A list of commitments for 2021 Bison football recruiting class, including a recent Wisconsin addition

North Dakota State has 27 combined signings and known commitments in its current football recruiting class

Marshall High School senior wide Bryce Lance, left, is shown here catching a pass during earlier this season. Tim Middagh / Forum News Service


North Dakota State added another player to its recruiting class, receiving a commitment from Carter Borchardt from Stevens Point (Wis.) Area Senior High.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Borchardt is a linebacker/safety prospect and is a first-team, all-conference player for the Panthers.

Borchardt becomes the third commitment or signing during the late signing period. The Bison signed two more players in February, adding to the 24 that were signed during the early period in December. These commitments don't count transfer commitments from other colleges.


Grant Romfo from Langdon Area High School and Chris Harris from El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas, both made it official in February. Romfo is an all-around athlete-type player who could mesh into a fullback or linebacker in college. Harris is a 6-foot-4 receiver.

"I've had some offers from some smaller schools but also hearing form others," Harris told the El Paso Times newspaper in November. "I just want a chance at the next level and even if I have to walk on at a Division I school I'd consider it. I love the game, I love putting in the work."

In December, the Bison signed 24 players.

Mandan (N.D.) defensive tackle Jaxon Duttenhefer was the first known commitment for the 2021 class, choosing the Bison on March 26. In the 2020 class, the first known commitment didn't come until mid-May.


Becker (Minn.) High School's Brayden Weber committed to NDSU on Dec. 10. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Weber is a preferred walk-on who is projected to play linebacker for the Bison.

Treynor (Iowa) High School's Blake Sadr committed to the Bison on Dec. 6. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Sadr played both offense and defensive line for the Cardinals.

Marshall (Minn.) High School's Bryce Lance committed to NDSU on Dec. 4 . The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Lance caught 30 passes for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games this past season for Marshall.

Bismarck High School's Jack Steckler committed to the Bison on Nov. 30 . The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Steckler was a Class A first-team all-state selected at tight end for the Demons. Steckler had 22 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns this fall.


Bismarck High School tight end Jack Steckler has verbally committed to play football at North Dakota State. Will Kincaid / Bismarck Tribune

Farmington (Minn.) High School's Elijah Green committed to NDSU on Nov. 30 . The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Green was named to the KARE 11 all-metro offensive team this fall. He had 22 catches for 369 yards and five touchdowns in six games for the Tigers.

Eureka (Kansas) High School's Braden Rucker committed to the Bison on Nov. 25. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Rucker played left tackle and defensive end for the Tornadoes. Rucker is projected to play on the offensive line at NDSU. Rucker wrote on his Twitter account he was recruited as a preferred walkon.

Lincoln-Way East High School's Mike Florentine committed to NDSU on Nov. 2. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Florentine is a long snapper for Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort, Ill. He had an offer from FBS Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Army. NDSU's long snapper, Ross Kennelly, is a senior although he technically has another year of eligibility because of the NCAA's ruling with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Reedy (Texas) High School's Ryan Jones has committed to the Bison on Nov. 2. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jones plays defensive back for Reedy High School.

Brookfield Central (Wis.) High School's Cam Devine committed to NDSU on Oct. 24 . The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Devine plays running back and linebacker for Brookfield Central.

Grandview (Mo.) High School's Reginald King Jr. committed to the Bison on Oct. 1. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound King plays wide receiver and free safety for Grandview. King had more than 10 offers, including South Dakota State and Northern Iowa.

Rice Lake (Wis.) High School's Kayden Warren committed to the Bison on Sept. 14. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Warren plays offensive and defensive line for Rice Lake.


Fargo Davies senior Truman Werremeyer committed to NDSU on Sept. 1 . The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Werremeyer plays fullback and linebacker for the Eagles.

Catholic Memorial High School's Alex Oechsner committed to the Bison on Aug. 30. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Oechsner plays defensive back and wide receiver for Catholic Memorial, which is located in Waukesha, Wis.

Lingbergh High School's Logan Kopp committed to the Bison on Aug. 14. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Kopp plays linebacker and running back for Lindbergh, which is in St. Louis, Mo. He is an all-state linebacker.


Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School's Sam Henry committed to the Bison on Aug. 4. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Henry plays offensive tackle for Eden Prairie.

From Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Fla., Britton Pascoe committed to NDSU on July 31. The 6-foot, 180-pound Pascoe plays defensive back for Bloomingdale High School.

From North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., Nasir Howell committed to the Bison on July 18. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Howell played defensive back and wide receiver for North Cobb.

"First, I would like to thank my dad for being my biggest role model," Howell wrote on his Twitter account. "Without you none of this would have been possible. Second, I would like to thank the rest of my family and friends. Your endless support and love has helped me push myself day in and day out."

Perham's Finn Diggins committed to the Bison on May 27. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Diggins played both sides of the ball for the Yellowjackets, including quarterback.

Pella (Iowa) High School's Kody Huisman committed to the Bison on May 5. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Huisman played on the defensive line for Pella. Huisman earned Iowa Class 3A first-team, all-state honors as a defensive lineman.

Omaha (Neb.) Westside's Cole Payton committed to NDSU on May 4 . The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Payton is considered the state's top returning quarterback, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star newspaper.

Fargo South running back Sibomana Enock, right, has committed to play football at North Dakota State. David Samson / The Forum

Fargo South's Sibomana Enock committed to the Bison on May 3 , becoming the third in-state commit in the class. The 6-foot, 185-pound Enock played running back and defensive back for the Bruins. He rushed for 775 yards and nine touchdowns during his junior season. He also had four interceptions.

West Fargo Sheyenne’s Barika Kpeenu carries against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class 3A football championship Friday, Nov. 15, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Barika Kpeenu committed to NDSU on April 13 , becoming the second commitment in the class. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Kpeenu rushed for more than 1,200 yards during his junior season with the Mustangs.

Duttenhefer committed to the Bison on March 26. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman had multiple offers, including an FBS one from Central Michigan.

Mandan's Jaxon Duttenhefer hits West Fargo quarterback Dustin Mertz as he throws Aug. 30, 2019, at the Essentia Health Packers Stadium, West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

West Fargo Sheyenne senior running back Barika Kpeenu has committed to play football for North Dakota State. David Samson / The Forum

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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