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Montana State adds transfer safety, prep quarterback

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Montana State continued to add depth to its defensive secondary while bolstering its thin quarterback group with the addition of a pair of players on Thursday.

Jahque Alleyne, a safety who left the Virginia Tech program in January of 2017, and Ruben Beltran, a recently graduated prep quarterback from Centennial High in Peoria, Arizona each signed financial aid agreements to join the Bobcat football program, head coach Jeff Choate announced.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Alleyne last played at Virginia Tech during the 2016 season. The former 3-star recruit from Virginia Beach, Virginia played in a total of 16 games during his time in Blacksburg. He played in 12 games and had four tackles as a true freshman in 2015 after picking VA Tech over offers from Oregon, Louisville, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Marshall, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Charlotte and James Madison. Alleyne had one tackle in four games during the 2016 campaign.

Alleyne has been in Bozeman since at least January attending classes at the Gallatin College in an effort to earn his academic eligibility at Montana State. He is listed in the Gallatin College student directory. He was in attendance at the Sonny Holland spring game in April.

Montana State head coach Jeff Choate/ by Brooks Nuanez

“Jahcque played both safety and corner in high school so he has versatility,” Choate said in an MSU press release. “He was highly-recruited out of high school, but he left the Hokies after the coaching change (when Frank Beamer retired), and he’s worked hard to get himself into position to contribute to the Bobcats. He’ll provide immediate depth and competition in the defensive backfield.”

Alleyne was ranked as the No. 56 safety in the country by 24/7 Sports. He held a No. 561 overall ranking and was ranked as one of the 25 prospects in the state of Virginia. Alleyne joins a defensive secondary anchored by young, talented players like true sophomore cornerbacks Tyrel Thomas and Jalen Cole. The Bobcats return JoJo Henderson, a starter for part of the season at safety as a sophomore last fall before a knee injury knocked him down the depth chart. Alleyne and incoming 3-star freshman Malik Putney are expected to push for playing time right away in the defensive secondary.

Beltran is a 6-foot, 180-pounder who graduated less than two months ago. Last fall, Beltran led Centennial to a 13-1 record that included a 42-21 win over Notre Dame Prep of Scottsdale in Arizona’s 5A state title game. He threw 19 touchdowns and rushed for two more. He

Beltran comes to Montana State with a winning pedigree. As a senior in 2017, Beltran quarterbacked Centennial to a 13-1 record and a 42-21 victory over Scottsdale’s Notre Dame Prep in the Arizona Class 5A state championship game. Beltran led his team to a 13-2 record as a quarterback in 2016 and was a starting cornerback on Centennial’s 2015 state title team.

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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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