New Salem standout running back Zuroff commits to Bison

Braden Zuroff was an all-state player in helping New Salem-Glen Ullin-Almont to the 9-man state championship game.

FARGO - North Dakota State's football team has strengthened its roster in the Division 1 era with standout athletes from North Dakota 9-man schools. Balfour's Tanner Volson just completed his career with the Bison by being named the Rimington Award winner, which goes to the top center in the country.

Braden Zuroff hopes he's the next small school player to stand out with the Bison. Zuroff verbally committed over the weekend to North Dakota State's football team. Zuroff is 5'10, 170 pounds, who played both running back and linebacker during his high school career.

Zuroff was a part of a dynamic New Salem-Glen Ullin-Almont team that was the state runners-up in 9-man in 2016 and 2018, both times losing to Thompson in the state championship game. Zuroff had five receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown in the 42-28 loss inside the Fargodome last November.

Zuroff ran for 1,401 yards and 26 touchdowns on just 128 carries in 2018, to go along with eight receiving touchdowns for the Holsteins.

"I had a really good visit and great talks with all the coaches and decided it was the program I wanted to be a part of. I know that these are the coaches and the team that will push me to become the best player I can be. I’m excited to be apart of the Bison family." Zuroff said.

Zuroff added that he had interest from Bemidji State and Dickinson State, he says he'll play running back at NDSU. Zuroff will join three other North Dakota natives that signed back in December with the Bison, Fargo South's Dawson Weisenberger, Fargo Davies' Jaden Klabo and Dickinson Trinity's Kaden Kuntz.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 6th.