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Four student-athletes from Washington and Montana are the latest members of the 2010 Bulldog football recruiting class. By Wally Feldt
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="164" caption="Nicholas J. Brown"]Nicholas Brown[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="185" caption="Trevor Carpine"]Trevor Carpine[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="169" caption="Connor Michael Fuller"]Connor Michael Fuller[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="174" caption="Matthew Alan Waltenburg"]Matthew Alan Waltenburg[/caption]
University of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of Nicholas J. Brown of Spokane, Wash., Trevor Carpine of Newcastle, Wash., Connor Michael Fuller of Kalispell, Mont. and Matthew Alan Waltenburg of Chehalis, Wash. to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent. Brown is a 6-foot-2, 235-pound offensive lineman. He will graduate this spring from West Valley High School. Brown earned first-team all state and all-conference honors as an offensive lineman and second-team all-conference honors as a defensive lineman. He was team captain on the West Valley team that was runner-up in the Washington 2A championship game. “Nick is a great asset to the Bulldog family,” Ferris noted. “He brings size and a great motor. He will bring the attitude we are looking for academically along with line play.” Brown also participated in soccer and basketball and was a senior class officer. He is the son of Lyle and Debbie Brown and will major in education. Carpine is a 6-foot, 275-pound offensive and defensive lineman. He earned all-conference and all-state honors as a defensive lineman. His team was 33-2 in the 35 games he was a starter. “Trevor is a motivated young man who knows exactly what he wants to do and where he wants to go in life,” Ferris said. “He is a high-motor athlete on the field and a fun-loving, friendly human off of it.” Carpine also participated in track, baseball and water polo. He is the son of Ed Yonch and Stacy Carpine and will major in education. Fuller is a 6-foot, 205-pound safety or outside linebacker. He will graduate this spring from Glacier High School where he received all-state and all-conference honors as an inside linebacker and honorable mention all-conference honors as a wide receiver. Fuller recorded 303 tackles, four quarterback sacks and four interceptions in his career. “Connor has a major 'Doctor Jekyl and Mr. Hyde' complex,” Ferris said. “Off the field, he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, but on the field, he will tear you apart.” Fuller maintained a 3.65 GPA and received academic all-state honors eight times in his career. He was the recipient of the Principal Award and was selected to the National Honor Society. He also participated in basketball and track. Fuller is the son of Ken and Jackie Fuller and will major in secondary education. Waltenburg is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver. He graduates this spring from Napavine high school where he earned first-team all-state, all-area and all-league honors as a wide receiver. He received the Top Athlete Award at the Marcus Trufant football camp. In his career, he caught 67 passes for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had four special team returns for touchdowns. “Matthew has great hands, size and speed,” Ferris said. “Combined with his excellent route-running ability, he has a perfect formula to be an excellent receiver in the future.” Waltenburg also participated in baseball and basketball.  He is the son of James and Karen Waltenburg and will major in biology.