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Sawyer Racanelli to continue football career at Montana

Former Hockinson standout spent last two years at UW

By , Columbian Sports Editor

Sawyer Racanelli will continue his college football career at the University of Montana.

The former Hockinson High standout receiver announced his commitment Wednesday on social media.

Racanelli had spent the past two years at the University of Washington before entering the transfer portal on Dec. 13.

At Montana, Racanelli will be reunited with former Hockinson teammate Peyton Brammer, a tight end who redshirted this past season.

Ten players from Washington were on Montana’s roster this past season, including Cole Grossman (Skyview), Skyler Martin (Skyview) and Michael Matthews (Camas). The Grizzlies finished 10-3 and reached the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Racanelli was a highly sought recruit after his junior season at Hockinson when he caught 101 passes for more than 1,700 yards and scored 35 total touchdowns in leading the Hawks to a second consecutive 2A state title.

After verbally committing to Washington, Racanelli missed his senior season with a knee injury.

In two seasons at Washington — which included the truncated 2020 COVID season — Racanelli, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver, appeared in 13 games, mostly on special teams. He did not catch a pass.

Because the COVID season does not count against his eligibility, Racanelli has three years of eligibility left.


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