The decision area football fans have been waiting on for a couple weeks now has happened. QB Joe Mollberg from Detroit Lakes, MN has made his decision and he has chosen the University of North Dakota. Mollberg also had offers from NDSU and SDSU. Back in June, the Fargo Forum had run an erroneous article stating Mollberg had pared it down to Iowa and NDSU as his favorites. That was never the case according to Mollberg. We are not sure that UND was the front-runner in June but he was definitely leaning to UND as August rolled around.
Mollberg, 6’2″ 210 lbs, was the most highly recruited player in the area and is a major win for the Sioux. He is a dual threat type of QB with good speed and very good arm strength. He also appears to have nice accuracy on the run which is essential in the college game. Mollberg ran and passed for a 1000 yards plus in his junior season.
The Detroit Lakes QB called last week to let NDSU and Coach Bohl know he wouldn’t be choosing them and that he would instead be attending the University of North Dakota. That hasn’t stopped the NDSU head coach though. Following NDSU’s win on Saturday, Coach Bohl was still contacting Mollberg and trying to get him to change his mind, according to our sources in DL. So I think it is safe to say the recruitment may still be going on for awhile.
The x-factor in this whole situation is the University of Iowa. They are still in contact with Mollberg and have not made an offer to any quarterbacks for this upcoming recruiting class. If they do decide to come in late and offer, Mollberg would be hard pressed to turn down the Hawkeyes. This is something to definitely keep an eye on in the next month or two. Goes to show how good of player Mollberg is when Iowa is still considering offering him.
In a day and age when recruiting interest and exposure is being chronicled under a microscope, this recruiting win is huge for UND heading into the Big Sky next year. They just went up against the 2 schools in the region who have had a head start in the D1 footrace. He had “full-ride” scholarship offfers from UND, NDSU and SDSU. Let me repeat that – “full-ride” offers from all 3 schools. There shouldn’t be ANY confusion on who offered what this time. This definitely will help the PR battle and will hopefully help with the dominoes falling UND’s way again in recruiting from here on out.
Welcome to The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux family, Joe Mollberg.