WEST FARGO - Carson Hegerle will stay close to home after all.
The standout West Fargo senior wide receiver verbally committed to North Dakota State Wednesday, two sources tell WDAY Sports. Hegerle tweeted out the commitment Wednesday afternoon.
Hegerle is a two-time all-state player for the Packers, who has been regarded as North Dakota's top high school football recruit for the Class of 2022. He had offers from ten Division I schools, ranging from Wyoming, Toledo, Utah State, UNLV, Nevada, Army, South Dakota State, South Dakota and North Dakota.
"I'm really excited and can't wait to get started there." Hegerle said.
Hegerle burst on the scene in his sophomore season with 42 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. His highlight reel catch for a two point conversion in the season opener against Mandan splashed across the state. He followed that up with a sensational junior year, with 35 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns.
"I've had a good feeling for a little while now, NDSU is the right place for me. My parents went there, just felt right and the support from Bison Nation is just unreal. I'm going to be a playmaker for them, hopefully at wide receiver and special teams."
Hegerle was dynamic on defense and on special teams. He racked up four interceptions, one of them returned for a touchdown against Fargo South. He added two touchdowns on kick and punt returns.
"I've always wanted to play offense, defense is fun, but offense is where my heart is. The last year and a half it's been stressful, just excited to finally make my decision."
He continues a family legacy at North Dakota State, where his dad, Erik, was a standout safety for the Bison from 1990-93, where he finished with eight career interceptions. Carson's mom Shelly was a sprinter on the Bison track team. His older sister Kalli, played volleyball at NDSU for two years from 2018-19.
Carson was a key member of West Fargo's state championship winning basketball team this past March. Hegerle averaged 18 points per game as the Packers won their first title in over thirty years in beating Minot.
Hegerle becomes the third North Dakotan to commit to NDSU for the Class of 2022, joining Northwood's Kelby Azure and Velva's Kaden Chadwick.