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McFeely blog: Eastern Michigan transfer DB commits to Bison

NDSU adds depth to secondary shortly before fall camp opens

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Jerrod Vines. Eastern Michigan University photo

FARGO — North Dakota State has added a defensive back transfer.

Jerodd Vines, a sophomore safety/cornerback from Detroit who was at Eastern Michigan the previous three seasons, announced on Twitter he'd committed to the Bison.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Vines played in four games for Eastern Michigan last fall. The Eagles finished 2-4 in the Football Bowl Subdivision Mid-American Conference.


Vines played 11 games for the Eagles as a redshirt freshman in 2019, starting three. He had 25 tackles (13 solo, 12 assisted) with 1.5 tackles for loss and tied for second on team with five pass breakups.

NDSU has been trying to add a cornerback since the end of the spring season. Bison head coach Matt Entz told The Forum's Jeff Kolpack Vines has been on campus for several weeks .

Senior Josh Hayes, who could've returned for the fall, transferred to FBS Virginia late in the spring.

NDSU started redshirt sophomore Jayden Price and junior Destin Talbert after Hayes left the team. That elevated true freshman cornerback Courtney Eubanks for more playing time to close out the regular season and during NDSU's two FCS playoff games.

Bison junior safety Dawson Weber also saw time at cornerback during the spring season.

NDSU thought it had a transfer cornerback in May when Austin Peay's Elijiah Culp told the the team he was committing to the Bison. But Culp flipped his commitment to Troy (Ala.) shortly afterward.


Vines will be the fourth FBS transfer on NDSU's roster this fall, joining quarterback Quincy Patterson II (Virginia Tech), tight end Gabe Lloyd (Wisconsin) and running back TaMerik Williams (SMU).

The Bison also added transfer offensive lineman Luke LaCilento from FCS San Diego.

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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