A tight end growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Colin Dreis had touchdown dreams inspired by U of A’s star, Rob Gronkowski.
An ultimatum from his coaches before his junior year at Salpointe Catholic in Tucson ended those dreams — but put him on a path towards playing college football.
“[They] told me junior year, if I want to be on varsity, that I had to switch to tackle,” Dreis said. “So I decided I had to switch to tackle, and I barely made varsity. … I told myself, why not do it and then I’ll try to convince them to switch me back to tight end.
“Well, I fell in love with the position, the coach and everyone else that was with me on the o-line, so I just stuck to that position and kept working to get better.”
The switch didn’t pay off for Dreis right away. As a junior, he backed up Matteo Mele, a three-star recruit who’s now at Washington.
But the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder came into his own as senior, starting all year. On December 20, he committed to and signed with Montana, one day after the early signing period opened.