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Tucson’s Dreis fifth OL signee for Montana

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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. 

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.

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About Andrew Houghton

Andrew Houghton grew up in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Montana journalism school in December 2015 and spent time working on the sports desk at the Daily Tribune News in Cartersville, Georgia, before moving back to Missoula and becoming a part of Skyline Sports in early 2018.

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