Current Class of 2017 Commits (19)
Running Back (0)
Wide Receiver (3)
Tight End (1)
Offensive Line (2)
Defensive Line (2)
Outside Linebacker (2)
Inside Linebacker (2)
Noah Larson – ILB (Baraboo, WI)
This Baraboo standout played multiple positions in high school on both sides of the ball and did well at every spot. He appears to be deceptively fast and is considered a strider, although his top end speed seems to be pretty good. Always around the ball and his biggest asset is his ability to accelerate and EXPLODE through the ball carrier when tackling. Once he gets his hands on you, you’re not going far. Projects as inside linebacker.
Brock Boltmann – QB (Edina, MN)
Boltmann’s senior film shows the maturation and progression you want to see from his junior film in terms of arm strength, athleticism and decision-making. Love seeing his high-arching “3-ball” throws on deep routes. Boltmann should be a contender for the 2-deep in the fall of 2018 after a year of redshirting.
Cameron McKinney – WR (Seattle, WA)
McKinney arrives on campus next month and will begin working out with the team this winter and be eligible for spring practice, which is huge for his development going into the fall. All indications are that the speedster will be in the mix and rotation next August, and will hopefully be someone to stretch out and take the top off of defenses. He just needs to go earn it. Also, a punt and kick returner candidate.
Connor Kruse – OL (Waconia, MN)
Kruse is a big, physical Luke Knauf style offensive lineman. We project Kruse will play guard for UND but being all offensive lineman need to know two positions he could also be a tackle. Shows good push up front and stays on his blocks well. Kruse will be a nice fit in UND’s run-first type of offense.
Leif Bungum – OLB (Dodge Center, MN)
Bungum falls under the “athlete” category. OLB will be a perfect position for him as he can move well in space but has the frame to get up to 220 or so and hold up in the run game. Bungum will also be huge on special teams with his size and speed. These are the body types that UND is trying to stock up on.
Graham Devore – TE (Mahtomedi, MN)
While all of Devore’s awards and accolades came from rushing the passer on the defensive side of the ball, he projects as a tight end at UND in Paul Rudolph’s offense. If tight end doesn’t work out, defensive end looks be a fantastic backup plan for him. Love kids with multiple position potential and Devore has that.
Bryden Swenson – OLB (KCC, MN) – Preferred Walk-On
Jalen Morrison – NG (Woodbury, MN)
Many of Morrison’s highlights come from the offensive side of the ball, which is impressive given his size, but he projects as a zero technique 2-gapping noseguard in UND’s 3-4 defense. The 6′-3″- 250 pounder will have a chance to compete early in his career after a year in the weight room. Has a Mark Callahan prototype body with his big lower body (no, we’re not saying he’s the next Callahan).
Ezekiel Ott – DE (Caledonia, MN)
Zeke Ott is the type of player that you watch on film and think “3-year starter”. He’s very athletic in his stance and has a good burst on the snap off the edge. He will no doubt need to work on his hands and technique and put on 30 pounds or, but he should be in the rotation in 2018 after redshirting.
Brady Leach – K (Moorhead, MN)
The leg strength is obvious when watching Leach’s highlights. 29 touchbacks will attest to that. With Reid Taubenheim being a senior this year the timing is perfect to bring in Leach and redshirt him, meaning he has four years remaining to play.
Mikey Griebel – WR (Littleton, CO)
Griebel is the ‘slash’ guy you love to have at your disposal in your offensive toolbox. He put up video game-like numbers and production at Columbine High School in Denver over 4 years of playing varsity football. We see him in a Weston Dressler type role (no we’re not saying he’s the next Dressler). This swiss army knife can play inside slot WR, RB, punt returner and kick returner. Classic “jet sweep” guy. In our opinion, he is a darkhorse candidate to have his redshirt pulled next fall, specifically for the return game on special teams. A highly contested recruit.
Jack Pifer – WR (Fargo, ND) – Preferred Walk-On
Pifer played QB in high school at Fargo South and was a dual-threat, but the 6-4 athlete will arrive at UND as a preferred walk-on at the wide receiver spot for Bubba Schweigert. Probably considered a project for a couple years until he can develop physically and get a feel for the WR position.
Tyler Shannon – S (Arvada, CO)
Shannon was an offensive weapon from the backfield and at wide receiver at Ralston Valley High School, but projects to play defensive back at UND. At 6-2 185 pounds, he is a prototype-sized safety prospect in the back row. Very good speed and agility, should translate well to the safety position. While he probably redshirts next season, he could be in the rotation early in his career given the current depth chart at the position.
Hayden Blubaugh – CB (Arvada, CO)
Blubaugh most played running back for Grandview High School but is project as a cornerback in college. At 6′-180, he has the size to be an effective corner in the Big Sky. His tape shows fluid hips and a smooth cutting/transition style, which lends well to playing corner. He could be this years candidate to possibly get some time at cornerback in case of need.
Kyle Hietpas – CB (Little Chute, WI)
Hietpas is the second cornerback in this class and has similar size to Blubaugh. Hietpas played wide receiver in most of his highlights but easily projects to the corner spot. He has some nice twitch and burst in his cuts to go along with good speed. Will be an all-around athlete that will play the majority of special teams.
Thomas Gibson – S (Brookfield, WI)
Gibson is the bigger bodied safety in this year’s class. UND needs to continue to add safeties every year as it is an extremely important position in their 3-4 defensive scheme. Gibson has outstanding speed and an easy running style. He would be a candidate to play wide receiver if needed.
Andrew Jones – FB (Hunter, ND) – Preferred Walk-On
Jones is your typical rugged, blocking fullback. He played running back in high school, which shows his athletic ability. At 5’11-220, Jones has the size to be an effective blocker in UND’s run-oriented offense.
Wil Prine – OL (Council Bluffs, IA)
Prine is the second OL in this class. He projects as a tackle. At 6’6″-250, Prine needs to put some weight on his frame before he will be able to play for UND but he has time. UND did the same thing with Bryce Blair and he is now entering his sophomore year around 270-275 and got playing time as a freshman. Prine, who is also a basketball player, has excellent all-around athletic ability for a lineman. He will need to work on his technique and physicality at the point of impact but his frame is a huge upside.
Hayden Reynolds – ILB (West Fargo, ND) – Preferred Walk-On
Reynolds, 6’1″-195, is the your typical lunchpail type of middle linebacker. Great instincts, solid tackler, good thump at the point of contact, good speed. Reynolds had 93 tackles and 12 TFL’s during his senior season for the Mustangs. Also plays baseball and basketball.