After receiving offers from Montana and Montana State, McCade O’Reilly announced his college choice Saturday evening.

The Bozeman linebacker and running back verbally committed to the Bobcats to join his older brother Callahan, a redshirt sophomore linebacker at MSU.

“Very excited to join the gang and announce my commitment to Montana State,” O’Reilly wrote in a tweet.

As a junior in 2018, the 6-foot, 210-pound O’Reilly earned first-team all-state honors at both linebacker and running back. He recorded 87 total tackles, third most on the Hawks, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions.

After starting the year as a backup running back behind incoming MSU freshman Joe Olson, O’Reilly increased his production and finished the year with 1,282 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 176 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per rush and 106.8 per game.

When Olson suffered a season-ending arm injury on the first play from scrimmage against Kalispell Flathead on Sept. 28, O’Reilly filled in the rest of the game and scored five touchdowns.

“Just really answered the bell when the team had to have him,” Bozeman head coach Levi Wesche said after that game. “McCade showed the kind of leader he was and stepped up and led the way.”

O’Reilly’s oldest brother Payton is a redshirt junior tight end at Miami (Ohio). The trio of brothers played football in their backyard nearly every night when they were younger, and Wesche previously described O’Reilly as a mix of his two older brothers.

He’s slated to enter his senior season as a key cog for a Bozeman team coming off an undefeated regular season.

“When I see that open hole and I run through it, that’s what I do on both sides of the ball,” O’Reilly said last September.

Paul Schwedelson can be reached at or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @pschweds.

Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.