FARGO — North Dakota State continued to build on its 2021 recruiting class getting a commitment from Perham (Minn.) standout Finn Diggins, adding to the local flavor.

After a steady run of commits, Diggins is the first to say yes to NDSU in about three weeks and the sixth player overall.

Mandan (N.D.) defensive tackle Jaxon Duttenhefer is the first known commitment to the class, verbally committing to the Bison on March 26. In the 2020 class, the first known commitment didn't come until mid-May.

The Bison had six known commitments as of May 27, including three in-state recruits. The first five commitments were all earlier than the first verbal NDSU received in its 2020 recruiting class. The coronavirus pandemic could have a played a role in the earlier commitments for 2021. The Bison had two commits through May in the 2020 class.

“The COVID-19 just made my decision process faster,” Fargo South's Sibomana Enock told The Forum's Jeff Kolpack after he committed to the Bison.

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The following running log will be updated as verbal commitments happen:

Perham's Finn Diggins committed to the Bison on May 27. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Diggins played both sides of the ball for the Yellowjackets, including quarterback.

Pella (Iowa) High School's Kody Huisman committed to the Bison on May 5. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Huisman played on the defensive line for Pella. Huisman earned Iowa Class 3A first-team, all-state honors as a defensive lineman.

Omaha (Neb.) Westside's Cole Payton committed to NDSU on May 4. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Payton is considered the state's top returning quarterback, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star newspaper.

Fargo South's Sibomana Enock committed to the Bison on May 3, becoming the third in-state commit in the class. The 6-foot, 185-pound Enock played running back and defensive back for the Bruins. He rushed for 775 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior season. He also had four interceptions.

West Fargo Sheyenne’s Barika Kpeenu carries against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class 3A football championship Friday, Nov. 15, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
West Fargo Sheyenne’s Barika Kpeenu carries against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class 3A football championship Friday, Nov. 15, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

West Fargo Sheyenne's Barika Kpeenu committed to NDSU on April 13, becoming the second commitment in the class. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Kpeenu rushed for more than 1,200 yards during his junior season with the Mustangs.

Duttenhefer committed to the Bison on March 26. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman had multiple offers, including an FBS one from Central Michigan.

Mandan's Jaxon Duttenhefer hits West Fargo quarterback Dustin Mertz as he throws Aug. 30, 2019, at the Essentia Health Packers Stadium, West Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Mandan's Jaxon Duttenhefer hits West Fargo quarterback Dustin Mertz as he throws Aug. 30, 2019, at the Essentia Health Packers Stadium, West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum