MISSOULA — The Montana football team is owning the state in terms of homegrown commitments.

Another one came in on Monday evening.

Drew Turner, a 6-foot, 205-pound running back from Kalispell Glacier, took to Twitter to announce his verbal commitment to Montana.

Turner first received an offer from Montana in June. He was offered by Montana State in April, but felt a closer connection to the coaches at UM.

"The coaching staff for sure (made a difference), they were honest with me," Turner told 406 MT Sports in a phone call Tuesday afternoon. "(Andrew) Selle as a recruiting coach, overall did an amazing job. Coach Stitt is an amazing coach too, talking to him through the whole thing (helped)."

Turner said some of the selling points about choosing Montana over Montana State were the atmosphere, the respect surrounding the sport, the coaching staff and the camaraderie among the recruiting class. 

Glacier coach Grady Bennett said he was both happy for and proud of Turner, not only for committing to Montana, but for how far he's come in four years.

"He has a lot of great attributes," Bennett said. "But one that stands out, even though he's quiet, is he leads by his work ethic. ... He goes hard on every single play and never goes through the motions."

Last season, Turner was a first-team all-state running back for the Wolfpack. In Glacier's 11 games, Turner had 227 carries for 1,617 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. He also added 15 receptions for 148 yards and two receiving touchdowns. 

This season, Glacier's gotten off to a rough 0-3 start. But through those three games, Turner has had 40 carries for 296 yards and three touchdowns. 

"We didn't start out the way we wanted to," Turner said. "We started to figure things out in game three. We're getting there. We've been practicing hard this week and we're gonna get there. It is what it is but we're getting there and we're gonna play some Wolfpack football. That's what matters the most."

In addition to his football background, Turner has a history on the track. Turner and his Wolfpack squad won the 4x100-meter relay in 2016 and came in second last year. 

In 2016, he placed second in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Last year, he placed fourth with his team in the 4x400-meter relay. He finished first in the 200-meter dash prelims and third in the 100-meter dash prelims but did not run in either event's final. 

Turner said on Tuesday that he kept his options open for potentially running track in college.

"If football didn't work out overall, I probably would have ran track (in college)," Turner said. "But football was always there and that's where my heart wanted to be."

He's in the same recruiting class as his Wolfpack teammate Jackson Pepe. Pepe committed to the Griz in early August.

"We've grown up these past four years playing football," Turner said of Pepe."We've done a lot (together). We've gone to the Cats, we've gone to the Griz. We went to the same camps. It'll be fun playing with him."

Other verbal commits in Montana's 2018 class include: Eureka's Garrett Graves, Helena Capital's Conor Quick, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Valier's Colten Curry, Nash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, and Matthew Robinson of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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