FARGO - The recruiting doors are open. North Dakota State is waiting for its first recruit for 2022 to walk in.

The Division I recruiting dead period officially ended last Monday, and since then the Bison coaching staff has been busy. Head coach Matt Entz told Dom Izzo that 12 players were on campus on Tuesday, June 1st, the first day that on campus recruiting was allowed. And to no one surprise those were players in NDSU's backyard.

Moorhead standouts Jack Teiken and Austin Altepeter, each who hold offers from NDSU tweeted out about their visits. Teiken holds offers from multiple FBS schools, while Altepter has been offered by each of the Dakota schools.

They were joined by teammate Jamal Dixon, who announced he had received an offer from fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference rival Northern Iowa. Dixon is a 6-2, 180 pound defensive back who has had a recent surge of interest from college coaches thanks to his size and speed.

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NDSU has also turned its attention to North Dakota for a pair of prospects. Hatton-Northwood's Kelby Azure tweeted out about his visit last week. Azure is 6-4, 230 pounds and is an intriguing prospect from a 9-man school. NDSU and the University of North Dakota have offered him, along with Dartmouth out of the Ivy League.

The Bison are also focused on Bismarck Century's Lucas Schweigert. Schweigert was a first team all-state selection in 2020 for the two-time champion Patriots, playing offensive and defensive line. He's 6-0, 270 pounds and appears to be the next big prospect out of the capital city. Schweigert's teammate Andrew Leingang was the North Dakota player of the year in 2020 and has signed to play football at Kansas State under former Bison head coach Chris Klieman.

"From an early age going to football camps it's been the game I've always loved, it's been my goal to play college football." Schweigert said. "I started receiving calls during the fall, now that the dead period has opened up, I can start touring places."

"They show you everything. Find out about the program, see the stadium and locker rooms, it was a great experience." Schweigert said. Schweigert plans to go to UND and Montana State's team camps and return to NDSU's in late June.

To date, NDSU has not received any verbal commitments for the Class of 2022. Highly regarded quarterback Ashton Daniels from Buford, Georgia tweeted out Friday that he was visiting NDSU this past weekend. Izzo confirmed that NDSU had a quarterback visit over the weekend.

Daniels is 6-3, 200 pounds and already holds a Bison offer, along with Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, Bowling Green and Charlotte. NDSU has three quarterbacks on its 2021 roster with Cam Miller, transfer Quincy Patterson and incoming freshmen Cole Payton and JJ Woodin.

To this date, NDSU has offered 16 players, with four taking other offers, all to FBS schools.

Hatton-Northwood's Kelby Azure stands for the national anthem before a high school football game this fall. Photo by Hillsboro Banner.
Hatton-Northwood's Kelby Azure stands for the national anthem before a high school football game this fall. Photo by Hillsboro Banner.