FARGO - North Dakota State has dominated on the lines of scrimmage to put itself head and shoulders above the FCS.
The Bison coaching staff is hoping its latest commitments for the Class of 2022 will continue that tradition. NDSU secured commitments from Kelton McCaslin, a 6-5, 210 pound defensive end from St. Charles, Illinois and Devin Lockerby, a 6-4, 300 pound offensive lineman from Fairbault, Minnesota.
McCaslin plays at St. Charles East High School, his team was winless during the spring with an 0-5 record. McCaslin played wide receiver and defensive line for his high school team, but will play defensive end for the Bison.
Thank you to the coaches & programs who have been part of my football journey. I want to thank @Coach_Braun & @Coach_Entz for this great opportunity & am excited to announce my commitment to @NDSUfootball Proud to be part of the #Bison tradition! @CoachBFarquhar #BI20NEXPRE22 pic.twitter.com/dBi838Iint— Kelton McCaslin (@kelt_mac) July 1, 2021
"I chose NDSU because of how high their standards are and how competitive they are on the FCS level." McCaslin said. He hails from a football family, his dad Brad has an impressive coaching resume and history with the Bison.
Brad McCaslin played at Hastings College and then coached at Nebraska Omaha from 1997-2011. Brad went on to a couple of other stops, including a pair of FBS jobs. That background helped with Kelton's recruitment with NDSU.
Kelton had offers from Northern Iowa and Illinois State, along with a pair of Division II offers. St. Charles East is a suburb of Chicago, which has proven to be a fruitful area for NDSU recruiting.
BISON ADD ANOTHER MINNESOTA RECRUIT
The Bison returned to Minnesota to add another monster up front in Fairbault's Devin Lockerby.
Lockerby is 6-4, 300 pounds and will play offensive line for the Bison. He was selected an all-district player for the Falcons this past fall. He too has a family background with NDSU.
"It really is just a dream. My parents met here at NDSU and I have watched the games all of my life so it is really a dream come true and still doesn’t seem real yet." Lockerby said.
Lockerby is considered a top 25 player in the state of Minnesota by the recruiting website Prep Redzone. He held DI offers from North Dakota, South Dakota and St. Thomas, but NDSU was always top on his mind.
"When I first heard from them in September it was really a shock. I went to the individual camp during my sophomore year and did really well with AJ Blazek as the coach and was named an elite camper of the week."
Lockerby has played guard since he was in the fourth grade but says he's been working out at all offensive line positions in the camps he's been attending over the last month.
"It is just been a dream of mine to play college football and to be playing for the Bison it just makes it even better."
Lockerby and McCaslin become the seventh and eighth commits for the Class of 2022. Lockerby makes six Minnesotans for this class already.