MISSOULA – Levi Janacaro put up incredible performances week after week at Big Sky High School. Now he’ll stay in Missoula for the next few years. The senior announced Wednesday morning on twitter that he will sign to play for the Montana Grizzlies.
Extremely blessed, honored, and proud to announce that I am going to further my football and academic career at University of Montana! I thank God for this opportunity along with my parents, coaches and anyone else who has helped me along the way in this journey!! #GoGriz 🐻🐻 pic.twitter.com/cHsWXpvs1V
— Levi Janacaro (@JanacaroLevi) December 6, 2017
Janacaro put up some of the best numbers in Class AA this year, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns, while throwing for over 1,200 yards and 10 more touchdowns. And he found a way time and time again to make huge plays in the clutch, leading the Eagles to an 8-2 record and the No. 2-seed in the AA playoffs.
But after all of that, Janacaro was still weighing where to walk-on to pursue his Division I dream. Then, Bobby Hauck came back to coach Montana, allowing Janacaro to make an easy decision and finally relax.
“I was going to go to Bozeman,” admitted Janacaro. “But Coach Hauck, he came in and offered me a scholarship. I want to play for my hometown team, so it’s fantastic. That felt great. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders because this whole process, it’s stressful, trying to pick a college, what you’re going to do for the next four to five years of your life.”
Janacaro played quarterback and linebacker at Big Sky, but he said Hauck sees him as a fullback or an H-back with the Grizzlies. Those positions didn’t exist in Bob Stitt’s spread offense, providing further proof that Hauck plans to bring back the pro-style offense he ran at Montana last decade.
Janacaro becomes the 10th player from Montana to give a verbal commitment to the Grizzlies for 2018. He’s the third from Missoula, joining Sentinel wide receiver Nick Germer and Loyola safety David Koppang.