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Zuroff signs as recruited walk-on for NDSU football

Through the coaching transition at North Dakota State at the conclusion of this past season, Braden Zuroff just had to wait. Even with Chris Klieman departing and Matt Entz taking over, one thing didn't change: the Hebron senior would sign to be ...

Through the coaching transition at North Dakota State at the conclusion of this past season, Braden Zuroff just had to wait.

Even with Chris Klieman departing and Matt Entz taking over, one thing didn't change: the Hebron senior would sign to be a Bison as a recruited walk-on.

"NDSU went through a lot of changes, so I just had to be patient with the whole process and just kind of play it by ear," Zuroff said. "Just keep communication with them and just be patient, and that's what I did and it worked out well for me.

He is one of 13 walk-ons welcomed by the Bison on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6.

With the New Salem-Glen Ullin Holsteins, Zuroff competed in two 9-man championship games and was named to the First Team All-State offense as running back after his senior season.

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Zuroff said during a successful junior season, he realized he could probably continue playing into college, but come senior year, he was surprised at the options he had.

"My senior year, I played as hard as I can because it's my last year, you know, and I wanted to get as many options as I could out of it," Zuroff said. "I didn't expect I was going to have that many options, but all the work paid off and it worked out good for me, I guess."

In the 2018 championship game, the 5-10, 170-pound back opened the scoring with a 5-yard rush, but as the Holsteins struggled rushing the ball against Thompson, they utilized Zuroff's receiving abilities. Later, he scored again off a 70-yard pass from quarterback and Dickinson State commit, Evan Henke.

Following the 42-28 loss to the Tommies, Zuroff had 14 yards on the ground and 129 receiving yards over five catches.

As of right now, Zuroff is expecting to do most of his work from the backfield, but said there is a chance he could be a receiver as well.

"I think I'm going to miss defense, but running back for sure is my favorite," Zuroff remarked. "I think I'm going to like playing running back in college better than playing on defense because it's my favorite position."

Even with the changes in staff, Zuroff is confident he is making the right decision to join the successful Bison program.

"They're definitely still going to have the same football atmosphere, the same winning mindset, all the same stuff," Zuroff said.

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