(Editor’s Note: This is a release from Rocky Mountain College)

BILLINGS – The Rocky Mountain College football program recently added 11 future student athletes to its roster. Six of the new Battlin’ Bears are Montanans. Two are from Idaho, while Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are represent by one each.

“With the excitement of our initial class we were able to build on top of our needs and be selective at the same time,” said second-year head coach Jason Petrino. “This group represents high quality people and players that will fit perfectly as we continue to build to the future. We are extremely excited to have this group join the already strong class of incoming freshman.”

2017 Signees (Incoming Freshmen)

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Kyle Bacon | 6-2 | 260 | OL | Casper, Wyo. | Kelly Walsh HS

Prep: Earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State at the Offensive Line position during his senior year for the Trojans… Three-year starter on both sides of the ball his during his high school career…
Personal: Son of Natalie & Gary Bacon… Siblings: Brother Kade, Sister Karli…Plans to major in Sociology…
Why Rocky?: “I choose rocky because during my visit the coaching staff and players made me feel very welcome, they really treat you like family. The connection that I had with other players was great and the town of billings has so many opportunities that it really became the perfect fit for me and my family.”

Bryce Brinkman| 5-10 | 200 | LB /FB | Great Falls, Mont. | Great Falls HS

Prep: Was voted by his coaches to wear the #40 Derek Dowson Jersey his senior year that is an honor named by his coaches as a player with the best work ethic and commitment to the program… Honor Roll student while maintaining a 3.8 GPA…
Personal: Son of Shannon & Pat Brinkman… Plans to major in Aeronautical Science…
Why Rocky?: “They have an amazing aviation program, a helpful staff, and offer an abundance of opportunities in your desired job field. The campus is absolutely beautiful and has very rich history. I also have a high interest in their football program because of the success they have had and the energy the coaching staff brings to practices. At Rocky, I can see myself being given the opportunity to be successful in my desired major and my future.”

Ramon Booker| 6-2 | 185 | WR | Boise, Idaho | Boise HS

Prep: Ramon tallied 50 catches for 585 yards along with 8 touchdowns… Defensively he snagged 2 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown… Ramon was also a 2-time Academic-Award recipient…
Personal: Son of Crystal & Terrence Booker… Plans to major in Criminal Justice…
Why Rocky?: “Rocky felt like family to me. The whole coaching staff is awesome especially Coach Petrino. Another great thing I liked about Rocky, is you will have that one on one time with your professors which is outstanding to me.”

Billy Main | 6-5 | 330 | OL | Arlington, Wash. | Lakewood HS

Prep: Earned Second-Team All-Conference honors and Team Captain honors during the 2016 season… Tallied 20 pancake blocks during his senior campaign… Also recorded six tackles and a half a sack in limited time on defense…
Personal: Son of Cassandra & Eugene Main… Sibling: Brother Kegan… Plans to major in Environmental Science…
Why Rocky?: “I love the small classes and campus. The location of the campus is perfect for environmental science. I also love the family aspect of the football team and the school. Being at Rocky makes feel like I’m home. I know i will succeed and strive at Rocky.”

Charles Miller | 6-0 | 185 | ATH | Columbus, Mont. | Columbus HS

Prep: Earned All-State & All-Conference Honors for the Cougars by leading the team in solo tackles in 2016… A member of National Honor’s Society while being voted Student Body President his senior year…
Personal: Son of Kisha & Matt Miller… Plans to major in Biology…
Why Rocky?: “Wanted to be a part of a great program that will help me become a better athlete, so I can help my team win.”

Matthew Mills | 5-11 | 165 | ATH | Spokane, Wash. | Post Falls HS

Prep: Earned First Team Honorable Mention All-Conference honors during his senior year… Tallied 32 receptions for 462 yards and four touchdowns… Rushed the ball 8 times for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns…
Personal: Son of Alysha Mills & Scott Durham… Sibling: Brother Michael… Plans to major in Health & Human Performance…
Why Rocky?: “Because the college setting fits me better than any other college I visited. It’s small and I can get a lot of help with my work in case needed and I can have a better chance at retaining what I am taught. The school is very lively and everyone there knows each other and I won’t feel uncomfortable with anyone there. The football program I feel matches my level and style of play very well and I feel that with the right guidance I can truly help the team significantly.”

Clayton Naeata | 6-3 | 295 | DL | Herriman, Utah | Herriman HS

Prep: Two-year starter at Herriman… Was a member of the 2015 State Championship Team playing both offensive line and defensive line…
Personal: Son of Keauhea & Wellance Naeata… Siblings: Brothers Tonu & Peter… Sisters Latricia & Minna… Plans to major in Biology…
Why Rocky?: “Not too far from home and a very good friend of mine, Tryston Peery, is committed as well.”

Mason Roberts | 5-11 | 225 | OL | Billings, Mont. | Billings Central Catholic HS

Prep: Mason will graduate High School receiving 8 varsity sports letters… Voted Most Inspirational by his Football Team for the 2016 season… Was also a 2-time State Wrestling Qualifier all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA…
Personal: Son Tara & John Robers… Siblings: Brothers Maverick, Maddox, & McCain… Plans to major in Business…
Why Rocky?: “I chose Rocky Mountain College for its excellent academic programs and its dedicated athletic department. It is obvious, Rocky Mountain College cares about the Student Athlete and their success after college. The Football Staff is outstanding and I look forward to being a part of the tremendous success this program is going to have.”

Erik Schmidt | 6-2 | 220 | DE | Columbus, Mont. | Columbus HS

Prep: Earned First Team All-Conference as an Offensive Linemen in 2016 and Second Team All-Conference as a Linebacker… Finished the year third in tackling and first in forced fumbles during his senior campaign…
Personal: Son of Donalee & Kirk Schmidt… Siblings: Sister Kelsey… Plans to major in Aviation Science…
Why Rocky?: “Great Aviation program, close to home and a good school overall.”

Sawyer Silliker | 6-4 | 190 | TE | Whitefish, Mont. | Whitefish HS

Prep: Earned Second Team All-State Tight End and Second Team All-State Outside Linebacker for the Bulldogs… Earned Team Captain Honors and was named the Special Team MVP during his senior campaign… Snagged 39 catches for 285 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2016 and tallied 11 tackles per game… Earned Second Team All-State in Basketball & First Team All-State in Track & Field…
Personal: Son of Andi & Chad Silliker… Siblings: Brother Connor… Sister Brooke… Plans to major in Business Management…
Why Rocky?: “I chose Rocky because I can continue to pursue my career in Football, my brother lives in Billings with his family and also because Rocky is a great school.”

Montana Wine | 5-10| 175 | OLB | Billings, Mont. | Billings Senior HS

Prep: A member of the 2016 Montana AA State Championship Football Team… Earned First Team All-State Special Teams and First Team All-Conference Special Teams… Named the Special Teams MVP for the Broncs during his senior season…
Personal: Son of Millicent & Jim Wine… Siblings: Brothers JC & Samuel, Sister Belle…Plans to major in Business…
Why Rocky?: “I love Rocky’s positive atmosphere. When I visited the college I felt that the teachers truly cared about my education and me as an individual. I know I will be successful in their business and athletic programs. I also enjoyed the size of the college.”

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