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Fargo South football standout Ty Brooks verbally commits to NDSU

Fargo South senior Ty Brooks verbally committed to play for North Dakota State, the three-time defending Division I FCS national champions.

“I like the fan support and the close proximity to home,” Brooks said on Tuesday, soon after he committed. “I get a chance to play in front of my family and friends and it’s a good football school. All of that together, you can’t pass that up.”

Brooks expects to play cornerback and also return kicks for the Bison.

“It fulfills one of his dreams of playing for the Bison,” said South head coach Troy Mattern. “He’s really worked hard over the last two years to make himself a college football player.”

Brooks was a dual threat for the Bruins as a junior, playing both offense and defense. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Brooks had 18 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns, helping South win the North Dakota Class 3A state title. He also rushed for 192 yards on 28 attempts and added a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Brooks tied for second on the team with three interceptions.

The University of North Dakota was also among his final choices. Brooks said the University of Wyoming also showed interest, but wanted to see Brooks play a few games in his upcoming senior season.

“I’m happy to get it out of the way and focus on my senior year and everything,” Brooks said. “We have to defend our state title.”

Brooks attended a couple Bison home games last season as he was being recruited. The atmosphere in the Fargodome was another plus for Brooks.

“The atmosphere at NDSU is crazy,” he said.

The Bison also received a commitment from Minnetonka (Minn.) defensive end Bryan Carlton, who announced on Twitter his verbal to NDSU. Carlton is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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