VICTOR FLORES 406mtsports.com
BOZEMAN — Florence-Carlton senior Jonathan Luhmann has made a commitment to the state of Montana, he announced on social media Monday.
Luhmann is an offensive lineman who only knows what it feels like to win a state title. He started playing soccer two years ago, and the Falcons have won the last two Class B state championships.
“Deciding to play football last year and not even realizing college football was an option to commit to DI football now is kind of amazing to me,” Luhmann told 406mtsports.com on Monday.
Luhmann announced his signing two days after Florence-Carlton defeated Missoula Loyola in the 2022 State B title game. MSU also defeated Montana on Saturday in the 121st Brawl of the Wild.
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“It was just incredible,” said Luhmann. “Winning back-to-back and seeing all of our hard work come together to win the state championship is awesome and now it’s kind of crazy to commit to playing DI football.”
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound tackle will be a preferred walk-on at MSU. He would like a scholarship but faces the challenge of earning one after joining the Bobcats.
Luhmann didn’t get another college offer, and he’s perfectly fine with that. He will join the 2022 Big Sky Conference co-champions who reached the Football Championship Subdivision title game last year and look to make it back there as No. 4 in the coming weeks. The MSU facilities also moved Luhmann to Bozeman.
“They’re definitely moving up and doing great,” he said. “Coming and being a part of a successful team and a successful program that has proven itself is a really cool thing to be a part of now.”
O-line coach/running game coordinator Brian Armstrong was the key MSU coach Luhmann recruited, he said, and Luhmann was impressed with head coach Brent Vigen and offensive coordinator Taylor Housewright.
“The coaching team is absolutely fantastic,” said Luhmann. “My parents and I were just blown away by how kind and understanding and down to earth they all were. … I felt very wanted.”
Luhmann’s three-rep bench press max is 245 pounds, with a one-rep max of 405 on the squat and a max of 245 on the hang clean.
Luhmann is the 18th recruit of the Class of 2023 and the eighth from Montana to make a verbal commitment to MSU. Two other senior offensive linemen have chosen the Cats: Everett Carr of Bozeman and Zac Nyland of Meridian, Idaho.