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MSU lands three verbal commitments


Montana State’s Class of 2016 grew to nine prep prospects who have given verbal commitments to the Bobcats to sign next February.

Jefferson County (Boulder) High punter Jered Padmos, Charter Oak (Covina, California) defensive back and Damien Washington and Hutto (Texas) High offensive lineman Marcus Simpson each gave verbal commitments to the Bobcat coaching staff earlier this month.

Padmos plays offense, defense and special teams for the Class B Panthers. He is also on the golf and basketball teams. Montana State offered a half scholarship to compete for MSU’s starting punter job next fall. Padmos wasted no time committing. Skyline Sports confirmed via telephone of Padmos’ verbal commitment on October 10.

Washington is a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback at Charter Oak, traditionally a strong producer of Division I talent. Washington picked Montana State over offers from Northern Arizona, San Diego and Holy Cross. In five games this season, Washington has 11 tackles and eight pass breakups for the 6-1 Chargers.

On Tuesday, October 20, Washington tweeted — “I am very proud and blessed to announce that I have committed to play football at Montana State #Gocats”. Washington confirmed his commitment via text message to Skyline Sports.

Here is Washington’s film

Simpson is a 6-foot-4, 270-pounder who earned first-team All-District at Hutto High just outside of Austin. It is unknown if he had any other offers. A reporter from Friday Night Fanstand confirmed Simpson’s commitment with a tweet on October 20 that said “IReporter @alex_the_hugger confirms #Hutton lineman Marcus Simpson (’16) has verbally committed to Montana State”. Skyline Sports has not received direct confirmation from Simpson of his commitment.

Here is Simpson’s film

Skyline Sports will have full stories after conducting interviews with each prospect later this week.

MSU has also received verbal commitments from Great Falls CMR athlete Karl Tucker, Colstrip offensive lineman Jake Sessions, Belgrade defensive end Derek Marks, Troy athlete Sean Opland, Killeen, Texas offensive lineman Darius Mosley and Terrell, Texas running back Dawonya Tucker.

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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