North Dakota State Football Announces Signing of 23 Student-Athletes to National Letters of Intent
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University head football coach Craig Bohl announced the signing of 22 high school athletes and one junior college athlete to National Letters of Intent to play football at NDSU. That announcement came today on the first day student-athletes are allowed to sign Letters of Intent. The list includes student-athletes from six different states including North Dakota (3), Illinois (2), Minnesota (9), South Dakota (2), Texas (4) and Wisconsin (3).
Here are the bios of the new letter of intent signees:
MATT KITTELSON, Linebacker, 5-11, 210, Velva, N.D. (Velva-Sawyer H.S.)--North Dakota Class A 2004 Outstanding Senior of the Year after leading Velva-Sawyer High School to a 10-2 record and second straight state championship ... Rushed for 1,432 yards and 19 TDs as a senior, and was also credited with 87 tackles including 43 solos ... Larry Sandy's Velva-Sawyer teams compiled a 34-4 record from 2001-2004 during Kittelson's career, winning three state titles and advancing to semifinals ... Three-time all-state selection, first team as a junior and senior ... Three-time all-conference pick, honorable mention as a freshman ... Rushed for 4,178 yards and 61 TDs on 578 carries during career ... Also credited with 357 tackles including 205 solos over that span ... Standout wrestling, winning the state title at 171 pounds in 2004 and state runner-up at 171 in 2003 ... Part of strong Kittelson presence on NDSU football team ... Brother Jayd Kittelson was an Academic All-American and all-conference linebacker for NDSU (2000-2004), brother Cody Kittelson will be a senior strong safety and cousin Wade Kittelson was a starting linebacker during his career (1998-2001) ... Plans to major in business ... Son of Greg and Cindy Wiest.
JOSH LEE, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 305, Pisek, N.D. (Park River H.S.)--Two-time all-state lineman for head coach Rob Scherr at Park River High School ... Three-time all-region performer, including first-team honors as a junior and senior ... Also competed in basketball and track & field ... State qualifier in the javelin (154' 2") ... Plans to major in university studies at NDSU ... Son of Steve and Deb Lee.
MITCH BRECKE, Quarterback, 6-0, 170, Plymouth, Minn. (Maple Grove H.S.)--Two-time honorable mention all-state player, who passed for 4,479 yards and 44 TDs in prep career for coach Craig Hansen at Maple Grove High School .. Led Maple Grove to an 8-3 record and section runner-up finish as a senior. In 2004, completed 82-of-164 passes for 1,377 yards and 15 TDs ... Also rushed 73 times for 253 yards and four TDs ... Two-time all-conference selection and honorable mention all-league pick as a sophomore ... Rated No. 1 junior (dual threat) QB in Minnesota by Minnesotapreps.com ... In 2003, completed 87-of-168 passes for 1,731 yards, 22 TDs and six interceptions ... Also rushed 42 times for 188 yards and five TDs ... Also played baseball for Maple Grove ... Plans to major in business/finance at NDSU ... Son of Rick and Kelly Brecke.
TYLER HENRY, Linebacker, 6-3, 210, Bloomington, Minn. (Jefferson H.S.)--Second team Associated Press all-state linebacker after leading Bloomington Jefferson to an 8-2 record as a senior under head coach Jon Leverenz ... Earned all-Lake Conference and all-metro first team honors as a senior ... Also plays basketball and tennis ... Plans to major in engineering ... Son of Jan and Donna Henry.
RAMON HUMBER II, Linebacker, 6-0, 225, Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Champlin Park H.S.)--Selected to the Associated Press all-state first team defense following his senior season at Champlin Park High School for coach Mike Korton ... Named the Northwest Suburban Conference Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2004 ... Recorded 110 tackles and came up with a pair of interceptions from his lineback spot ... Also played fullback, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring seven TDs ... Three-time all-conference performer, who also earned a spot on the KARE 11/Star Tribune all-metro and Minnesota Vikings all-state teams ... Also played basketball ... Plans to major in computer science ... Son of Ramon and Vernell Humber.
MARCUS MAILAND, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 235, Nisswa, Minn. (Pequot Lakes H.S.)--2004 all-conference offensive lineman for coach Chip Lohmiller at Pequot Lakes High School ... Honorable mention all-league as a sophomore ... Plans to major in engineering ... Son of Joel and Pam Mailand.
NICK MERTENS, Quarterback, 6-1, 190, East Grand Forks, Minn. (East Grand Forks H.S.)--2004 Associated Press Player of the Year and finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Football after leading East Grand Forks High School to the Class AAA state championship and 14-0 record ... First team Associated Press all-state quarterback for head coach Bruce Nelson ... Completed 150-of-242 passes for 2,459 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and rushed for 824 yards and 20 TDs on 171 carries ... Also handled punting, PAT and kickoff duties, averaging 35.6 yards on 28 punts ... Converted 26 PATs, four two-pointers and one field goal ... Credited with 144 tackles including 44 solos at strong safety ... Had three interceptions and five pass breakups ... Forced four fumbles and recovered three including one for a TD ... Two-time Northern Lakes Conference MVP (2003-04) ... Three-year all-conference pick ... Wendy's Heisman finalist ... 2004 Grand Forks Herald and East Grand Forks Exponet Fall Athlete of the Year ... Three-time all-Grand Forks Herald team pick ... East Grand Forks went 31-4 during career ... During three-year career, completed 291-of-528 passes for 5,243 yards, 59 TDs and 21 interceptions ... Rushed for 1,846 yards and 45 TDs on 413 carries (4.47 ypc) ... Averaged 34.6 yards on 87 career punts and 44.7 yards on 147 kickoffs ... On defense, credited with 242 tackles including 96 solos and 2.5 sacks ... Finished with six interceptions, seven pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries ... On the basketball court, four-year starter and East Grand Forks' all-time leading scorer ... Earned all-state second team honors last season ... Three-time all-city pick ... In track & field, competes in the triple jump (40'), 110 high hurdles (:16.5) and 300 hurdles (:43.5) ... Plans to major in pharmacy ... Son of Rusty and Anna Mertens.
BARRY QUICKSTAD, Jr., Free Safety, 6-2, 205, Waseca, Minn. (Waseca H.S./Rochester C.C.)--Spent four years in professional baseball after being signed in the 18th round in 1999 by the Minnesota Twins organization, advancing as high as Class AA ... Rated No. 109 in College Football Network's Top JUCO Prospects ... Second team NJCAA All-America for Rochester Community College in 2003, honorable mention in 2004 ... Two-time first team All-Minnesota Community College Conference and NJCAA All-Region 13 selection ... Led Rochester C.C. to 9-3 record and MCCC championship ... Plans to major in business ... Son of Terry and Lila Quickstad.
BRYAN REIMERS (REE-merz), Fullback (Linebacker), 6-2, 220, Springfield, Minn. (Springfield H.S.)--Selected to the 2004 Associated Press all-state second team defense at linebacker for Springfield High School head coach Paul Dunn ... Honorable mention on AP all-state team as a running back ... Always around the ball, he made 471 tackles during his career including 185 solos, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks ... Also had four interceptions ... On offense, rushed for 2,698 yards and 27 TDs on 392 carries for 6.9 yards per carry in his career ... Led Springfield to a share of the 2004 Southern Minnesota Conference title and Section 3A state playoff berth as a senior ... A two-time all-league performer, he earned 2004 Southern Minnesota Conference and New Ulm Journal Defensive Player of the Year honors ... A standout wrestler, he was the 2004 Class A state runner-up at 215 pounds ... Plans to major in business ... Son of David and Elaine Reimers, and LeAnne and Roger Vaske.
JUSTIN SCHULTENOVER (SCHUL-ten-over), Wide Receiver (Free Safety), 6-3, 200, Minnetonka, Minn. (Hopkins H.S.)--Honorable mention all-state performer for Hopkins High School ... All-metro and all-conference pick for head coach John DenHartog's ballclub last year ... Offensively, had 14 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown, caught 14 passes for 251 yards and a TD, and returned five kickoffs for 164 yards and one TD ... Defensively, made 56 tackles including 42 solos, recovered four fumbles, picked off three passes including one return to a TD ... Also credited with 11 pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Competes in track & field ... Plans to major in architecture ... Son of Ann Schultenover.
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RYAN SCHUTTLOFFEL (SHUT-la-full), Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 285, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Roosevelt H.S.)--All-city lineman for 2004 South Dakota state runner-up Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School ... Two-time honorable mention all-Greater Dakota Conference on head coach Brent DeBoer's squad that went 11-2 in 2004 and was conference co-champions in 2003 ... On the defensive line, credited with 32 tackles including 10 solos and two tackles for a loss as a senior, and 26 tackles including 2.5 sacks as a junior ... Competes in track & field and holds the school record in the shot put (57' 7-1/4") and discus (146' 3") ... Plans to major in computer science ... Son of Mark and Deb Schuttloffel.
DEMEATRIC (duh-me-trick) FOWLER, Defensive End, 6-4, 240, North Chicago, Ill. (North Chicago Community H.S.)--All-conference performer for Michael Grenda's North Chicago Community High School squad. Member of league championship teams as a junior and senior ... Offensively, he had 57 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack over his last two seasons ... Defensively, he had 37 tackles including eight tackles for a loss ... Added three sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... Top special teams tackler over last two seasons ... Holds school record in the discus (171' 10"), and also recorded a throw of 49' 10" in the shot put ... Plans to major in computer science ... Son of Ernest and Teresa Fowler.
JUSTIN CASH, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 200, Houston, Texas (Westside H.S.)--Unanimous first team all-district selection in 2004 after catching 24 passes for 403 yards (16.8 avg.) and 11 touchdowns for head coach Bill Wilson at Houston Westside High School ... Returned 10 kickoffs for 400 yards and a pair of TDs ... Earned 2003 all-district second team honors after making 20 receptions for 420 yards (21 avg.) and five TDs ... Westside High School compiled a 21-3 record during his junior and senior year, claiming a district title and a pair of bi-district crowns ... Plans to major in pharmacy ... Son of Yvette Anderson-Cash.
JAMAR CHAMP, Wide Receiver, 5-10, 180, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington H.S.)--First team all-district offense in 2004 for Booker T. Washington High School, which went 8-3, was tri-district champion and advanced to the first round of the playoffs under the direction of head coach Joel North ... Triple-threat as a running back, receiver and quarterback .. Rushed for 520 yards and had 600 yards receiving ... Also passed for 700 yards ... Returned punts for 430 yards ... Also competed in track & field, basketball, soccer and baseball ... Son of Joe and Joselyn Champ.
COURTNEY MITCHELL, Cornerback, 5-9, 190, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington H.S.)--First team all-district on both offense and defense in 2004 for Booker T. Washington High School, which went 8-3, was tri-district champion and advanced to the first round of the playoffs under the direction of head coach Joel North ... Rushed for 703 yards, averaged 22.2 yards on punt returns and 42.1 yards on kickoff returns ... On defense, credited with 22 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions ... Also competes in track & field, basketball and baseball ... Plans to major in engineering ... Son of Odis Jewel Mitchell and Regina Leshe Wolford.
THOR BROWN, Tight End, 6-4, 240, Fall Creek, Wis. (Fall Creek H.S.)--2004 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-region selection for head coach Mike Johnson at Fall Creek High School ... First team all-Large Cloverbelt Conference (offensive line) and Eau Claire Leader Telegram all-Northwest team ... Offensive guard, defensive end and place-kicker for Fall Creek ... Credited with 53 tackles including 18 solos and three sacks as a senior ... Also had an interception and blocked a punt ... Converted 55 PATs including 46 in 2003 and was 4-of-8 in field goals ... Earned all-conference and all-Northwest team honors in 2003 ...State qualifier in the shot put (51' 8") and discus (154' 2"), holds the school record in both events ...2004 regional champ in the shot and discus ... Two-year letterwinner in basketball ... Plans to major in wildlife management ... Son of Dan and Sandy Brown.
JARED HINES, Tight End, 6-5, 225, Ellsworth, Wis. (Ellsworth H.S.)--Two-time all-conference player for head coach Conrad Bekkum at Ellsworth High School ... Earned all-region honors his senior year ... Caught 20 passes for 239 yards (11.9 ypc) during the 2004 season ... Also plays basketball and baseball for Ellsworth ... Plans to major in physical education ... Son of Rex and Carol Hines.
North Dakota State finished the 2004 season with an 8-3 record under the direction of head coach Craig Bohl. It was NDSU's first year of Division I-AA football. The Bison finished 23rd in The Sports Network's Top 25 poll, 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25, and 15th in the Football Gazette's Top 40.
The Bison are scheduled to begin spring practice on March 30. NDSU will have 15 practice sessions culminating with the annual Spring Game on April 23.