BILLINGS — Before he decides which college to attend and which sport to focus on, Melstone senior Brody Grebe will make a pit stop at a prep school.
Despite fielding many college scholarship offers, Grebe will attend Choate Rosemary Hall for the 2019-20 school year, he announced Tuesday. He plans to play both football and basketball at the private boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut.
“I think this will give me some clarity,” Grebe told 406mtsports.com on Tuesday. “I can play both sports at a high level and not lose any college eligibility.”
Grebe also looked at Phillips Andover (Massachusetts) Academy but chose Choate because of it has been more successful in athletics, he said.
Grebe received offers from about a dozen schools around the Intermountain West, he said. They included the University of Montana, Montana State, Montana State Billings, Rocky Mountain College, Montana Tech, Montana Western, the University of Providence, Colorado School of Mines and Idaho’s Northwest Nazarene University. UM and MSU offered football scholarships, he said, while the other seven were interested in him for basketball.
“A lot of them were tough to turn down, and I really considered them,” he said, “but I was just kind of nervous about making a decision.”
Grebe gets to postpone that decision without sacrificing too much. The all-state basketball and football player will be far away from home with new coaches, classmates, teammates, etc., but he won’t lose a year of college eligibility, and his tuition will be fully covered, according to his father and Melstone boys basketball coach Jason Grebe.
The younger Grebe can also run track next year at Choate if he chooses, he said. The school’s pre-engineering program gives him a chance to figure out if he wants to pursue an engineering degree at his next stop.
Jason hopes his son returns to Montana, and Grebe would also like to come back home. He’ll figure that out in nine months.
“It’s definitely a relief as of right now. This has been a long process,” Grebe said. “I’m happy to announce this right now, and I know it’s gonna get hectic again.”