Eureka's Graves commits to play football for Griz

Courtesy: Garrett Graves

MISSOULA, Mont. - Most in Missoula remember him as the one who broke the hearts of the Loyola Rams last football season. A Hail Mary pass left the right hand of Garrett Graves to win the Class B State Championship for the Eureka Lions.

In 2018, Graves will call Missoula home. This comes after verbally committing to play football at the University of Montana on Monday.

"I narrowed it down to my top two," said Graves. "They were Montana State and the University of Montana. It was a tough decision. Really, it just came down to me talking with my family and what was best for myself."

He still has one more year under center for the Lions before he heads off to college, but he's also pretty good at one other sport.

This past winter, Graves went undefeated to become a state champion wrestler in the 182-pound weight class.

At this point, he's just glad to have this process out of the way.

"I'm focusing on high school right now, so that was also the reason to get my college decision out of the way early so I can focus on my high school team," said Graves. "I'm putting all my chips into the high school game right now. I'm going to focus on college when it gets here, but I have a bigger responsibility and commitment to my team here in Eureka and we're going to try to win another state championship."

Graves joins Sentinel's Nick Germer as the only 2018 verbal commits from the Treasure State.