BOZEMAN — It’s one of the biggest days of the year for high school football players: National Signing Day. On Wednesday at Bozeman High School, nine players from the Hawk football team committed to play at the next level, making their dreams come true.
“I’m pretty excited about it," said Kenneth Eiden IV, who signed with the Montana State Bobcats. "It’s kind of been a dream come true (Wednesday) and I’ve kind of been thinking about this my whole life so far. Signing to play Division I football has been a goal of mine for a long time now. Especially to do it to the Cats and be a part of Bobcat nation. I'm just super excited. It’s a good day so far.”
“It's amazing, it’s surreal, it’s a dream come true, for sure," said Montana State commit Luke Fedyk. "I’ve been waiting for this moment for a really long time and I think to finally put it on paper it was a huge deal for me and my family, as well.”
Of the nine kids to commit, two are going to the Cats (Eiden and Fedyk), two are going to the Griz (Brady and Padraig Lang), four are going to Montana Western (John Brown, Camren Spencer, Reece Stanish, Brady Mounts) and Brooks Talbot is heading to Dickinson State. It’s the most college commitments for Bozeman since 2013.
“I think it just speaks to these kids' work ethic and how successful we’ve been over the last three years," said Bozeman high head coach Levi Wesche. "They work as hard as any group I’ve ever been around. This was a lot of their goals, was to reach this point, so I'm glad they have this opportunity to move on and do something special.”
There will be some bad blood between the Bobcats and Griz commits during Brawl of the Wild week.
“One week out of the year, we won’t talk, we won’t nothing," Fedyk said about his new rivalry with the Lang twins. "We’re just going to keep to ourselves, get to work. One week of the year, Cat-Griz we’ll be enemies, but other than that we’ll be brothers forever.
“Definitely some big time beef but it will only last one week a year, so that’s all right,” said Padraig Lang who committed to the University of Montana with his twin brother, Brady.
But these players will forever be brothers and they all wanted to sign their National Letters of Intent with each other.
“We felt it was super important to do this together and even now we’re a family and we wanted to just share it with all of us," said Eiden IV.
“For us that was the most important thing, we all wanted to share this experience together and it made it that much more special for sure. It made it that much more awesome,” Fedyk said.
“We know that every guy couldn’t do it without the other guy, so just doing that means a lot to us,” said Brady Lang.