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Billings Senior's Junior Bergen changes commitment from Montana State to Montana

Billings Senior's Junior Bergen changes commitment from Montana State to Montana

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Billings Senior's Junior Bergen, pictured during a game against Kalispell Glacier at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium on Nov. 7, 2020, switched his commitment from MSU to UM.

BILLINGS — After initially choosing Montana State, Billings Senior football player Junior Bergen switched his commitment to the Bobcats' rival.

Bergen now plans to play for the University of Montana, he told The Billings Gazette and on Tuesday night. MontanaSports first reported the news.

"Just thought this would fit a little better," Bergen wrote in a text message Tuesday.

Bergen committed to MSU on Dec. 16, back when Jeff Choate was still the Bobcats' head coach. Choate became an assistant coach at the University of Texas in January and was replaced by Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen in February.

Bergen played quarterback at Senior in the fall but was recruited as an athlete and hadn't determined if he would play wide receiver or defensive back at the college level. As a senior, he rushed for 868 yards and 17 touchdowns and threw for 1,082 yards and 12 TDs. He earned multiple Class AA all-state selections in his career, and he starred for the Broncs' boys basketball team.

Former Billings West athlete Jesse Owens signed with Montana for football in 2019 and transferred a year later to MSU, where he walked on to the basketball team. He transferred again last month and signed with Rocky Mountain College.

Did you know a Montana team played in the first ever NAIA football championship game? Do you know which Montana school has the most NAIA postseason appearances of all time as of 2021? Take a look at the history of NAIA postseason football appearances by Montana teams.



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