Montana State University-Northern came calling and Enumclaw High’s Elijah Dennison jumped at the opportunity.
The Hornet lineman put his name on the dotted line on national signing day, agreeing to take his football talents to Havre, Mont., joining the Lights of the Frontier Conference.
Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 245 pounds, Dennison was recruited as a defensive lineman.
The EHS senior, who began playing football in Hawaii, made his mark as a three-year letterman for the Hornets. Along the way, he was named “most improved” following the 2012 season, was a team captain and “lineman of the year” as a senior and capped his prep career by earning the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award of King County.
As a sophomore, Dennison was a South Puget Sound League 3A honorable mention pick at defensive line; as a junior, he was a second team pick and, following his senior campaign, he was a second-team offensive line selection.
Dennison also has been involved in the community, coaching three years at Enumclaw Middle School, helping to paint the grandstands at Pete’s Pool, chopping and delivering wood to the elderly and assisting with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
MSU-Northern is one of 11 institutions making up the Frontier Conference; six are in Montana, there are two each in Oregon and Idaho and one in Utah.