AURORA | Cherokee Trail standout offensive lineman Ashton Torres is set to become a Montana Grizzly.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder — a three-star recruit by Rivals.com — gave his verbal commitment to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Though he had interest from a variety of other Division I programs, the 2014 All-Centennial League first team selection chose Montana — a member of DI Football Championship Series (FCS) — for the feeling he found in Missoula, Montana, and his chance to contribute to a program with strong tradition.
“Overall Montana felt the most like home,” Torres told the Sentinel. “When I was up there, the coaches were all very nice to me and the football atmosphere is amazing.
“I also feel like I have the best chance of making an impact when I get there.”
National athletic letter of intent signing day for football is Feb. 3, 2016.
Before the season, Cherokee Trail head coach Monte Thelen was excited to see what his three-year starter would do as a senior.
“When you are first team all-league in our league as a junior, you are a pretty good football player,” Thelen said.
Torres’ list of offers also included Air Force, Hawaii, Idaho and Northern Colorado.
Under coach Bob Stitt, Montana has won three of its last four games this season and currently sits at 4-3. The Grizzlies play in the Big Sky Conference.
Currently, Torres is one of the anchors on the offensive line for a Cherokee Trail football team that recently got back quarterback Conner Nantkes from injury and looks to make some noise in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs.
The Cougars sit at 4-4 going into their final game of the regular season, a 7 p.m. contest on Oct. 30 at Cherokee Trail.
“Right now we are focusing on beating Overland, but we are definitely ready to make a run,” Torres said.
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