Here is the list of Preferred Walk-On’s that signed with UND on national signing day. To clarify, a PWO is a player that did not receive scholarship money but will be part of fall camp from the very start. The other “walk-ons” start with the team with school begins, typically about 3 weeks after the beginning of fall camp. (Thanks to undsports.com for the information)
GRANT APLIN – OL, 6-1, 290
Victoria, Minn. (Chanhassen High School) Coach: Bill Rosburg
Aplin probably projects best as a center but could also potentially play nose if needed. Earned All-Missota Conference honors as a junior and senior. Highlights
DYLAN BECK - OL, 6-4, 290
Lakota, N.D. (Lakota HS) Coach: Joe Harder
Because of the lack of film, hard to project. Our best guess is that he probably ends up playing inside on the OL. Named to the All-Region Team in 2012 and 2013
CONNOR BOLDUC – P, 6-3, 195
Mahtomedi, Minn. (Mahtomedi HS) Coach: Dave Muetzel
Named to the Kare11 All-Metro Team and Associated Press All-State third team. Highlights
TYLER COYNE – FB, 6-1, 230
Plymouth, Minn. (Maple Grove HS) Coach: Matt Lombardi
The battering ram type fullback that all 2-back offensive coordinators love. Named to the All-Northwest Suburban Conference team as a fullback. Highlights
SAM FLUEGGE – PK, 6-0, 165
Apple Valley, Minn. (Eastview HS) Coach: Kelly Sherwin
All-South Suburban Conference player in soccer as a junior and senior. Highlights
LUKE STANLEY – WR, 6-4, 200
Menomonie, Wis. (Menomonie HS) Coach: Joe Labuda
A potential steal and diamond in the rough, Stanley may start at WR, but we think he ends up a difference maker with added weight at the TE spot in the near future. Named First Team All-State as a tight end by the Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. Highlights
We found out on Sunday that UND received a commitment from Brendan Slaight after he visited last weekend. Here is a writeup on UND’s new addition:
Name: BRENDAN SLAIGHT
School: College of Siskiyous – Weed, CA (Coach Charlie Roche)
Vitals: LT (#65). 6’7″ – 305.
Offers: Idaho, Georgia State
Slaight, who is originally from Colton, Oregon, attended Siskiyous the past two years so he will have two years of eligibility left at UND.
On tape it is obvious that Slaight is a big man. The ‘6’7″ – 305′ part does not appear to be inflated in any way. Slaight is a very aggressive player, which we obviously love. He appears to have the “edge” to him that all successful lineman have where they play to the whistle and perhaps beyond at times.
The Eagles ran the ball a good amount this past year which will help Slaight as he comes into the new UND offense that is going to focus on the run more this season. He will not be asked to pass protect 40-50 times per game like UND’s offensive tackles were asked to do last season. Slaight stays low out of his stance and has decent feet in the 3-5 yard box. He is not overly quick or fast, however, and may need time to adjust to the Big Sky edge rushers that he is going to see on a weekly basis.
We project Slaight as a right tackle for UND based on the comments above.
Slaight was All-Conference twice for the Eagles and was selected as a Region II All-State performer this past year.