MOORHEAD - Jack Teiken made up his mind before he was a teenager that he wanted to play Division I college football.
"I was about 11 or 12 and I made a decision and I really put my heels in and started to work hard. It's been cool to see it pay off." Teiken, the Moorhead senior to be said.
Teiken saw the realization of his hard work Monday morning, when he announced his commitment to the University of North Dakota.
"This past week I was sleeping and praying on it, it just stuck out, I felt connected and needed to go there."
The 6-3, 250 pound defensive end had a stellar season for the state champion Spuds. Teiken racked up 21 tackles, nine of them for losses, seven sacks and a forced fumble.
The hard work really started to pay off over the last ten months for Teiken. When the recruiting period opened last September his phone started to blow up from FCS and FBS schools. UND was one of the first to call.
Teiken will see some familiar faces there. His high school quarterback and wide receivers Trey Feeney, Blake and Brady Walthall are all heading to Grand Forks this fall to join up with 2021 All-American running back Otis Weah, another former Spud.
"I promised myself to find the best fit. I made the decision for me, where I'm playing football for the next 4-5 years. Really love Trey, Blake and Brady and certainly love Otis. It's a super fun environment I'm going to go into for the next four to five years.
Teiken had offers from 4 FBS schools including Air Force and Central Michigan and isn't sad this process is done.
"For me, I'm not super social. And to be connected every day and to be talking to coaches, I would prefer not to do again."