Dickinson State University’s 2020 football recruiting class landed its first commitment this week when hometown Dickinson High School wide receiver and defensive back Alex Praus committed to the Blue Hawks.

Praus grew up going to Dickinson State games, and he has been a fan of the program since he was a little kid.

Luckily for Praus, Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton puts an emphasis on recruiting local players, and he wants to keep as many athletes as possible home for college.

There are around a dozen or more kids from Dickinson that are currently on the Blue Hawks roster and many of them are major contributors.

“The ability to stay in my hometown and play in my home stadium will be fun. I wanted to continue that,” Praus said.

Another big reason that staying home at Dickinson State appealed to the six foot and 180 pound athlete is the success and storied tradition of the Blue Hawks.

Dickinson State has won four straight conference titles, and that is something that he hopes to help continue in the near future.

“Within the last year or so, I started to realize that this would be my best bet,” said Praus.

Since he is a Dickinson kid, Stanton and his coaching staff have had plenty of opportunities to evaluate Praus, and he has been on their radar for a while now.

“He is a guy that we started recruiting last year, and we saw him at our camp this summer. He did some really good things,” said Stanton. “We offered him this past summer and he decided this week to be a Blue Hawk.”

While the Blue Hawks redshirt many freshmen to acclimate them to college and the speed of the game, there is a good chance that Praus and other local players who sign with the Blue Hawks will be the stars of the team in the not too distant future.