MISSOULA — When Montana head coach Bobby Hauck unveiled the first draft of his 2019 recruiting class in December, he said the Griz were largely done with signing players.
Fast forward nearly seven weeks, and the recruiting trail has become rather quiet for the Griz. They signed 21 players on the first day of the early signing period, added another signee the next day, had a walk-on commit on the final day of early period and signed a junior college player on Jan. 10, giving them 24 players in the Grizzlies' newest class.
Since then, there haven't been any recruits known to have shared a commitment to UM via social media.
"We'd just as soon have recruiting in our rearview mirror so we can get on to the next season and preparation rather than delaying that another six weeks," Hauck said on Dec. 19, the first day of the early signing period. He later added, "We're kind of done for the most part."
Among the 24 known players who are joining the Griz, there are 12 from Montana. Those players are Great Falls Central's Noah Ambuehl, Whitefish's Dillon Botner, Bozeman's Kris Brown, Sentinel's Elias DeWaters, Whitehall's Max Feight, Billings West's Trevin Gradney, Fairfield's Ryder Meyer, Billings West's Jesse Owens, Billings Senior's Garrison Poetzl, Bozeman's Ryan Simpson and Loyola's Ryan Tirrell. Helena Capital punter Brian Buschini, is joining the team as a preferred walk-on.
Their haul of high school players included four 3-star recruits and four 2-star recruits, all from outside the state of Montana.
Montana also added two players to its roster who were grayshirts in the fall, meaning their scholarships were delayed until the spring semester to keep their eligibility clock from beginning. Those players are Braxton Hill from Anaconda and Cole Grossman from the state of Washington.
Hauck and his staff will introduce the 2019 class during the Griz Football Signing Day Social at the Kalispell Hilton Garden Inn at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. They'll also have a meet and greet at Glacier Brewing in Polson, with doors opening at 2 p.m. and the UM staff arriving around 3:30 p.m.