Bison sign 3 recruits Bohl feels are ready to playAfter playing seven true freshmen on last year’s playoff team, does North Dakota State football coach Craig Bohl expect more of the same with the recruiting class he announced Wednesday?
By: Kevin Schnepf, Forum Communications Co.
FARGO — After playing seven true freshmen on last year’s playoff team, does North Dakota State football coach Craig Bohl expect more of the same with the recruiting class he announced Wednesday?
“That would be a little bit of stretch,” said Bohl, who announced the signing of 20 high school athletes from seven different states. “It’s more of sign of where we are at as a program. But two or three of these recruits could play right away.”
Three of the recruits who have the potential to play next fall are Frank Veldman, a strong safety from Eagan, Minn.; Matt Jones, a running back from Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Derek Lee, a tight end from Wichita, Kan.
Veldman, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from Eastview High School in Eagan, Minn., was a finalist for the state’s Mr. Football award. Veldman’s cousin Matt is a tight end for NDSU.
Jones, a 5-9, 195-pound running back from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, was an honorable-mention all-state selection in Arizona.
Lee, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end from Maize High School in Wichita, was an all-state selection in Kansas.
Bohl said NDSU’s 6-3 upset over Kansas last fall was a big reason his staff was able to recruit Lee and linebacker DeShawn Dinwiddie of Hutchinson, Kan.
“That win over Kansas certainly changed the perception of how we are viewed down there,” said Bohl, whose 2010 Bison finished with a 9-5 record and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Bohl admitted NDSU’s impressive run in the playoffs stole some valuable time from what he described as “prime recruiting weekends.”
“We did have to play catch-up a little bit, but the benefits of the playoff run greatly outweighed the negatives,” said Bohl, who is already adjusting recruiting philosophy based on the potential of playoffs. “We may have to bring guys in earlier. We may need earlier offers. We do need to redefine what we do when it comes to recruiting.”
All in all, Bohl was pleased with the balance of this year’s recruiting class. It includes one wide receiver, two quarterbacks, one offensive lineman, one defensive end, two cornerbacks, two free safeties, one strong safety, two tight ends, two defensive tackles, one running back, two fullbacks, one punter and two linebackers.
Schnepf is the Sports Editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.
NDSU football recruits
— Andrew Okland, WR, 6-4, 202, Fargo South
— Carson Wentz, QB, 6-5, 195, Bismarck Century
— Josh Colville, OL, 6-3, 280, Minnetonka
— Lyle Norman, LB, 6-4, 232, Roseau
— C.J. Smith, WR-CB, 5-11, 175, Burnsville
— Joey Sonnenfeld, S, 6-4, 200, Osseo
— Frank Veldman, WR-S, 6-4, 190, Apple Valley
— Andrew Bonnet, FB, 6-3, 225, Underwood
— Berkley Grimm, FB, 6-0, 240, Iowa City
— Lucas Albers, TE, 6-6, 240, Iola
— Joe Horvath, DL, 6-3, 245, Stevens Point
— Jordan Champion, CB-RB, 5-9, 160, Avondale
— Matt Jones, 5-10, 200, RB, Scottsdale
— Danell Miles, S, 6-1, 190, Goodyear
— Ryan Stanford, QB, 6-2, 180, Scottsdale
— DeShawn Dinwidde, LB, 6-2, 215, Hutchinson
— Derek Lee, TE, 6-4, 245, Maize
— Ben LeCompte, K/CB, 5-10, 180, Barrington
— Josh Lisenby, DE, 6-3, 245, Chicago
— Nick Scoliere, LB, 6-2, 205, Aurora
— Nate Moody, WR, 6-3, 190, Dickinson High
— Bradon Chrest, LB-S, 6-3, 195, Cavalier
— Dylan Dunn, TE, 6-2, 210, Fargo Shanley
— Joe Haeg, OT, 6-5, 245, Brainerd, Minn.
— Alex LaVoy, LB, 6-1, 210, Mahnomen, Minn.
— Jacob Lesar, G, 6-6, 310, Hermantown, Minn.
— Leighton Talmadge, DE, 6-6, 220, Bismarck High
— Dan Wood, DL, 6-4, 240, Pelican Rapids, Minn.