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West Fargo Sheyenne's Karter Menz commits to Gophers football program

West Fargo Sheyenne's Karter Menz has committed to the Minnesota Gophers for football.

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West Fargo Sheyenne's Karter Menz, right, has committed to play football for the Minnesota Gophers.
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WEST FARGO — West Fargo Sheyenne edge rusher Karter Menz has committed to play football for the Minnesota Gophers, he announced Monday via Twitter.

“It was a perfect spot for me," Menz said. "That’s where I wanted to play football.”

He made his official visit to Minnesota this past weekend. The Gophers offered Menz in early April.

“Every team says they have a winning culture, but I felt that Minnesota they really do," Menz said. "They can prove that they have a winning culture.”

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Menz had multiple NCAA Division I offers , including one from North Dakota State. He's part of the 2023 recruiting class. Menz had nearly 20 offers from Division I programs.

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“It’s good for him," Sheyenne head football coach Jeremy Newton said. "I’m glad he’s decided and got it past him so that he can move on to having a great senior season. We’re just happy for him. ... I knew he had a couple schools he was focused on and luckily he got one that worked out for him.”

Menz is a rising senior for the Mustangs who won the North Dakota Class 11AA state championship last November. He finished his junior season with 57 tackles and 11.5 sacks.

“He just does a lot of things that normal high school kids can’t do," Newton said. "He’s very long and athletic and he can make special plays.”

Last fall was Menz's first as a full-time defensive starter for Sheyenne. During his sophomore season, Newton said Menz saw more limited playing time and was used in pass-rushing situations.

Menz said he's projected to play rush end for the Gophers.

“It was a perfect spot for me with my playing ability and what their scheme is," Menz said of the Gophers. “I feel like they kind of believed in me before everyone else did. They were my first Big Ten team that even talked to me, so that’s really important.”

Menz said geography played a role in his decision to commit to the Gophers.

“It feels great to finally get it done," Menz said.

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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