A pair of high school quarterbacks have committed to the Montana Grizzlies for 2015, though one will be playing a different position once he gets to college.
Both Willy Pflug out of Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., and Josh Sandry of Bigfork confirmed their verbal commitments to the Griz Friday. Each will line up under center this fall, though Sandry will be a safety when he hits campus.
Pflug, a 5-foot-11, 183-pounder, will play quarterback. An All-Metro Class 6A pick as a junior, he threw for 2,426 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for 401 yards and another six scores last fall.
“I think the city of Missoula is just a great fit for me,” said Pflug, who had an offer from Eastern Washington. “Obviously I really like the program too. I like coach Fense (offensive coordinator Kefense Hynson) and Coach Delaney, and the success they’ve had the previous few years. A lot of factors came into play.”
Sandry is a bit of a legacy: His late grandfather, Bruce Olson, played for the Grizzlies from 1957-58. He was All-State for Class B after leading the Bigfork Vikings to a 9-1 record and the second round of the playoffs.
He was also all-state in basketball and co-Most Valuable Player of the 2014 State B boys’ basketball tournament while helping the Vikings to their first state title, but he’s built to play football.
“I committed yesterday,” said Sandry, who is 6-1 and 195. “I went to their camp this summer and that’s when they told me they were offering me a scholarship.
“My whole family went to UM, and my grandpa played there. I feel real comfortable there.”
Sandry did it all for Bigfork last fall, making 47 tackles with four interceptions on defense, passing for 1,200 yards on offense and handling punting, punt return and place-kicking duties.
“Josh is obviously just a superior athlete,” said his high school coach Todd Emslie. “He played a key role in the basketball team winning the championship last year, he won the high jump in Class B last spring and on the football team he is just incredible.
“He’s our leader at quarterback and nobody out-hits him on defense.”
Pflug is an offensive dynamo whose impressive highlights are on YouTube. He completed 185 of 259 passes last fall for the 7-3 Apollos, who lost a first-round playoff game.
The film may remind fans of current Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson. Pflug remembers being an eighth grader watching Johnson lead Eugene’s Sheldon High to a 6A title.
“I know of a few guys,” he said of his future UM teammates, listing off freshman safety Manu Rasmussen and freshman tight end Connor Sprunk as former rivals.
Montana’s coaches can’t speak about recruits until after the signing period begins for Division I football, which is Feb. 4, 2015.