2018 college football early signing

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North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman announced the addition of 24 student athletes to the Bison football program, including 19 National Letter of Intent signees and five recruited walk-ons. Today is the first day of the Division I early signing day period.

Out of the 24 student-athletes, eight come from North Dakota.

Dylan Evans, DT, 6-3, 243, Fr., Williston, N.D. (Williston HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Williston High School.Three-year starter for the Coyotes under coach Andrew Mock. Played defensive tackle and offensive tackle. Two-time all-state performer. Participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and played for the USA Football Under-18 team that competed against Team Ontario in the International Bowl. Also competes in wrestling and track and field. PERSONAL: Undecided on a college major. Born March 6, 2000. Son of Joseph and Amanda Evans. Has a brother, Hunter, and a sister, Kaytlynn.

Jaydn Ewing, DE/TE, 6-3, 231, Fr., Watford City, N.D. (Watford City HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Watford City High School. Three-year starter and all-state performer for the Wolves and coach Justin Johnsrud. Two-time captain. School-record 31 sacks in his career. Had 63 tackles with 18 sacks his senior year for a state semifinal team. Also competes in basketball and track. PERSONAL: Plans to major in agricultural science or business. Born Aug. 23, 1999...Son of JR and Karen Ewing. Father was a defensive lineman for one season in the BYU football program. Has two sisters, Taylor and Rylee, and a brother, Colton.

*Ben Hoggarth, RB, 5-10, 195, Fr., Horace, N.D. (Oak Grove HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Oak Grove Lutheran High School. Four-year starter and team captain for coaches Derek Bakken and Melvin Whitney. Played running back and linebacker. Three-time all-region pick. Two-time all-state including first team honors in 2017. Led Oak Grove to its first playoff appearance in 10 years. Rushed for 1,818 yards and 20 touchdowns his senior year with 133 tackles on defense. Also participates in basketball and track. PERSONAL: Undecided on a college major. Born Jan. 28, 2000. Son of Mike Hoggarth and Lisa Hanson.

*Jake Kava, LB, 6-2, 210, Fr., Fargo, N.D. (Shanley HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Shanley High School. Four-year starter for coaches Rod Oksendahl and Troy Mattern. Played linebacker and tight end. Three-time all-conference and all-state linebacker. Totaled 312 career tackles. Part of Shanley teams that went 40-7 and advanced to three state championship games. All-conference in basketball...Also participates in track and golf. PERSONAL: Plans to major in business administration. Born Nov. 4, 1999. Son of Edward and Mary Kava. Has a brother, Joe. Father played football at Minnesota-Crookston. Mother played basketball at Concordia College (Minn.).

*Jacob Kubas, OL, 6-3, 254, Fr., Dickinson, N.D. (Trinity HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Trinity High School. Three-year letterman and two-year starter for coach John Odermann. Two-time captain. All-conference first team as a junior. All-state first team as a senior. Helped the Titans to an 8-2 record and state semifinal appearance in 2017. Also competes in basketball and track. National Honor Society member. PERSONAL: Undecided on a college major. Born Aug. 13, 2000. Son of Monte and Susan Kubas. Father was a defensive lineman at NDSU from 1991-1994. Has a brother, Zach, who is an offensive lineman for the Bison. Also has a sister, Abbey.

Bartholomew Ogbu, DE, 6-3, 220, Fr., Bismarck, N.D. (Shiloh Christian HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Shiloh Christian High School. Two-year starter for coach Funnon Barker. Played defensive end, tight end, wide receiver and kicker. All-state second team in 2016 and first team in 2017. Team captain and Region 5 Lineman of the Year as a senior making 62 tackles including 57 solo stops with eight sacks, 21 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Helped the Skyhawks to an 11-2 record and state runner-up finish in 2017. School-record 12 sacks his junior year for a 10-1 team. Two-time all-district and all-region basketball player. Also participates in baseball, track and choir. PERSONAL: Plans to major in business administration. Born Sept. 3, 1998. Son of Linus and Caroline Ogbu. Family includes two brothers and two sisters.

*Trae Steckler, TE, 6-3, 210, Fr., Mandan, N.D. (Mandan HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Mandan High School. Three-year starter for coach Todd Sheldon. All-state tight end in 2017. Three-time all-conference tight end. Two-time all-conference defensive end. All-state basketball player who scored his 1,000th point as a junior. Also competes in track and field. National Honor Society member. PERSONAL: Plans to major in criminal justice. Born Aug. 11, 1999. Son of Dave and Tina Steckler. Has a twin brother, Camren, and a sister, Nevaeh. Father played basketball at Valley City State. Has a cousin, Jordan Steckler, playing offensive line at Northern Illinois.

*Mark Stumpf, LB, 6-2, 185, Fr., Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: 2018 graduate of Bismarck High School. Two-year starter for coach Mark Gibson. Team captain as a senior. All-conference tight end. Made 21 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns his senior year. Also played outside linebacker. State qualifier in the javelin throw. PERSONAL: Plans to major in natural resources management. Born Dec. 17, 1999. Son of Michael Stumpf of Harvey, N.D., and Bonnie Bentz of Bismarck, N.D. Has two brothers Michael (deceased) and MJ, who was a linebacker for NDSU from 2012-2016. Also has three sisters, Amy, Ann and Amanda.


The University of North Dakota signed a total of 19 student-athletes, two of them are in-state players.

Noah Sickler
WR | 6-2 | 180
Dickinson, N.D. (Dickinson Trinity HS)
High School Coach: John Odermann
Named to the NDHSCA Class 2A All-State Football as a wide receiver after catching 30 passes for 664 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. Also earned Class AA All-State honors as a wide receiver following junior season. Named to Class AA All-West Region Football Team three-consecutive years as a wide receiver and defensive back. Named to the All-Region 4 Team as a wide receiver after leading team to semifinals of Class 2A playoffs as a senior. Led region in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Finished career with 87 receptions for 1,900 yards receiving. Also added 23 interceptions and scored 28 total touchdowns. Three-sport athlete that also competed in basketball and track and field. Holds school record for 400-meter dash.

Tyler Burian
WR | 6-4 | 205
Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River HS)
High School Coach: Vyrn Muir
Earned honorable mention All-East Dakota Conference honors as a two-way player following senior season. Racked up 34 total tackles and a forced fumble on defense and added 10 receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver. Three-sport athlete also earned four varsity letters in track and field and played two seasons of junior varsity hockey. Both of his parents participated in track and field at UND and father, Steve, was inducted into the UND Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Student-Athlete bios courtesy: NDSU and UND Sports Information