MISSOULA — Montana added its first high school commitment since the first signing period in December with the commitment of an athlete from Nebraska.
Vince Genatone committed to the Griz on Tuesday. He’s a 6-footer, 200-pounder who played linebacker and running back in high school, though his biography lists him as an athlete, linebacker, and safety, and recruiting websites project him as a college-level linebacker.
“After my official visit this weekend, I am delighted to commit to the University of Montana,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.
Genatone had 136 tackles and 14.5 tackles for a loss last season, according to MaxPreps. He rushed for 911 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense.
Genatone impressed at the Nebraska Cornhuskers one-on-one football practices in June. He ran a 40-yard dash of 4.45 seconds and made a vertical leap of 38.5 inches.
With a physical presence, Genatone won the Nebraska Class A State Wrestling Championship at 195 pounds last February. He showed his speed as a State of the Track qualifier in the 100 meters, an event in which his best time was 10.87 seconds, 0.19 seconds faster than the State Class AA champion. of Montana in 2021.
Genatone had also reported offers from Idaho, Northern Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota State and Southern Miss. He played two seasons of college football at North Platte after moving from Casper, Wyoming to Nebraska in June 2020.
Adding Genatone gives the Griz 13 known high schoolers in their Class of 2022. They signed 12 players in December: Park City (Utah) wide receiver Sam Alford, Laurel athlete Beau Dantic, Helena linebacker Marcus Evans , Missoula Hellgate wide receiver Ian Finch, Dassel Cokato (Minnesota) running back Eli Gillman, Polson defensive lineman Braunson Henriksen, Helena quarterback Kaden Huot, Helena safety Chase McGurran, Kalispell Glacier punter/punter Patrick Rohrbach, Hamilton athlete Tyson Rostad, Jefferson safety Joey Visser and Missoula Sentinel tight end Joe Weida.
Montana also secured commitments from four transfer players. They are Washington wide receiver Sawyer Racanelli, San Diego State quarterback Lucas Johnson, Idaho State cornerback Jayden Dawson and Grossmont College cornerback (JUCO) Robert Whitehead.
Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at [email protected]