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McGhee’s success helps sell Smith on Montana State


Jaden Smith readily admits “I honestly didn’t know who Montana State was before they hit me up”. But hearing the perspective of an all-time great Bobcat on his life-changing move from Texas to Montana sold Smith on MSU.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound wide receiver from Kennedale High in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area first heard about Montana State from Montana State running backs’ coach DeNarius McGhee, himself a native of Euless, Texas. McGhee came to Montana State as part of Rob Ash’s vaunted 2009 recruiting class, a group of prospects that went on to lead the Bobcats to three straight Big Sky Conference championships and three appearances in the FCS playoffs.

McGhee earned Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2012 while becoming one of only 14 quarterbacks in the history of college football to throw for 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in his career. Now McGhee is Jeff Choate’s primary Texas recruiter.

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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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