FARGO — North Dakota State landed an offensive line prospect with multiple Division I FBS and FCS offers, getting a verbal commitment from Slinger (Wis.) High School's Ashton Beers. The Bison also got a commitment from Burnsville (Minn.) High School's Mateo Noriega.

Beers and Noriega both announced their decisions Thursday, July 22, via Twitter. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Beers also had offers from a number of Ivy League schools, Group of Five schools and FCS programs, including South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Illinois State. Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Central Michigan and Air Force were among his FBS offers.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Noriega is a preferred walk-on who also had an offer from the University of North Dakota.

The Bison have 14 known commitments in the class, which received its first verbals in late June.

Moorhead rising senior Austin Altepeter verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State. Forum file photo
Moorhead rising senior Austin Altepeter verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State. Forum file photo

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Moorhead Spuds linebacker Austin Altepeter and Brainerd Warriors linebacker Nathaniel Staehling both announced their verbal commitments to the Bison on June 23 via Twitter. Those were the first two commitments in the class that leaned on defense early.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Altepeter said NDSU "felt like family" when he visited. During his junior season with the Spuds, he had 76 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, helping Moorhead to a 7-0 record in a COVID-shortened fall season.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Staehling also played quarterback for Brainerd his junior season, completing 20 of 50 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 175 yards and three TDs on 47 carries.

"Playing college football has been a dream of mine and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so," Staehling wrote on his Twitter account.

Brainerd quarteback Nathaniel Staehling, left, has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State. David Samson / The Forum
Brainerd quarteback Nathaniel Staehling, left, has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State. David Samson / The Forum

The following list will be updated as verbal commitments happen:

Burnsville (Minn.) High School's Mateo Noriega committed to the Bison on July 22. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Noriega is projected to play on the offensive line for the Bison and also had an offer from the University of North Dakota.

Slinger (Wis.) High School's Ashton Beers committed to NDSU on July 22. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman prospect had multiple FBS and FCS offers before deciding on the Bison.

St. Charles (Ill.) East High School's Nathan Hayes committed to the Bison on July 19. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hayes plays quarterback and also had offers from Eastern Illinois and Indiana State.

Notre Dame Academy's Max Rader committed to NDSU on July 7. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Rader plays on the offensive and defensive line for NDA. He also had offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Eastern Michigan, Yale and Eastern Illinois.

Barnesville (Minn.) High School's Kaden Zenzen committed to the Bison on July 6. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Zenzen plays tight end and defensive end for Barnesville.

Hatton-Northwood's (N.D.) Kelby Azure committed to the NDSU on July 6. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Azure plays multiple positions for the Thunder, including offensive and defensive line. He's projected to play tight end for the Bison. Azure had multiple Division I FCS offers.

Faribault (Minn.) High School's Devin Lockerby committed to the Bison on July 2. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Lockerby plays offensive and defensive line for the Falcons. Lockerby also had offers from South Dakota, St. Thomas and North Dakota.

St. Charles (Ill.) East High School's Kelton McCaslin committed to the Bison on July 1. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound McCaslin plays wide receiver and defensive end for St. Charles East. McCaslin is projected to play defensive end for the Bison.

East Ridge (Minn.) High School's Toby Anene committed to NDSU on July 1. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Anene is projected to play defense end for the Bison.

East Ridge (Minn.) High School's Logan Larson committed to the Bison on June 29. The 6-foot-3, 260 pound Larson plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for East Ridge,

Velva (N.D.) High School's Kaden Chadwick committed to NDSU on June 28. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Chadwick plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Aggies. Chadwick is an all-state offensive lineman.

Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School's Andy Thomsen committed to the Bison on June 28. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Thomsen plays quarterback and linebacker for the Thunderhawks. He is projected to play defensive end at NDSU.

Brainerd linebacker Nathaniel Staehling committed to the Bison on June 23. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Staehling also had a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Minnesota.

Moorhead Spuds linebacker Austin Altepeter committed to NDSU on June 23. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Altepeter also had offers from South Dakota and North Dakota.