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Montana's offensive, defensive lines

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MISSOULA — Back in May, Great Falls Central Catholic's Noah Ambuehl didn't have time to let his state championship for Class C's shot put set in. 

He had to quickly change out of his throwing shoes and into his spikes, as he anchored the Mustangs' 400-meter relay. 

"It wasn't until after we finished that race that it finally hit me and it went through my head that I actually did it," Ambuehl told on Friday.

When Ambuehl went up to the podium to receive his gold medal, he watched his cousin win his own gold medal. That cousin: Former Billings Senior Bronc and future Montana Grizzly Gabe Sulser. 

Come the 2019 season, the two cousins are set to be on the same team, as Ambuehl tweeted on Friday afternoon that he was committing to Montana's football team.

"I am beyond excited to say that I am committed to The University of Montana! Go Griz! #RTD," Ambuehl wrote in a Tweet, adding a Grizzly bear emoji for good measure. 

He added over the phone: "Missoula's always been my dream school to go to since I was a little kid. They offered me a scholarship (Thursday) and that's the scholarship I've been waiting for. It was an easy decision for me.

"... Being on campus there is just awesome. You see the facilities and there's nothing like it. Missoula's a good school and had what I wanted to study. That's really what was pitched to me, and it all sounded good to me."

Griz tight ends coach Jace Schillinger was involved with Ambuehl's recruitment. 

Ambuehl received his offer from Montana on Thursday.

"When I first got off the phone with Jace, I thought about it for a little bit and then my phone started ringing again and it was Bobby. I was like, 'This is crazy.' It didn't seem like it was real," Ambuehl recalled. "I got upstairs to tell my parents and neither of them were here. I was like, 'Huh. This is interesting.' I was trying not to freak out on my own in the house. It was funny."

Montana recruited the 6-foot, 220-pound Ambuehl — Class C 8-Man Great Falls Central's starting quarterback — to play tight end when he arrives in the fall of 2019. 

The position isn't entirely new to him, as he's lined up at tight end in some 7-on-7 and then again at Montana's one-day high school camp on June 15. 

"I was kinda nervous going into it, trying to get used to playing tight end, but I played pretty well," Ambuehl said of camp.

He said he'll remain Central's quarterback this season, despite the position change when he comes to Missoula in 2019.

Ambuehl said he had other offers from Montana Tech and Rocky Mountain College. He was also in talks with Carroll College. 

Even though Ambuehl will arrive for his first fall camp 14 months from now, he's already looking forward to the future. 

"I'm a hard working kid. That's how I got where I'm at. I want to keep bringing that and try to out work other kids and make them work harder and bring that mentality into it," Ambuehl said of what he wants to bring to Montana. "Just around the community... I want to just try to make a mark on campus."

Ambuehl said he wants to major in either finance or communications. 

Ambuehl is the third to commit for Montana's Class of 2019. Fairfield's Ryder Meyer and Loyola Sacred Heart's Ryan Tirrell committed in April. 

Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at

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