Seeing the clock strike 0:00 in your final high school football game can be a gut-wrenching feeling. Even though I never got close to winning a state championship myself, I’ve covered enough state champions to realize that it still hurts for those who go out hoisting the hardware because you know in the back of your mind that you’ll never play high school football again. That’s why it’s fun to celebrate those who will be moving on to play at the next level. These individuals will be making new memories, new friendships and with help from their new coaches and professors, molding themselves into fine young men.
Last week, a second wave of high school prospects finalized their college commitments by signing during what is now tabbed as the “late” signing day period. This was the third year that division one college football teams have been allowed to sign players in the “early” signing period in December. I’m here to let you know where all these players are heading.
I kicked off this blog idea last year and enjoyed putting it together because it’s fun to keep tabs on these players as they continue their careers at the next level. It’s also very convenient to have all this information in the same place. So, big thanks to all the coaches across the state for helping me gather the information the past few years.
Also, for those that want a little teaser at what to expect from this list next year I’ve included my “way too early” top 10 list for the Class of 2021 recruits at the bottom of this blog. Of the ten players that I featured on my list last year, all of them will be playing a sport in college in the fall with seven of them set to play division one college football.
If you see a mistake or would like someone added to this list, please email me the info to Jody.Norstedt@Midco.com and I’ll do my best to update it.
Here are some of my key takeaways from the 2020 ND high school commit/signee class:
- This is the 2nd consecutive season that 13 players from ND will join a D-I program (NDSU: 6 | UND: 7)
- 26 D-II players in the state (MSUM leads the way with 12 commits for a 2nd straight year)
- 31 Division Two players (Led by MSU Moorhead’s 12 commits & Minot State’s 7 commits)
- MSU Moorhead (12), Minot State (4), Northern State (1), U. of Mary (8), Bemidji State (1)
- EDC vs WDA (24 EDC players & 23 WDA players)
- The Class Breakdown
- Class AAA = 47 players | Class AA = 14 players | Class A = 15 players | 9-Man = 20 players
The List of 2020 ND Commits/Signees (Organized by Class and Region):
Class AAA – EDC
Isaiah Issendorf, OL – Northern State
Justice Noel, DE – MSU Moorhead
Ty Satter, DB – NDSU
Peyton Fisher, DB – UND
Junior Surpris, RB – Concordia-Moorhead
AJ Anderson, LS – U. of Mary
Bless Flomo, WR – MSU Moorhead
Danny Lahai, RB – NDSCS
Jamal Spiyee, DB – MSU Moorhead
Grand Forks Red River
Peyton Lotysz, OL – UND
Joe Kava, DL - NDSU
Ben Anderson, OL/DL – NDSCS
Marcus Gulley, Safety – MSU Moorhead
Michael Johnson, LB – Mayville St.
Cole Kartes, LB – Mayville St.
Evan Martin, DB – Mayville St.
John McClendon, DB – NDSCS
Dustin Mertz, WR – Valley City State
Ethan Tong, OL/DL – Concordia-MHD
Dawson Bayliss – NDSCS
Nathan Goldade, RB– NDSU
Matt Moore – NDSCS
Andrew Roberts – NDSCS
Tyler Terhark, WR - NDSU
Class AAA – WDA
Cody Sorenson, DB – MSU Moorhead
Konnor Stordalen, OL – U. of Jamestown
Thomas Colby, LB – Concordia-MHD
Rhett Clements, QB – U. of Mary
Cooper Glenn, LB – U. of Mary
Josh Haag, DL – U. of Mary
Peyton Hanson, OL/DL – Dickinson State
Alex Praus, WR/DB – Dickinson State
Evan Showalter, OL/DL – Dickinson State
Johnny Browning, LB – U. of Jamestown
Jaeger Dreher, OL – U. of Jamestown
Tommy Falk, QB – MSU Moorhead
Carson Kennelly, OL – U. of Jamestown
Chris Sayler, RB – U. of Jamestown
Jeremy Williams, WR – U. of Jamestown
Zach Condon, OL/DL – NDSCS
Austin Frey, WR – U. of Mary
Elijah Klein, WR – UND
Kobe Poitra, DL – MSU Moorhead
Triston Emke, DB – MSU Moorhead
Caleb Doeden, LB - UND
Connor Murphy, DL – U. of Mary
Denver Sheets, DL – MSU Moorhead
Class AA – West
Bismarck St. Mary's
Adam Richter, K – U. of Mary
Fred Lundstrom, DL - VCSU
Lorrin Longie, LB – Mayville St.
Tyrese Morin, OL – Mayville St.
Keisin Peltier, WR – VCSU
Colton Daly, WR - VCSU
Class AA – East
Jeremiah Sullivan, LB - VCSU
Jack Kuntz, OL – UND
Parker Vilandre, LB - VCSU
Oscar Benson, LB – NDSU
Zach Nelson, DE – Mayville St.
Dawson Schaffer, K/WR – Concordia-MHD
Riley Gerhardt, LB - VCSU
Austyn Thornton, K - VCSU
Avery Thorsgard, QB - VCSU
Ethan Lyons, OL/DL - NDSCS
Sam Rieger, LB - VCSU
Colin Conteh, RB – Concordia-MHD
Trevor Yaggie, OL - NDSCS
Colton Buskness, DL – MSU Moorhead
Hunter Schuh, OL – Dickinson State
Keegan Henjum, OL – Minot State
Jaegar Lundeen, DB – U. of Mary
Jameson Lesmann, WR - VCSU
Nate Boehm, DL – Dickinson State
Matt Osendorf, WR – Dickinson State
Skyler Heiser, DL – Dickinson State
Will Bryant, OL – MSU Moorhead
Jack Sannes, OL – Minot State
Jack Ihry, LB – UND
Carter Rings, OL/DL – Concordia-MHD
Hunter Medenwaldt, OL/DL - VCSU
Zac Thielges, OL – Minot State
Dawson Sedivec, DL – U. of Jamestown
Andre Carrier, TE – NDSU
Isiah LeTexier, OL – Bemidji St.
Colton Ratchenski, QB – Mayville St.
Tanner Urlaub, RB/LB – Mayville St.
Parker Frederick, OL - VCSU
Bo Belquist, WR – UND
Nick Presnell, DE – Mayville St.
Ezera Wuori, LB – Mayville St.
Isaac Nordloef, OL – Minot State
Gage Swanson, LB – Dickinson State
Greg Greicar, WR/TE – Concordia-MHD
Ty Warbis, LB/DB – Dickinson State
Parker Hager, DB – U. of Jamestown
Isaiah Harter, RB – U. of Jamestown
Payton Hulm, RB/FB – MSU Moorhead
Top 10 Class of 2021 Prospects (Alphabetical Order):
Jaxon Duttenhefer, Mandan
Sibomana Enock, Fargo South
Gage Florence, Velva
Cade Garcia, Century
Reid Hartness, Davies
Barika Kpeenu, Sheyenne
Andrew Leingang, Bismarck Century
Grant Romfo, Langdon-E-M
Simon Romfo, Langdon-E-M
Sam Sather, Red River OL/DL