BOZEMAN — Florence-Carlton senior Jonathan Luhmann has committed to Montana State, he announced Monday on social media.
Luhmann is an offensive lineman who only knows how it feels to win a state title. He began playing football two years ago, and the Falcons have won the last two Class B state championships.
“Last year deciding to play football and not even realizing college football was an option to now committing to play D-I football is kind of amazing to me,” Luhmann told 406mtsports.com on Monday.
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“It’s just been amazing,” Luhmann said. “Winning back to back and just seeing all our hard work come together in winning the state championship is great, and now committing to go play D-I football is kind of crazy.”
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle will be a preferred walk-on at MSU. He’d love a scholarship but is embracing the challenge of earning one after he joins the Bobcats.
Luhmann hasn’t received another college offer, and that’s totally fine by him. He’ll join the 2022 co-Big Sky Conference champions who reached last year’s Football Championship Subdivision title game and will try to make it back there in the coming weeks as the No. 4 seed. MSU’s facilities also drew Luhmann to Bozeman.
“They’re definitely moving up and doing great,” he said. “To come and join a winning team and a winning program that have proved themselves, it’s a really cool thing to be a part of now.”
O-line coach/run game coordinator Brian Armstrong was the main MSU coach to recruit Luhmann, he said, and Luhmann was impressed with head coach Brent Vigen and offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright.
“The coaching staff is absolutely amazing,” Luhmann said. “Me and my parents have just been blown away by how nice and accepting and down to earth they’ve all been. … I felt very wanted.”
Luhmann’s three-repetition bench press maximum is 245 pounds, with a one-rep max of 405 in the squat and a max of 245 in the hang clean.
Luhmann is the 18th Class of 2023 recruit and the eighth from Montana to verbally commit to MSU. Two other senior offensive linemen have chosen the Cats: Everett Carr of Bozeman and Zac Nyland of Meridian, Idaho.