Bison football gets commitment from 'speed' defensive end prospect from Nebraska

Grand Island Northwest (Neb.) High School's Victor Isele has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State.

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FARGO — Grand Island Northwest (Neb.) High School's Victor Isele recently attended a North Dakota State football camp and liked what he saw, including the community, the campus and the Fargodome.

"All that stuff, I really liked it," Isele said. "I knew it would be a great place for me to go.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end prospect committed to the Bison on Thursday, June 30, becoming the 12th known commit for the 2023 recruiting class.

Isele had multiple NCAA Division I offers, including South Dakota State and Northern Iowa, which are in the Missouri Valley Football Conference along with NDSU. He's entering his third year as a varsity starter for the Grand Island Northwest football team.

Isele said his high school coaches and family, including his mom Katina Isele, also thought NDSU was a good fit.


“They liked it too," Isele said. "They loved hearing about the program and what they do and how they do it.”

Isele is a three-sport high school athlete, also competing in wrestling and track and field. He likes the way he fits into the Bison defensive scheme, which has a base four-player front.

“I’m more of a speed D-end," Isele said.

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Isele said his camp experience at NDSU and his chemistry with the coaching staff, including Bison defensive line coach Nick Goeser, were also key factors in his decision.

“I loved the way he teaches the players, the way he talks to them, the way he coaches them," Isele said. “The great atmosphere, the great coaches, I went down there and they showed me a ton of love, a ton of support.”

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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