The 2014 class is officially underway, as Dylan Hanser out of Billings Central Catholic High in Montana is the first verbal commit. He graduates from high school this year but will grayshirt and arrive after signing a scholarship letter in January.
Hanser isn’t particularly well known and only had one other scholly offer to date, from Colorado State. Boise State, Montana and Montana State were closing in as well, but hadn’t offered yet.
He played at linebacker with a 6’5″, 230 lbs frame his senior season, recording 37 tackles (16 solo), 3.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. But Dylan is looking to bulk up and gain some weight, possibly flanking down to DE or the “Buck” position in Breske’s 3-4. We’ll see how he develops with a half-year off to get himself ready for the challenge.
Interesting start to the class. Small school product and no Montana product has been remembered on the team since at least the 2004 season and you probably don’t know the name (Colin Donovan). However, Hanser brings 4.6 speed to the table and it seems Leach is obsessed with kids that come from winning programs (BCC went 12-0 and won their state title in 2012, Hanser was an all-state OLB 1st team selection). In that way, and in the way that expands the recruiting territory, this all makes sense.
Here’s a link to Dylan’s Hudl Highlights