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Prior relationships help Bobcats land trio of FBS transfers

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BOZEMAN — Jeff Choate frequently emphasizes he believes recruiting is all about relationships. The previous associations with three prospects helped Montana State sign three transfers with FBS credentials during the first early signing period last week.

Choate came to Montana State after spending two seasons as the defensive line coach at Washington. He recruited defensive end Bryce Sterk to the Huskies from Lynden, Washington before taking MSU’s head coaching position later in 2015. MSU recruiting coordinator Michael Pitre first met Travis (Waller) Jonsen when the star quarterback was a freshman at Servite High in Anaheim, California. Running back Tyler Natee played quarterback at Euless Trinity High outside Dallas, the alma mater of a slew of great Bobcats including former Big Sky Conference MVP quarterback DeNarius McGhee, MSU’s current quarterbacks coach.

On Wednesday, the Bobcat coaching staff signed the trio of transfers along with Coffeyville College kicker Tristan Bailey, a quartet expected to add depth and competition to four key position groups.

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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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