UND signs 19 football players
Pat Sweeney | Dec 20, 2017 AT 2:56 pm
With the move to an early signing period for the first time, football coaches across the country were not sure what their numbers would look like on the first day prospective student-athletes could sign National Letters of Intent. North Dakota head coach Bubba Schweigert was one of those not quite sure how many signees this initial period would produce, but as the process went along he saw the potential number keep growing and growing. And, after the first wave of commitments came through on Wednesday morning, Schweigert and his staff had added 19 new Fighting Hawks to the program.
Three of the 19 new additions will enroll at UND in January and participate in spring practices that begin March 2 at the HPC. The trio of January enrollees consists of all Junior College transfers that will be play defensive back for the Fighting Hawks: Hayden Galvin (S; Moorpark College), Lenny Nelson (CB; American River College) and Zach Zimmerman (S; Laney College).
OLB | 6-3 | 215
Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
High School Coach: Dave Keel
Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association South Central Area All-Region Team as a junior and senior ... Two-time All-North Shore Conference first-team honoree, who was named the NSC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 ... Helped lead team to a share of the North Shore title for the 17th-consecutive season during final prep season ... Earned WCFA All-State honorable mention honors following junior season ... Part of the Wisconsin Division 2 state championship team as a sophomore.
WR | 6-4 | 205
Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River HS)
High School Coach: Vyrn Muir
Earned honorable mention All-East Dakota Conference honors as a two-way player following senior season ... Racked up 34 total tackles and a forced fumble on defense and added 10 receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver ... Three-sport athlete also earned four varsity letters in track and field and played two seasons of junior varsity hockey ... Both of his parents participated in track and field at UND and father, Steve, was inducted into the UND Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
S | 6-2 | 190
Westlake Village, Calif. (Moorpark College)
Junior College Coach: Mike Stuart
Named to the Southern California Football Association All-Conference First Team Northern League National Division ... Ranked second on the Raiders with 64 total tackles, including 39 solo stops ... Added two interceptions and six pass break-ups in 2017 ... Prepped at Oaks Christian in California.
LS | 5-11 | 200
Johnston, Iowa (Johnston HS)
High School Coach: Brian Woodley
Four-year varsity starter at long snapper ... Named to the All-District Second Team as a linebacker after recording 35 tackles as a senior ... Named Team's Special Teams MVP ... Recorded 21 tackles at linebacker as a junior and earned honorable mention all-district honors ... Invited to the 2016 Army National Combine in San Antonio ... Rated the No. 1 long snapper in the state of Iowa and was invited to Top 12 Camp by Rubio Long Snapping.
S | 6-3 | 185
Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie HS)
High School Coach: Brian Kaminski
Named to the Associated Press All-Wisconsin Football Second Team and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Southwest Region Team as a senior ... Named a finalist for the Jim Leonhard Award, which is given annually to the state's top defensive back ... Also earned Wisconsin State Journal All-Area accolades and was an All-Big Eight Conference First Team selection ... Helped lead Sun Prairie to a Division I state runner-up finish as a senior and back-to-back Big Eight Conference Championships ... Finished senior season with 47 total tackles, including 27 solo and six interceptions ... Also added 16 receptions for 318 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver ... Two-year starter and team captain ... Three-year letterwinner in track and field.
DL | 6-1 | 245
Westfield, Ind. (Westfield HS)
High School Coach: Jake Gilbert
Named to the Hoosier Crossroads All-Conference Team as a senior after leading team with 11.0 tackles for loss and adding two sacks ... Contributed 34 solo tackles en route to earning Associated Press honorable mention all-state honors for the second-consecutive season ... Also named honorable mention on the Central Indiana "Super Team" ... Defensive starter for the Class 5A State Championship team during his junior ... Three-year starter in football and two-year starter in lacrosse ... Named to the Indiana Academic All-State Team in lacrosse as a senior ... Served as the President of Westfield's Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Club.
WR | 6-5 | 205
West St. Paul, Minn. (St. Croix Lutheran HS)
High School Coach: Carl Lemke
Finished senior season with 25 receptions for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns, helping lead St. Croix Lutheran to second-consecutive runner-up finish in Minnesota Class 3A Football ... Averaged 30.8 yards per reception and finished the playoffs with a pair of 100-yard receiving games ... Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team and was named to the Twin Cities All-District Team for the second-consecutive season ... As a junior, hauled in 34 receptions for 673 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Earned two varsity letters in football and four each in basketball and track and field ... Named to the Tri-Metro All-Conference Team in basketball following junior season ... Named to the Academic All-State Team for track and field as a sophomore and junior ... Team captain for basketball and track and field teams.
LB | 6-0 | 190
Littleton, Colo. (Columbine HS)
High School Coach: Andy Lowry
Earned honorable mention Class 5A All-State Team honors as a senior … Totaled 14 touchdowns and 933 all-purpose yards as a senior running back and team captain, helping lead Columbine to a Mt. Cameron league title and Class 5A semifinal berth ... Named to the Six Zero Strength All-Colorado Blue Team as a defensive back after registering 29 tackles and a forced fumble ... Was an All-Mt. Cameron League first team performer as a junior and senior and was a three-year letterwinner… Rushed for 357 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 305 receiving yards and six more touchdowns as a junior ... Qualified for the Class 5A State Wrestling Tournament as a junior and earned honorable mention all-conference honors … Also qualified for state track and field meet as a junior and was a second-team all-conference performer in that sport … Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and track field.
CB | 5-11 | 195
Roseville, Calif. (American River College)
Junior College Coach: Jon Osterhout
Named to the Northern California Football All-Conference Team ... Logged 39 tackles and tied for second in the NorCal Conference with six interceptions ... Posted a three-interception game in a win over Sacramento City (Oct. 21) ... Registered a career-high 13 tackles in win over Siskiyous (Oct. 14) ... As a freshman, started all 10 games and racked up 42 tackles and two interception ... Also competed in track and field as a freshman at American River College and was an all-state long jumper ... Attended Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif., where he was named to the All-Sierra Foothill League first team as a junior and senior ... Earned Sacramento Region All-Metro honors as well and was selected to play in the Sac-Joaquin Optimist All-Star Game ... Named Woodcreek's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior and earned eight total varsity letters in three sports: football (2), basketball (2) and track and field (4) ... Was the Sierra Foothill League triple jump champion in three of four prep seasons and was a state qualifier as a senior ... Holds school records in both long jump and triple jump.
CB | 6-1 | 180
Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS)
High School Coach: Ron Muhitch
Named to the All-DuPage Valley Conference first team as an all-purpose player ... Led team with eight touchdowns and a 15.7 yards per catch average as a senior ... Averaged 25.4 yards per kickoff return ... Played in three games as a junior before missing remainder of season with an ankle injury ... Also lettered in track and field and was the team captain as a junior ... Earned All-DuPage Valley Conference honors as a long jumper ... Father, John Odom, played defensive back at Oklahoma State (1977-81).
P | 6-1 | 180
Kewaskum, Wis. (Kewaskum HS)
High School Coach: Jason Piittmann
Finished prep career going 11-for-13 on field goals and averaging 34.5 yards per punt on 71 attempts ... Netted a career-long and school-record punt of 75 yards on the first attempt of his senior season ... Earned first team All-East Central Conference honors as a kicker and second team honors as a punter following senior season ... Named a semifinalist for the Kevin Stemke Award, which is given annually to the state of Wisconsin's top senior kicker/punter ... Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Academic All-State Football Team ... Earned second team honors as a kicker as a junior and was an honorable mention honoree for punting ... Was an All-ECC honorable mention honoree as a sophomore for kicking ... Lettered three years in football and track and field ... Sectional, regional and conference champion in the 200-meter dash as a junior and placed seventh at the state track meet in the event.
DL | 6-5 | 215
Goodhue, Minn. (Goodhue HS)
High School Coach: Tony Poncelet
Named the Mid-Southeast East District Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time all-district performer ... Also named to the Post Bulletin All-Area Team as a senior and finished season with 36 receptions for 828 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 80 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks from defensive end position ... Had five catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns in the Class A Quarterfinals vs. Mayer Lutheran ... Selected by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association to play for the South Team in the Minnesota Football Showcase at U.S. Bank Stadium ... Was also an All-State Academic selection ... Earned three varsity letters in football.
WR | 6-2 | 180
Dickinson, N.D. (Dickinson Trinity HS)
High School Coach: John Odermann
Named to the NDHSCA Class 2A All-State Football as a wide receiver after catching 30 passes for 664 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... Also earned Class AA All-State honors as a wide receiver following junior season ... Named to Class AA All-West Region Football Team three-consecutive years as a wide receiver and defensive back ... Named to the All-Region 4 Team as a wide receiver after leading team to semifinals of Class 2A playoffs as a senior ... Led region in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns ... Finished career with 87 receptions for 1,900 yards receiving ... Also added 23 interceptions and scored 28 total touchdowns ... Three-sport athlete that also competed in basketball and track and field ... Holds school record for 400-meter dash.
CB | 6-0 | 165
La Crosse, Wis. (Logan HS)
High School Coach: Casey Knoble
Earned WFCA All-State honorable mention honors and was an All-Region and All-Mississippi Valley Conference selection as an all-purpose player following junior and senior seasons ... As a senior, rushed for 391 yards and a touchdown, while adding 34 receptions for 521 yards and seven touchdowns ... Defensively, totaled 47 tackles with a forced fumble and interception ... As a junior, finished with 39 receptions for 743 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding 34 tackles and three interceptions ... Also rushed for 217 yards and three scores ... Earned WFCA All-State honorable mention honors and was a first team All-Mississippi Valley Conference honoree on the hardwood after averaging 17.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 2.5 apg as a junior ... Collected first team all-conference honors as a sophomore after averaging 17.2 ppg ... Finished second in the long jump and triple at MVC meet as a freshman and won those two events as a sophomore and junior.
OL | 6-4 | 315
Winnipeg, Manitoba (St. John’s HS)
High School Coach: Grant McMillan
Named to the Canada Football Chat All-Canadian First Team as an offensive lineman following senior season ... Named his team's Lineman of the Year after the 2017 season ... Slated to play for Team Canada in the International Bowl IX in Dallas in January ... Three-time CFC Provincial All-Star and three-time Winnipeg High School Football League Currie Division All-Star ... Named St. John's Tigers Rookie of the Year in 2015 ... Earned the WHSFL Kas Vidruk Lineman Award for the Currie Division in 2015.
OL | 6-4 | 250
St. Paul, Minn. (Como Park HS)
High School Coach: Kirby Scull
Earned Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team honors as a defensive lineman and was East Metro Player of the Year finalist ... Also named to the Twin Cities All-District Football Team and was named to the Red Division's Co-Defensive MVP ... One of 32 players Named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team ... Team captain finished senior season with a Minnesota-state leading 13.0 sacks, including a four-sack game against Minneapolis North that he backed up with a 3.5 sack game against Brooklyn Center ... Finished career with 22.0 sacks ... Also had five rushing and four receiving scores from fullback/tight end position ... Rushed for 340 yards and three touchdowns and added 284 receiving yards and two scores during junior season ... Had 24 receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns as a fullback/tight end during his sophomore season ... Earned three varsity letters for Como Park High School ... Three-sport athlete also lettered as a sophomore and junior in baseball and basketball.
OL | 6-7 | 315
Cold Spring, Minn. (Rocori HS)
High School Coach: Mike Rowe
Selected by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association to play for the North Team in the Minnesota Football Showcase at U.S. Bank Stadium ... A nominee for the 2017 Minnesota Mr. Football Award and one of 32 players Named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team ... Named to St. Cloud The Times all-area team after helping Rocori to a fourth-straight section title and is one of three finalists for the The Times All-Area Player of the Year Award ... An all-section player that was named to the North Central District All-Academic Team ... Named the Most Valuable Lineman in the North Central District White Division as a senior ... Three-year starter on the offensive line and also played defensive tackle as a senior ... Team captain as a senior on the football and basketball team ... A three-sport letterwinner, who also competed in baseball and basketball.
OLB | 6-3 | 190
Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie HS)
High School Coach: Brian Kaminski
Named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Academic All-State Team ... Helped lead Sun Prairie to a Division I state runner-up finish as a senior and back-to-back Big Eight Conference Championships ... Finished senior season with 71 tackles, including 40 solo stops and five interceptions en route to earning second team All-Big Eight Conference accolades ... Also added 15 receptions for 272 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver ... Part of Big Eight Conference Championship team on the hardwood as a junior, averaging 7.0 ppg and the two-year starter is a team captain as a senior.
S | 6-2 | 205
Monroe, Wash. (Laney College)
Junior College Coach: John Beam
Appeared in 10 games during one season at Laney College, helping lead the Eagles to a National Valley Conference title ... Played safety and finished with 17 tackles and a team-high four interceptions ... Returned one 85 yards for a touchdown and added two pass break-ups in win over Contra Costa ... Named Laney’s Defensive Back of the Year in 2017 … Prepped at Monroe (Wash.) High School and is the younger brother of UND junior quarterback Andrew Zimmerman ... Hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass during sophomore season on what turned out to be his brother's final prep pass ... Took over for his brother as the program's starting quarterback four games into that campaign following Andrew's season-ending injury and started the rest of his career ... Holds the school records for touchdown passes in a game (5), in a season (21), and in a career (47) and also holds the school record for career passing yards (4,529) ... Earned second team All-Wesco honors as a junior and senior.
* Enrolling in January and will be on the roster for spring practices, which begin March 2.