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'Everything about them I loved': Fargo South kicker Landon Docken commits to UND

Through five games this season, Docken has drilled three field goals on three attempts and is also a perfect 15-for-15 on PATs to help the No. 4-ranked Bruins to a 4-1 record.

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Fargo South’s Landon Docken kicks off to Fargo North on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at Fargo South High School.
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FARGO — Last week was a good week for Fargo South senior kicker Landon Docken.

Not only did his 35-yard field goal help make a difference in the Bruins' 17-14 win over rival Fargo North on Friday night, but Docken also announced his commitment to continue his academic and football careers at the University of North Dakota the night before.

Docken said he received offers from both UND and Minnesota State Moorhead before deciding on the NCAA Division I FCS Fighting Hawks.

"I loved UND," Docken said. "Everything about them I loved. I loved the coaches, I loved the freshmen when I went there and talked to them, I loved the facilities — I love everything about them every time I go there and visit them."

The Fighting Hawks will be getting arguably the best high school kicker in the state — Docken was the only player at his position to earn all-Eastern Dakota Conference honors last season. He was 7 of 9 on field goal attempts in 2021 and 16 of 18 on extra points.

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The Bruins standout was the only player at his position to earn all-Eastern Dakota Conference honors last season. He was 7 of 9 on field goal attempts in 2021 and 16 of 18 on extra points.

Through five games this season, Docken has drilled three field goals on three attempts and is also a perfect 15-for-15 on PATs to help the No. 4-ranked Bruins to a 4-1 record.

While making his decision, Docken said he was especially intrigued by UND's special teams coordinator Shawn Kostich and his approach to the game.

"Just how incorporated he is with his specialists throughout the year to train them and get them better," Docken said. "And overall just every coach on that team and how polite they are."

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Fargo South kicker Landon Docken practices kicking in 2021. David Samson / The Forum

Surprising to some might be that Docken doesn't play varsity soccer — as it can be common for high school football teams to recruit a kicker from the school's soccer team to do the leg work on Friday nights.

"I started kicking in eighth grade and I quit soccer in about seventh grade," Docken said. "During eighth grade when I started kicking, I just thought I was pretty good at it and my dad was telling me I was pretty good at it. I trained with (former South assistant coach) Ryan Boyer, who used to be here and is now with the Horace Hawks, and he thought I had a future, too, so I took it up and started sophomore year."

The Fighting Hawks are 2-2 this season with a 1-1 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. UND finished the 2021 season 5-6 overall with a 3-5 conference mark.

Docken will be joined by seven Fargo-Moorhead metro area players currently on the Fighting Hawks roster: Moorhead's Trey Feeney, Jamal Dixon, Seth Anderson and Jack Teiken, West Fargo's Luke Lennon, West Fargo Sheyenne's Sean Fenelon and Fargo North's Peyton Fisher.

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Dockens said he plans to major in nursing at UND with hopes of becoming a nurse anesthetist.

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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