FARGO -- Signing Day is less than 24 hours old and North Dakota State has already moved to 2021.
Four North Dakota high school players have received offers from the Bison over the past week. Bismarck's Andrew Leingang, Mandan's Jaxon Duttenhefer, West Fargo's Barika Kpeenu and Fargo's Sibomana Enock each have received scholarship offers from the FCS champions.
Leingang is a 6-5, 260 pound offensive and defensive lineman at Bismarck Century. Leingang was a starter on both sides of the ball this past season for the state champion Patriots, who some consider the best prospect in the state. Leingang has attracted interest from Chris Klieman's Kansas State Wildcats.
Had an incredible Bison junior day visit! Also, I am very grateful and excited to have received a scholarship offer from @NDSUfootball! Thanks again to the coaches @Coach_Entz @CoachBlaz @Coach_RHedberg @CoachKittell pic.twitter.com/8sreqwh2jr— Andrew Leingang (@AndrewLeingang) February 2, 2020
Duttenhefer stands 6-3, 255 pounds and was another two-way star for the Mandan Braves. Duttenhefer was an all-state first team selection as Mandan reached the state semifinals in 2019. Duttenhefer will join Dom Izzo on his TV/radio show Friday morning on WDAY Xtra and 970 WDAY.
Kpeenu is a running back and defensive back for the Mustangs, who reached the Class 3A championship game for the first time in school history this past fall. Kpeenu led the Eastern Dakota Conference in rushing yards in 2019, racking up 1,258 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.
Enock was another two-way standout in North Dakota 3A football. Enock had 775 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2019. The 6-foot, 185 pound quarterback and defensive back, also was a force on the defensive side of the ball for the Bruins, racking up four interceptions.
These are the first four known offers for the Bison in the 2021 recruiting cycle.