football; CC vs MT Tech (copy)

Carroll College coach Mike Van Diest speaks at a news conference after a recent 27-24 win over Montana Tech in Helena.

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HELENA — The Carroll College football team’s 2018 recruiting haul poured in during the wintertime, but on Wednesday during National Signing Day, the Saints made it official.

“The kids we liked we got,” Saints coach Mike Van Diest said. “I think every one of the kids we signed are kids we wanted.”

Carroll added 21 athletes officially to its 2018 football recruiting class. The Saints tweeted out infographics of each recruit and looked forward to more.

Van Diest said he anticipates adding another 10 or so recruits in the coming weeks.

“We have guys that are out of state that want to visit and want to sign,” Van Diest said. “We’re looking forward to that.”

Carroll pulled six Montana athletes, but also drew athletes from across the country – including Colorado, Washington, California, Missouri, among others.

Around the state, Carroll pulled from Capital High, Shepherd, Manhattan, Billings West and Senior and Butte.

That included linebacker Jacob Resch of Billings West, defensive end Tanner Harrell of Shephard, tight end Matt Culpon of Capital, fullback Corbin Walker of Butte, defensive back Micah Ans of Billings Senior and linebacker Tyler Smith of Manhattan.

“They look good on paper right now,” Van Diest said. “I like the size we got right now.”

The Saints signed six linebackers, three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, two tight ends, two defensive backs, two running backs, two quarterbacks and a wide receiver.

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While those positions could change once that class arrives on campus and goes through fall practices and/or redshirts a season, those are the current positions listed.

Van Diest previously mentioned his recruiting process as a two-year proposition. Freshman moving up into college football typically take a year to develop at this level.

So while the Saints will graduate 14 seniors from last year’s team, notably large chunks of the offensive and defensive lines, it’s not necessarily up to this class to fill the voids.

The Saints also got two transfers, including quarterback Robert Kvinsland, previously reported by 406mtsports.com. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound transfer from Idaho State is expected to compete for the starting job.

Carroll is in the midst of its winter strength and conditioning program and is quickly approaching spring ball.

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