TRINASTICH RANKED 15TH IN STATE AS ONE OF TOP PROSPECTS
October 26, 2013Columbia Falls High School
The Treasure State’s top college football prospects
Class of 2014
1. Will Dissly, 6-5, 250, Bozeman — Dissly could play in college as a bruising tight end — he’s
got 36 catches for 601 yards and six TDs for top-ranked Bozeman this fall — but
his next-level potential is truly as a defensive end. His formidable frame has
plenty of room to hang muscle on and his production is off the charts. As a
junior, he had 25 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in earning Class AA Defensive
MVP honors. Dissly has offers from Boise State, Idaho, Montana State and
Montana on the table.
2. Dallas Cook, 6-5, 235, Butte — Cook is the maestro of one of the most profilic offenses in
state history. The hulking southpaw gunslinger threw for nearly 4,000 yards and
33 touchdowns in leading Butte to its first state title since 1991 as a junior
last fall. This season, Cook is pushing his own envelope. He’s completing 66
percent of his passes for 3,056 yards and 31 touchdowns and he’s rushed for 517
yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs push for a repeat.
3. Connor Sullivan, 6-4, 225, Ennis — The most dangerous weapon in eight-man football got his college
decision out of the way early. Sullivan committed to close by Montana State
before his senior season. The physical wide receiver has lit up the competition
in Class C, leading Ennis to the State C 8-man semifinals each of the last two
falls. Last fall, he caught 51 passes for 937 yards and 12 touchdowns. This
season, he’s averaging more than 20 yards per catch and has 10 touchdown grabs
for the top-ranked and undefeated Mustangs.
4. Grant Collins, 6-4, 215, Bozeman — The son of former Washington Redskins player Shane
Collins has made a name all his own the last two seasons. The rangy, quick,
aggressive middle linebacker has 26 tackles for loss and more than 200 tackles
the last two seasons alone. He’s already received offers from Montana State,
Montana and Idaho.
5. Will Weyer, 6-5, 215, Bozeman — The towering quarterback overcame a shoulder injury during the
Hawks’ state runner-up finish in 2012 and committed to the University of Montana
before his senior year. With his college decision out of the way, Weyer has
thrived. The strong-armed pro-style passer has thrown for 1,956 yards and 21
touchdowns against just three interceptions despite the fact that Bozeman has
the top rusher in the state in classmate Hunter Gappmayer.
6. Carson King, 6-3, 215, Dillon — King very well be the top defensive prospect outside of
Bozeman in the state of Montana. He’s got an excellent football IQ and he plays
with a relentless motor. The 2012 Southwestern A Defensive MVP already got 105
tackles, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage, for the top-ranked Beavers.
7. Alex Thomas, 6-2, 210, Great Falls CMR — The standout sprinter committed to the Montana
Grizzlies earlier this fall after starring on the summer circuit of individual
camps. He’s likely an outside linebacker at the next level, but he’s thrived as
a defensive end in the Electric City. Last season, he had 18 tackles for loss
and eight sacks during the Rustlers’ state semifinal run.
8. Troy Arnston, 5-8, 180, Helena — The precocious speedster set a Helena High school record
with 941 yards receiving and his 68 receptions were the second-most in school
history as a junior. During his senior year, he switched to quarterback the
Bengals for his father, longtime Helena head coach Tony Arnston. Although he’ll
likely play wide receiver again in college, he looks like a natural
quarterback, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,508 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. He’s also
ran for 527 yards and seven touchdowns in leading the Bengals to a 7-1 mark.
9. Colton Gavne, 6-4, 278, Livingston — Gavne helped anchor a Park High line that set a state
record for rushing yards (632) last season in sewing up the school’s first-ever
Central A crown. This year, the Rangers are without their top three ball
carriers, so the numbers haven’t been as impressive, but Gavne’s potential still
10. Chris Emter, 6-3, 270, Livingston — Emter was Gavne’s running mate last season and this
year. He’s suffered from the attrition Park has had amongst its tailbacks, but
the multi-sport athlete is an impressive athlete for a big man. He and Gavne
have both received interest from Montana State, but have yet to receive any
11. Zach Gavlak, 6-4, 230, Stevensville — Gavlak was a standout on Stevi’s Class A state champion
basketball team last season, so you know he’s an athlete. The rangy player
plays with a tremendous motor He’s also got great speed, good instincts and
12. Austin Oldenburger, 6-4, 260, Manhattan — The offensive and defensive lineman has been one of
the most disruptive and dominant forces in Class B the last three seasons. The
two-time all-state selection has helped lead the Tigers to three straight
District 5B titles and playoff appearances. He’s got brute strength and will
likely be a defensive tackle at the next level. He’s received light interest
from Montana State.
13. Conner McGree, 6-3, 215, Butte Central — The Maroons haven’t had the year some expected, but
McGree’s status as a Division I prospect hasn’t wavered. He can really run (some
say 4.5 in the 40-yard dash) and the tight end attacks the ball in the air. He
can run around and through defenders and has great hands.
14. Jayse McLean, 6-3, 200, Great Falls CMR — McLean might have been the most coveted quarterback
in Montana if not for a broken collarbone that cut his junior season short early
on in 2012. This season, the rocket-armed dual-threat signal caller has shown
moxie and resilience as CMR has turned itself around. The Rustlers were ravaged
by injuries early and stumbled to a 0-4 start. Since, McLean has led the team to
four straight wins and put them on the brink of a playoff berth. The two-sport
athlete has thrown for 1,415 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 586 yards and
14 more touchdowns.
15. Jared Trinastich, 6-4, 200, Columbia Falls — The lanky signal caller has been a key to the
Wildcats’ 7-0 start and rise to No. 3 in Class A. Trinastich has thrown for
1,786 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is a smart player with good vision and
excellent arm strength when he spins it.
16. Hunter Gappmayer, 5-9, 200, Bozeman — Despite missing parts of two games with injuries, the
wrecking ball is still putting up MVP-type numbers. Gappmayer has 1,256 yards
and an eye-popping 24 touchdowns in six games of action. He’s averaging 8.5
yards per carry for a Bozeman offense that is rolling up nearly 500 yards and
50 points per game. Gappmayer has excellent vision and balance, he hits the
hole hard and he’s tough as nails.
17. Tucker Yates, 6-0, 280, Colstrip — This punishing hitter might not be the tallest drink of
water, but the state champion wrestler is an animal in the weight room and is
strong as an ox. The two-time, two-way all-state selection already got two dozen
pancake blocks along the offensive line and he’s been a key cog in clogging the
18. Donovan Hucke, 6-0, 270, Dillon — Hucke makes up for his lack of height with speed and smarts.
The two-time all-state center is also a great wrestler and he uses the leverage
skills he’s honed on the mat in the trenches. Hucke is a great blocker with good
hands, especially at his center position. He gets to the second level easily,
freeing up Dillon's zone read to navigate without a spy in the linebacker
19. Eric Dawson, 6-1, 190, Great Falls CMR — Dawson is a versatile talent for the Rustlers — he
played running back, linebacker, safety, fullback, tight end and receiver last
fall for the Rustlers — but he’s been out of the lineup this fall with
injuries. Still, he has almost 400 yards from scrimmage and three total
touchdowns for the surging Rustlers. He’s gotten interest from the Montana
20. McBride Galt, 6-2, 190, Helena High — Galt was a Class AA first-team All-State selection for
Tony Arnston’s Bengals last fall. Galt is a very patient player and he can
afford to be because he reads offenses quickly. He’s a good decision maker who
stays square to the line of scrimmage. He’s a fearless blitzer who engages
blockers and comes off of blocks well. Galt had 70 tackles, including seven for
loss, and added six pass deflections and two interceptions last fall.
21. Tyler Sanders, 6-2, 255, Helena Capital — Sanders doesn’t have eye-popping stats (what
defensive tackle does?) but he’s tremendously strong and, at times, plays with a
ferocious motor. He’s got great ability to collapse the passing pocket from the
22. Noah James, 6-1, 195, Kalispell Glacier — The fluid runner is a great athlete who runs with
heart. He’s been a key to Glacier’s rise to one of the top teams in Class AA.
This fall, James has rushed for 861 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s also got 12
catches for the high-powered Wolfpack offense.
23. Alex Picicci, 5-9, 200, Billings Skyview — Picicci is the latest in a long line of talented
fullbacks for the Falcons. The hard-nosed runner is the key to Skyview’s triple
option attack. This season, he’s rushed for 1,068 yards and 19 touchdowns as the
Falcons continue to push for a playoff
24. Sean Foley, 5-9, 175, Whitefish — The speedster can hit a home run in a variety of
ways. He’s already scored touchdowns receiving, rushing and on kick and punt
returns this fall. He’s a little undersized, but he’s got a great work ethic in
the weight room and is strong pound for pound. He’s receiving interest from
25. Wyatt David, 5-10, 185, Bozeman — The 2012 all-state selection is also a state champion-level
sprinter. This season, he’s used that speed to make big plays all over the
field for the Hawks. His three interceptions are just a few of the
state-leading 16 snared by the top-ranked Hawks. David is averaging 16.9 yards
per punt return, including a touchdown return, and 39.7 yards per kick return,
including another score. He’s also averaging 29.1 yards per rush and has a
third touchdown on the ground.
Class of 2015
1. Jesse Simms, 6-4, 235, Stevensville — Simms is somewhat of an urban legend in the Bitterroot
Valley. As a youngster, he wasn’t allowed to play youth football because he was
too big. He got his first scholarship offers from Montana and Montana State as
a freshman in high school. Last summer, after his sophomore year, he picked up
an offer from Oregon State. Simms will play defense in college (he’s also a
tight end) and his tremendous speed will aid him well as a defensive end for
whoever lands this gem.
2. Holden Ryan, 6-3, 200, Billings Central — Ryan will likely play wide receiver at the next
level, but for now, he’s busy tearing up Class A as a running back. During his
junior season, the speedster had 1,096 yards and 15 touchdowns for the
defending Class A champions. He’s averaging 8.8 yards per carry and 29.3 yards
per catch in his already stand out career.
3. Dalton Daum, 6-1, 170, Butte — As a sophomore, Daum put himself on the map by hauling in
nearly 900 yards worth of passes in football and medaling in the 100 and 200
meters at the Class AA state track meet in the spring. As a junior, Daum has
been on of the most unstoppable players in the state. The lightning fast wide
receiver has 59 catches for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns this fall. In Butte’s
58-41 loss to Kalsipell Glacier, he set a state record with 20 catches and just
missed another state make with 286 receiving
4. Hunter Saltzman, 6-1, 210, Roundup — Saltzman is a big running back with speed. His
personally-made recruiting page alleges he runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Last
season, he finished as the second-leading all-class rusher in Montana and the
top yard gainer on the ground in Class B with 1,510 yards on 210 carries. He
was the offensive MVP of his league as a sophomore last fall and should
continue to develop and improve.
5. Brady McChesney, 6-3, 200, Kalispell Glacier — The talented gunslinger is learning under one of
the best. Former Montana standout quarterback Grady Bennett is the head coach of
the Wolfpack. As a junior, McChesney has thrown for 2,090 yards and 24