BOZEMAN — The Montana State Bobcats fell to No. 5 Eastern Washington 34-17 on Saturday, but they will now have two week to prepare for their next game at home against Idaho.
This bye week comes at a crucial time for recruiting and allows head coach Jeff Choate to scope out the local high school talent on Friday.
“I’m going to go to the Helena High-Bozeman High football game on Friday night,” Choate said of his plans for the bye week. “This is my first opportunity to see high school football in Montana, and we’ve got a lot of really good teams that are going to be hooking up, and I’m excited to see how some of the kids we’re keeping an eye on perform.”
In Monday’s weekly press conference, Choate stressed the importance of seeing kids play in games live rather than on tape.
“I think that it is an important deal to be able to get a good live (evaluation) on kids, because eliminating them is sometimes as good as putting a name on a board,” Choate said. “But you can see things that you cannot see on Hudl film. Probably from where the bye sits for us, I love it for recruiting as much as I do anything right now.”