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Jordheim signs with NDSU

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior linebacker Levi Jordheim, left, makes a tackle against Williston’s Earnest Taylor during a West Region game at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Dickinson High senior Levi Jordheim signed his letter of intent as a preferred walk-on for the North Dakota State football team.

Jordheim said it is special to play at a high level in North Dakota.

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“It’s Division I and it’s big-time college football,” he said. “I wanted to be close to home so I could be near my family and friends, but I wanted to play as high as I could and be the best I could be. It’s kind of cool that I got the opportunity to play Division I football for my home state.”

The 6-2, 185-pound linebacker will redshirt his freshman season. Jordheim said Dickinson High assistant coach Dave Michaelson prepared him for playing at the next level.

“Coach Michaelson did a real good job of teaching and everything,” said Jordheim, who will major in exercise science at NDSU. “That set me up for success before I even started.”

Jordheim had his decision down to DSU, Minnesota State Moorhead or NDSU. In the end, Jordheim felt NDSU was the best fit — not to mention the Bison are three-time defending Football Championship Subdivison national champions.

The linebacker is the second Dickinson High in the past four years to accept a preferred walk-on to NDSU. Nate Moody, who will be a senior receiver at NDSU, was part of the three national championship teams.

“When you think about Levi, you think about a kid that can do anything,” Dickinson High head football John Tuchscherer said. “You ask him to catch the ball, run the ball, block, make tackles — really the only thing he never did for us was throw the football, but he probably would have been successful at that too. NDSU got a great football player and I’m excited to see where he goes from here.”

Hazen’s Cieslak chooses, signs with UND Austin Cieslak helped the No. 1-ranked Hazen football team win back-to-back Class A state titles and was named Class A senior athlete of the year in the process.

Needless to say, he couldn’t complain about anything during his high school career.

“My high school career went really well and now it’s time to move on,” Cieslak said. “As soon as (the state championship game) was over, it kind of just felt complete and everything just came full circle.”

The next choice for the 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive and defensive lineman was choosing a college to continue his football career. The two choices were narrowed down to NDSU or University North Dakota.

Cielsak helped Hazen win titles at both the Fargodome and the Alerus Center, which is the home to NDSU and UND, respectively.

In the end, Cieslak chose UND because liked the direction the new coaching staff was going. Also it doesn’t hurt to have another Hazen player on the roster in Baylee Carr.

“I just liked the new direction they are taking and the new coaching staff,” Cieslak said. “I like where they are going and wanted to be part of it.”