HELENA — The Carroll College football team received a commitment from a player out of Shepherd High on Tuesday.
Tanner Harrell, a two-way all-state lineman for the Class-B Mustangs, tweeted out his commitment to play football for the Saints. He was coached by a former Saints player while at Shepherd, Brandon Arlian.
“I chose Carroll because of the history and the history I want to make with my class of guys,” Harrell told 406mtsports.com. “My coach won a national title with Carroll and honestly I just had a special bond with the coaches from Carroll especially coach (Mike) Van Diest.”
Harrell will come to Carroll after being a four-year starter for the Mustangs. Each season, Shepherd went 4-4 and made the playoffs. Harrell has been a hard worker and strong in the classroom each season at Shepherd, Arlian said.
Harrell played both defensive and offensive line, serving as a pulling guard in Shepherd’s offense.
“He’s always hungry,” Arlian said. “He doesn’t like to lose. Strong kid, which helps out a lot. When you have a big kid with fast feet, that’s a strong combination.”
Arlian said he introduced Harrell to Carroll Colleges when they visited Shepherd during his junior season.
Beyond from Arlian recounting his Carroll College days, the coach said Harrell didn’t know a whole lot about Carroll until visiting the campus and talking to coaches. Arlian didn’t involve himself in Harrell’s recruitment any more than he needed.
“I tried to stay out of it as much as possible so he could make his decision on what he wanted to do,” Arlian said.
Harrell is the latest commitment in the Saints 2018 class, which figures to see more official commitments in the coming days. He joins a program that has strayed from its historic success, posting three consecutive 4-6 seasons.
“If there's one thing I want Saints fans to know is that it's time to bring back the winning tradition to Carroll,” Harrell said.