MISSOULA — With the squiggles of a purple pen, Missoula Sentinel's Brandon Morley made his lifelong dream a reality.
On Wednesday, Morley signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Montana Tech.
"I've always wanted to play college football," Morley said. "Getting the opportunity when they offered me and then now signing and everything, it's a great feeling overall."
Morley committed to Tech on Dec. 3.
"It means a lot," Morley said of Tech extending him an offer. "They're a very good school in their conference and they have a great academic program as well. Especially being home, that's a big part of it. I didn't want to leave the state as it was. Getting all those things together, it's exciting."
Two days before Morley committed, he was named to the all-state second team at inside linebacker.
"Brandon is a kid that was our best competitor," Sentinel football coach Dane Oliver said. "He played quarterback as a sophomore. He played receiver, outside linebacker as a junior and then he played inside linebacker and tight end.
"He's very versatile. He enjoys the competitive aspect in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field. He's going to be successful at Montana Tech because of those qualities."
Morley signed alongside Spartan teammate — and one of his best friends — Nick Germer, on Wednesday. Germer signed with the University of Montana.
"There's no one else I'd rather sign with because we're best friends, teammates in basketball and football, (and) ran track together," Morley said of signing next to Germer. "To get to sign with him, it makes it all the better."
Oliver was proud of his two signees.
"As a high school coach, you want kids to go on to college, so that's what this day symbolizes," Oliver said of Morley and Germer. "Any time you can be part of that process and the assistant coaches and the teammates.
"These guys were two captains for us. It's pretty rewarding. They're staying in the state of Montana, get to stay in contact. You spend four years with a kid, invest in them, it's nice to reap the benefits as an observer."
Morley already has goals in mind for his future as an Oredigger.
"I want to be the best player I can be for the team," he said. "I want to be someone the guys look up to at some point. Obviously it's not going to be my freshman year because you're a freshman, but at some point I want to be a leader for the team — both vocally and by example."