HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College head football coach Mike Van Diest has announced the signings of defensive lineman Brennan Dalgleish from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, and TJ Abraham a wide receiver from Powell, Wyoming.
Dalgleish was a two-time second team All-League player for the Wildcats. He was named a team captain and twice received his team's Best Defensive Lineman Award.
He was third in the state with 116 total tackles in 2016, and he was a two-year captain. He is also a four-year wrestler and finished fourth in the Washington State tournament in the 220 weight class.
"Brennen is a young man that came to our junior combine, and he made a big jump this year," Van Diest said. "He has great strength and balance, and that comes with his wrestling background. He grew an inch since last summer and put on some weight, he will probably need to add a few more pounds, but he really fits the mold of the defensive line perfectly."
Outside of his athletic traits, Van Diest is also impressed with Dalgleish's intangibles.
"He is a pretty sharp young man, he is the type of guy that is very coachable," Van Diest said. "I think he is going to lean on our experienced guys and that will help him a lot. He is very focused and has a great attitude. He will bring a lot to the table for us."
Abraham comes to Carroll from a successful program at Powell High School. His head coach is former Carroll linebacker, Chandler Buck.
He was named the 3A Special Teams Player of the Year in 2016, twice named an All-State selection and was his teams' MVP in 2016. He was twice named to the Wyoming Super-25 team, Carroll commit Tom Robitaille was also named to the team.
Abraham racked up 1,129 rushing yards and 15 TDs during his senior year and 2,116 yards and 29 touchdowns for his career. He blocked seven kicks and notched five fumble recoveries over his career.
"He reminds me very much of Troy Arntson," Van Diest said. "He is well coached, and he is tuned in to what is going on at Carroll. It was a good match for both of us."
He was a running back in high school, but the Carroll staff projects him as a slot receiver. The benefits of lining up in the backfield will be evident.
"He will play the position like a running back, his quickness and speed and knowing what to do on the field is pretty evident when you watch film," Van Diest said. "Physically, he runs so hard. He's got a second gear, and he is really going to excel in this offense. We've got two of the top-25 guys in Wyoming, and we hope to keep that pipeline going year after year."
The Saints begin spring practice on March 18.