Big Sky Conference

Missoula Loyola lineman McElroy commits to MSU


Joe McElroy has a lot on his plate, both in the focused sense of the amount the growing teenager eats and in the broad sense of an incredibly busy schedule.

The four-sport athlete —not only is McElroy a Class B all-state talent in football and a starter in basketball at Loyola but he’s also a dual-sport spring athlete who participates in track and tennis — has learned footwork, competitiveness, time management and dedication during his three years at Missoula’s private Catholic high school.

Despite growing up in Missoula, McElroy has also been a fan of the Montana State Bobcats his entire life. The first weekend in April, McElroy was one of dozens of junior prep prospects who attended Montana State’s “junior day” showcase. That Saturday, McElroy toured the MSU campus, learned about the prerequisites for nursing school and earned himself a scholarship to play offensive line for the Bobcat football team.

Less than two weeks later, the Missoula native became MSU head coach Jeff Choate’s first verbal commitment for the Class of 2018. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is slated to play offensive line for the Bobcats.

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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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