MISSOULA — As National Signing Day approaches, more future Montana Grizzlies are coming out of the woodwork.
One of the latest is Cody Hartsoch, a walk-on out of Kalispell Glacier announced his intentions to further his career at Montana on Friday via Twitter.
Keeping it simple, Hartsoch wrote, "Can't wait to go play for the Griz!"
Hartsoch — a 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman — earned second-team all-state accolades as an offensive tackle this season. He said he'll be suiting up on the offensive line when he arrives, despite playing on both the offensive and defensive lines at Glacier.
"When I was a sophomore in high school, one of my coaches had this super long talk with me, about what an O-Lineman means to the team," Hartsoch told 406mtsports.com. "Ever since then, I really bought into being an O-Lineman."
While in high school, Hartsoch had interest from schools like Montana Western, Montana Tech and Minot State, but once offensive line coach Chad Germer notified him that Montana wanted him as a walk-on, he couldn't shoot down the offer.
"Just to have the experience to go there and to get a chance to play, it's unreal to me," Hartsoch said. "I always wanted to go and play there but I never thought I'd actually happen until it happened. It's been an unreal event for me and I can't wait. It'll be fun to go out and play for the Griz and wear that maroon and be a part of something special."
Hartsoch went on the in-state visit during the Jan. 20 weekend and he, like many of his fellow future teammates, was blown away when he took a tour of the new Champions Center.
"It was crazy. There's no doubt in my mind they're the best facilities in the whole Big Sky Conference, even the FCS," Hartsoch said. "When I first walked in there and got to see it I was like holy cow. This is like I'm at Alabama. To have that in a school like Montana and have the support of all the Montana, it's pretty sick."
Hartsoch is the fourth Wolfpack player in this recruiting class.
He joins running back running back Drew Turner, tight end/wideout Max Morris and safety Jackson Pepe as Glacier-turned-Grizzly commits.
"I think it's going to make the transition a lot easier," Hartsoch said of having that many high school teammates become his college teammates. "That'll be awesome. Just to know a lot of people there, to fit in, have people you already know, it's just going to be sweet. I can't wait for it."
National Signing Day is Feb. 7.