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Garfield WR Metcalf comes to Montana State brimming with confidence


Editor’s note: Montana State welcomed nine high school prospects to campus the final recruiting weekend of the winter the first weekend of February 2018. Eight of those recruits ended up signing National Letters of Intent with MSU less than a week later.

In the coming weeks, Skyline Sports will print a series of stories about each of the late commitments to Montana State. This is the third installment of that series featuring Garfield (Seattle) 3-star wide receiver Mekhi Metcalf.

PART I: Montana State’s loyalty helps Bobcats land Eastside Catholic star Putney

PART II: Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Ifanse eventually chooses Montana State

Mekhi Metcalf is not shy about professing his already established goals for when he joins the Montana State Bobcats in the coming month.

“I’m coming in to take over pretty much,” Metcalf said. “I’m doing anything in my power to get on the field right away.”

The three-star wide receiver out of Garfield in Seattle played for former All-American cornerback Joey Thomas in high school. His father, Eric Metcalf, was a 3-time All-Pro returner for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons. Only Devin Hester and Brian Mitchell had more return touchdowns in their careers. Eric’s father, Terry Metcalf, was a three-time All-Pro running back for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s. Mekhi spent the last two years playing on the 7-on-7 team coached by Reggie Jones, a Super Bowl-winning defensive back for the New Orleans Saints.

In other words, Metcalf has the pedigree to fuel such confidence. A relative newcomer to football — he did not start playing until entering high school — the 6-foot-4, 182-pounder is a raw prospect with a tremendous upside. That talent helped earn him offers from Idaho, Weber State and Northern Iowa.

But the opportunity to play early — MSU’s returning leading receiver junior Kassis caught 21 passes last season — along with the recruiting efforts from third-year MSU head coach Jeff Choate helped the Bobcats land the talented pass catcher.

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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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