FARGO - When the calendar turned to September earlier this week, it had to ring like an alarm for college football coaches around the country.

September 1st was the first day that coaches were allowed to contact high school juniors that are slated to graduate in the spring of 2022. Several players from the Red River Valley were already getting interest from Division I schools.

West Fargo junior wide receiver Carson Hegerle is an intriguing prospect. Hegerle is a 6-3, 180 pound wide receiver, who had 33 receptions for 418 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. Hegerle was an all-state selection last season, he has received interest from North Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota and Northern Illinois. Hegerle is the son of former Bison defensive back Erik Hegerle, who was a standout player from 1990-93.

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Kevin Feeney has developed quite the pipeline of Division I prospects since taking over at Moorhead High School in 2010. From Chase Morlock to Jade Lawrence to Otis Weah to Seth Anderson, college coaches have made a habit of stopping over to Jim Gotta Stadium. Feeney has two more players that are receiving some high level attenton.

Spud junior linebacker Austin Altepeter has turned the heads of college recruiters. Altepeter is 6-2, 215 pounds and has become a force on the Moorhead defense. He was selected the team defensive MVP in 2019 and has heard from several FBS schools, namely Iowa State along with Miami of Ohio and Eastern Michigan. Minnesota and Kansas State are also to have known to show interest.

Altepeter's teammate Jack Teiken is also getting some serious interest. The 6-3, 245 pound defensive end had a breakthrough season for the Spuds, who won the Section 8 5AAAAA championship last season. Teiken missed out on the section championship with an injury as Moorhead lost to Elk River in the opening round of the state tournament. Teiken has heard from Iowa State, NDSU, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia and South Dakota.

The Spuds got to see Alexandria's Kristen Hoskins up close last year. Hoskins racked up 21 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns in two games against Moorhead.

Hoskins is another player getting some Power Five interest. The 5-10, 166 pound wide receiver and defensive back already has an offer as Iowa State officially extended him a scholarship Thursday night.

Alexandria sophomore Kristen Hoskins springs free on a reception with the help of a block from Nolan Morical against Bemidji earlier this season. Both Hoskins and Morical have helped the Cardinals put up an average of 40 points per game as they get set to welcome in Brainerd for homecoming on Friday. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)
Alexandria sophomore Kristen Hoskins springs free on a reception with the help of a block from Nolan Morical against Bemidji earlier this season. Both Hoskins and Morical have helped the Cardinals put up an average of 40 points per game as they get set to welcome in Brainerd for homecoming on Friday. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

This is just the start of this recruiting cycle, but these players bear watching especially since Minnesota high school football will not be played until March.