Courtesy Of St. Thomas Academy

We have confirmed that UND has received a verbal commitment from Class 4A powerhouse St. Thomas Academy’s ball-hawking linebacker Will Ratelle.  After being ranked #1 for most of the year in Minnesota Class 4A, a heart-breaking loss ended their season in the semi-finals against eventual state champ Totino-Grace.  Ratelle has great instincts, reads plays well, has a great motor from sideline to sideline, is a sure tackler and defends both the run and pass exceptionally well.

The 5-11 225 lb Ratelle has built up quite a resume’ from this past season:

  • 2010 Classic Suburban Football Defensive Player of the Year
  • Minnesota Vikings All-State Team
  • Pioneer Press All-State Football
  • Star Tribune All-Metro Football
  • KARE11 All-Metro Football

Ratelle projects as either an inside linebacker or fullback at the college level.  Either way the Sioux have to be excited to get a player of his pedigree from such an established successful program in Head Coach Dave Ziebarth’s St. Thomas Academy Cadets.

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2010 Star Tribune All-Metro Team

EDIT:  Will Ratelle was just named to the 2010 Minnesota AP All-State 1st Team at linebacker (special thanks to UND92,96 for the heads-up).

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9 Responses

  1. homer

    Thanks for the updates. Its great to have this added attention on recruiting. Thanks and great job oskie. Also, great job coaches and staff. Keep it up.

  2. UND92,96

    Ratelle was just named first team all state by the AP, also.

    Have you guys heard anything about the recruitment of Brody Davidson from Crookston? Is UND recruiting him?

    1. We haven’t heard a thing about Davidson and we have sources around the entire area so that leads us to believe nothing is happening. We will keep an ear peeled though.

  3. Mpls Sioux Fan

    Thanks a lot. You guys are doing a great job! Do you know will there be recruits up this weekend or is the next visit not until January?

    1. Being we haven’t heard a thing about anybody for this weekend, our feeling is that the next recruiting weekend will be in early January. Thanks again for the interest, we are trying as hard as we can to keep you guys up to date!

  4. Mike

    My sources say Davidson is considered by UND to be no better than walk-on status. Considering that he is a 3x AP pick, 3x Pioneer Press pick, school record holder for defensive points and tackles, and all-conference at 2 different positions this year you gotta wonder what it takes to be recruited by this team.

  5. UND92,96

    Interesting about Davidson. His bio for the Pioneer Press all state team said he was being “heavily recruited”, but didn’t specify any schools or what level they were. I would be most interested to know whether SIU is after him, as one would think Eric Schmidt still keeps in touch with the Crookston staff, and would know whether the kid is a legit dI prospect.

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