BUTTE — Jake Olson is now officially a Montana Grizzly.
The Butte High senior inked a National Letter of Intent at Naranche Stadium on Wednesday afternoon after committing to Bobby Hauck's football program in September.
"To have it on paper, it makes it feel more like a dream," said Olson, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound tight end. "Like it's finally all coming together and coming true. Having it on paper it puts the seal on it. And now I know that's where the next chapter of my life is going to be."
Olson chose Montana over scholarship offers from Montana State and Montana Tech. Wanting to continue the legacy set by his father, Bob, was a strong reason he chose the Griz.
"The idea of playing any sport for the Griz has been in my head since I was a kid because of my dad," Olson said. "It's good to keep that chain going and hopefully I can pass it down sometime."
Bob played basketball for Montana from 1994-99 and was by his son's side as he signed with the Griz to continue the tradition he set.
"It's pretty special," Bob said. "From the beginning though this was his decision and we really left him at his own will. He did his homework. Extrememly proud that he's going to the University of Montana."
"He's a premier guy and a dang good football player," said Butte football coach Arie Grey. "We were lucky to have him in our football program."