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Troy Purcell, Carroll College football announce 11 signings

Capital grad Conor Quick transferring from Montana
Troy Purcell
Posted at 10:01 AM, Apr 22, 2020

(Editor's note: Carroll College media release)

HELENA -- Conor Quick’s return to his hometown to suit up and play football for Carroll College highlighted a crop of talented student-athletes in the Fighting Saints' 2020 recruiting class.

“We are excited to introduce the next wave of 2020 Saints football signees,” Saints coach Troy Purcell said. “They are a great fit for the Fighting Saint football program and Carroll College itself. We have four new Montana players and one of them is Helena's own Conor Quick. The other signees' hometowns range from Hawaii to Wyoming to Nevada and a few others places in between. Great job by our coaching staff finding these next additions to the Saints program.”

Along with Quick, a three-time all-stater while playing at Capital High, the Saints added 10 difference-makers from around the United States. The Saints signed four from Montana, two from Idaho, two from Washington and one each from Hawaii, Wyoming and Nevada.

The 10 latest signees join the 26 Carroll football previously announced earlier this recruiting cycle.

Get to know the newest Saints below.

Conor Quick

Helena, Montana, University of Montana, Capital HS, 6’3 275

Quick comes to Carroll after playing football at Montana. Prior to Montana, Quick was a captain, four-year letterman, and three-time all-state performer on the offensive line at Capital. Quick was a two-time state placer in shot put and a state qualifier in wrestling. Quick was also a three-time state powerlifting champion, breaking the state squat record as a senior. Off the field, Quick was a member of the National Honors Society and graduated magna cum lade. He is the son of Becky and Dave Quick. He has one sister (Madison). He plans on pursuing a degree in biology.

Quick on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll because I love the campus, it’s close to home, and I get to play sports along with my sister, cousin, and old high school teammates!”

Benjamin Held

Great Falls, Montana, Great Falls HS, LB 5’11 195

Held was a first team all-state linebacker and a two-year captain at Great Falls. He was voted as team defensive MVP and was the Derek Dowson Jersey Recipient. Off the field, Held is class president, class valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society, and Academic All-State. He is also a two -time DECA state champion and national qualifier. He is the son of Judy and Brian Held. He has two sisters (Mari and Marley) and one brother (Scott). He plans on pursuing a degree in biology.

Held on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll because of its outstanding academic reputation, family-like environment and the opportunities a smaller college offers, especially one with such great learning, athletic, and Catholic facilities. I’m looking forward to playing football under a great coaching staff and living in a community like Helena that supports Carroll students.”

Tommy Leonard

Missoula, Montana, Loyola Sacred Heart HS, DL 5’11 255

Leonard was an all-conference performer on the defensive line at Loyola. He was also a three-year starter. Off the field, he was a member of the honor roll. He is the son of Clair and Tom Leonard. He has one sister (Brighid) and one brother (Larry). He plans on pursuing a degree in political science.

Leonard on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll because I liked the small school setting, I’m a catholic and I want to play and attend school somewhere where I feel I can succeed in both aspects. Carroll is that place to me!”

Kellan Feeley

Missoula, Montana, Loyola Sacred Heart HS, K/P 5’10 175

Feeley was an all-conference specialist at Loyola. Off the field, he was a member of the honor roll. He is the son of April and David Feeley. He has two sisters (Kinsey and Jayden) and three brothers (Kaylor, Damien, and Samuel). He plans on pursuing a degree in biology.

Feeley on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll for the small school environment and the incredible traditions!”

Jake Brown

Hayden, Idaho, Couer d'Alene HS, WR 6' 180

Brown was an all-conference WR and all-state DB at Coeur d'Alene as a senior. Brown was a team captain on the state runner-up team and a three-year letter winner in baseball. Off the field, Brown was a four-year member of the honor roll. Brown is the son of Roxanne and Rick Brown. He has two sisters (Rylee and Josie) and one brother (Jesse). He plans on pursuing a degree in business,

Brown on why he chose Carroll "I chose Carroll because I loved the atmosphere of the campus and the town. The coaching staff and players are great, and I look forward to being a Saint!"

Brennan Crawford

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Coeur d’Alene HS, WR/RB 6’1 195

Crawford was an all state and all conference WR at Coeur d’Alene. Crawford was a team captain on the state runner-up. Off the field, Crawford maintained a 3.5 GPA. Crawford is the son of Michele and Don Crawford. He has one brother (Rylan). He plans on pursuing a degree in health sciences.

Crawford on why he chose Carroll “I chose Carroll because I saw how passionate the coaches were and how welcoming the players were. The brotherhood within the team was very strong. It felt like the right place for me athletically and academically. It felt like home.”

Kaden Gardner

Spokane, Washington, Mead HS, DB 5’11 175

Gardner was a first team All Greater Spokane League safety and member of the GSL championship team at Mead. He was a team captain in football and basketball and the Defensive Team MVP. Off the field, Gardner carries a 4.0 GPA , is academic all-state and a valedictorian at Mead. Gardner grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and attended CMR through his junior year. He is the son of Kelli and Larry Gardner. He has two sisters (Addison and Teryn) and one brother (Brycen). He plans on pursuing a degree in engineering.

Gardner on why he chose Carroll College: “I got a great feeling from all the coaches, players, and people around the campus. Everyone seemed to really enjoy Carroll, which made me believe it would be a close fit. Carroll College is close to a lot of my family in Great Falls. My dad played football for Carroll and my mom played basketball for Carroll and loved their experiences, which also played a huge role in my decision of choosing Carroll College!”

Timothy Sellars

Olympia, Washington, Pope John Paul II HS/Olympia HS OL 6’4 240

Sellars was a team captain, first team all-SPSL and first team all-area performer for Olympia. He was a team captain and team MVP in basketball, and Washington 1B state champion in shot put and third place in discus for Pope John Paul II. Off the field, he is a member of the National Honor Society, student body vice president, Future Business Leaders of America President, and active in campus ministry. He is the son of Carol and Mike Sellars. He has two sisters (Katie and Megan) and two brothers (Danny and Patrick). He plans on majoring in sociology.

Sellars on why chose Carroll College “I chose Carroll because it was the best fit where I could develop and excel spiritually, academically, and athletically.”

Kilo Scanlan

Honolulu, Hawaii, Iolani School, ATH 6’4 225

Scanlan was a first team all-Hawaii football performer on the offensive line at Iolani. He was an all-state performer as well as a second team All-ILH volleyball player. He is the son of LaVache and Sean Scanlan. He has one sister (Kawai). He plans on pursuing a degree in business marketing.

Scanlan on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll because when I visited, I met only the nicest people. It felt like home!”

Branden McDonald

Star Valley, Wyoming, Star Valley HS, OL 6’2 240

McDonald was a two-time state champion and all-state performer at Star Valley. He was a team captain and a member of the Super 25 team. Off the field, McDonald is a member of the National Honors Society. He is the son of Brandie and Dennis McDonald. He plans on pursuing a degree in pre-dentistry.

McDonald on why chose Carroll College “I chose Carroll because it is a great school with great people!”

Tommy Brisson

Reno, Nevada, Bishop Manouge HS, LS 5’11 190

Brisson was a two-time regional champion long snapper at Bishop Manouge. He was also a team captain. He is the son of Lesli and Tom Brisson. He has two brothers (Will and Britt). He plans on pursuing a degree in health science.

Brisson on why he chose Carroll College: “I chose Carroll because I had the opportunity to get a first-class education and play football.”