UND is currently sitting at 18 “known” commitments for the class of 2013. However, there have been multiple “recruiting chest bump” tweets sent out by the coaching staff that we know were never confirmed by anybody. By our math there is still 3-4 commitments out there that nobody knows about, possibly more. At the beginning of the recruiting season, we wrote that we thought this class would be somewhere in the range of 20-23 signees. We believe 25 is the maximum that a team can sign in any given year.
From everything we have seen the major recruiting targets left out there for UND are Rivals ‘3-star’ S/OLB recruit Jameer Thurman of IL, LB Kyle Norberg of IL (soft commitment but visiting Iowa this weekend), QB Tyler Rogers of AZ and OL Jesse Kubik of Dickinson Trinity. We have not heard much about UND and their recruitment of Bismarck High’s Layne Johs.
Don’t be surprised if UND loses a commit or two in the next two weeks. They have gotten some good players in Wisconsin and Illinois and the FCS schools in those areas are sure to put on a full-court press at the deadline. Plus, with FBS schools like Northern Illinois and other MAC schools always around, they are sure to come back on those kids if they lose out on their top targets close to signing day. In those states distance can be UND’s worst enemy.
We have not heard any names of potential recruits visiting UND this weekend. That tells us they must be close to being done. If they have any, it will be a very small group – maybe 2 or 3 to fill the remaining holes in the class.
There are rumblings recently about the IPF fundraising progress being imminently close to putting a shovel in the ground. We have heard that approximately “only” 1 million more is needed to begin the project (after demolition) sometime this spring. Very promising, if true.
We are considering starting a new installment on our blog called the “SFI Mailbag” where you, the reader, send us questions in regard to the UND Football Program every so often. We would just use the ‘comments’ section as the place for the Q&A format on a certain topic. Thoughts on that?