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Bison Sign 15 Prep Recruits on Signing Day

North Dakota State signed 15 prep players on the National Signing Day.

North Dakota State signed 15 prep players on the National Signing Day.

FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University head football coach CRAIG BOHL announced the signing of 15 high school athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football at NDSU. They join two other junior college transfers announced earlier.

That announcement came Feb. 4 on the first day student-athletes are allowed to sign Letters of Intent.

The list included prep athletes from six different states including North Dakota (5), Minnesota (3), Wisconsin (3), Nebraska (2), South Dakota (1), and Florida (1).

Here are the bios of the new letter of intent signees.


TYLER JANGULA, Fullback, 6-2, 210, Williston, ND--Prepped at Williston High School for coach Todd Matthews where he was a two-time all-conference performer...Played both runningback and linebacker in HS and was the team offensive Most Valuable Player and co-captain...Ran for 1,051 yards and nine TDs while averaging 6.6 yards per carry on offense while charting 53 tackles and four quarteback sacks on defense...Three-year letterwinner in football, basketball, and baseball...All-State in baseball as a junior, starter on the state runnerup basketball team, and was a member of the fourth place 400-meter relay team in track...Son of Henry and Randi Jangula.

ZACH HARRINGTON, Offensive Line, 6-2, 270, Carrington, ND--Prepped at Carrington High School under head coach Marty Hochhalter where he played in both the offensive and defensive lines...Three-time first team All-State, three-time all-region, and a member of theAll-Fargo Forum team...Recorded 61 including seven quarterback sacks as a senior...Finished his career with 221 tackles and 22 QB sacks...Also competes in basketball and track...Son of Brian and Denise Harrington.

ALEX BELQUIST, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 175, New Rockford, ND--Nine Man Player of the Year in North Dakota for New Rockford High School and coach David Bymoen and a two-time first team All-State selection...Team finished 11-1 and was the state runnerup...Played both linebacker and wide receiver...Ran for 925 yards and 11 TDs, caught 51 passes for 978 yards and 13 TDs, and had 113 tackles (57 solo) and eight pass interceptions on defense...Career figures include 3,170 yards rushing and 68 TDs, 2,425 yard receiving and 26 TDs, and 15 pass interceptions...Also competes in basketball, track, baseball, and golf...All-State in basketball as a junior...Son of Bob and Deb Belquist and the brother of 2003 Bison senior receiver Elliott Belquist.

TYLER ROEHL, Fullback, 5-11, 220, West Fargo, ND--Class AAA Player of the Year in North Dakota in 2003 for the two-time state champion West Fargo Packers and head coach Jay Gibson...Two-time first team All-State, two-time first team all-conference and two-time team MVP...Played both runningback and linebacker for the 12-0 champs and was the Player of the Game in two consecutive state championship games...Ran for 1,269 yards, 25 TDs, and averaged 8.7 yards per carry on offense and charted 51 tackles and three pass interceptions on defense as a senior...Holds the career scoring record with 290 points...Son of Richard and Marilyn Roehl.

JERIMIAH WURZBACHER, Tight End, 6-6, 230, Fargo, ND--Prepped at Fargo South High School for coach Jim Schilling...First team all-conference and All-State on the gridiron...Caught 34 passes for 528 yards and four TDs as a senior and set a school record for career receptions with 64...Also played defense where he logged 27 tackles including three QB sacks...Also competes in basketball and track...All-conference and All-State in track where he has thrown the discus 174-0 and the shot put 52-0...Son of Mike and Liz Wurzbacher.


NICK COMPTON, Linebacker, 6-0, 215, Rosemount, MN--Prepped at Rosemount High School for coach Jeff Erdmann where he was a first team all-conference performer and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State player...Second team All-Metro...Recorded 73 tackles on defense and played offense as well where he ran for 580 yards, caught passes for 219 yards, and scored six TDs...Also competes in track and field where he has thrown the shot put 54 feet...Son of John and Karen Compton.

RYAN PARSONS, Quarterback, 6-2, 190, Ham Lake, MN--All-conference, All-Metro, and Associated Press honorable mention All-State for Blaine High School and coach Shannon Gerrety...Team went 10-1 and reached the state quarterfinals...Ran for 760 yards and 14 TDs and passed for 1,033 yards and nine scores...Recorded a 60 percent completion ratio...Also competes in track where he was 7th in the state in the 300 meter hurdles as a junior...Son of Richard and Debra Parsons.

MIKE MARESH, Linebacker, 6-2, 225, Champlin, MN--First team All-State by the Associated Press, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press...All-Metro and all-conference for 9-2 Champlin Park High School and coach Mike Korton...Two-time all-conference selection and the Most Valuable Defensive Player in the conference...Recorded 112 tackles with two interceptions and four quarterback sacks...Career record holder for tackles at Champlin Park...Played fullback on offense where he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored 13 TDs...Also competes in wrestling where he was All-State, a three-time All-American, and is currently ranked third in the nation...Son of Bill and Julie Maresh.


NICK SCHOMMER, Free Safety, 6-0, 180, Prescott, WI--First team All-State by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and honorable mention All-State by both the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association...Two-time first team all-conference and All-Northwest region...Two-time team Most Valuable Player...Played both runningback and defensive back for Prescott High School and coach Scott Van Epps...Had 111 carries for 958 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense while recording 124 tackles, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles on defense...Also competes in baseball...Son of Jim and Roxie Schommer.

JOE LARDINOIS, Defensive End, 6-5, 225, New Franken, WI--Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel honorable mention All-State selection for the 13-0 state champion Notre Dame Academy...All-Area while playing in both the offensive and defensive lines...All-conference as both an offensive tackle and a defensive end...Third on the team in tackles, recording 82 stops and three quarterback sacks as a senior...Broke up 18 passes and scored one TD on defense...Team went 14-0...Aslo competes in basketball and track and field...State qualifier in track where he was eighth in the state in the high jump...Son of Randall and Catherine Lardinois.

KOLE HECKENDORF, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180, Mosinee, WI--First team All-State by both the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and a second team All-State pick by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a senior...Also tabbed all-conference and all-district...Played both wide receiver and linebacker in HS...Hauled in 63 receptions for 1,257 yards and 19 TDs as a senior...Named 1st team WFCA All-State and second team All-State by the AP and the Journal Sentinal as a junior when he set state records with 116 catches for 1,714 yards and 11 TDs...He led the nation in receptions as a junior and his senior TD total was a state record as was the reception and yardage totals as a junior...His 235 career receptions for 3,831 yards and 36 TDs are all state marks...Also competes in hockey and track...Brother Keith was a Harlon Hill finalist in both 2002 and 2003 as a quarterback at St. Cloud State...Son of Bart and Wendy Heckendorf.


MICHAEL BROWER, Runningback, 6-2, 205, Geneva, NE--Prepped at Fillmore Central High School where he was a three-time Class C-1 All-State selection...Named Super State and All-Nebraska as a senior when he ran for 2,376 yards...Ran for over 1,000 yards for four consecutive seasons and finished with a state record of 6,103 yards rushing...He ran for 32 100-yard plus games over his career...Also played linebacker...Competes track and field where he was a state champion in the triple jump (47 feet)...Also competed in the long jump (22 feet)...Son of John and Kathie Brower.

JAMES SEPTAK, Offensive Line, 6-3, 300, Omaha, NE--Prepped at Millard West High School where he was a Class A first team All-State selection, Super State, All-Nebraska, and All-Metro for coach Kirk Peterson...Team went 8-3 in 2003...Spearheaded an offensive line that paved the way for a team rushing average of 287 yards per game...Started on the 2001 team that won the state championship with a 12-1 record...Also competes in track and field where he was a two-time state qualifier, throwing the shot put 55 feet and the discus 155 feet...Son of Larry and Debra Septak.


BRIAN JARK, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 180, Aberdeen, SD--Prepped at Aberdeen Central High School where he played both wide receiver and defensive back for the 12-1 state runnerups of coach Mike Flakus...Member of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 team...First team All-State as a senior and honorable mention as a junior...Two-time first team all-conference pick...Caught 53 passes for 732 yards and six TDs as a senior, ran for another 326 yards and four TDs, and returned kicks for 564 yards and three TDs...Scored 26 TDs over his career including six on kickoff or punt returns...Also competes in track and basketball...Fifth in the state in the 100 meters (:10.71) as a sophomore and sixth in the 200 meters (:22.7) as a junior...Son of Vern and Colleen Jack.


BRIAN RABB, Cornerback, 5-9, 171, Ft. Lauderdale, FL--Prepped at Nova High School for coach Brian Krystofovski where he was a four-year starter and two-time team captain...Ran for 650 yards and eight TDs while averaging 6.1 yards per carry as a tailback...Also caught 14 passes for 121 yards...Competes in track and field where he runs :10.8 in the 100 meters and :22.8 in the 200 meters...Son of A. C. and Lashune Rabb.

JUNIOR COLLEGE (Signed & announced in December)

RODNEY THOMPSON, Defensive Tackle, 6-3, 315, North Dakota State College of Science, Crystal, MN--First team junior college All-Region for North Dakota State College of Science in 2003...Led the Wildcats in quarterback sacks with seven while recording 41 tackles and recovering two fumbles...Played his high school ball at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

CORY CAMPBELL, Defensive End, 6-0, 250, Holmes Community College (MS), Holcomb, MS--Honorable mention All-State and conference All-Star at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Mississippi as a sophomore in 2002...Did not play last season...Prepped at Grenada High School and played JC ball with current Bison players Dwight Summerville and Terrance Fleming.

Signing Day Roster

Name                  Pos.     Ht.     Wt.     Hometown              High School
Tyler Jangula          FB      6-2     210     Williston, ND         Williston
Zach Harrington        OL      6-2     270     Carrington, ND        Carrington
Alex Belquist          WR      6-0     175     New Rockford, ND      New Rockford
Tyler Roehl            FB      5-11    220     West Fargo, ND        West Fargo
Jerimiah Wurzbacher    TE      6-6     230     Fargo, ND             Fargo South
Nick Compton           LB      6-0     215     Rosemount, MN         Rosemount
Ryan Parsons           QB      6-2     190     Ham Lake, MN          Blaine
Mike Maresh            LB      6-2     225     Champlin, MN          Champlin Park
Nick Schommer          FS      6-0     180     Prescott, WI          Prescott
Joe Lardinois          DE      6-5     225     New Franken, WI       Notre Dame Academy
Kole Heckendorf        WR      6-2     180     Mosinee, WI           Mosinee
Brian Jark             WR      5-11    180     Aberdeen, SD          Aberdeen Central
Michael Brower         RB      6-2     205     Geneva, NE            Fillmore Central
James Septak           OL      6-3     300     Omaha, NE             Millard West
Brian Rabb             CB      5-9     171     Ft. Lauderdale, FL    Nova

JUNIOR COLLEGE (Signed & released in December)

Rodney Thompson        DT      6-3     315     Minneapolis, MN N.D.  St. College Science
Cory Campbell          DE      6-0     250     Holcomb, MS           Holmes CC