Dickinson State football earned a commitment from their second Dickinson High School athlete for their 2020 football recruiting class this week when offensive lineman Evan Showalter announced he was staying home for college.

Showalter and his family have a long history with the school and he wants to continue in a long line of family members to don the Blue Hawk uniform.

“There are a couple reasons (I wanted to stay home). Dickinson State has a strong family environment. I like the coaching staff,” he said. “A lot of my family went to Dickinson State. Both my uncles played for the Blue Hawks, and one of them (Eric Boettcher) is in the Hall of Fame. My dad played basketball here, and my mom went to school here. I have some history here.”

Showalter will be joining high school teammate Alex Praus who committed in September to the Blue Hawks.

The senior athlete says he hasn’t talked much with the Dickinson State coaching staff about the position he projects to play in college, but Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton sees him as interchangeable at either the guard or tackle position.

“We have known Evan a long time. He is a guy that is going to continue to have a good upside as an offensive lineman,” said Stanton. “He has started the last couple years for Dickinson High. He wanted to be a part of the program and he understands what the program is about. We are happy to get him.”

The college decision for him wasn’t as hard as it normally is for many other seniors in high school.

“I always thought when I got the chance that I would take it and be a Blue Hawk,” Showalter said. “I’ve been watching them for a long time, and it has always been a dream.”

Another reason that he is so excited to join the Blue Hawks program is due to their recent success on the gridiron.

Dickinson State is the four-time reigning champion of the North Star Athletic Association, and they are currently undefeated in conference play this year.

“Being able to stay in my hometown and play on the same field I played on in high school, I wanted to continue that,” said Showalter.