UND adds 27 to roster on National Signing Day

UND Athletics Head coach Bubba Schweigert announced 27 new additions to his North Dakota football roster on National Signing Day. Twenty of those players signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, while the remaining seven were guaranteed a roster spot for fall camp and committed to playing collegiately for UND.

CLASS BREAKDOWN
By Postion: Quarterbacks (2), Running Backs (2), Wide Receivers (4), Tight Ends (1), Offensive Linemen (5), Defensive Linemen (4), Linebackers (5), Defensive Backs (4)

By State/Province: Alberta (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Kansas (1), Manitoba (3), Michigan (2), Minnesota (9), Missouri (1), North Dakota (6)

RECRUIT BIOS
LOGAN ALM
DE, 6-3, 255
Hawley, Minn. (Hawley HS)
High School Coach: Peder Naatz
Three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines at Hawley High School … Registered 36 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a junior in nine games … Injuries limited him to three games as a senior, but still managed 13.5 tackles, including 10 solo stops, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack … Son of Lee and Brandi Alm.

MASON BENNETT
OLB, 6-4, 230
Winnipeg, Manitoba (Vincent Massey)
High School Coach: Kelsey McKay
Three-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive end for Vincent Massey Collegiate … Led the Winnipeg High School Football League with 16.5 sacks as a senior and added 50.5 tackles … Earned the WHSFL’s Kas Vidruk Memorial Award given annual to the league’s top down lineman … Named AAA Lineman of the Year … Named Third Team All-Canadian as a senior … Starting defensive end for Team Canada in the 2015 International Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Dallas … Ranked as one of top five prospects in Canada by Top Prospects … Son of Tim King and Tammie Bennett.

CARTER BLACKWELL
WR, 6-3, 170
Dickinson, N.D. (Dickinson HS)
High School Coach: John Tuchscherer
Two year starter on offense and defense at Dickinson High School … Collected first team All-Western Dakota Athletic Conference honors and was named a finalist for WDA Senior Athlete of the Year Award … Earned team offensive MVP honors as a senior after catching 22 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns … Also added 61 tackles and four interceptions … Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas … Son of John and Jackie Blackwell.

BRYCE BLAIR
OL, 6-5, 240
Greenwood Village, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)
High School Coach: Dave Logan
Starter at right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior at Cherry Creek High School … Captain on the 2014 Class 5A State Championship Team … Earned All-Centennial League honorable mention honors as a junior and senior … Son of T.J. and Jodi Blair.

TYUS CARTER
DB, 5-11, 180
Greenwood Village, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS)
High School Coach: Dave Logan
Lettered three seasons, playing both cornerback and wide receiver for Cherry Creek High School … Helped lead team to Class 5A State Championship as a senior … Earned All-Centennial League honors at wide receiver as a junior and was a preseason all-state selection at cornerback prior to his senior season … Son of Jerome and Stephanie Carter.

TIM DULIN
WR, 6-3, 185
Livonia, Mich. (Churchill HS)
High School Coach: Bill DeFilippo
Named all-area as a senior after racking up 51 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns … Had seven receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-35 win over Stevenson … Earned honorable mention Detroit News All-State honors and honorable mention All-West Conference honors as a senior … Lettered in track as a junior … Son of Larry Dulin and Monique Schofield.

CARL ENGWALL
DE, 6-4, 235
Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS)
High School Coach: Brian Vossen
Named Minnesota First Team All-State and to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team … Earned Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and KARE 11 First Team All-Metro teams … Named South Suburban Conference Lineman of the Year and first team all-conference honors … Registered 51 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and seven pass break-ups during senior season … Helped lead basketball team to the Class 4A State Championship as a junior … Son of Eric and Laura Engwall.

AUSTIN GORDON
RB, 5-9, 190
Maple Grove, Minn. (Wayzata HS)
High School Coach: Brad Anderson
Earned three varsity letters at Wayzata High School … Rushed 79 times for 565 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior en route to earning All-Lake Conference honors … Team captain for both football and track and field teams as a senior … Averaged 6.5 yards per carry as a junior starter at Wayzata … Increased that averaged to 11.5 ypc during the 6A Section Tournament that season … Member of Wayzata’s 4x100-meter relay team at the state meet during junior season … Son of Phillip and Christina Gordon.

ELIJAH GRADY
OL, 6-5, 295
New Town, N.D. (New Town HS)
High School Coach: Mike Montgomery
Three-sport athlete at New Town High School where he earned four letters in basketball, football and track and field … Earned Class B All-State honors as a senior at the North Dakota 9-man level and was a four-year all-conference selection in football … Racked up 53 tackles, 12 sacks and four interceptions during senior season and also had eight receiving touchdowns and averaged 27 yards per catch … Earned all-district and all-region honors as a junior on the hardwood … Won the Class B state discus title as a junior and placed second in the event as a sophomore … Also an amateur boxer that is a two-time Boxing-Ringside World Champion and was the National Junior Olympic runner-up in 2012 … Son of Wayne and Jennifer Fox.

STEVE GREER
DL, 6-2, 280
Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway South HS)
High School Coach: Joe Rosewell
Earned four varsity letters as an offensive and defensive lineman for Parkway South High School … Named First Team All-Suburban West Conference as an offensive and defensive lineman following sophomore, junior and senior seasons … Named to the St. Louis Post Dispatch “Super 30” list as a senior and “Super 15 Juniors to Watch” … Preseason Second Team All-State selection, missed first half of senior season before totaling 37 tackles and four sacks in second half … Son of Steve and Katie Greer.

TROY HANSEN
ILB, 6-4, 210
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada Prep Academy)
High School Coach: Geoff McArthur
Spent senior season at Canada Prep Academy, which is only Canadian High School that teaches American football rules … Team plays a schedule against American high school football teams … Named to the Top Prospects All-Canadian Team in 2014 … Played for Under-19 Team Canada … Spent two seasons at Jasper Place High School and one at Kent School in Connecticut … Named MVP of the Edmonton Public League as a junior in 2012 … Son of Murray and Lisa Hansen.

AIDAN HARTNESS
QB, 6-3, 195
Fargo, N.D. (Davies HS)
High School Coach: Jason Thielges
Three-year starter at quarterback for Davies High School … Helped lead team to the Class 3A State Championship and earned All-State First Team honors as a senior after passing for 1,906 yards and 26 touchdowns … Also rushed for 716 yards and 11 more touchdowns … Elected to play in the Mon-Dak Bowl along with the North Dakota Shrine Game … North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year Nominee as a senior … Earned All-Eastern Dakota Conference honors as a junior and All-State Second Team honors … Twin brother, Tristan, is also part of the 2015 Signing Class … Also lettered four times in baseball and hockey … Son of Paul and Melissa Hartness.

TRISTAN HARTNESS
WR, 6-3, 190
Fargo, N.D. (Davies HS)
High School Coach: Jason Thielges
Helped lead Fargo Davies to the Class 3A State Championship and earned All-State First Team honors as a senior after catching 55 passes for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns … Also rushed for more than 200 yards and a touchdown … North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year Nominee as a senior … Earned All-Eastern Dakota Conference honors as a junior and senior and was a Class 3A All-State Second Team honoree as a junior after catching 40 passes for 752 yards and seven touchdowns … Three-year starter for the Eagles and elected to play in the 2015 Mon-Dak Bowl … Twin brother, Aidan, is also part of the 2015 Signing Class … Also lettered four seasons in baseball and three in hockey … Son or Paul and Melissa Hartness.

BRAD HEIDLEBAUGH
QB, 6-5, 200
Rugby, N.D. (Rugby HS)
High School Coach: Scott Grochow
Three-sport athlete at Rugby High School earned four letters in basketball and football and five in track and field … Collected Class A All-State First Team honors at quarterback following junior and senior seasons … Threw for 1,410 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 771 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns en route to earning Region 3 Senior Athlete of the Year accolades … Finished second in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump at the Class A State track meet and earned Class A First Team All-State honors in basketball as a junior … Earned All-Region 3 honors in basketball as a sophomore and junior … Son of Mike and Dede Heidlebaugh.

ROBERT HILTON
DB, 6-3, 180
Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde HS)
High School Coach: Pete Duffey
Earned two letters as a defensive back and linebacker at Rancho Verde High School … Led the Inland Valley League in interceptions as a senior with four and registered more than 80 tackles … Also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles … Son of Pretti Hilton.

LUKE KELLER
TE, 6-4, 230
Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck HS)
High School Coach: Mark Gibson
Earned three varsity letters in basketball and football at Bismarck High School to go along with four in track and field … Two-year starter along the offensive line … Named to the Class 3A All-State Team and First Team All-West Region … Earned 2015 Mid-Season All-West Regional Basketball honor … Four-year member of the National Honor Society and High School Valedictorian … Son of Wally and Sandy Keller.

JADE LAWRENCE
OLB, 6-0, 195
Moorhead, Minn. (Moorhead HS)
High School Coach: Kevin Feeney
Earned three letters as a defensive back and running back at Moorhead High School … Rushed for 1,384 yards and 25 touchdowns, while averaging 10.2 yards per carry during his senior season … Earned Central Lakes Conference MVP honors and was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team … Added 232 receiving yards and two more scores … Registered 29 tackles, four sacks and eight tackles for loss on defense … Was an All-Central Lakes Conference honoree as a junior … Also lettered four times in track and field and once in hockey … Son of Dave and Shannon Lawrence.

JUSTUS MERZ
OL, 6-6, 270
Eudora, Kan. (Eudora HS)
High School Coach: Jesse Owen
Three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Eudora High School … Earned All-Frontier League honors as a junior and senior … Named Scout.com’s best offensive guard in Kansas and ranked among top 100 prospects in the state … Earned four varsity letters and played on back-to-back teams that made it to the Class 4A-I state championship game as a freshman and sophomore … Son or Gregory Merz and Sharon Greenway.

TED NELSON
DE, 6-4, 230
Brainerd, Minn. (Brainerd HS)
High School Coach: Ron Stolski
Earned two varsity letters as a defensive end and tight end at Brainerd High School … Named to the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team and All-Central Lakes Conference team as a senior after racking up 88 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles … Also earned All-Minnesota 5A Section 7 team accolades … As a junior, helped lead team to Minnesota Class 5A state title game at the Metrodome … Son of Kurt and Stephanie Nelson

BRADY OLIVEIRA
RB, 5-10, 220
Winnipeg, Mantioba (Oak Park HS)
High School Coach: Stu Nixon
Rushed 170 times for 2,220 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns as a senior and was named the WHSFL Potter Division Offensive Player of the Year … Also caught six passes for 142 yards and two more touchdowns … Rushed for over 200 yards in six of seven regular season starts, including a 370-yard, six-touchdown outing vs. Sturgeon that broke the WHSFL record for single-game touchdowns … Also had a 322-yard, three-touchdown game vs. Dakota … Broke the Winnipeg High School Football League regular-season records for rushing yards (1,723), rushing touchdowns (26), total touchdowns (27) and total points (163) during senior season … Spent the 2013 season at the Canada Prep Academy in Ontario … Named the 2012 WHSFL Rookie of the Year as a sophomore in 2012 … Son of Adail Oliveira and Shani Oliveira.

TANNER PALMBORG
DB, 6-1, 200
Princeton, Minn. (Princeton HS)
High School Coach: Ray Hanenburg and Mike Ternes
Earned three letters in both football and track and field at Princeton High School … Collected First Team All-Mississippi 8 Conference honors as a junior and senior … Named the Mississippi 8 Wide Receiver of the Year after catching 30 passes for 672 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … Also rushed 29 times for 310 yards and four more touchdowns … Named Mississippi 8 Red Division Secondary Player of the Year as a junior and team Defensive MVP after racking up 105 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass break-ups … Was an All-Mississippi 8 Conference performer in track and field as a junior and senior and was a section finalist in the 200-meter dash as a sophomore and section finalist in the 200-meter dash, long jump and triple jump as a junior … Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior … Son of Jonah and Jill Palmborg.

KEELAN POOLE
OLB, 6-2, 200
Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
High School Coach: John Schultz
Three-year starter at linebacker at Grandview High School … Named to the All-Centennial League Second Team Defense as a senior … Had five sacks in regular-season victory over eventual state champion Cherry Creek … Finished senior season with 43 total tackles and six sacks … Lettered one season in track and field as a junior … Son of Mark and Gail Poole.

DONNELL RODGERS
ILB, 6-1, 205
Woodbury, Minn. (Woodbury HS)
High School Coach: Andy Hill
Earned three letters as a running back and linebacker at Woodbury High School … Rushed for 787 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior and added 15 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown en route to earning Suburban East All-Conference honors … Earned honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior running back … Son of Donnell Rodgers, Sr. and Krissy Swearingen.

PATRIC ROONEY
OL, 6-4, 275
St. Louis Park, Minn. (Benilde-St. Margaret’s)
High School Coach: Jon Hanks and Patrick Krieger
Named the Metro West Conference Lineman of the Year as a senior … Also earned Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro First Team honors and Associated Press Second Team All-State honors as a senior … Two-year starter along the offensive line, including junior season with current UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud … Son of Dan and Susan Rooney.

JOHN SANTIAGO
WR, 5-9, 170
St. Francis, Minn. (St. Francis HS)
High School Coach: Chris Lindquist
Named one of 10 finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Football Award … Earned Second Team All-State honors and Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro honors after rushing for 1,859 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior … Named the Mississippi 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year … Also caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown … Holds St. Francis program records for rushing yards and points scored … Son of Ramon Santiago and Ivette Soto.

IWARRI SMITH
DB, 6-1, 195
Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison HS)
High School Coach: John Herrington
Earned four letters in football and three in track and field at Harrison High School … Scored his team’s three overtime touchdowns in a 34-27 win over Southfield … Rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on the season and caught four passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns as a senior … Also contributed on defense where he had two fumble recoveries and an interception … Finalist in the 100-meter dash as a junior at the MHSAA LP Division I state finals … Son of Dr. Karen Lee-Lemieux.

ZACK WILLIAMS
OL, 6-6, 275
Winnipeg, Manitoba (Murdoch Mackay HS)
High School Coach: T.J. Lange and Ryan Karhut
Member of Canada’s Under-18 National Team and Team Manitoba Canada Cup All-Star … Named the Prairie Football Conference Rookie of the Year and a CJFL Rookie All-Star in 2014 playing offensive tackle for the Winnipeg Rifles … Prepped at Murdoch Mackay High School where he was the team’s Lineman of the Year in 2013 … Son of Roland and Tracy Williams.