FARGO — North Dakota State bolstered its secondary Friday night, May 14, receiving a verbal commitment from transfer cornerback Elijah Culp, a true freshman from Austin Peay, an FCS program in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Culp will have four seasons of eligibility remaining due to an NCAA eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Culp played in eight games for the Governors, who played games in the fall of 2020 and this spring. He finished the season with 22 tackles, including 12 solo. He had two interceptions and two pass breakups. Austin Peay posted a 4-5 record this season, including three games played during the fall.

Culp announced his commitment to NDSU via Twitter.

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From Charlotte, N.C., Culp told The Forum's Mike McFeely before he announced his commitment Friday that he was excited to receive an offer from NDSU because of the program's winning tradition and player development.

"I want to make it to the next level," Culp said.

Culp helps the Bison add to a position that lost a key player this spring after senior cornerback Josh Hayes entered the transfer portal. Hayes later committed to the Virginia Cavaliers.

NDSU started redshirt sophomore Jayden Price and junior Destin Talbert after Hayes left the team. That elevated true freshman cornerback Courtney Eubanks for more playing time to close out the regular season and during NDSU's two FCS playoff games.

Bison junior safety Dawson Weber also saw time at cornerback during the spring season. NDSU finished with a 7-3 record, losing to Sam Houston 24-20 in the FCS quarterfinals.

Culp told The Forum he had several offers, but only posted offers from NDSU and Jacksonville State on his Twitter feed.

Culp is the fourth transfer commit the Bison have added for the fall of 2021. He joins offensive lineman Luke LaCilento (San Diego), running back TaMerik Williams (Southern Methodist), quarterback Quincy Patterson II (Virginia Tech) and tight end Gabe Lloyd (Wisconsin).

Patterson was on the Bison roster this spring, but wasn't eligible to play after playing in three games for Virginia Tech last fall.