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Denver Colgrove signs to play defensive role for Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons

Denver Colgrove knew for a while where he was going, but that didn't make national signing day any less special.The Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior, who played linebacker and running back for the Raiders, signed Wednesday morning to make his comm...

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Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior Denver Colgrove carries the ball against Bowman County Sept. 18 in Richardton. Colgrove played at linebacker and running back for the Raiders but signed with Minnesota State-Moorhead as a defensive player. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Denver Colgrove knew for a while where he was going, but that didn’t make national signing day any less special.
The Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior, who played linebacker and running back for the Raiders, signed Wednesday morning to make his commitment to Minnesota State-Moorhead official.
“You watch the big recruits all do it, and growing up, you want to be one of the kids that signs on signing day,” Colgrove said. “It was one of the most special feelings I’ve ever had.”
After originally being recruited by colleges as an all-state linebacker as a junior, Colgrove terrorized opposing defenses as a senior, rushing for 2,682 yards and 40 touchdowns for the Raiders and became an all-state running back.
For the Dragons, who went 6-5 last season, Colgrove will play what he calls a “linebacker-safety hybrid.”
“It’ll be a change, for sure,” he said, “but I’m excited. I love playing defense. The coaches there are amazing, and I know they’ll put me in a position to succeed.”
RTH co-head coach Travis Olson said, as a coach, it’s always exciting to see his players go on to the next level.
“Denver’s a worker, and that’s what got him to this point,” Olson said. “He loves the game, and he’ll work for it. It was all-or-nothing every time in practice, and that might be a separator between him and some other kids.”
Colgrove attended a camp at MSUM over the summer and felt comfortable there after getting to know the coaches and see the campus.
He was offered a scholarship on his official game-day visit to Moorhead when the Dragons won 37-0 over the University of Mary on Nov. 7. Colgrove gave his verbal commitment in early December.
“When I got back from my official visit, I kind of knew that’s the place I wanted to play football,” Colgrove said. “Between the coaches and all the players there that I met, the overall feel and philosophy of the program, I knew that was the right place for me to be.
“I’ve always had the support from coaches, family, teammates. Everybody wanted to know where I was going. I wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for them. … It’s a dream come true, really. It’s everything I’ve ever worked for.”

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