UND football adds 23 during early signing
Pat Sweeney | Dec 19, 2018 AT 2:20 pm
In the second season of the new early signing period, UND Head Football Coach Bubba Schweigert has announced that 23 prospective student-athletes have signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning.
Twenty-two of the 23 signees are coming from the high school ranks, as Dominik London joins the Fighting Hawks as the lone transfer from Minnesota.
By State: Minnesota (8), North Dakota (7), Illinois (4), Colorado (1), Michigan (1), Virginia (1), Wisconsin (1)
By Position: Offensive Line (6), Defensive Back (4), Linebacker (4), Defensive Line (3), Wide Receiver (3), Tight End (2), Running Back (2)
Names are listed in order of which they signed
Kyle Downs | OL | 6-3 | 280 | Monticello, Minn./Monticello High School
A three-year letterwinner from Monticello High School … Served as the team captain for the final two seasons of his career … Named to the 2018 All-State Second Team in Minnesota … Earned all-conference honors in both his junior and senior years after being a second-team selection as a sophomore … Nationally recognized in the 2018 AP Poll Second Team … Named the District Defensive Lineman of the Year last season.
Billy Riviere | TE | 6-4 | 230 | Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata High School
Starred at Wayzata High School, the same high school as current UND player Austin Gordon … Ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the state of Minnesota by GopherHole.com … Caught over 15 passes in both his junior and senior seasons at the tight end position … Son of former UND standout Bill Riviere.
Jacob Lindemann | OL | 6-4 | 270 | Roseau, Minn./Roseau High School
Comes to North Dakota after dominating Section 8AA with Roseau High School … Named to both the all-conference and all-section teams during both his junior and senior years … Played in the Minnesota All-Star Game.
Luke Lennon | TE/LB | 6-5 | 210 | West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo High School
Nephew of former UND Head Coach Dale Lennon … Played both linebacker and tight end at West Fargo … Helped the Packers to the 2017 North Dakota State Championship as a junior … Named to the first team all-state as a senior on the defensive side of the ball … Also played basketball and track, earning second team all-state honors in basketball … Made over 150 tackles over his three-year career at West Fargo.
Steven Keech | DL | 6-5 | 245 | Two Harbors, Minn./Two Harbors High School
Had a breakout senior season at Two Harbors High School … Recorded 66 total tackles, including 22 for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, and four pass deflections in his final year … Named to the All-Northeast White District Team … Earned All-Section 7AAA honors … Claimed the most valuable lineman award.
Matt Koshiol | DB | 6-2 | 195 | Cold Spring, Minn./Rocori High School
Played on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball at Rocori High School … Named to the 2018 AP All-State Team … Captained the 2018 Football All-Star Showcase … Was a two-time North Central All-District selection as a junior and senior … Was the team’s offensive MVP during his final two years … Accumulated 910 total yards and 13 TDs as a senior.
Ben Jansen | OL | 6-8 | 290 | Kenosha, Wis./Indian Trail High School
Three-year letterwinner at Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wis. … Was a first team all-conference and all-county selection during his senior season … Was a focal piece on the offensive line of a vaunted rushing attack at Indian Trail … His father, Brian, played football at Wisconsin.
Jayson Coley | DB | 5-11 | 170 | Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest High School
A two-position athlete at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Ill. … Tabbed as the No. 32 recruit in the state of Illinois by Max Preps … Averaged over seven tackles per game as a senior and tallied a pair of sacks … Finished with a team-high three tackles for loss and a game-high 14 total tackles in a 52-0 win over Rich South.
Elijah Beach | DL | 6-4 | 260 | Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood High School
Starred both on the football field and the track for Streamwood High School in Illinois … Has grown into his 6-4 frame to help become one of the best run stoppers in the state of Illinois … Attended the Rivals Adizero Combine prior to his senior season … Was named to the all-conference team as both a junior and a senior.
Sam Fort | DB | 6-0 | 183 | St. George, Va./Blue Ridge School
A 6-0 corner from Blue Ridge School … One of the top 250 recruits in the pipeline state of Virginia … Led the team in interceptions with five during his senior season … Posted 14 tackles and two forced fumbles as a defensive back as a senior … Accumulated 912 all-purpose yards and scored 12 touchdowns during 2018.
Isaac Moore | DL | 6-2 | 207 | Roselle, Ill./Lake Park High School
A two-year letterwinner with Lake Park High School in Roselle, Ill. … Had a breakout senior season with 15 sacks … Had a strong junior campaign as well with six sacks and 69 total tackles.
Haley Bucholz | WR/DB | 6-2 | 168 | West Fargo, N.D./Shanley High School
One of the top recruits in the state of North Dakota … Helped Shanley to a 2A championship this season … Invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl this past Monday … Named to the Class 2A First Team as a senior on the defensive side of the ball … Earned All-State honors in 2018 as a defensive back.
Kaden Wolsky | LB | 6-0 | 190 | Carrington, N.D./Carrington High School
Another local star in the state for Carrington High School … Named to the North Dakota All-State team as a linebacker following his senior season to cap off his three straight seasons as a member of the all-state teams … Won the state title in wrestling in the 182 pound division as a junior.
EJ Langstaff | OL | 6-5 | 230 | West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo High School
A two-year letterwinner at West Fargo High … Helped the Packers to a state title as a junior … Named the team’s most valuable player defensive lineman as a senior … Captained the Packers in 2018 … Recorded 40.5 tackles, 4.5 stops per game, and five tackles for loss during his final season.
Tanner Thorsness | DL | 6-4 | 240 | Bismarck, N.D./Century High School
Lettered for four seasons at both offensive and defensive line for Century High School … Won the Class AAA State Championship as a sophomore and was a runner up last season … Named as an all-conference player on both offensive and defense in both 2017 and 2018 … Earned All-State honors on defense during his junior and senior years … Tallied 51 total tackles, 11 sacks, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery as a senior.
Colin Lavell | OL | 6-4 | 260 | Parker, Colo./Legend High School
A three-year letterwinner on the offensive line for Legend High School in Parker, Colo. … After earning an all-conference honorable mention as a junior, named to the all-conference first team as a senior on the offensive line … Named the team’s most valuable player on the offensive line in 2018.
Dominik London | RB | 5-9 | 205 | Woodbury, Minn./Minnesota
Attended East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Minn. … Rushed 610 times for 3,916 yards and 41 touchdowns in his career … Participated in the 2016 MFCA All-Star football game … As a junior, rushed for 2,211 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 170.1 yards per game … Named the East-Metro Player of the Year and earned First Team All-State honors … A three-star recruit by Scout, 247, and ESPN and a two-star recruit by Rivals … Scout ranked him as the No. 1 running back in Minnesota, No. 13 back in the Midwest and at No. 80 in the nation … ESPN listed him as the No. 2 recruit in Minnesota, while 247 Sports had him at No. 4 … 247 Sports tabbed him as the No. 42 prospect at his position, while ESPN had him at No. 72 … Played last season at Minnesota, but saw no game action.
Chrysten Cochran | WR | 6-1 | 176 | River Rouge, Mich./River Rouge High School
A two-way athlete from River Rouge, Mich. who played both wide receiver and defensive back … A member of the National Honor Society … Earned Academic All-State honors … Helped River Rouge High to regional championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Luke Skokna | RB | 5-9 | 174 | Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central High School
Three-year letterwinner in football at Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois … A three-time all-conference selection at running back, wide receiver, safety, kick returner, and punt returner … Named to the all-area football team in two seasons … Earned all-state honors in the 400-meter track event … Ranked as the No. 4 running back by the Chicago Sun-Times in the Chicago area … Tabbed 15th by HERO Sports among the top committed running backs in the FCS.
Adam Zavalney | WR | 6-4 | 190 | Park River, N.D./Park River-Fordville-Lankin High School
Earned four letters in four seasons at Park River-Fordville-Lankin in North Dakota … Named to the All-State team in both 2017 and 2018 as well as all-region honors during those same years … Accumulated 14 interceptions over the final two seasons … Also earned All-State honors in basketball and baseball … Named the National Honor Society Vice President as a senior.
Adam Neustel | OL | 6-3 | 285 | Gwinner, N.D./Milnor-North Sargent High School
A four-year varsity player at Milnor-North Sargent … Finished with over 220 career tackles, including 32 for loss … Finished with 51 tackles, two sacks, nine TFLs, and two INTs as a senior … Had a career-high 64 tackles as a junior … Played both offensive and defensive line for the Dawgs.
Josh Navratil | LB | 6-2 | 195 | Pine Island, Minn./Pine Island High School
Played on both offensive and defense for Pine Island High School in Minnesota … Averaged 8.8 yards per carry and ran for 173.6 yards per game at running back during his senior season … Finished with over 1,860 total yards on the ground and scored 17 TDs during 2018 … Finished with 42 total tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown while playing linebacker as a senior … Ran for 319 yards and four TDs in a section quarterfinal win over Stewartville … Recorded a game-high 18 tackles in a 27-14 win over Kasson-Mentorville.
Luke Herzog | LB | 6-2 | 202 | Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy
Manned the linebacker position of a stout defense for St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota … Recorded 31 total tackles, including six behind the line of scrimmage, two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception during his senior season … Finished with seven tackles in the state tournament against Owatonna.