(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)
HELENA – Carroll College football coach Troy Purcell announced the signings of seven additional student-athletes in his 2019 recruiting class on Friday.
“I’m proud to announce our next group of signees for the class of 2019,” Purcell said. “These young men are talented players who excel on field and in the classroom. These seven recruits are a great addition to our first wave of signees. Five of them were all-state performers, six of them were team captains, and all of them were standouts in other sports. It was great to add three more players from the state of Montana, too. All of these young men are excellent fits for Carroll College.”
The Saints previously announced the signings of 17 standouts.
“We’re excited about how our entire recruiting class has shaped up to this point,” Purcell said. “Of our 24 signees to date, 12 of them are Montanans. It’s great to have signees from seven different states in the western U.S. There’s 16 team captains in this group, and our incoming freshmen average a 3.75 GPA. I look forward to these young men leading us in the future both on and off the field.”
Purcell expects to keep signing players through the coming weeks.
Here’s a look at the newest signees.
Austin Bedke, LB, Oakley, Idaho, Oakley HS, 6-foot, 215
Bedke was a team captain and a two-time all-state linebacker and two-time conference performer at running back at Oakley High School. Bedke was the Snake River Defensive Player of the Year while making two appearances in the state championship game. He is an all-conference player in basketball and qualified for state track. Off the field, Bedke is a member of the National Honors Society and is ranked third in his graduating class. Bedke is the son of Melissa and Jeff Bedke and has one brother (Corbin). He plans to pursue a degree in Health Sciences.
Bedke on why he chose Carroll College: “The whole atmosphere overwhelmed me. It’s a very special place with a great coaching staff and team. I’m excited to be pushed inside and outside of the classroom.”
Ryan Daggett, QB, Ripon, Calif., Ripon HS, 6-2, 185
Daggett was a team captain, all-region quarterback, and Trans-Valley League Offensive Player of the Year for Ripon in 2019. Daggett was a three-year starter at quarterback, earning first team all-league honors as a junior and leading his team in passing and rushing as a senior. He was the Sac-Joaquin Section 300-meter hurdles champion as a junior. Off the field, Daggett was a four-year member of the honor roll. He is the son of Salina and Curt Daggett and has two brothers (Steven and Michael) and one sister (Siera). He plans to pursue a degree in health sciences.
Daggett on why he chose Carroll College: “Carroll College is the perfect fit for me both athletically and academically. I love the coaching staff, players and community.”
Brooklyn Demars, WR, Bozeman, Mont., Bozeman HS, 5-10, 180
Demars was a three-year letter winner at wide receiver for Bozeman, helping them reach the AA state semifinals his senior year. He lettered twice in basketball and was a recipient of the Hit Hustle Heart ward. Off the field, Demars was a two-time academic all-state selection. He is the son of Angela and Kyle Demars and has one brother (Morgan) and one sister (Mikkel). He plans to pursue a degree in health sciences.
Demars on why he chose Carroll College: “The school is outstanding academically and will help me in the future. The people at Carroll make it feel like I’m right at home.”
Liang Liedle, ATH, Corvallis, Mont., Corvallis HS, 5-10, 160
Liedle was a three-time team captain, first team all-state defensive back and honorable mention all-state quarterback at Corvallis High School. Liedle was a voted as his team MVP and was presented the Blue Devil Award, which is awarded for character. Off the field, he was a four-year academic all-state performer and a four-year member of the honor roll. Liedle is the son of Pamela and Rob Liedle and has four brothers (Jessie, Dayne, Dillon, Jaymark) and two sisters (Kayla and Juliet). He intends to pursue a degree in chemistry.
Liedle on why he chose Carroll College: “The coaches made me feel like I was part of not only a football team, but also a family. They treated everyone with respect and made everyone feel welcomed. The professors want to interact with and get to know each student and build a relationship with them.”
Camron Rothie, WR, Hamilton Mont., Hamilton HS, 5-9, 160
Rothie was three-sport captain, an all-state corner and receiver at Hamilton High School. Rothie was an all-conference return specialist and was selected to play in the 2019 Badlands Bowl and the 2019 Montana East-West Shrine Game. Rothie holds the Montana Class A record for touchdown receptions. He is a two-time all-state player in baseball, and an all-conference guard in basketball. Off the field, Rothie was a four-time academic all-state performer, a member of the high honor roll at Hamilton and a member of the National Honors Society. Rothie is the son of Judy and Bill Rothie and has one brother (Keegan) and one sister (Mckayl). He plans to pursue a degree in political science.
Rothie on why he chose Carroll College: “It is a great school, community, and team. Faith is a big part of my life.”
Garrett Worden, DL, Laramie, Wyo., Laramie HS, 6-4, 220
Worden comes to Carroll College after spending the fall at the University of Wyoming. He attended Laramie High School where he was a team captain, first team all-state defensive lineman in 2017 and two-time member of the Super 25. Worden was a member of the USA Today first team All-Wyoming team and played in the 2018 Wyoming Shrine Game. Off the field, Worden was a member of the National Honors Society. Worden is the son of Michelle and Garrett Worden and has one brother (Gavin) and one sister (McKenna). He plans to pursue a degree in health sciences.
Worden on why he chose Carroll College: “They have a strong commitment to each other, football and academics. They are building something special and they have that championship tradition and mentality.”
Baxter Tuggle, ATH, Laramie, Wyo., Laramie HS, 5-10, 190
Tuggle was a team captain, four-year letter winner, all-state and all-conference as a senior for Laramie High in 2018. Tuggle was also a three-year letter winner in soccer and received awards for sportsmanship. Off the field, Tuggle was a member of the honor roll. He is the son of Karla and Kurt Tuggle and has one sister (Annette). Baxter plans to pursue a degree in health sciences.
Tuggle on why he chose Carroll College: “I loved the community, academics and football team.”