Former Baker High School football standout Kodee Varner is transferring to Rocky Mountain College this fall after spending the past two seasons at the University of North Dakota, Battlin' Bears coach Brian Armstrong has announced.
The 6-foot, 182-pound Varner was an all-conference and all-state running back and defensive back at Baker, where he graduated in 2012. Armstrong said Rocky is planning to use Varner at running back.
"Number one, he has got great speed," Armstrong said. "He's a really tough kid. I've heard that he's a super hard worker.
"I'm excited to add another Eastern Montana guy to the roster. His brothers (Casey and Tanner) both played at (MSU) Northern, so we're glad we got Kodee to come to Billings."
During his senior season in 2011 with the Spartans, Varner rushed for 1,643 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping Baker reach the State B quarterfinals.
For his career at Baker, he gained 3,366 yards on 428 rushes.
Varner redshirted at UND in 2012, and appeared in nine games last fall. He just carried the ball twice for four yards.
Armstrong said Varner will compete for a starting job at running back when fall camp opens on Aug. 10.
"Just a pretty darn good kid and pretty dang good football player from a real good high school program," Armstrong added.
In addition to Varner, Armstrong also announced the signings of offensive lineman Hayden Burris (6-3, 295) of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash., running back Kyle Behner (5-10, 200) of Stevensville, linebacker Luke Hamann (6-2, 170) of Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., wide receiver Tyler Ward (6-2, 185) of Laurel, and linebacker Jalen Bellaire (5-11, 230) of Denver East.