruiting battle between the University of Montana and Montana State University football teams is already intense.

Bob Stitt and the Grizzlies won a recent head-to-head battle over Eureka's Garrett Graves.

The 6-foot-3 athlete, who led the Lincoln County Lions to their first state football championship, chose UM over the Bobcats on Monday.

However, MSU received a verbal commitment on Wednesday from Drummond's Mark Estes, a 6-foot-1 quarterback and safety for the Flint Creek Titans.

That leaves the Cats and the Griz with three pledges a piece from Montana recruits.

The first domino to fall was Missoula Loyola offensive lineman Joe McElroy, who committed to Montana State on April 10.

Four days later, Missoula Sentinel wide receiver Nick Germer committed to Montana.

On April 25, the Bobcats received a verbal pledge from Nolan Askelson, linebacker from Billings Senior, the reigning Class AA State Champion.

Then on June 19, Valier's Colten Curry gave his commitment to the Grizzlies.

National Signing Day is February 7, 2018, so there is a long way to go in this recruiting war.