We have confirmed that UND has received a verbal commitment from Class 4A powerhouse St. Thomas Academy’s ball-hawking linebacker Will Ratelle.Â 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.Â 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.Â Either way the Sioux have to be excited to getÂ a player of his pedigree from such an established successful program in Head Coach Dave Ziebarth’s St. Thomas Academy Cadets.
EDIT:Â 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).