FARGO - North Dakota State returned to a new hot spot for its football recruiting.

Saturday night Georgia defensive back Nasir Howell verbally committed to the Bison. Howell hails from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, about fifty minutes from where sophomore running back Kobe Johnson lives. Howell is 6-1 and 170 pounds and becomes the seventh commitment for NDSU for the class of 2021.

"I chose NDSU off of the culture that they have built over the years. I also chose them because of the relationships that I have built with the coaches especially Coach (Kody) Morgan and Coach Buddha (Williams)." Howell said.

Howell played in just six games in 2019 and plays mostly safety in high school. He says he can play either safety or defensive back in college.

Liberty, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina, Chattanooga, Austin Peay, Long Island, Lehigh, UT Martin, North Alabama, Bryant, Gardner-Webb, South Dakota State, Fordham and Southern Illinois all offered the defensive back. Howell is originally from the Bronx, New York and later moved to Georgia with his family.

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"The biggest thing that stood out was when they (NDSU) offered me. They weren’t only trying to recruit me, they were also trying to recruit my father as well." Howell said. NDSU officially offered in mid-May. Howell originally announced on Twitter he was going to announce his commitment in late August but decided to move it up to Saturday.

Howell will become the fifth Georgian on the Bison football roster joining Johnson, Dom Jones, Zeb Noland and incoming freshman DJ Hart.