FARGO-Fireworks came early on July 4th at the North Dakota State football office. Fargo Davies incoming-senior Jaden Klabo committed to the Bison, giving the home-town school the top two prospects in the area.
Klabo follows Fargo South tight end/defensive end Dawson Weisenberger and becomes the 14th player who said they will be part of the 2019 recruiting class. The NCAA early-signing date is in mid-December.
By then, it remains to be seen how much the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Klabo will have grown. He's projected as a tight end.
"I think he has a lot of room to grow yet," said Davies head coach Jason Thielges. "He has a good frame, is very athletic and definitely can run and catch the football well. He's a kid who this spring finally decided to commit to the weight room. He put on like 20 pounds no problem."
Klabo will be the first Division I football player from Davies. He's also the fourth tight end/defensive end-type of player to commit to NDSU.
"I think the Bison do a good job of getting the kids with the big frame who are athletic," Thielges said. "They develop those kids, get them in the strength program and grow them. They do a good job of predicting the future, especially with some of the smaller-town kids."
Klabo is the third player from North Dakota to commit. Dickinson Trinity wide receiver Kaden Kuntz committed last week.
His uncle, Chuck Klabo, was a standout offensive lineman for the Bison who played one year with the Cleveland Browns in 2003.
"Once they get him in there, he's a kid who could maybe get to 250, 260 that is athletic and physical," Thielges said. "I just think he's a diamond in the rough."