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NDSU picks up their sixth commitment from the 2023 class Wednesday night from Minnetonka's Jack Liwienski
FARGO— NDSU Football's 2023 recruiting class is rapidly rising as the Bison picked up two new commits on Wednesday.
The day started with Jailen Duffie's commitment, a cornerback out of Illinois.
The cornerback had offers from 19 division one programs, including FBS and the top schools in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The Illinois native has yet to step foot onto NDSU's campus, but the conversations he had with defensive coordinator, David Braun and head coach Matt Entz was all he needed to make a decision.
"To be honest, everything about it was perfect," said Duffie. "They were showing love, always communicating and it was just perfect."
Then Wednesday evening, Minnetonka native Jack Liwienski committed. He is the son of 10-year NFL veteran and former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle, Chris Liwienski.
Jack says that Bison Head Coach Matt Entz can see him playing center, guard, or interior offensive line. Liwienski had more than a dozen offers from division one schools, but says he started to really get a spark for the program when coming to watch the Northern Iowa game last fall and ultimately chose NDSU last week when attending a football camp there. Jack says his dad's experience, that ultimately led him to the NFL was helpful when it came to a college decision.
"He said that college are some of the best years that you're going to have of your life, especially college football. So he told me just to enjoy it, enjoy the recruiting process, don't stress too much over it. There's going to be stressful times, but just relax, have fun with it. Meet new people, search around, find what you like and whatever feels right commit, go with your gut," said Liwienski.
Hear from from Liwienski Thursday morning on Hot Mic on WDAY.
UND football landed it's first commitment for the Class of 2023 with Tyler Erkman, a wide receiver from Illinois. Erkman had offers from Butler, a FCS program, as well as several division two offers.
One of North Dakota's top hockey players is heading to division one. Fargo North-South's Rylee Bartz announcing on Wednesday that she is committing to the University of St. Thomas. Bartz is coming off a sensational sophomore year, leading the state with 67 goals en route to the program's first state title. She joins former teammate Abby Promersberger with the Tommies.
It's another busy off-season for former Bison quarterback Carson Wentz. He spent part of it this week in Fargo for his annual AO1 Foundation charity softball game.
It's quickly back to work though for the North Dakota native, as he's entering his seventh NFL season with a third different team. He was traded to Washington last month.
Wentz says he never expected his pro career to include several stops, but he is excited to embrace a new chapter and the challenges thrown his way.
"You come in and you think you got it all mapped out and you think have everything in control and you learn quickly that you don't. It's the next one obviously i know there's a lot of outside expectations, noise, pressure, whatever you want to call it but it'll be fun to be back in the NFC East. it'll look a little different. I'm excited for it," said Wentz.