Fairfield’s Meyer, Loyola’s Tirrell forge bond before committing to Griz


For Ryan Tirrell, committing to his hometown Montana Grizzlies is a pledge that fulfills a childhood dream and strengthens his family ties within the program. The Missoula Loyola product has forged a friendship with Ryder Meyer that has blossomed quickly enough that the two newest Grizzlies requested to be interviewed about their college decisions together.

Consider it Tirrell welcoming Meyer to the Griz family, a clan he already has strong ties with.

Meyer, a three-sport athlete from Fairfield, and Tirrell, a three-sport athlete for the Rams, got to know each other from battling for two of the top Class B athletic departments in Montana. Now the fast friends will become future teammates.

On April 18, Meyer gave his verbal commitment to first-year Montana head coach Bobby Hauck, becoming the first player for UM’s Class of 2019 recruiting class. The next day, Tirrell gave his commitment, giving Hauck the first two in-state recruits of the spring and granting the head coach to add another family member to his squad.

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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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