National Signing Day caps off wild high school football season for seniors

Dozens of local prospects put pen to paper on their college football dreams.

PHOTO: Thomas Myers signs with MSUM

FARGO -- On Wednesday, pen finally met paper for more high school football seniors in the area.

National Signing Day gave way for prospects to sign with DI, DII, and DIII schools, allowing for a majority of players to finally make their dreams a reality.

"When someone asks you, 'Where are you going to school,' you don't have to say, 'I don't know,'" Fargo South senior quarterback Peyton Kessel said. Kessel signed with Concordia. "You can give them an actual answer."

For a season that started on some of the most uncertain terms players could remember, getting to this moment is a welcome sight.

"The last year's been crazy and hectic," said Shanley senior lineman Braeden Bloch, who signed to play at the University of Mary. "Being able to start off this new year officially becoming a Marauder feels amazing."


"You start off and you don't even know if you're going to get a nine game season, then it gets cut down to seven," said Deacon quarterback Cooper Mattern, who's committed to St. John's. "To get to this day is something I'm really excited for."

Fargo and West Fargo saw dozens of players sign to play college football. Mattern says that how competitive the EDC was in 2020 showed itself even more with the number of players that signed.

"People really don't understand how big it is when you sign that paper," he said. "To be able to do that is something I've looked forward to, and locking it in, it's something I'm excited for."

Moorhead nearly got to that number on its own Wednesday. Five Spuds signed to letters of intent: Thomas Myers for MSUM, Max Soeth and Keanan Wendt for Concordia, Jayden Coley for UMary, and Christian Vega for Carroll University.

"Seeing guys do this for years before it was finally my turn, it was always kind of a dream," Myers said. "Now to go somewhere and finally have have my own shot, it's really huge."

"Now it's time to settle in, really put in some work, and get ready."

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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