Verbal Commit 2015 – Brad Heidlebaugh

Name:  BRAD HEIDLEBAUGH

School:  Rugby High School, Rugby, North Dakota. (Coach Scott Grochow)

Vitals:  Quarterback (#7)  6’5″ – 200 lbs

Brad Heidlebaugh is the first quarterback and the 3rd North Dakota commitment to the UND class of 2015.

In his senior season as the Panthers quarterback, Heidlebaugh amassed 2,266 yards of total offense as a true dual-threat QB.  We honestly know more about Heidlebaugh’s basketball prowess due to his playing on TV but do not know much about his football skills.  We did not see any Hudl or Youtube highlights.

We do know that Heidlebaugh is an excellent all-around athlete with great leaping ability.  He was a two-time Class A First-Team All-State quarterback for the Panthers.  He was also First-Team All-State in basketball, where he is one of the current favorites for the Mr. Basketball award.  In track, Heidlebaugh finished 2nd in the triple jump at the 2014 state track meet and 5th in the long jump.  There is something to say for recruiting ‘multi-sport’ athletes and Heidlebaugh is the definition of that term.

It’s safe to say that Heidlebaugh could play multiple positions for UND, based on need, etc.  A flex TE/H-back type would be one, along with WR or even outside linebacker.  However, he is going to be a QB at UND and that is the position where we hope he succeeds.

 

 

 

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Recruiting Weekend Recap 1-24-15 (Updated)

We believe that UND has come very close to sweeping the board after last week’s recruiting weekend.  The only visitor that we know of who has not committed is LB Keelan Poole of Grandview HS in Colorado.  Keelan Poole has committed to UND.

This brings UND’s current recruiting class to 26 scholarship verbal commitments and 4 preferred walk-on commitments.

The following players committed to UND Football this past weekend:

Maybe it is us being hyper-sensitive based on the Momoh situation with Wyoming, but we are paying close attention to UND’s commitments in Michigan & Colorado this week.  A school like Wyoming, who is obviously scrambling like crazy late in the process (based on their offers and locations they are recruiting in), is one to watch.  They have offered a bunch of Michigan kids in the past week, basically trying to get any kid they can to fill out their recruiting class.  Hopefully, UND’s relationship building and time they put in with their recruits, showing they truly wanted them at UND, will shine through.

 

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Official Visit Weekend 1-24-15

We are not expecting a very big group this weekend based on their amount of commits to date.  UND already has 22 commitments and as we said previously, we expect them to only sign about 6 more kids and leave 2 spots for May, in case a prospect falls in their lap.  Which means their current list of targets is down to the last 8-10 kids.

UND has two preferred walk-ons so far in this class:  Luke Keller of Bismarck High and Tanner Palmborg of Princeton, MN.  We would expect them to try and get 2-3 more, even though they did got Oscar Nevermann (transfer RB from Wyoming), Sawyer Knick (LB from Sioux Falls), and Trent Galkoski (S from UM-Crookston) as walk-ons at semester break.

Players we believe are visiting UND this weekend are:

When talking local recruiting, the Hartness twins are a high priority, IMO.  They both are very good athletes and are local, ND kids who would bring what UND wants into the program.  If UND can get both of them that would bring the total to 6 North Dakota kids in this class.  Coach Schweigert said recruiting North Dakota would be priority #1 and he is backing it up.

 

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Recruiting News 1-22-15

A few tidbits we have come across heading into the home stretch of the 2015 recruiting season:

  • Wyoming has apparently offered UND commit Harry Momoh.  UND was Momoh’s only FCS offer (which tells us it was probably a partial-not sure).  For Wyoming to offer him a scholarship, that means they offered a full-ride because that is all FBS teams can offer.  I think it is safe to say that they are in panic mode out in Laramie right now.  They have been losing recruits left and right, even to FCS teams such as NDSU, UNI, and NAU.  Now we see they are moving into Michigan and trying to get a few kids out of there.  By our count, the Cowboys only have 15 signees/commits to date.
  • This is not a total surprise as this is the week (2 weeks before signing day) where every school begins to worry a bit and wants to fill their classes asap.  The Big Ten robs the MAC, MAC robs FCS, FCS robs D2….and so on.  Just the nature of the beast.  There are still a bunch of high quality players left but the stakes are raised during the home stretch.
  • We expect a small group of recruits this weekend.  UND only has 8 spots remaining to fill and we would expect them to keep 1-2 open for the spring in case a player falls into their lap, etc.  Expect them to try and get 6 more commits by signing day.
  • UND seemed to have pretty good retention on their roster, post Xmas break.  The only player we have heard that is not still with the team is DL Marcus Cheatom, who played sparingly this past season.  This is a good sign.

 

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Verbal Commit 2015 – Clive Georges

Name:  CLIVE GEORGES

School:  Key West High School, FL.  Transfer from University of Arizona.

Vitals:  Wide Receiver (#81)  6’1″ – 170 lbs

Clive Georges transferred to UND at semester break from the University of Arizona, where he spent the past two years.  Georges redshirted in 2012 and played sparingly in 2013.  This past fall he did not play at all, eventually leaving the team in October.  We believe Georges will be a junior for the 2015 season.

It is quite obvious from his senior tape that Clive Georges is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball.  He is the “speedster” that most teams have on their roster.  At Key West HS they knew how to get him the ball to utilize his track speed and that was to get him the ball quick in space and let him accelerate without being impeded.  They used jet sweeps, reverses, etc. to try and get him started with the ball in his hands.  He was also their special teams returner and we would assume he will get a shot at that with UND.

He is a bit of a strider vs. a quick, get up and go guy.  Reason for that is Georges was the Florida Class 2A 400 meter state champion his senior season, running a 47.35.  He placed 2nd in the 100, running a 10.76.

Georges will need to put on some size to be effective in all area of the receiver game, especially blocking.  He has a slight build at around 170 pounds.  But, if used right he can be the big-play threat that UND has seen in the past like Mr. Electricity, Weston Dressler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recruiting Weekend Recap

UND Football appeared to have a successful recruiting weekend, going 3 for 3 on the recruits that were visiting but had not yet committed.  The following players committed this past weekend:

1.  Tim Dulin – WR – Livonia Churchill HS (Michigan).

2.  Tyus Carter – CB – Cherry Creek HS (Colorado).

3.  Tanner Palmborg – LB – Princeton HS (Minnesota)

Dulin is a prototypical tall WR (6’3″) that this program desperately needs.  He has long arms and will hopefully be the jump-ball guy for UND over the next 4 years.

Carter is an aggressive cornerback and was a big commit for UND.  They didn’t have a corner committed yet and to get one with his pedigree and ability is huge.  He played for 5A state champion Cherry Creek.  Getting kids that are used to winning and have the right mentality is a must for the UND football program.

Palmborg is a big bodied LB who played mostly safety in high school.  However, we see him transitioning to one of the linebacker positions.  He will be a preferred walk-on, which actually doesn’t mean much considering they often become full-time contributors.

—Being OL Austin Smith never signed with UND at Xmas break, we are assuming he did not qualify or something along those lines, therefore, is not a part of this class.

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The current Class of 2015 consists of the following 22 commits and leaves 8 spots to fill if they choose.  Here’s how we see it as it sits today:

Quarterback (need 1 more)

1.  Brad Heidlebaugh – QB (Rugby, ND)

–Prospects:  Trey Anderson (MN), Justin Roberts (CO), James Hendricks (MN)

Running Back (possibly 1 more)

1.  Brady Oliveira – RB (Winnipeg, MB)

2.  Ja’Won Arrington – RB (UAB)

–Prospects – Derrick Walker – RB (New Mexico Military)

Fullback (need 1)

1.  None

Wide Receiver (Done)

1.  Carter Blackwell – WR (Dickinson, ND)

2.  John Santiago – WR (St. Francis, MN)

3.  Clive Georges – WR (Arizona-FBS)

4.  Alex Reed – WR (Iowa Western-J)

5.  Tim Dulin – WR (Livonia, MI)

–Prospects:  Dejon Brissett (IL), Alex Wilde (SD)

Tight End (Done)

1.  Luke Keller – TE (Bismarck, ND) (PWO)

Offensive Line (possibly 1 more)

1.  Elijah Grady –  (New Town, ND)

2.  Zack Williams – OL (Winnipeg, MB)

3.  Justus Merz – OL (Eudora, KS)

4.  Patric Rooney – OG (St. Louis Park, MN)

5.  Kevin Camy – OL – (Butte CC)

Defensive Line (need 1-2 more)

1.  Carl Engwall – DL (Lakeville, MN)

2.  Steve Greer – DL (Manchester, MO)

Outside Linebacker (need 1 more)

1.  Mason Bennett – OLB (Winnipeg, MB)

2.  Harry Momoh – OLB (Minnetonka, MN)

3.  Jade Lawrence – OLB (Moorhead, MN)

4.  Tanner Palmborg – OLB (Princeton, MN) (PWO)

–Prospects:  Decxavier Kelly-Martin (IL)

Inside Linebacker (need 1 more)

1.  Donnell Rodgers – ILB (Woodbury, MN)

–Prospects: Troy Hansen (Canada Prep)

Safety (need 1 more)

1.  Zach Arnell – S (Santa Barbara CC)

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

–Prospects:  Awarri Smith (MI), Devon Cook (MI)

Cornerback  (need 1 more)

1.  Tyus Carter – CB (Greenwood Village, CO)

–Prospects:  Robert Hilton (CA)

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UND Official Visit Weekend 1-17-15

UND will be having their third official visit weekend of this year’s recruiting season coming up on Saturday, January 17th.  Our best guess is there will be 8-10 players on campus this weekend.  We have confirmed the following players via social media:

Visitors 1/17:

  1. Carter Blackwell – WR – Dickinson, ND (UND Commit)
  2. Mason Bennett – OLB – Winnipeg, MB (UND Commit)
  3. John Santiago – RB – St. Francis, MN (UND Commit)
  4. Tyus Carter – CB – Greenwood Village, CO (Cherry Creek HS)
  5. Tim Dulin – WR – Livonia, MI (Churchhill HS)
  6. Keith Key – OLB – Columbus, OH (Bishop Hartley HS)

By our math, UND currently has 21 total commits that count towards the Class of 2015.  That leaves 9 spots that they can fill towards their max of 30.

There will be two more recruiting weekends after this one.

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Verbal Commit 2015 – Patric Rooney

Name:  PATRIC ROONEY

School:  Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School – St. Louis Park, MN (Coaches Jon Hanks & Patrick Krieger)

Vitals:  Offensive Line (#76)  6’4″ – 275 lbs

Simply put, Patric Rooney is a mauling, run-blocking machine who played both guard and tackle in high school.  However, we feel he best projects as a center or guard at the college level.

Rooney shows exceptional explosiveness out of his stance at the snap of the ball and really excels at using his hands when run-blocking.  He plays low and really shows a good tendency of getting underneath defenders and gaining leverage.  Once he’s engaged, the odds of him and the defender going to the ground are very high.  He shows an ‘ass-kicker’ mentality and plays with a feisty edge to him – a high quality characteristic for an interior offensive lineman in the power running game.

There’s no doubt he shows good feet, but his highlights were lacking pass protection clips and him running out on the perimeter on screen plays, etc.  We don’t see an issue with him getting out fast on screens and draws, but we are eager to see how he develops inside against the pass rush – his only question mark in our mind.  If he can be serviceable there, then there’s no doubt Rooney could be in the mix to be a potential 3-4 year starter.  Rooney will also need to put on 20-30 pounds, which we feel should be no problem given his frame and current body makeup.

Rooney joins true freshman QB Keaton Studsrud as fellow BSM grads to commit to UND in back-to-back years.

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Honors:
- Star Tribune 1st Team All-Metro
- AP 2nd Team All-State
- Metro West Conference Lineman of the Year

 

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Verbal Commit 2015 – Donnell Rodgers

Name:  DONNELL RODGERS

School:  Woodbury High School, Woodbury, MN (Coach Andy Hill)

Vitals:  Outside Linebacker (#44)  6’1″ – 205 lbs

The UND Football Program has added their third Class of 2015 Twin Cities commitment.

Donnell Rodgers is projected as an outside linebacker in UND’s 3-4 scheme.  We see him being a Stud OLB, meaning he would be on the strongside.  He has a thick frame and is a rugged type of football player, which bodes well vs. tackles/tight ends in the run game.  Rodgers has pretty good speed and should be able to drop and cover a TE down the seam or RB in the flat.  Being he was a standout running back for the Royals, we certainly do not question his agility and overall athleticism, which appear to be above average.

Rodgers will need to work on flexibility and increase his agility to be an effective OLB at the FCS level.  UND’s OLB’s need to play sideline to sideline while also being the main rushing threats off the edge vs. the passing game.

As a running back, Rodgers  had 787 yards and 9 TD’s rushing for the Royals in his senior season.  Rodgers is also the #22 ranked recruit in the state of Minnesota by 247Sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post-Xmas Recruiting Status – 2015

Now that the 2015 recruiting dead period is over, the UND football staff will be back in the swing of things as far as recruiting weekends go.  Signing Day 2015 is slated for February 4th.  We estimate UND will hold 3 more recruiting weekends on Jan 17th, Jan 24th, and Feb 1st.

The current Class of 2015 consists of the following 21 commits (we also added in prospects  for positions that still need to accounted for):

Quarterback (need one more)

1.  Brad Heidlebaugh – QB (Rugby, ND)

–Prospects:  Trey Anderson (MN), Justin Roberts (CO), James Hendricks (MN)

Running Back (Possibly 1 more)

1.  John Santiago – RB (St. Francis, MN)

2.  Brady Oliveira – RB (Winnipeg, MB)

3.  Ja’Won Arrington – RB (UAB)

–Prospects – Derrick Walker – RB (New Mexico Military)

Fullback (Need 1)

1.  None

Wide Receiver (Need 1 more)

1.  Carter Blackwell – WR (Dickinson, ND)

2.  Clive Georges – WR (Arizona-FBS)

3.  Alex Reed – WR (Iowa Western-J)

–Prospects:  Dejon Brissett (IL), Alex Wilde (SD)

Tight End (Done)

1.  Luke Keller – TE (Bismarck, ND) (PWO)

Offensive Line (Done)

1.  Elijah Grady –  (New Town, ND)

2.  Zack Williams – OL (Winnipeg, MB)

3.  Justus Merz – OL (Eudora, KS)

4.  Patric Rooney – OG (St. Louis Park, MN)

5.  Kevin Camy – OL – (Butte CC)

6.  Austin Smith – OL (American River CC)

Defensive Line (Need 1 more)

1.  Carl Engwall – DL (Lakeville, MN)

2.  Steve Greer – DL (Manchester, MO)

Outside Linebacker (Need 1 more)

1.  Mason Bennett – OLB (Winnipeg, MB)

2.  Donnell Rodgers – OLB (Woodbury, MN)

3.  Harry Momoh – OLB (Minnetonka, MN)

4.  Jade Lawrence – OLB (Moorhead, MN)

–Prospects:  Decxavier Kelly-Martin (IL)

Inside Linebacker (Need 2-3 more)

1.  None

–Prospects – Troy Hansen (Canada Prep), Grady Higgins (CA)

Safety (Need 2-3 more)

1.  Zach Arnell – S (Santa Barbara CC)

–Prospects:  Bret Verstegen (WI), Awarri Smith (MI), Devon Cook (MI)

Cornerback  (Need two more)

1.  None

–Prospects:  Tyus Carter (CO)

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Thoughts:

UND needs another QB.  Heidlebaugh is an athlete that can play multiple positions.  They need to find another high-end QB to go with him.

Cornerback is a position of desperate need and we do not have many kids on our radar.  Something to definitely monitor in the next few weeks.

UND needs multiple ILB’s.  Troy Hansen has been contacted by both Cal and Rutgers so he may have other options to consider for now.

 

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