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Bison land Eagan (Minn.) High School defensive line prospect with 8 D-I football offers

Eagan (Minn.) High School defensive lineman Keenan Wilson has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State.

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North Dakota State football recruiting.
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FARGO — North Dakota State’s championship pedigree was too enticing for Keenan Wilson to ignore.

The Eagan (Minn.) High School defensive lineman verbally committed to the Bison football program Saturday, July 16, he announced via social media.

Wilson had eight NCAA Division I offers, including one from an FBS program, before he chose NDSU. Wilson is a two-star prospect according to 247sports.

“I feel like the coaches there are going to develop me into the best player I can be and push me to work hard,” Wilson said. “I want to win a national championship and that’s what they do there.”

The Bison have won nine of the past 11 Football Championship Subdivision national championships. Wilson is the 16th known commitment for NDSU’s 2023 recruiting class. The early signing period for Division I football is in December.


“I can see myself playing there, the culture, I love the culture,” Wilson said. “The coaches are so nice. It’s a great fit for my family.”

The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Wilson had offers from multiple Missouri Valley Football Conference programs, including South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Central Michigan was his FBS offer.

Wilson is expected to play on the interior defensive line for the Bison.

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“I’m a D-tackle that has pass-rush moves,” Wilson said. “I really like how the whole (NDSU) defense is working as a unit. Everyone is getting after it, everyone is making plays. You’re sacrificing stuff for your own teammates to succeed and I just like how they fly around and get after the ball.”

Wilson is a multiple-sport athlete at Eagan, also playing lacrosse for the Wildcats. He said lacrosse has helped him on the football field.

“The mobility, cutting, moving my feet fast, footwork and flying around and running sprints and everything like that,” said Wilson, who started playing lacrosse in grade school.

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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