High School Football

Mountain View High quarterback commits to Montana State

Mountain View quarterback Tucker Rovig runs the ball against Capital in the 5A state football quarterfinals at Mountain View on Nov. 6, 2015. Mountain View won 42-14.
Mountain View quarterback Tucker Rovig runs the ball against Capital in the 5A state football quarterfinals at Mountain View on Nov. 6, 2015. Mountain View won 42-14. For the Idaho Statesman

Tucker Rovig didn’t want the recruiting process to become a distraction as he prepares for his senior season of football at Mountain View High.

So the 6-foot-5, 205-pound quarterback got the difficult decision out of the way Saturday, verbally committing to Montana State.

“The big thing for me is the relationship with coaches,” Rovig said. “I was talking to a couple other FBS schools, and out of all of them, Montana State I had the best relationship with the coaches.

“Then when I went down there for the camp, I just fell in love with the town.”

Rovig, who said he also had offers from Southern Oregon and College of Idaho, led the Mavericks to a 5A state runner-up finish last season.

As a junior, Rovig completed 149-of-250 attempts for 2,363 yards and 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He also added 169 rushing yards and four more TDs, earning 5A Southern Idaho Conference first-team honors.

Rovig made an unofficial visit to the Bozeman campus earlier this month and attended a Bobcats camp June 12. MSU head coach Jeff Choate, a former Boise State and Washington assistant, offered Rovig a scholarship after the camp, he said.

“It was a childhood dream of mine to play Division I football, and now I have that opportunity,” Rovig said. “It’s even better going into senior year having the decision made.”

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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