UMW News BureauMontana Western football coach Rich Ferris opened the 2010 recruiting season with the signing of three players to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. By Wally Feldt Three new football recruits signed Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent to play football at the University of Montana Western, head coach Rich Ferris announced today. The three transfer students include Jake Chilton, a 6-foot, 195-lbs. defensive back from Billings, Mont.; Chris Sewell, a 5-8, 195-lbs. linebacker from Great Falls, Mont.; and Kevin Ward, a 6-foot, 240-lbs. linebacker from North Pole, Alaska. Chilton is a transfer from Montana State University. He is a 2008 graduate from Billings Central High School where he earned all-conference and all-state honors and was selected to play in the Mon-Dak all-star game. Chilton also earned all-conference honors in basketball. He plans to major in business management. “Jake is exactly what our team wants from its secondary players,” Ferris said. “He is strong, quick and athletic with a great motor. This spring he will be able to master the defense and compete for a starting job in the fall.” Sewell transfers from Minot State University. He is a 2009 graduate of C.M. Russell High School where he earned all-state honors and qualified for the Montana State AA wrestling championships. Sewell is the son of John and Lynda Sewell and plans to major in history education. “Chris is a tough kid who flies around the football field,” Ferris noted. “He is a good fit academically and in our blocking system.” Ward transfers from Chadron State University of Chadron, Neb. He is a 2009 graduate of North Pole High School where he earned all-conference and all-state honors. He plans to major in history education. “Kevin was an all-state linebacker from Alaska,” Ferris added. “It is great to have him here this spring.” The Bulldogs open spring drills on Monday, March 15, 2010.