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Published February 02, 2011, 12:13 PM

UND Football Lands 17 Commitments for 2011

University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman announced today that 17 student-athletes have committed to play the 2011 football season.

By: Christy Kramer, UND Media Relations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman announced today that 17 student-athletes have committed to play the 2011 football season and to further their education at UND. The announcement was made during the first official day of the 2011 NCAA Football National Letter of Intent signing period.

This year's commitment class is not only the third for coach Mussman, but the third for UND at the DI level.

"With this class, we have expanded our recruiting area," said Mussman. "As you can see, we pulled kids from all over the country and part of that has to do with the Big Sky Conference. We're getting a lot of positive feedback on that.

"We were looking for some overall depth at every position, but safeties and defensive backs were really a priority for us this year.

Overall, this is a very solid class. It took us three years to get here, but we're finally at that point where we'll have our full depth and we'll be where we need to be. It may not be not next year, but the following year in 2012. That's what this class sets us up for."

Ten different state are represented by this year's class with the largest number - seven - coming from Minnesota. Three commitments were received from California, and Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin received one apiece.

"A lot of these are regional kids. The Twin Cities, Sartell, and St. Cloud are relatively close to where we are regionally. We've had a good stronghold in those areas. The Twin Cities have always been a positive recruiting area for us and we've had a few players from St. Cloud come and play for us over the years. It is one of those things were we start in our area first and then go outside."

This year's class was nearly even with 10 coming on the offensive and seven defensive players signed, but according to Mussman, the recruiting isn't done.

"We'll continue to recruit into the spring. We have some holes to fill yet and we feel as though we are addressing those. We have to make this team better and that's what we'll continue to do well into the spring."

Football recruits at the University of North Dakota:

Jer Garman, rb, 5-9, 170, Linn-Mar HS, Marion, Iowa

Joey Bradley, qb, 6-1, 185, Diablo Valley College, Issaqua, Wash.

Will Ratelle, lb, 5-11, 225, St. Thomas Academy HS, Edina, Minn.

Weslee Kavanagh, de, 6-3, 245, Orono HS, Maple Plain, Minn.

Zach Adler, te/rb, 6-3, 215, Westside HS, Omaha, Neb.

Brandon Anderson, ol, 6-6, 290, Sartell HS, Sartell, Minn.

Casey Young, wr, 6-2, 185, Regis Jesuit HS, Aurora, Colo.

Jace Hellman, ol, 6-4, 260, Red River HS, Grand Forks

Ross Windfeldt, ol, 6-6, 310, St. Cloud Tech HS, St. Cloud, Minn.

Rumeal Harris, db, 5-9, 168, Eden Prairie HS, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kyle Woodsmall, de, 6-4, 215, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, Mo.

Sean Meehan, ol, 6-6, 290, Wilmot HS, Trevor, Wis.

Aarin Smith, lb, 6-1, 190, Bullard HS, Fresno, Calif.

Jameer Jackson, wr, 6-3, 210, Osseo HS, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Brian Fifita, db, 5-11, 180, Oaks Christian HS, Lawndale, Calif.

Marco Barrientos, wr, 6-0, 180, Prestonwood Christian Academy HS, Dallas, Texas

Javen Butler, db, 6-2, 190, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg, Calif.