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West Fargo Sheyenne's Kellen Entz commits to Bison football, set to play for his father

West Fargo Sheyenne senior Kellen Entz has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State, which already has four other former Sheyenne players on the roster.

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West Fargo Sheyenne senior Kellen Entz has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State where his dad, Matt Entz, is the head coach. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO — Another Entz is set to join the North Dakota State football program.

West Fargo Sheyenne senior Kellen Entz has verbally committed to the Bison. His father Matt Entz is the team's head coach.

“I just wanted to go somewhere where it was the right people and the right fit for me,” said Kellen, a two-year starter at safety for the Mustangs.

Kellen, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, will be a preferred walk-on and expects to play wide receiver at NDSU. He also played wide receiver and tight end for Sheyenne.

“He’s a great kid, very coachable, and he’s got good size and physical tools, too,” said Sheyenne head coach Jeremy Newton. “I would say that he’s a big, rangy athlete who can play a multitude of positions. He definitely opens up possibilities for any coach. … We’re proud of him for what he’s done at Sheyenne for sure.”

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Kellen helped the Mustangs to a North Dakota Class 11AA state championship in his final prep season after Sheyenne had lost in the state title game in the two previous seasons. The Mustangs knocked off West Fargo in the title game to cap a 12-0 season.
“It meant a lot to our program,” said Kellen, whose younger brother Konner also played for Sheyenne. “It feels like we finally got over that hump a little bit. Being able to win it with a bunch of my friends, it was a pretty special moment.”

Kellen is slated to become the fifth former Sheyenne player on the Bison roster, joining wide receiver Tyler Terhark, running backs Nathan Goldade and Barika Kpeenu and defensive end Kole Menz.

Kellen said he also considered offers from Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State, both Division II programs.

“I feel like a lot of weight was lifted off my chest,” Kellen said. “I finally know where I’m going to go.”

Kellen said the past week has been eventful with Sheyenne winning a state championship Friday, Nov. 12, and his commitment to NDSU less than a week later.

“It’s been pretty fun,” Kellen said. “I just want to thank all the people who have helped me along the way, coaches, family members and friends. I wouldn’t be there without them.”

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Kellen said during the recruiting process with NDSU, he dealt with the Bison assistant coaches more than his father.

“He didn’t do it a lot. It was mainly all the other coaches, like position coaches,” Kellen said. “He called me one time and then later that night I saw him at home like nothing had really happened. Then, it was dad.”

Kellen added it was humbling to see the response his commitment received on social media.

“It’s pretty cool to see that many people watching you and see what you’re doing,” Kellen said.

Kellen said next fall will be the first time his dad has officially been his head coach.

"He’s always helping me out and helping me get better," Kellen said.

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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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