Far-flung teenage dreams become reality today with the announced signings to football national letters of intent.
And for the nation’s coaches the hours of evaluations, recruitment, film and convincing conversation sometimes come down to a signed 8-by-11 sheet of paper igniting a fax machine at the appropriate time.
Polson’s top two athletes, Tanner Wilson and Matthew Rensvold, however will make it official as they officially commutate to play for the Grizzlies at a signing party at the Polson Elks at 5:30p.m.
Teammate Jonah Burke who also will toil his wares as an inside backer at Montana Tech in Butte, also will be on hand.
The Pirates were 7 and 3 last year losing a one-point heartbreaker in the state quarterfinals.
Wilson and Rensvold are the first Pirate signees since Kirk Murphy inked the dotted line some 30 years ago.
No 71 enjoyed quite a career in Missoula for don read playing on the D line for the first No. 37 Kraig Paulson and D coordinator Jerome Souers, now the winningest coach in Northern Arizona University history. In his four years the Grizzlies won 40 games.
Accorded first team all Big Sky Conference laurels as a 255lb senior, he started 29 straight as a three-year starter.
(An all-purpose player, he also blocked a kick and returned a pick for a TD.)
Wilson and Rensvold, both four year starters, will play on offense where Tanner is a quarterback and Matt lines up at tight end, although both also play on defense.
Burke is a three-year starter who was first-team all-league hog molly at guard the last two seasons in addition to being a first team linebacker last year.
As a senior, Wilson was the Northwest A MVP and was named a first teamer on both sides of the football. He also was a first team selection on both sides of the ball as a junior.
Rens was the Northwest A Defensive MVP last season at inside backer. A four-time defensive team MVP, he was first team all-conference on both sides of the ball as both a junior and senior in addition to being honorable mention as a freshman and second team as a sophomore.