HELENA — National Signing Day saw five Capital High football players pen their signatures to take their game to the next level.
The group was led by the indomitable Seth Schneider, Capital’s all-time leading rusher, who will ply his wares for the University of Idaho next fall.
The Vandals’ coaching staff consists of three former Bruins greats, including coach Paul Petrino. Also on the staff are Bobby Daly (linebackers) and Troy Purcell (tight ends).
Rounding out Capital’s signing day five-some were Justin Jenks, headed to Colorado State University-Pueblo; Trevor Welnel, to the University of Montana; Conor McCarvel, to North Dakota’s Dickinson State; and Matt Culpon will stay home to play for Carroll College.
Seth Schneider is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back/linebacker/kickoff returner, and ranks among Capital’s greatest all-around players. He was a two-time, two-way all-state selection. Schneider was also twice-named the Independent Record’s all-area football player of the year – as a junior in 2016 on defense, and this past fall on offense.
“I decided on Idaho because I felt it was a great opportunity and I wasn’t able to pass that up,” Schneider explained Schneider, who was also heavily recruited by Carroll College, Montana Tech and UM-Western. “They are looking at me as either a running back or linebacker.”
This year he rushed for 1,578 yards (7.4 yards average) and 19 touchdowns, while amassing 2,039 all-purpose yards (185 yards per game) with 21 total TDs. Schneider leaves as the school’s all-time leading rusher, and owns no less than 10 school records – six on offense and four on defense.
Justin Jenks, at 6-2, 235 pounds, signed to play football and as a weight man for the Thunder Wolves’ track and field team.
On the gridiron last fall, Jenks was selected first team all-State on the defensive line. He ranked in the top-four in six of Capital's defensive categories, while leading the Bruins with 10 sacks and 15 hurries. For his career, Jenks amassed 135 solo tackles, 19 sacks and 24 hurries.
As a Bruins’ trackster last spring, he became the school’s first-ever “60-160 Man” in the shot put and discus. His school records include a shot put of 60-feet-0, and a discus toss of 166-9.
“I chose (Pueblo) because they have a great athletic program and excellent academics, with an environment that I felt I can be successful in,” Jenks said.
He is the son of LaRay and Wade Jenks.
Conor McCarvel is a 5-11, 185-pound receiver. He also plays Legion baseball for the Helena Senators, and runs the sprints with CHS track.
“I focused on Dickinson quite a bit, because of how well they recruited me," said McCarvel, when asked about colleges. “I was recruited really hard by Coach (Pete) Stanton and his staff for over a year, and they want me to play my same high school position of slot receiver.”
McCarvel led the Bruins last fall with 61 receptions for 464 yards and four touchdown catches, and was selected honorable mention all-state.
Matt Culpon, is a 6-2, 230-pound tight end/defensive end. On the offensive line, he produced 40 “Bruin Blocks” and three catches for 21 yards.
“I chose Carroll because the coaching staff is great and I loved the idea of being a part of something amazing in my hometown,” Culpon related.
Trevor Welnel, a 6-4, 245-pound lineman, was a 2017 first-team all-state selection on the offensive line. On offense, he posted 30 Bruin Blocks, and on defense he registered 29 solo tackles and two tipped passes.
When Welnel committed to the Griz last month, he told 406mtsports.com, “I get to keep playing with my brother, so that’s exciting,” referring to former Bruins and UM sophomore player Marcus Welnel.