BUTTE — Deer Lodge’s Karson Wheat will play football for Montana Tech.

A senior, the two-time captain of the Wardens announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“I am very proud to announce I am committing to Montana Tech University to further my education and football career! I could not have come this far without my family, coaches, friends, and everyone who has supported me along the way,” the tweet read.

Montana Tech later confirmed he had committed to the team.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, the offensive and defensive lineman has hopes to play as early as his freshman season. Wheat was also receiving interest from Montana State, though ultimately chose the Orediggers, who will give him a full scholarship.

Well regarded by his teammates and coaches, he has been a force this season for Deer Lodge on the defensive side of the ball.

“Karson has been a great role model, a two-year captain and does a great job with the younger kids,” Wardens’ head coach Pat Munson said. “He's a spark of energy for us.

"He’s a type-A personality, always questioning, always trying to get better."

A good student, Munson felt this was a great opportunity for Wheat not only from a football perspective, but sets him up for long-term success.

Wheat is not the only Deer Lodge player with college interest, as fellow lineman and senior Austin Forson is getting looks from Montana Western and Montana State. His decision will likely not come particularly soon, Munson said.

There’s also a good chance it could be impacted by track. Forson is an accomplished thrower and won the state title in discus last season.

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