Updated: 02/05/2014 5:22 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 5:18 PM WDIO.com
It was a big day for UMD Football. Thirty student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the reigning six-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Champs, while four others signed a Letter of Acceptance. It was one of the largest recruiting classes in the 82-year history of UMD football.
"We graduated 21 seniors from last fall so this necessitated us to recruit a larger group," UMD head coach Curt Wiese said in a release. "I foresee a handful of these incoming freshmen having an immediate impact with us."
Coach Wiese said the objective of this year's recruiting class was to add depth at all positions. "I believe we accomplished that," Wiese said.
|PLAYER||POSITION||HOMETOWN (High School)|
|Tory Adams||RB||Hutchinson, MN (Hutchinson H.S.)|
|Jason Anderson||OL||Brooklyn Park, MN (Champlin Park H.S.)|
|Jason Balts||WR||Barron, WI (Barron H.S.)|
|Terrance Bowers||WR||Hopkins, MN (Hopkins H.S.)|
|Cal Durni||DL||Brookfield, WI (Brookfield East H.S.)|
|Ryan Duxbury||S||Wisconsin Rapids, WI (Wisconsin Rapids H.S.)|
|Adam Essler||RB||New London, MN (New London-Spicer H.S.)|
|Jon Evenson *||LB||Moose Lake, MN (Moose Lake-Willow River H.S.)|
|Jordan Hollie||CB||Brooklyn Park, MN (Osseo H.S.)|
|Bryce Juedes||S||Mequon, WI (Homestead H.S.)|
|Matt Juneau||OL||Brooklyn Park, MN (Champlin Park H.S.)|
|Jared Karow||S||Franklin, WI ( Franklin H.S.)|
|Alex Lasinski||CB||Hortonville, MN (Hortonville H.S.)|
|Tyler Lattery||TE||Lakeville, MN (Lakeville South H.S.)|
|Sam Lynch*||S||Plymouth, MN (Benilde-St. Margaret's H.S.)|
|Shawn Magee*||QB||Rice Lake, MN (Rice Lake H.S.)|
|Dillon Martinez||CB||Holmen, WI (Holmen H.S.)|
|Derek McLaughlin*||RB||Andover, MN (Andover H.S.)|
|AJ Naatz||LB||Menomonie, WI (Menomonie H.S.)|
|Jamiah Newell||RB||Lakeville, MN (Lakeville North H.S.)|
|Austin Noble||OL||Cannon Falls, MN (Cannon Falls H.S.)|
|Andrew Schiessl||LB||Menasha, WI (Menasha H.S.)|
|Brandon Scott||DL||Kasson, MN Kasson-Mantorville H.S.)|
|Jack Sims||TE||Edina, MN (Benidle-St. Margaret's H.S.)|
|Eriq Smith||OL||Shoreview, MN (Irondale H.S.)|
|Marcus Smith||CB||Menomonie, WI (Menomonie H.S.)|
|Ty Sullivan||S||Owatonna, MN (Owatonna H.S.)|
|Jason Telin||OL||Oakdale, MN (Tartan H.S.)|
|Trevor Thompson||DL||Neenah, WI (Neenah H.S.)|
|Sean Van Helden||LB||Stevens Point, WI (Stevens Point Area H.S.)|
|Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate||RB||Superior, WI (Superior H.S.)|
|Trapper Ward||OL||Rice Lake, WI (Rice Lake H.S.)|
|Gus Wedig||LB||Walworth, WI (Big Foot H.S.)|
|Joe Yernatich||OL||Duluth, MN (Duluth East H.S.)|
* Signed Letter of Acceptance
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