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Sioux Falls Washington defensive end Abraham Myers, with 4 D-I offers, commits to Bison

Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington rising senior Abraham Myers have verbally committed to play football for NDSU

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North Dakota State football recruiting.
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FARGO — Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington rising senior Abraham Myers didn’t know basic football rules when he started playing the game as a freshman.

Now he’s a Division I recruit.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Myers committed to North Dakota State earlier this week for the 2023 recruiting class. He's the 19th known Bison commitment for that recruiting class.

“It was a big adjustment,” Myers said of his freshman season. “If you asked me what a first down was, I wouldn’t know.”

Myers is projected to play defensive end for the Bison. Last fall, he had 44 tackles and 6.5 sacks for Sioux Falls Washington. He developed into a starter in the second half of his sophomore season.

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“It was just a matter of Abe learning the position and learning the scheme before he jumped into the starting lineup,” SF Washington head coach Ryan Evans said. “As a freshman, he was getting his feet under him.”

Myers also had D-I offers from San Diego State, South Dakota State and South Dakota. San Diego State is an FBS program in the Mountain West Conference. The Bison have won nine of the past 11 NCAA Division I FCS national championships.

“It just felt right,” Myers said of NDSU. “It felt like home.”

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Myers grew up in Sioux Falls, but his family is originally from Liberia. He played soccer growing up and also ran cross country in middle school before he decided to play football. He’s a multiple-sport athlete for SF Washington where he also wrestles and competes in track and field. Myers is a sprinter and also throws the discus.

Evans said that speed is what makes Myers an attractive college prospect as an edge rusher.

“I’ve talked to the NDSU staff quite a bit and they just love the rushing aspect of him,” Evans said. “They really like his ceiling. He’s very athletic. … The fact that his knowledge base, his foundation of football, is smaller than most is very intriguing because they feel like they can build upon that rather quickly.”

Myers said his sophomore season is when he thought he had a potential future in football. He was a South Dakota Class 11AAA all-state player his junior season.

“I still have a long way to go, understanding football more, and getting bigger and stronger and faster,” Myers said.

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“He loves to challenge himself and loves to be challenged,” Evans added. “He’s always looking for ways to get better. … He’s really starting to use his hands more. If he figures out how to use his upper body, then watch out.”

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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