HELENA — Teetering with his decision to play big-time college football or NAIA, Capital Bruins football player Alaric Greil opted to sign with Montana Tech.
“I had offers from almost every football school in Montana,” Greil said. “I had offers from the Cats, Bobcats, Rocky, and Western. One reason I choose Tech is I wanted to stay in Montana. I love Montana State and the University of Montana and their programs, but they just weren't for me.
Greil said he was impressed with the options Tech offered.
“When I went on a visit there, it changed the whole aspect on everything,” Greil said. “It’s weird because growing up you think of Tech and Butte as your rivals. Then you see their program and what they are doing over there making good things happen, and it just impressed the heck out of me.”
Alaric Greil played the majority of snaps during his four-year career as a football player at Capital High School.
Greil, who was a versatile varsity starter for the Bruins in three of his four years, finished at No. 5 on the all-time sack list for Capital, and now will take his game to the next level.
“I never thought my football career would have gone like that,” Greil said. “(During high school) I played a lot of positions including tight end, fullback and defensive line. During the Cats football camp a couple of years ago, I was told I would be one of the varsity guys. Playing varsity as a sophomore, holy cow I was playing against a bunch of older guys. I really grew into the varsity level, learned the ropes of athletics and competitiveness and that made me love football.”
Greil's services as a college prospect were highly sought after, according to Capital coach Kyle Mihelish.
"Everyone in the state of Montana was recruiting him," Mihelish said. "He played three varsity seasons for us, and we know how much production he's given us. He is excited to sign with Tech and move onto the next part of his education and playing career."
One reason Greil should make a successful transition is his mobility, according to Mihelish.
"He will be able to make the transition from high school to college ball," Mihelish said. "He is 6-foot, 3 inches tall, and runs rather well (for his size). He has all of the physical tools to succeed at the next level."
The versatility he displayed at Capital was another reason he attracted regional interest from several teams. As a Bruin, he played multiple positions.
"He played tight end and H-back in the past, and the holes to fill in on the offensive line," Mihelish said. "He was a good teammate and a good Bruin. He was a two-way player for us. He had a great senior year on the offensive front, and also played well on the defensive front."
Greil played 35 high school football games during his four-year career with the Bruins.
"He was on the field for the majority of the snaps, and we even tried to play him on special teams," Mihelish said. "I think it takes time to develop the mindset to play football on both sides of the ball."
The selfless mentality Greil displayed made him a sought-after commodity among college coaches.
"Alaric is what coaches refer to as a 'systems guy' who came in as a young freshman-sophomore, and just hit the weight room," Mihelish said. "He understands how valuable the weight room is. When he is in the weight room, he blows up and works on good technique."
Greil will be able to adapt to the physicality of the NAIA level, Mihelish said.
"In Class AA, they have big bodies and strong and physical kids," Mihelish said. "You certainly have to be physical to be prepared to play at the MHSA AA level."
Greil, who was a multi-sport athlete, also plays lacrosse during the spring, which is a club designated sport.
"I think lacrosse helped him tremendously with his footwork," Mihelish said. "Playing hockey on the grass allows you have to good footwork, and he has great footwork for a 6-foot, 3-inch, 240-pound guy."
The combination of footwork and size will give him the tools to be successful at Tech.
"They should transition him into the defensive line,' Mihelish said. "However, I will let the Tech coaches make that decision once he gets there and his career continues."
Greil continued to focus his efforts on training and opted to attend Tech for the opportunities they offered.
“I focused on my main goal of making a career for myself because eventually football does end and life goes on,” Greil said. “I have to give my father as much credit because he always wanted me to keep the big picture in mind and remember there are other things outside of football. Love the game and be smart with your decisions with it.”