HELENA — Carroll College football coach Troy Purcell wasn’t done after announcing 17 new recruits on National Signing Day last week.

On Friday morning, he announced seven more that included three from Montana.

“These seven recruits are a great addition to our first wave of signees,” Purcell said in a press release. “Five of them were all state performers, six of them were team captains and all of them were standouts in other sports. All of these young men are excellent fits for Carroll College.”

Purcell’s 2019 class now features 24 signees, but he is still looking to sign more players during the upcoming weeks.

The seven new signees include players at multiple different positions, including quarterback Ryan Daggett from Ripon, California, and wide receiver Cameron Rothie from Hamilton High.

Daggett finished his senior season leading the Indians with 1,127 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also led his offense with 743 rushing yards and 11 touchdown runs.

“Carroll College is the perfect fit for me both athletically and academically,” Daggett told Carroll athletics. “I love the coaching staff, players and (the) community.”

Daggett was selected as an all-region quarterback and the Trans-Valley League Offensive Player of the Year.

Back in Montana, Rothie finished his senior season as an all-state wide receiver and cornerback and holds the Class A record for most touchdown receptions in a season.

This past year he led the Broncs with 79 receptions for 1,195 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“(Carroll) is a great school, community and team,” Rothie told Carroll athletics. “Faith is a big part of my life.”

Other signees include Liang Liedle, who was a first-team all-state defensive back and honorable mention all-state quarterback from Corvallis, Brooklyn Demars, a three-year letter winner wide receiver from Bozeman High and Austin Bedke, a two-time all-state linebacker from Oakley, Idaho.

Rounding out the signees include Laramie High teammates defensive lineman Garrett Worden and running back Baxter Tuggle.

Worden spent last season redshirting at the University of Wyoming, but during his time at Laramie High, he was a first-team all-state selection and a member of the 2018 USA Today first-team All-Wyoming team.

Last season Tuggle helped the Plainsmen to the 4A State Tournament and was selected to the all-state and all-conference teams during his senior season.

“I love the community, (the) academics and the football team,” Tuggle told Carroll athletics.

Carroll hasn’t selected a date for when spring practice and the annual spring game will be yet.

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Ryan Kuhn covers Carroll College athletics for the Independent Record and 406mtsports.com. Email him at ryan.kuhn@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @rskuhn


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