By Steven Barrera-Lopez

After a stellar season Ben Seymour plans to take his talents to Montana State University. The football star made his impact on the defensive side of the ball where he tallied up a total of 44 tackles.

Being a star player is nothing new for Seymour, while a player at Valencia High School he was named as All-CIF and All-State for three years in a row. His senior year he was named Foothill League MVP.

Photo by Cory Rubin

Even with all the accolades Seymour only received one offer from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). That offer would later be pulled by UC Davis. Other than UC Davis there were multiple universities in contact with Seymour but all wanted him to be a walk-on which wasn’t ideal.

With no offers, he decided to play at College of the Canyons (COC). “I thought that since I already know people on the team it would make life easier when I joined the team” said Seymour. He also knew that COC sends many of their athletes to four year universities so he thought it would be a great opportunity. 

Once at COC Seymour would become a team leader. “Ben’s work ethic is unmatched. I have never had somebody give every bit of themselves to the process & it definitely showed & rubbed off on the team. A true leader “ said defensive line coach Eddy McGilvra. Along with being a leader at COC he was an impact player leading the conference with 12 sacks.

At the end of Seymour’s freshman campaign he would receive an offer from MSU.

 Although he could not travel to MSU due to the current pandemic he was able to do the whole recruiting process dignity and over the phone. “I was attracted to MSU because they were offering me to play defensive end,” said Seymour. “Since I am undersized for my position, coaches have always told me that I’d have to change positions at the next level. So getting to play the position that I love was huge.” With MSU constantly being in the playoffs that only made his decision easier.

“Ben will have a lot of success at Montana State,” said McGilvra. “They got a true winner, leader and a hell of a ball player.”

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