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Blend of academics, athletics, help DE Schmidt choose MSU over Ivy League


During his most recent visit to Montana State, Blake Schmidt toured the MSU campus, checked out the engineering school, got a glimpse of Bobcat Stadium and got himself acclimated to a place that is very familiar to his family.

While he’s quick to admit that Miller Dining Hall definitely earned his affection more than about any other part of campus — “I’m not going to lie, that was a huge highlight,” the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end said with a laugh — the spot that stuck with the San Diego-area native more than anything else is the wall.

Right inside the door to the football coaches’ offices at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, pictures hang on a wall honoring all MSU’s current players who have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

“I want to be on that wall,” Schmidt said in a mid-July interview.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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