We have not seen any official confirmation yet but it appears via twitter that UND has gotten a commitment from JUCO safety Clordion Kennedy (5’11″-200) of Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA, which is just north of Oakland. We do not know much about Kennedy other than he was First Team All-Bay Valley as a sophomore and is from the Oakland area originally. Kennedy will have two years of eligibility remaining. Here are his highlights. He will provide much needed depth to the safety position.
The job opening for the Defensive Assistant Coach position has officially closed. This means interviews should be beginning shortly. We are speculating that the person hired will have a linebacker or secondary background based on the makeup of the existing staff. We are also going to guess that the new coach will have ties to Big Sky country for recruiting (western U.S.). The defensive coaching staff currently only has 3 members(Mannausau, Kotelnicki, Boyd) so we assume this will not be the last hire. The next addition after this hire could be a GA position.
The new turf is currently being installed at the Alerus Center. The southend of the Alerus is officially a construction site with the initial work possibly being a new pit or something along those lines. A sizeable piece of turf is on display in the Alerus Center SE entrance for the public to view. Here is a link to an ongoing update of the project and a cool video of how the carpet is rolled out using the pit system.
There are multiple All-Star football games happening this summer. Here are the UND recruits participating in them:
- Devin Coyle (ND) – ND/MT Badlands Bowl (June 16, 2012)
- Jake Watson (ND) – ND/MT Badlands Bowl and ND Shrine Football Game
- Tucker Nordby (ND) - ND/MT Badlands Bowl and ND Shrine Football Game
- Conrad Schwarzkopf (ND) - ND/MT Badlands Bowl and ND Shrine Football Game
- Jake Hanson (ND) - ND Shrine Football Game (July 14, 2012)
- Kodee Varner (MT) - ND/MT Badlands Bowl and Montana Class B All-Star Game
- Joe Mollberg (MN) – MN All Star Football Game (June 30, 2012)
- Brian Labat (MN) – MN All Star Football Game
- Taj Rich Jr. (MN) – MN All Star Football Game
- Brandon Larson (MN) – MN All Star Football Game
- Alec Carrothers (NE) – NE All Star Football Game (June 3, 2012)
- Joel Isenberger (WI) – WFCA All Star Football Game (July 14, 2012)
- Mike Edwards (WI) – WFCA All Star Football Game
- Joe Schobert (WI) – WFCA All Star Football Game
- Ryan Bartels (IL) – IL Shrine Football Game (July 14, 2012)