Former Montana State, NFL linebacker Dane Fletcher bringing high school football combine to Bozeman

BOZEMAN — Dane Fletcher didn’t need to go far to earn a college football scholarship. The former Bozeman High School standout caught the attention of former Montana State head coach Mike Kramer and his staff in the early 2000s, keeping the all-state linebacker and tight end in Bozeman.

Fletcher made the most of the opportunity, becoming a Big Sky Conference defensive MVP and finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Following a six-year NFL career, which included an appearance in Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Fletcher returned to Bozeman.

Now the owner of The Pitt Training Facility, Fletcher understands the challenges high school athletes, particularly in smaller-populated states like Montana, face in terms of recruiting. Fletcher and his staff provide various training regimens to prep athletes in the Bozeman area in a variety of sports, but Fletcher has long wanted to improve the odds in the recruiting game. Enter, the Verified Combine.