University of Montana Western head football coach B.J. Robertson has announced the signing of Polson, Mont., senior Wyatt Jenson and White Sulphur Springs, Mont., senior Whitley West to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent.
Jenson is a 6’ 1” 260 pound offensive/defensive lineman from Polson High School. Following his senior football season he was selected as a first team all-conference guard and a second team all-conference defensive tackle. Following his junior year he was selected as an honorable mention all-conference guard.
“We were lucky to have Wyatt and the Polson Pirates football team at our camp this past summer,” UMW head coach B.J. Robertson said. “Right away we liked Wyatt's size and mobility. He is a great addition to our team. Wyatt will continue to mature and develop in the weight room and you will be hearing his name for the Bulldogs.”
Wyatt plans to study biology while attending Montana Western. He is the son of Shaun and Marie Jenson.
West is a 5’ 9” 200 pound athlete who has played fullback, receiver, defensive end, and linebacker while playing for White Sulphur Springs High School. As a defensive end he had 106 tackles that included six sacks during the 2011 season. His junior year he played outside linebacker and accounted for 67 stops and one interception. Offensively his junior season he amassed 441 yards on 57 carries for a 7.7 yard average. He also accounted for five touchdowns and three PATs rushing. He had four receiving touchdowns while averaging 10.9 yards a reception as he pulled down 21 receptions for 229 yards. Whitley received 2012 first team all-conference honors as a fullback and second team all-conference honors as a linebacker. In 2013 West had 40 carries for 204 yards, four rushing touchdowns and nine successful rushes for PATs. As a receiver he grabbed 30 receptions for 373 yards for an average of 12.4 yards. He had seven touchdowns and four PATs receiving. Defensively he had 95 tackles and four interceptions as an inside linebacker. Following his senior season he was selected to the first team all-state team, a first team all-conference linebacker, and second team all-conference full-back. West has also been chosen as a Bob Cleverly Class C All Star football game participant.
“I have known and worked with Whitley since he was a freshman at the Rimrock Football Camp. He loves football and the weight room and those are two qualities you need to have to be successful at the college level,” Coach Robertson said. “Coach Hedrich at White Sulphur Springs has done a great job with his players and that program. I am excited that Whitley has decided to continue his education and playing career at Montana Western.”
Whitley plans to study health and human performance while attending Montana Western. He is the son of Brad and Michie West.
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