Courtesy of Montana Athletics
Courtesy of Montana Athletics
Montana has announced its 2010 football signing class.
CJ Atkins, WR, 6-2, 210, Jr., JC, Encino, Calif. (College of the Canyons): CJ was a starter at College of the Canyons last season, where he had 14 catches for 189 yards and a TD, three rushes for 43 yards, and he also returned kickoffs...originally signed with Washington State, participated in spring drills, but did not play there... earned four letters in football at Grover Cleveland High School...earned four letters in football and basketball and one in track and field (high jumper) for the Cavaliers.... his senior year he was team MVP and caught 25 passes for 320 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards on 21 carries...prep football coaches were Troy Thomas and Derrick Hill...as a junior he rushed for 511 yards on 53 carries, for a 9.6 average, with six touchdowns....Personal: He will major in sociology...his first name is Cornorris Atkins Jr....his mom is Theresa Robinson...birth date: Jan. 27, 1988.
Alex Bienemann (pronounced Bee-in-eh-man), DT, 6-2, 275, Denver, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HS): Alex was a four-year letterman in football...he was first team All-Colorado and all-league following his senior season...he was team captain his senior year...also named team MVP and received his team's "Leadership Award"...he earned two letters in lacrosse...his prep football coach was mark Noland...Personal: He plans to major in business...his parents are Jim and Shere Bienemann of Greenwood Village, Colorado...birth date: Sept. 14, 1991.
Derek Crittendon, DL, 6-3, 235, Whitefish, Mont. (Whitefish HS): Derek lettered in football (three), wrestling (two), and track (four)...he was an all-state pick at linebacker in 2009...a two-time all-conference selection at linebacker and fullback for coach Pat Dryden...team captain in wrestling as a junior...has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the national honor society...one of two candidates for class valedictorian... Personal: He plans to major in physical therapy...his parents are Bill and Cyndee Carter of Whitefish...birth date: April 15, 1992.
Jake Hendrickson, OG, 6-3 ½, 285, Jr., JC, Gilbert, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC): Jake has accepted a scholarship and is currently enrolled at UM...he came to Montana from Scottsdale Community College, where he was a two-year starter at guard...prepped at Seton Catholic High School where he lettered three times in football and twice in baseball...team captain in football as a senior...all-conference pick in football...also named to Academic All-State squad his senior year...Personal: He plans to major in psychology...his parents are Karl and Margaret Hendrickson of Gilbert...birth date: August 4, 1990.
Jordan Johnson, QB, 6-1, 185, Fr., HS, Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS): Jordan was the 6A "Player of the Year" in Oregon as a senior...he had 11,337 total yards of offense and 134 touchdowns in his prolific career...as a senior he passed for 3,508 yards and 46 touchdowns and rushed for 1,091 yards and 20 TDs...career-wise he passed for 8,188 yards and 84 TDs; rushed for 2,903 yards and 46 scores; and had 241 receiving yards for four scores...his head coach at Sheldon HS was his dad, Marty Johnson...has a 3.9 GPA...Personal: His major will be biology (pre-med)...his parents are Marty and Kelly Johnson of Eugene...birth date: May 3, 1992.
Sean Haynes, WR, 6-3, 183, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Bishop Alemany HS): Sean is a big-play receiver, who averaged 20.3 yards per catch as a senior...senior year he had 30 receptions for 610 yards and five touchdowns...earned three letters in football and four in track and field...first team all-league selection at wide receiver following his senior year...a finalist in the conference 400 meters as a junior with a personal best of 49.75...a three-year athlete with a 3.3 GPA...won Mission League football titles as a junior and senior...high school football coach was Dean Harrington...Personal: He will major in business...his parents are Charles Haynes and Anita Bivens of Los Angeles...birth date: Sept. 11, 1992.
John Kanongata'a (pronounced: Canon-got-uh), LB, 5-11, 218, Fr., HS, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS): John was a two-year team captain on Bellevue High School's back-to-back state championship teams in 2009 (12-2) and 2008 (14-0)...his sophomore squad was a state semifinalist, going 11-2...led his league in tackles as a senior, and also had seven forced fumbles and four interceptions...won "sportsmanship award" in state championship game his senior year...lettered four times in football and once in track and field...a two-time all-state and all-conference selection at linebacker...named the state's defensive player of the year following his senior campaign...Personal: A business major...his parents are Taina and Loka Kanongata'a of Bellevue...birth date: June 22, 1992.
Brett Kirschner, RB, 5-10, 207, Fr., HS, Bellevue, Wash. (Interlake HS): Brett was a four-year letterman in football...also lettered twice in both track and baseball...had 2,193 yards of total offense and scored 26 touchdowns his senior season...named all-state by Associated Press, Seattle Times, News Tribune, and Evergreen State Preps...KingCo (King County) 2A-3A offensive player of the year in 2009...first team All KingCo as a senior, and second team as a sophomore and junior...two-time team MVP in football...teams won four straight Crossroads Cup titles...his high school football coach was Sheldon Cross...was a three-time team captain in football...Personal: He plans to major in education...his parents are Jeff and Kimm Klassen of Bellevue...brith date: July 3, 1991.
Danny Kistler Jr., OT, 6-8, 335, Fr., HS, Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea HS): Danny has accepted a scholarship at UM and is currently attending classes at Montana...earned three letters in football and two in track at O'Dea High School...voted most improved player in football as a junior for his team that went 13-1 and lost in the state championship game...an all-league pick as a junior and senior...preseason all-state choice as a senior (2008), but missed most of the year due to injury...his prep football coach was Monte Kohler...Personal: He is undecided on a major...his parents are Dan and Helen Kistler of Seattle...birth date: March 30, 1991.
William Poehls (pronounced: pales), 6-8, 305, OT, Fr., HS, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS): William earned three letters in both football and wrestling and was a team captain in both sports at Chandler High School...a 5A first team all-state and all-region as a senior and all-region as a junior...his high school football coach was Jim Ewan...had a record of 16-2 in wrestling as a junior...Personal: He plans to major in education...his parents are Vern and Christine Poehls of Chandler...birth date: Nov. 27, 1991.
Trevor Poole, DL, 6-5, 275, Fr., HS, Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS): Trevor is a second generation Griz football player...all-state and All-Tacoma News first team pick as a senior...lettered in football (two) and track (three)...first team all-league offensive lineman for coach Jim Sharkey...senior team was state runners-up...Personal: A business major...his dad, Scott Poole, was an offensive tackle for the Grizzlies, while his uncle, Shawn Poole played defensive tackle, both from 1982-85...birth date: Nov. 25, 1991.
Austin Reifeis (pronounced rye-fise), TE, 6-3, 230, Fr., HS, Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake HS): Austin lettered four times in football at Eastlake High School...team captain and winner of the "Ironman Award" as a senior...had 45 receptions and 60 tackles his senior season...a two-time all-league selection at tight end and defensive end..."Rookie of the Year" award as a junior...his high school football coach was Gene Dales...Personal: Plans on majoring in journalism...his parents are Michael and Lori Reifeis of Sammamish...birth date: Sept. 19, 1991.
Stephen Sabin (pronounced: say-bin), OG, 6-4, 305, Jr., JC, Chandler, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC): Stephen has accepted a scholarship to play at UM and is attending classes...is one of two players from Scottsdale Community College on the roster...a two-year starter at Scottsdale CC...prepped at Basha High School in Showlow, Arizona...first team all-state as a senior and four-year letterman in football...also lettered in basketball and track...first team all-region in football as a junior and senior...Personal: He is majoring in business...his dad is Charles Sliskovic of Chandler...birth date: Sept. 4, 1990.
Mitch Saylor, WR, 6-5, 210, Fr., HS, Vancouver, Wash. (Union HS in Camas WA): Mitch has earned 11 letters in Union High School: four in football and basketball, and three in track...three-time team captain in football...first team all-region and all-league his senior year...all-state, conference and all-league pick as a junior when he had 45 catches for 765 yards and 15 touchdowns...football team MVP as a sophomore and junior...prep football coach was Cale Piland...Personal: Will major in business...his parents are Brent and Shannon Saylor (step mom) and Raemarie Saylor of Vancouver...birth date: Sept. 16, 1991.
Shay Smithwick-Hann, QB, 6-4, 210, Fr., HS, Kalispell, Mont. (Glacier HS): Shay is also a second generation UM football player...passed for 1,900 yards and 10 TDs and rushed for 724 yards and 14 TDs as a senior, when he was named second team all-state quarterback...his football coach was former (1988-90) Griz starting QB Grady Bennett...passed for 2,340 yards and 22 scores as a junior...first team all-state basketball player as a junior and sophomore...lettered four times in football, and was team captain in that sport twice...three-time team captain in basketball...also lettered in track...in 2007-08-09 he was an academic all-state and member of National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA...Personal: Will major in business...his parents are Jim Hann and Lori Smithwick-Hann of Kalispell...his dad Jim played tight end for the Grizzlies in 1971-72...birth date: July 30, 1991.
Taylor Tuliaupupu (pronounced: tool-ee-aw-poo-poo), LB, 6-0, 225, Fr., HS, LaVerne, Calif. (Claremont HS): Taylor had 90 tackles as a senior...team captain and all-league selection as a senior...lettered in football (three), track and field (two), and wrestling (one)...named his team's defensive MVP as a junior and senior...high school football coach was Mike Collins...team captain in track where he competes in the shot put and discus...Personal: Will major in psychology...his parents are Roketi and Sina Tuliaupupu of LaVerne...his uncle (on his mom's side of the family) is former San Francisco 49er center Jesse Sapolu...birth date: April 18, 1992.
Bo Tully (Pronounced Tull-lee), Safety, 6-2, 185, Fr., HS, Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS): Bo was named the Greater Spokane League's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...first team all-state pick his senior year as well...first team all-league as a junior and senior...his senior season he had 55 tackles, eight interceptions, and caught 26 passes for six TDs...high school football coach was Sean Carty... lettered in football (three), basketball (three), and baseball (one)...an honor student with a 4.0 GPA... Personal: A business major...his parents are John and Debbie Tully of Spokane...birth date: Nov. 6, 1991.
Zach Wagenmann, DE, 6-3 ½, 210, Fr., HS, Missoula, Mont. (Sentinel HS): Zach was a second team all-state selection in football as a senior...a first team all-conference pick in hoops as a junior...earned two letters in both football and track and field, and three in basketball...captain in football and basketball as a senior...high school football coach was Pete Joseph...academic all-state in basketball his junior year...Personal: Will be a pre-pharmacy major...his mom is Lori Muchmore (Dave) and his dad is Marko Wagenmann, both of Lolo, Montana...birth date: August 8, 1992.
Justin Whitted (pronounced: wit-ted), Safety, 6-1, 175, Fr., HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Bernard HS): Justin is a versatile player, who had 65 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles on defense and caught 25 passes for 570 yards and six touchdowns on offense his senior season...all-league at receiver and served as team captain as a senior...chosen his team's "Player of the Year" his senior year...prep football coach was Greg Dixon...earned three letters in football and one in track and field...Personal: He will be a business major...parents are Rick and Audrey Whitted of Los Angeles...birth date: March 17, 1992.