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UPDATED: Ongoing list of Bison commits for 2023 football recruiting class, including DB prospect from Georgia

Here's a running list of NDSU football verbal commitments for the 2023 recruiting class.

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Reese Sheldon (6) of Cloquet (Minn.) High School has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State.
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FARGO — Marietta (Ga.) High School's Devin Clark has verbally committed to play football for North Dakota State, he announced Wednesday, Aug. 10, via social media.

The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Clark is projected to play defensive back for the Bison. He is the 21st known commitment for the 2023 recruiting class. Clark had three interceptions, more than 10 pass breakups and 20 solo tackles during his junior season for Marietta.

The Bison have four commitments in August. Cloquet (Minn.) High School's Reese Sheldon, who is projected to play defensive back, committed Aug. 4 and Sioux Falls Washington defensive end Abraham Myers and Moorhead Spuds lineman Austin Schultz also committed in August.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Schultz also had offers from South Dakota State and the University of St. Thomas. He is projected to play on the offensive line for the Bison.

Moorhead Spuds offensive lineman Austin Schultz
Moorhead Spuds offensive lineman Austin Schultz (75) has verbally committed to play football for North Dakota State.
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“They’re a winning program and I’m going to be coming from a winning program in Moorhead," Schultz said. “I’ve seen a lot about NDSU and heard a lot about it and to finally be a part of that is amazing."

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Fargo Davies linebacker Oliver Lucht committed in late July and was the fifth commitment for NDSU during that month. Lucht joined teammate Brennan Palmer, who committed to the Bison in late June.

NDSU also had a busy June with multiple commitments.

Grand Island (Neb.) Northwest's Victor Isele committed to the Bison on Thursday, June 30, he announced via social media. He also had offers from South Dakota State and Northern Iowa. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Isele is projected to play defensive end for NDSU.

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A day earlier, the Bison got a commitment from Creighton Prep (Neb.) running back Charmar Brown. Brown had multiple NCAA Division I offers, including Ball State, Miami (Ohio), South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and North Dakota. He is a two-star prospect according to 247sports.

Norfolk Catholic (Neb.) High School's Kade Pieper verbally committed to the Bison on June 27, while Fargo Davies rising senior Brennan Palmer added his commitment June 28. NDSU also received a commitment from North Scott (Iowa) High School offensive lineman prospect Nate Schneckloth on June 28.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pieper also had offers from the University of North Dakota and the University of South Dakota. NDSU was the first Division I offer for Palmer, who is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds.

“It’s surreal to be honest. It’s a dream come true. I’m super happy with it. I grew up watching the Bison," Palmer said. “I’ve only known Bison so it’s crazy.”

Fargo Davies lineman Brennan Palmer.
Fargo Davies defensive lineman Brennan Palmer (53) has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State.
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The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Schneckloth also had an offer from Northern Iowa among his recruiting interest.

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NDSU also received verbal commitment from Norcross (Ga.) High School's Tywan Royal over June 25. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Royal had multiple NCAA Division I FCS offers, including Samford and Grambling State.

“My friends, they are really excited for me," Royal said. "They knew I really wanted to play big-time football.”

Warren Township (Ill.) High School cornerback Jailen Duffie committed prior to that along with Minnetonka (Minn.) High School's Jack Liwienski.

"What made me want to go to NDSU was the culture there," said Liwienski, the son of former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Chris Liwienski. "I just loved the winning culture that they have and I just love the brotherhood that they have within the team and I just want to be a part of that."

Riverside University (Wis.) High School's Jaiden Pickett committed June 21. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Pickett is projected to play linebacker for the Bison.

"It's always been my dream to play Division I football since I was 7 years old," Pickett wrote. "This was hands down the toughest decision of my life. ... With that being said Agent 0 will be playing for and attending North Dakota State University for my college career."

Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School's Grant Larkin verbally committed to NDSU on June 16. The 6-foot, 180-pound Larkin had offers from 11 other programs, including two FBS offers in Army and Akron.

"NDSU is just a heck of a place to to be," Larkin told WDAY-TV's Dom Izzo . "There are few atmospheres and programs out there like NDSU, and playing in the Fargodome." Larkin said.

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Larkin is projected to play safety for the Bison. He had 40 catches and six touchdowns during his junior season.

"I personally love the coaching staff, one of the key things that stuck out to me is how thorough they are while they were in the recruiting process with me, and it really showed why they are so good, because of the way they recruit," Larkin said.

The Bison also got a verbal commitment from Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa) High School linebacker Josh Hendricks , who had 71 tackles and two sacks during his junior season, on June 16.

"I am officially home," Hendricks wrote in announcing his commitment.

Spring Lake Park (Minn.) offensive lineman Beau Johnson committed to the Bison in early April . The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Johnson is from the same high school as former Bison standout Zack Johnson. Beau Johnson was the first commit in the 2023 class.

The following list will be updated as verbal commitments happen:

  • Marietta (Ga.) High School's Devin Clark committed to NDSU on Aug. 10 . The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Clark is projected to play defensive back for the Bison. He also had a Division I offer from Richmond, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.

  • Sioux Falls Washington's Abraham Myers committed to the Bison on Aug. 3 . The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Myers is a defensive end prospect who also had offers from San Diego State and South Dakota State. He had 44 tackles and 6.5 sacks during his junior season.

  • Moorhead High School's Austin Schultz committed to NDSU on Aug. 1 . The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Schultz had multiple Division I offers, including South Dakota State and St. Thomas. He is projected to play on the interior offensive line for the Bison.

  • Eagan (Minn.) High School's Keenan Wilson committed to NDSU on July 16 . The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Wilson is projected to play on the defense line for the Bison. He also had offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Wilson had eight Division I offers.

  • Lemont (Ill.) High School's Noah Taylor committed to the Bison on July 4 . The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Taylor is projected to play defensive back for NDSU. He had multiple Division I offers, including South Dakota State, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Indiana State and St. Thomas.

  • Creighton Prep (Neb.) running back Charmar Brown committed to the Bison on June 29. The 6-foot, 202-pound Brown had multiple Divison I offers that included Ball State, Miami (Ohio), South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and North Dakota.

  • North Scott (Iowa) High School's Nate Schneckloth committed to NDSU on June 28. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Schneckloth offensive lineman also had an offer from Northern Iowa.

  • Norfolk Catholic (Neb.) High School's Kade Pieper committed to NDSU on June 27. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pieper is projected to play on the defensive line for the Bison. He also had offers from the University of North Dakota and the University of South Dakota.

  • Norcross (Ga.) High School's Tywan Royal committed to the Bison on June 25 . The 6-foot-1, 170-pound is projected to play cornerback for NDSU. He plays multiple positions in high school, including wide receiver and defensive back.

  • Minnetonka (Minn.) lineman Jack Liwienski committed to NDSU on June 22 . The 6-foot-3, 287-pound Liwienski plays on both the offensive and defensive line for Minnetonka. He had 13 Division I offers before his decision.

  • Riverside University (Wis.) High School's Jaiden Pickett committed to NDSU on June 21 . The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Pickett is a three-star recruit, according to 247sports, and is projected to play linebacker for the Bison.

  • Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa) High School's Josh Hendricks committed to the Bison on June 16. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker had 71 tackles, two sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception during his junior season for Dallas Center-Grimes.

  • Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School's Grant Larkin committed to the Bison on June 16. the 6-foot, 180-pound Larkin is expected to play safety for NDSU.

  • Spring Lake Park (Minn.) High School's Beau Johnson committed to NDSU on April 3. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Johnson is an offensive lineman who played at the same high school as former Bison offensive lineman standout Zack Johnson.

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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