Like many top prospects in the state of Montana, Bobby Hauck had to hold off the Bobcats to sign Billings West standout Jesse Owens.
But Hauck, Montana’s head football coach, also had to compete with a collection of coaches from a completely different sport in order to sign the Class AA co-Offensive Player of the Year from the state champion Golden Bears.
Owens, a 5-foot-9, 175-pounder who earned first-team all-state honors at wide receiver and cornerback, is also one of the Treasure State’s best basketball players. He received scholarship offers for football during his standout senior season from Hauck and Montana State head coach Jeff Choate. But he seriously considered the attention he received from Rocky Mountain College and Montana State-Billings for his services on the hardwood.
One of the top players in the Class of 2019 from the Treasure State ended up choosing to play football for the Griz. Owens signed his National Letter of Intent with UM on December 19, one of 11 in-state recruits who joined Hauck’s Griz.