BOZEMAN – Two Bozeman Hawks are staying in their hometown after signing with the Montana State Bobcats.

Hawks receiver Logan Kleinhans and defensive end Jory Choate are now officially Bobcats. Kleinhans has been committed to the Cats since the beginning of the season, but Choate, the son of Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate, had a breakout season to help propel him to a spot as a preferred walk-on.

“I didn’t know I was this good of a football player, but I’ve been putting in the work in the offseason. Hopefully it will pay off,” said Jory Choate. “There wasn’t really a whole lot of college opportunity for me at the end of last year and beginning of this year, but fortunately I was able to have a really good season this year.”

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And his father knows that he deserves a spot on this team, but it also helped make the family stronger.

“This was to keep the home-front nice and secure. I mean, you got to have priorities in life and that’s No. 1,” said Jeff Choate. “If we weren’t talking about my son he might be signing something. I think he’s one of the top 15 players in the state and there’s no question about it.”