Stanton cousins coming to DSU
A second generation of Stantons will suit up for the Dickinson State football team.
Following in the footsteps of their fathers and uncles, cousins Kyle Stanton and James Stanton have signed letters of intent to play for the Blue Hawks next fall.
Both players were Montana Class A all-state selections as seniors.
"I feel very confident that they're going to add another page to the Stanton tradition here," DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said.
Kyle Stanton, is a 6-foot-3 and 220-pound multi-position standout from Custer County High School in Miles City, Mont.
He'll play tight end in Saturday's Badlands Bowl all-star game. Biesiot said he has the ability to play receiver, fullback or linebacker at DSU.
Kyle Stanton chose DSU after initially agreeing to a preferred walk-on offer from Montana State, a NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision school.
"It's a pretty easy choice," he said. "We always went to the football camp there so I knew the campus and I knew the coaches. It was a pretty easy fit for me."
James Stanton is a 5-11, 175-pound safety from Billings (Mont.) Central, where he played for his father, head coach Jim Stanton.
"All my uncles went there (DSU)," James Stanton said. "I guess it's tradition to go there if you're a Stanton."
While the boys may be done playing for their fathers, they'll still be playing for family. Their uncle, Pete Stanton, is DSU's linebackers coach.
Pete Stanton played strong safety at DSU from 1985-89 and is also the Blue Hawks' head track and field coach.
Dan Stanton, Kyle's father, played linebacker for DSU from 1986-91. Dan is Montana's head coach for Saturday's Badlands Bowl all-star game.
Rob Stanton was the Blue Hawks' tailback from 1987-92. For more than a decade, he held numerous team rushing records.
Jim Stanton was the only one of his brothers who didn't play football at DSU. He played one season for Carroll College before an injury cut his career short.
"I'm definitely excited," Dan Stanton said. "I didn't push Kyle one way or another. It ended up being the best place and the best situation for him."
Kyle and James Stanton played against each other with their fathers as coaches in the Montana Class A state title game last fall.
Custer County defeated Billings Central 8-0 in the title game. Custer County also won the 2008 state title game meeting between the two teams.
The cousins will team up for the first time before getting to DSU on Saturday, July 16 in the Montana East-West Shrine all-star game. The boys will play for the East side and their fathers will both be assistant coaches.
However, they can't wait to be side as Blue Hawks.
"It should be really fun as Kyle as a teammate," James Stanton said. "I'm just used to playing against him."
Like their fathers and uncles before them, Biesiot feels DSU is getting two fundamentally sound players.
"I think both have their best years in front of them," Biesiot said.