FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State football coach Matt Entz announced the addition of 25 student-athletes to the Bison program including four recruited walk-ons Wednesday, Dec. 19, the first day of the three-day early signing period in Division I football.
The recruiting class also includes a transfer quarterback from Iowa State.
Zeb Noland played in five games for Iowa State in 2018 before choosing to pursue other opportunities. He passed for 360 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to fifth-ranked Oklahoma as well as 233 yards and one touchdown in a win over Akron.
Noland stepped in to the starting role after Iowa State's starting quarterback was injured early this season. He was later replaced by freshman Brock Purdy. The move helped spur Noland to search for another place to play football.
Multiple Iowa outlets report Noland had opportunities from several FCS programs. He certainly did not shy away from competition though. Joining the Bison and another full quarterbacks room.
When conversations really started to take shape in November, NDSU head football coach Matt Entz said the current Bison quarterbacks were brought in for a face-to-face conversation. He says both Trey Lance and Holden Hotchkiss responded positively.
"Both those guys responded the way we expected them to," Entz said. "There's a reason why they're here. They said, 'bring on the competition. Let's do this. We know coach all you're trying to do is make this thing, the program better."
Noland is expected on campus January 5th, the same day the Bison play for their second straight National Championship.
While the rest of the team will rest and recover in the weeks that follow, Entz said Noland asked to schedule his first workout with strength and conditioning coach Jim Kramer.
"He wants to be ready to go," NDSU head football coach Matt Entz said of Noland Wednesday. "I think open competition makes everybody better. We continually try to push the envelope here at NDSU and the only way for us to get better is to continue to get better football players and create an environment where our players have to strive to be the best."
Noland went 70-for-110 for 722 yards and four touchdowns altogether in 2018.
In 2017 he played in four games for Iowa State including one start and completed 36 of 66 passes for 533 yards and two touchdowns.
The 6-3, 225 pound quarterback went to high school in Georgia. Coached by his father, a former college quarterback at Appalachian State, football is in his blood.