SFI Spring Depth Chart – Offense

Because of injuries and non-spring participants, the Offensive side of the ball is a bit more challenged with less depth and numbers than their defensive counterparts at almost all positions.  Coach Rudolph and the offense will no doubt have to practice and preach “smart practice tempo” to try and keep everyone healthy so that they can complete spring ball in one piece.

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OFFENSIVE LINE
- Left Tackle:  One of the two offensive line position with the most uncertainty needs to find itself and have an idea of where they will be at by the fall.  Leading candidate AJ Stockwell is out rehabbing an injury after showing a lot of promise late last season.  Kevin Camy is a big-bodied JUCO transfer that will need to assert himself immediately and also needs to get better in the weight room.  We’ve heard good things about Mat Cox’s development both on the field and in the weight room, but he is still a work in progress and still needs to put on more weight.  This is one of the top two most intriguing position battles this spring on the O-line.
Left Guard:  The most certain starter on the O-line, 3-year starter Brandon Anderson is the experienced anchor up front. Sophomore Dan Bell will be counted on for depth and will hopefully be able to be a quality depth guy in case of injury.
Center:  Colton Boas is the returning starter here and with redshirt freshman Jacob Francis also out with an injury, Boas seems to be the guy at the outset.  However, the darkhorse is redshirt freshman Grant Aplin, who has gotten rave reviews in the weight room and is known as a grinder in the trenches despite his lack of height.  Having a certain level of ‘nasty’ can make up for a lot of things in the trenches.
Right Guard:  The other O-line spot with the most uncertainty entering spring practices.  We think the experienced Sean Meehan being at this spot gives the offensive line their best starting lineup, but because of the uncertainty at both tackle spots right now and lack of depth for spring ball, Meehan will remain at right tackle for now.  Enter sophomore Brandon Miller and redshirt freshman Demon Taylor to battle for this spot during spring.  Both have the size you like to have at your guard spots and we feel Taylor could challenge for the starting job.
Right Tackle:  The aforementioned Meehan started here last year and is more than likely slated at this spot again.  Redshirt freshman Adam Stiner will be the number 2 guy for now but we wouldn’t be surprised to see some shuffling at this spot, dependent upon the progression of Camy and Cox on the other tackle side.  Either guy could be a potential swing candidate if they develop enough this spring, which would allow Meehan to move down inside to guard, especially given the hopeful return of a healthy Stockwell in the fall.

TIGHT END
The no-brainer returning starter here is senior Zach Adler, who will be the guy in ’21’ and ’11’ and sets.  Junior Luke Mathewson more than likely enters as the #2 man on the depth chart, followed by promising redshirt freshman Luke Fiedler.  We are interested to see how Fiedler develops this spring because of his size (6’5″-235) and huge frame and we expect to see him in the slot to try create mismatches on linebackers and safeties up the seam.  When sophomore Kyle Ruhe returns from injury next fall, this position should have some of the best pass receiving threats they have had in quite some time.

WIDE RECEIVER
- X:  The wide receiver position in general is the biggest crap shoot on the team.  Some shuffling around is almost imminent.  We really have no idea how these positions could shake out because of the lack of experience.  Senior Miguel Cerriteno probably starts off as the #1 ‘X’-receiver with 6-4 redshirt freshman Luke Stanley being the #2.  Stanley has tons of potential because of his size and ability to go up and get it so he could challenge Cerriteno as early as this spring.
Z:  Sophomore Josh Seibel surprised last season after the receiving unit was decimated by injuries.  We feel his progression continues at the flanker spot as the #1 guy on the depth chart entering spring, which he earned.  Arizona transfer Clive Georges will no doubt be pushing him but will need to get comfortable with the offense and prove he can be a playmaker and apply his physical ability that he possesses.  Maverick Edmunds moved over from cornerback and will be counted on to be a quality depth guy and is one of the faster guys on the team, but will need to use the spring to mold his craft as a WR.
J:  Sophomore Brandon Walker and JUCO transfer Alex Reed are both candidates to be  swing guys for all 3 spots, but we believe Walker starts as the top guy in 3 WR sets at ‘J’ because of his experience in the offense.  We’ve heard great things about Reed and believe he will have a say in things before spring practices are concluded.  It’s anyone’s guess and is up for grabs as to who will be the 4th man in 4-WR sets at this time.  By all accounts Reed brings great intangibles to the team, which is crucial as Coach Schweigert is still trying to create the right culture in his UND football program.

FULLBACK
UND returns just two fullbacks in their pro-style offense, meaning both should be getting plenty of reps this spring.  Returning starter and North Dakota native Dustin Iverson (6’3″-250) is coming off a nice sophomore campaign where he caught 12 balls and more importantly evolved as a lead blocker.  Freshman Tyler Coyne is a walk-on but will be counted on to challenge Iverson and provide quality depth at an important position in UND’s pro-style offense.

RUNNING BACK
This is a position on the offense that is completely up for grabs when spring ball begins today.  We do not think that the position is set in stone as far as the depth chart goes, however, based on the fact UND is still looking for possible transfers to make an immediate impact.  We see senior transfer Ja’Won Arrington breaking through and winning this job based on his experience, combined with his size and speed.  He will not be an ‘everydown’ RB, as few are these days, but should log the lion’s share of the reps.  Sophomore Kyle Norberg returns as the bruising, between the tackles RB on the UND roster.  He made in immediate impact last fall after switching from ILB early last season.  Norberg finished the 2014 season with 225 rushing yards.

What UND does need to find is a “speed” back, a guy that can break a long run with one move and provide a change of pace for the bigger RB’s in Arrington and Norberg.

QUARTERBACK
With Joe Mollberg rehabbing his achilles injury and Jake Hanson making the move to defense, there should be plenty of reps to go around between Ryan Bartels and Keaton Studsrud.  In this sense, the spring should be invaluable for both guys in terms of getting quality reps with the first and second string offense, which will aid both in gaining confidence and building a rapport with their young and inexperienced receiving corps.  We hope both guys push each other all spring.  Bartels brings the experience to the table while Studsrud brings the physical athletic attributes that bode well for Paul Rudolph’s offense.  Studsrud needs to take steps mentally to show he can be the guy long term and we feel if he shows that, he will be the #1 guy on the depth chart heading into fall camp where a 3-man, free-for-all will ensue at the QB spot.  The quality of depth here should be the best it’s been in a long time come August.

 

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SFI Spring Depth Chart – Defense

With the first spring practice only 2 days away, we thought we’d look at we we believe the depth chart will look like for the start of spring practice.  It will no doubt have changes from the start to end of spring practices, but we thought we’d project where we think everyone will be – we repeat, these are our projections.

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DEFENSIVE LINE
Left End:  Greely and Carrothers are the 1 and 1a here.  Both will see a ton of snaps and be on the field a lot.  Want to see how Greely progresses in his second year after not redshirting last year.  We are excited about his potential and ceiling.  Redshirt Freshman Austin Cieslak will probably be a swing guy at the #3 spot between right and left.  He will definitely need as many reps as possible.
Noseguard:  Jordan Hinojosa is a defensive catalyst and he needs to be a leader by example here.  His motor is contagious.  Tank Harris enters the equation and we hope will push Kyle Woodsmall for the #2 spot.  Woodsmall is coming off a season ending injury last season and will not participate in spring ball.
Right End:  Brandon Dranka is the guy here.  Have heard great offseason reports about him.  Love his ceiling potential too.  He and Greely have the opportunity to be dominant DE’s on each side.  Now they just have to take the next step and prove it.  Sophomore Nick Schmitz will be the #2 guy on the right.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
- Stud:  Junior Brian Labat is firmly entrenched as the starter here, coming off a nice 2014 campaign.  The battle will be between sophomore Jake Disterhaupt, who had a knack for big plays last season, and senior Javen Butler.  Butler has all the tools and physical ability but has only played sparingly in his three seasons at UND.
Zeke:  Senior Dayo Idowu is the best OLB on the team and an All-Big Sky candidate.  He probably won’t get much work this spring.  A guy we are very excited about, as are the coaching staff, is freshman Dylan Harmston.  He has a huge upside with his speed and athleticism.  Harmston should be a bigtime playmaker over the next 4 years.

INSIDE LINEBACKER
- Sam:  Senior Will Ratelle is the undisputed leader of this defense.  Coming off a 100+ tackle season we are expecting huge things once again from Ratelle.  Like Idowu, we don’t see Ratelle logging many reps in spring ball (not needed).  Tahje Hartley, at 6’3″-210, is a young guy that could make some noise from the ILB spot.
Will:  Junior Taj Rich will be the starter at the weakside ILB position after a solid sophomore campaign where he logged 82 tackles and 11 TFL’s.  Fellow junior Dylan Bakker will be a player to watch after red-shirting this past fall to get himself acclimated to the FCS level.  He has the tools and size (6’2-230)to be a playmaker but will need the spring session to learn the defense.

CORNERBACK
- Left Corner:  Because of his measurables, we would like to eventually see Deion Harris be the starter on this side, but he might need to gain more confidence and experience first.  We see Chris Brown and Chris Carter battling it out for the starting spot at left.
Right Corner:  We think Deion Harris and Charles Flowers will compete for this spot, but we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t be disappointed if Harris didn’t start at one corner spot.  He’s a different animal physically that UND has never really had.  Brown, Carter and Harris should be the top 3 in nickel situations right now, but we fully expect the wildcard Flowers to push everyone and be in the rotation next fall and if nothing else, provide quality depth on the right side.  Having 4 capable corners is a nice luxury.

SAFETY
- Rover:  The leader of the back row resides here with Cole Reyes.  He needs to make strides with his pass play recognition, trigger and ball skills.  No reason to think he won’t.  He has all-conference type talent, now he needs to apply himself as such.  Senior Dillon Olson and junior William James should compete for the #2 spot.
Flyer:  This position is transfer loaded with Jawon Johnson, Dominique Blackmon and Zach Arnell.  This is guess for us, but we like Johnson to come out on top.  However, any of the 3 could literally be starting at this point.  We need to see them in action this spring (Arnell will be out with due to injury).

 

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2015 UND Spring Football Info & Thoughts

Here is your official UND Football 2015 Spring Prospectus, courtesy of the UND Sports Information Department.  They did an outstanding job with this and should be commended for the level of coverage.  If you want to know anything at all about UND spring ball, it’s in there.

Practice begins next Friday, March 27th – 3pm at Memorial Stadium.  

Spring Football Schedule

(All practices held at Memorial Stadium)

3/27 (Friday) – 3 p.m.
03/28 (Saturday) – 9 a.m.
03/30 (Monday) – 3 p.m.
04/01 (Wednesday) – 3 p.m.
04/03 (Friday) – 3 p.m.
04/06 (Monday) – 3 p.m.
04/08 (Wednesday) – 3 p.m.
04/10 (Friday) – 3 p.m.
04/13 (Monday) – 3 p.m.
04/15 (Wednesday) – 3 p.m.
04/18 (Saturday) – 9 a.m.
04/20 (Monday) – 3 p.m.
04/22 (Wednesday) – 3 p.m.
04/24 (Friday) – 3 p.m.
04/25 (Saturday) – 11:30 a.m.

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We will be putting out our offensive and defensive depth charts in the next few days.  These charts are going to be our best guess as to how the depth chart will evolve as spring ball proceeds.  UND put out there depth chart in the link above but these will be our prognostications, so to speak.

Here is what I will be watching for during Spring Ball 2015:

  1. This year of spring ball will be completely different than last spring.  Last year the coaches needed to spend parts of practice simply teaching players stance, technique, etc.  That took up valuable practice periods.  Now, they can slightly reduce those technique sessions and use them to work on installs.  I expect they will still start with the base drills but now the players know what to expect and can have expedited success in learning/perfecting them.
  2. #1 with a bullet is offensive line play.  I want to see which of the young offensive lineman is ready to step up and take a shot at the many open spots along the offensive line.  The only spot that is locked up is Brandon Anderson at LG.  Sean Meehan is a returning starter but I ultimately want to see him play RG, not one of the tackle spots.  He seems better suited for that position.  Young guys I will be keeping an eye on:  Demon Taylor (G), Kevin Camy (T), Mat Cox (T) and Adam Stiner (T).  Really wish Jake Francis and A.J. Stockwell were playing but both are out due to injury.
  3. The progression of Keaton Studsrud.  Spring ball is boiling down to Studsrud vs. Ryan Bartels to see who will be the #1 QB entering fall camp.  With Joe Mollberg still rehabbing his torn achilles, those two are left to duke it out over the 15 practice spring season.  From what I was told, Studsrud grew immensely once he took over the reigns in the final four games of the 2015 season.  The huddle was crisp and the players appeared to respond to his leadership.  Says a lot when it’s an 18 year old true freshman providing that level of confidence.
  4. The running back position is not complete and spring ball will only offer a teaser as to what it will look like come fall camp.  Senior transfer Ja’Won Arrington will be one to watch as I have heard nothing but good things about his attitude and leadership this past winter.  But, we do know they are still talking to possible transfers to come in help out immediately at the RB position.  UND needs a home-run hitter to accompany the power back that they have in Arrington.
  5. UND needs better safety play.  Much better.  Safeties can clean up a lot of mistakes that happen in front of them and make a defensive coordinator look pretty good in the process.  UND had very little of that last season.
  6. I have sharpied in sophomore Cole Reyes at the strong safety position and feel very confident in his ability to be a top-end safety in the Big Sky.  He has the size (6’2″-210), range, and hitting ability to be a disruptive force back there and in the alley.  The guy I am looking forward to evaluating is juco transfer Jawon Johnson.  He is nearly identical to Reyes in size and provides many of the same attributes.  Those two on the field at the same time can get some stuff done.  Juco transfer Zach Arnell will be an X factor, as we will wait to see if he becomes a regular contributor as well.  Arnell will not be participating in spring drills due to injury, however.   UND gave up way too many 3rd and long conversions last season.  These three can help change that.
  7. The cornerback position is another area where UND needs improvement in 2015. IMO, both spots are up for grabs.  I look for true sophomore Deion Harris to make a strong push for one of the starting corner spots.  Harris, 6’3″, brings the size UND is looking for to defend the taller Big Sky receivers.  He did not redshirt last season giving him valuable experience in the system heading into his first spring.  True sophomore Chris Carter also got valuable experience by not redshirting last fall.  Carter is a smaller corner at 5’10” but is an ultra-aggressive player who competes every play.  Senior Chris Brown made huge strides last season after a year of tuteledge by Coach Schweigert and Coach Rodgers.  He has the most experience of the group but is smallest at 5’8″.  The X factor is sophomore juco transfer Charles Flowers, who redshirted last fall.  By all accounts, Flowers needed to get stronger so he made the wise decision to redshirt and build his core.  He came in with impressive juco tape in his only season at Citrus College and I expect Flowers to be in the mix for playing time come fall.

 

 

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UND Junior Day and Recruiting Update

  • UND will be hosting their annual Junior Day tomorrow for current juniors in high school that are prospects for the Class of 2016.  We have been able to confirm that the following student-athletes will be on campus tomorrow:
  1. Braedan Hanson – WR – Red River High School
  2. Zak Kuntz – LB – Red River High School
  3. Jamahl Johnson – DL – Prior Lake High School
  4. Zach Sweep – RB-LB – Bismarck Century High School
  5. Ben Bolinske – QB/ATH – Minot High School
  6. Matt Marler – LB – Minot High School
  7. Foster Conzet – LB – Wayzata High School
  8. Braydon Lund – TE-DE – Minot High School
  9. Tyson Lytle – DL – Fargo South High School
  • DL Kemuel Denny of Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN is visiting UND this weekend and indicated he will be signing after his visit.  Denny appears to be somewhat raw and will need time to develop but has a long frame and quick burst of the ball.  At 6’5″-240 he will fit in nicely at the defensive end position.  We had indicated earlier that UND needed another defensive lineman in this class and Denny is it.  We are still not ruling out a FBS transfer along the defensive line as well due to the fact they could use an older player to even out the classes and provide immediate depth.

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Grab Bag of UND Football Stuff

A few updates and thoughts now that the 2015 recruiting season is over (for now):

UND just received a PWO commitment from LB Andre Steiger of Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, IL (western suburb of Chicago).  Steiger. 6’0”-215, shows very good speed and quickness off the ball in his highlights.  We project him as a weakside ILB or possibly a weakside OLB, where he can use his skills off the edge.  Steiger is the 6th LB to join the Class of 2015.

UND still needs another defensive lineman in this class.  All options are on the table as we have seen them offer juco players, along with high school kids.  An FBS transfer is obviously a possibility.  UND signed four last week but need immediate help for 2015.  When more names come available we will update this but we haven’t seen anything new since signing day.

UND now has 3 cornerbacks over 6′-3″ – sophomore Deion Harris and true freshman signees Robert Hilton and Jeremy Webb.

It has been publicized that in 2015 UND will be getting two new sets of Adidas football jerseys/pants, along with the workout gear, etc.  Coach Schweigert is a traditionalist when it comes to uniforms so we are confident they will be green at home and white on the road.  We are also hearing they may be toying around with the idea of a grey helmet in the future.  We assume it would look similar to the helmet they used back in the 60′-70’s.  Love the idea.

 

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Reviewing the Signing Day Class of 2015

Here are our thoughts on the 2015 UND recruiting class now that the dust has settled:

  1. Coach Bubba Schweigert made the state of North Dakota priority #1.  And it showed.  They got 6 of the top 9 kids in the state, with all of them being overall good athletes and also good kids.
  2. UND needs to create the culture that they want in their program with their first couple classes and it was obvious that is what Bubba is doing here.  Last year they signed 17 kids from North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  This year they signed 15 from North Dakota and Minnesota.
  3. The staff hit up the usual spots again this year.  They went into Michigan to pull two athletes in Iwarri Smith and Tim Dulin and also went down to Kansas/Missouri to get a couple more lineman in Justus Merz and Steve Greer.
  4. Things got pretty interesting with both Merz and Greer.  Indiana State came in and offered both of them.  Northern Iowa, who are notoriously late recruiters, and South Dakota also came in and offered Merz.  UND had to go into protection mode to keep both of them.  Merz (6′-6″-270) is a player we believe was way under the radar for most of the recruiting season.  He only had offers from UND and SDSU during the fall.  He is a very athletic OL who can get out and run like a tight end.
  5. The staff added Colorado this year and it paid off big time with the addition of three players (Bryce Blair, Tyus Carter, & Keenan Poole).
  6. A player that completely flew under the radar was OL Patric Rooney of Benilde St. Margarets in the Cities.  Watch his tape.  The kid is a mauler.  Finishes every block to the whistle.  He has center or guard written all over him.
  7. It was quite obvious that the UND staff wanted to get “taller”.  They added five defensive backs that all go over 6′-2″, with Webb being a 6′-4″ cornerback and Hilton being 6′-3″.  The shortest OL they added was 6′-4″ (Rooney).
  8. UND recruited kids from winning programs.  Bryce Blair & Tyus Carter played for the 5A Colorado state champion Cherry Creek Bruins.  Jeremy Webb played for Stevenson, which won the 8A Illinois state championship with a 14-0 record.  Alex Reed played for perennial juco powerhouse Iowa Western.  Aidan & Tristan Hartness led Fargo Davies to the Class AAA state championship.  Brady Oliveira led Oak Park to a 9-1 record and conference championship.  Adding kids that are used to winning goes a long way to creating the culture they want at UND.
  9. It was obvious that UND’s ability to build relationships from start to finish during the recruiting process was a huge variable in the success of this year’s class (something they didn’t have the luxury of doing last year). Having the opportunity to do so is one thing, capitalizing on those opportunities with the success they had this year is another.  Hats off.

Biggest “Gets”

Elijah Grady – He is a great overall athlete for such a big man (6’5″-290).  We think he can be a top flight tackle/guard for UND in a few years.  The transition from 9-man to FCS ball will take a little time.
Troy Hansen – At 6’4″, Hansen is the big, athletic linebacker that UND needs on the inside.  We see him playing the weakside ILB position for UND and being a sideline to sideline threat, but he has the flexibility to play all over where they need him to.  Could be scary by the time he bulks up in the weight room.
Steve Greer – The 6′-2″-280 pound interior defensive lineman projects at the noseguard spot in the 3-4.  While we have said all along that he is an effort and lunchpail type of player, he may surprise some people with his play-making ability.  If he can do it mentally, we feel he has potential to be in the rotation and on the field in week 1.  The “fit” at UND has a lot to do with why we are high on him.
Justus Merz – He is a fast, nimble OL who can pull and get out in front of the play with ease.  Merz should hopefully be a cornerstone of the OL in a couple years.
Tim Dulin – Tall (6′-4″), skinny, can run and will go up and get the ball.  UND needs height at the WR in the worst way and Dulin can provide it.  He will need time in the weight room but certainly has the frame.
Iwarri Smith – We aren’t quite sure whether he fits best on offense or defense, but the coaches have to love the ability to play him wherever it works best for the team.  This product from Michigan had a standing PWO offer from Oregon and is a natural runner on the track who clocked a 10.8 100 meter dash.

Steals/Diamonds in the Rough

Bryce Blair – Maybe the “under the radar” steal of the class, in our opinion.  Didn’t appear to have a whole lot going on with other FCS schools (Georgetown, UNC and D2 offers), but UND stumbled upon him presumably while watching film of Cherry Creek teammate Tyus Carter.  An ass-kicking mauler who needs some time to develop, Blair has high, long-term upside if his body and technique develop under the tutelage of Coach Knauf.
Jade Lawrence – It sounds as thought the Moorhead High School product will start out at OLB, where UND coaches like him best.  However, if need be, Lawrence has the ability to be able to play RB in the Big Sky.  Regardless of where he plays, we think Lawrence and his athleticism are highly underrated.
Carl Engwall – Given how we saw Drew Greely and Brandon Dranka contribute and develop this year as true freshman  at DE (something we didn’t see coming), we feel Engwall fits the same type of mold.  A 1st Team All-State selection , Engwall surprisingly did not have many other suitors after committing early in September to Coach Bubba Schweigert.  We think he’s a perfect fit to play the 5-technique at UND.
Patric Rooney – How this kid didn’t have multiple FCS offers is beyond us.  Rooney attended UND’s camp as a junior and hurt his knee while there.  After a succesful rehab stint and senior season, his senior film looked very impressive.  Rooney is definitely a candidate to be a 3 or 4 year starter at guard or center.  We love his tenacity at the point of attack in the running game.
Jeremy Webb - Anytime you can get a 6’4″ corner who can run and played at the highest level of Illinois football (8A) for the (undefeated) state champion, you take him.  He’s rough, but with some development, could be a game changer (see Deion Harris).

Instant Impact (candidates to contribute early)

Steve Greer(See Above)
Kevin Camy – We know transfers are obvious guys to be on the field, but he has the size and ability to start immediately.  Camy will probably be fighting for a starting spot at one of the tackle positions this spring and next fall.  We hope he allows UND the flexibility to move Sean Meehan down inside, where he is more of a natural fit and where we believe he can be most effective.
Clive Georges – If The University of Arizona transfer isn’t on the field for 1-back sets, it will be a huge disappointment given where he’s coming from and his athletic ability.  We feel with him being here for spring ball, that it should be a no-brainer.  At minimum, looking forward to him being a top 3 WR, immediately.  At best, we hope he’s a go-to guy week 1 for UND’s starting QB.
John Santiago – This dynamic slot guy brings an element to the UND offense that is currently missing on the roster.  We feel it’s 60/40 that he plays immediately.  His ability, or lack thereof, to returns punts/kicks could be the deciding factor on pulling his shirt.
Brady Oliveira – While not a homerun hitter, Oliveira brings another running dimension that will be different than what we are used to seeing in UND’s backfield recently.  He is a between-the-tackles, physical style runner that will be a nice complement to the position group immediately.  We will see how he progresses mentally in fall camp.
Jawon Johnson - Big, physical safety at 6’2″-210.  By all reports he is the same size as current UND safety Cole Reyes.  Johnson should have the ability to step in and play immediately as an every down safety.
Justus Merz – Already a machine in the weight room, at 6′-6″ Merz is an immediate candidate for the 2-deep at tackle, given the lack of depth at both spots.  It takes but one play of his highlights to see his ability to move and run around on the field.  We love his potential from jump street.

Biggest “misses” (guys that UND went after and visited, but went elsewhere)
Decxavier Kelly-Martin (Illinois State)
Grady Higgins (Boston College)
Cole Karcz (NDSU)
Bryson McCabe (Montana State)
Keith Key (Ohio University)
Richard King (Colorado St.)

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Signing Day Chat

Since it’s signing day and hope springs eternal on this day every year, we figured we would live it up a bit longer with a comment chat session.  We do not have the capabilities to live chat like the big dogs over at the Herald so we need to do it through comments.

Fire away with any comments/questions you may have and we will give our best answer/thoughts right back!

 

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UND Class of 2015 – Signing Day

Here is your UND Football Class of 2015.  For more in-depth coverage go to UNDSports.com.  They will have all the info you could possibly want on each and every recruit.  We will continue on with individual recruit writeups as the week goes on past signing day.

Live interactive chat/comment session coming up at 2pm!

Here’s the breakdown by state so far:

#RollTribe

Below is the breakdown by position.  We are confident these will be their starting positions come fall camp:

Quarterback (2)

1.  Brad Heidlebaugh – QB (ND)

2.  Aidan Hartness – QB (ND) (PWO)

Running Back (3)

1.  Brady Oliveira – RB (MB)

2.  Ja’Won Arrington – RB (AL)

3.  Austin Gordon – RB (MN) (PWO)

Fullback (0)

1.  None

Wide Receiver (6)

1.  Carter Blackwell – WR (ND)

2.  John Santiago – WR (MN)

3.  Clive Georges – WR (AZ)

4.  Alex Reed – WR (IA)

5.  Tim Dulin – WR (MI)

6.  Tristan Hartness – WR (ND) (PWO)

Tight End (1)

1.  Luke Keller – TE (ND) (PWO)

Offensive Line (6)

1.  Elijah Grady – OL (ND)

2.  Zack Williams – OL (MB)

3.  Justus Merz – OL (KS)

4.  Patric Rooney – OG (MN)

5.  Kevin Camy – OL – (CA)

6.  Bryce Blair – OL – (CO)

Defensive Line (4)

1.  Carl Engwall – DL (MN)

2.  Steve Greer – NG (MO)

3.  Logan Alm – NG (MN) (PWO)

4.  Ted Nelson – DL (MN) (PWO)

Outside Linebacker (3)

1.  Mason Bennett – OLB (MB)

2.  Jade Lawrence – OLB (MN)

3.  Keelan Poole – OLB (CO)

Inside Linebacker (3)

1.  Donnell Rodgers – ILB (MN)

2.  Troy Hansen – ILB (AB)

Safety (4)

1.  Zach Arnell – S (CA)

2.  Jawon Johnson – S (NM)

3.  Tanner Palmborg – S (MN) (PWO)

4.  Awarri Smith – S (MI)

Cornerback (3)

1.  Tyus Carter – CB (CO)

2.  Robert Hilton – CB (CA)

3.  Jeremy Webb – CB (IL)

 

We will have a full writeup and reaction tomorrow morning once all the paperwork has been processed and the ink has dried.   Relevant comments and discussion are welcome!

 

 

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UND 2015 Recruiting – Signing Day Week

As near as we can tell, Coach Bubba Schweigert and his staff should be about done with recruiting as far as the official 2015 recruiting calendar goes.

By our math they are sitting at 26 scholarship commitments and 6 preferred-walk on commitments.  That means they can sign five more players for the 2015 season, if they are so inclined.  A team can only sign 30 players in one recruiting season.

The one player we are waiting to hear something on is LB Troy Hansen of Canada Prep.  He visited UND in December and was waiting on word from the University of California about a scholarship, but we haven’t heard or read anything concrete on his decision.  Per reports, he was offered a grey shirt or PWO by Cal (not sure which).  While it is probably a coin flip chance, we are hoping he will be signing with UND, but it appears we will have to wait until Wednesday to know for sure.  He would definitely be a nice cherry on top of this solid 2015 signing day class.  Inside linebacker is still a position of need right now when breaking down this class (below).

UND may also still be in the market for a transfer defensive lineman in the next few months – a player that would start with the team come summer time.  If it is an FBS transfer it would be announced in May.

Signing Day is on Wednesday, February 4th.  UND will be holding their annual Signing Day Party at the Alerus Center, Ballroom 5 on Wednesday night at 5:30 pm.

 

Quarterback (2)

1.  Brad Heidlebaugh – QB (ND)

2.  Aidan Hartness – QB (ND) (PWO)

Running Back (3)

1.  Brady Oliveira – RB (MB)

2.  Ja’Won Arrington – RB (UAB)

3.  Austin Gordon – RB (MN) (PWO)

Fullback (0)

1.  None

Wide Receiver (6)

1.  Carter Blackwell – WR (ND)

2.  John Santiago – WR (MN)

3.  Clive Georges – WR (Arizona-FBS)

4.  Alex Reed – WR (Iowa Western-J)

5.  Tim Dulin – WR (MI)

6.  Tristan Hartness – WR (ND) (PWO)

Tight End (1)

1.  Luke Keller – TE (ND) (PWO)

Offensive Line (6)

1.  Elijah Grady –  (ND)

2.  Zack Williams – OL (MB)

3.  Justus Merz – OL (KS)

4.  Patric Rooney – OG (MN)

5.  Kevin Camy – OL – (Butte CC)

6.  Bryce Blair – OL – (CO)

Defensive Line (3)

1.  Carl Engwall – DL (MN)

2.  Steve Greer – NG (MO)

3.  Logan Alm – NG (MN) (PWO)

Outside Linebacker (3)

1.  Mason Bennett – OLB (MB)

2.  Jade Lawrence – OLB (MN)

3.  Keelan Poole – OLB (CO)

Inside Linebacker (1)

1.  Donnell Rodgers – ILB (MN)

Safety (4)

1.  Zach Arnell – S (Santa Barbara CC)

2.  Jawon Johnson – S (New Mexico Military JC)

3.  Tanner Palmborg – S (MN) (PWO)

4.  Awarri Smith – S (MI – could also be a RB)

Cornerback (3)

1.  Tyus Carter – CB (CO)

2.  Robert Hilton – CB (CA)

3.  Jeremy Webb – CB (IL)

 

 

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Final Recruiting Weekend – 2015

We believe UND is holding their final recruiting weekend of the 2015 season tomorrow, January 31st.  However, due to them having an “almost” full class already, we doubt their will be many visitors.

One visitor we have confirmed is DB Jeremy Webb of Stevenson HS in Lincolnshire, IL.  He appears to be another tall, rangy defensive back that UND is transitioning to.

I would think that there would be 1-2 other preferred walk-on candidates that are coming in.  UND does already has five PWO’s in Luke Keller, Aidan & Tristan Hartness, Tanner Palmborg, and Logan Alm, who just recently committed.  Plus they have the mid-year walk-ons in Oscar Nevermann, Sawyer Knick, and Trent Galkoski.  The latter three are only guaranteed a spot in spring ball, however, not fall camp.

Once again, we will try to update this if we come across any other official visitors.

UPDATE:  Austin Gordon of Wayzata, MN is visiting UND, we believe.

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