Big Sky Conference

Plano, Texas DE DeVaughn commits to Montana State


DeNarius McGhee is helping Montana State keep its Texas pipeline open.

Montana State rose to great heights with McGhee under center and a collection of fellow Lone Star state natives surrounding him at the beginning of this decade. The quarterback from Euless Trinity High earned Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors twice while leading MSU to three straight league titles for the first time in school history.

MSU’s Texas presence remains strong under head coach Jeff Choate, although nowhere close to the nearly 20 natives of the state who played at the height of the influx under Rob Ash. The Bobcats will enter Choate’s third season with seven Texas natives on its roster. McGhee, now Choate’s quarterbacks’ coach, has played a hand in maintaining the connection to his home state.

The majority of those players are Ash recruits. Anthony Pegues signed with MSU in Choate’s first class but was previously verbally committed before Ash’s dismissal in 2015. Nose tackle Elu Leota, a key contributor as a true freshman, is the only Texas player on MSU’s roster recruited by Choate and his staff.

On Tuesday, McGhee helped the Bobcats land another Lone Star state native. Pierce DeVaughn, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Prestonwood Christian in Plano, verbally committed to MSU less than 48 hours after making his official visit to Bozeman.

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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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