It's an important day for the future of football for NCAA universities. It's national signing day.
In Bismarck, the University of Mary has a big class. Forty-five players signed with the Marauders. Thirty-one are from North Dakota, and nine of them are from Bismarck-Mandan.
"In 15 years as a coach I've never seen recruiting go so well," said head coach josh Kotelnicki. "I never have, which is not what you'd think after a 1-10 season. So I think a lot of our freshmen in our program believe in what's going on. I think they've done a great job of selling that to the recruits in the region that are from their high schools or from their small town."
Kotelnicki said they signed 85 percent of the athletes that made an on-campus visit.
Defensive line was a position of emphasis this recruiting season.
University of Mary 2016 Football Recruiting List:
Dylan Anthony (LB, 6-2, 205, West Fargo, N.D. / West Fargo HS)
A team captain and the defensive most valuable player as a senior, Dylan Anthony led the West Fargo Packers to an EDC championship and a final four appearance in the North Dakota state tournament in 2015. Anthony posted 65 tackles and four interceptions as a linebacker, scored three touchdowns and had 187 receiving yards as a tight end. As a junior in 2014 he made 45 tackles, had an interception and scored a touchdown as West Fargo was the second seed in the EDC. Anthony recorded 15 tackles as a sophomore. For his varsity career Anthony finished with 120 tackles, made five interceptions and scored four touchdowns. He also competed in track & field for a year and threw the javelin. A four-year honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, Dylan is the son of Camille Walkin and Derick Anthony and will major in criminal justice at the University of Mary.
Richard Bendish (LB, 5-11, 163, Mandan, N.D. / Mandan HS)
An all-state second team selection and an all-conference first team choice, Richard Bendish led Mandan High School to its first winning record in four years as a senior in 2015. Named the team defensive most valuable player, Bendish led the state with 11 sacks and posted 60 tackles, three forced fumbles, recovered four fumbles, and scored a touchdown from his linebacker position while leading the Braves to a 5-4 mark overall. For his career Bendish finished with 105 tackles and 17 sacks. A two-sport athlete Bendish also plays baseball and helped Mandan win a state title. A member of the National Honor Society and the school honor roll, he also earned academic all-conference honors. The son of Debra Bendish, Richard will major in engineering at the University of Mary.
Devin Blythe (FB/LB, 5-10, 220, Lewistown, Mont. / Fergus HS)
A three sport athlete, Devin Blyth has earned all-state honors in football and wrestling at Fergus High School in Lewistown, Mont. Blythe was named first team all-state in football as a fullback his senior year in 2015 and also was all-conference as both a linebacker and fullback. A two-time team captain in both football and wrestling, he was named his football team's most inspirational as a junior and senior (2014-15). An all-state wrestler in 2015 and a three time all-conference grappler, Blythe earned the Golden Eagle award in 2014. He also competes in track & field. A four-time academic all-state selection in football and a three-time choice in wrestling, Blythe was selected for the National Society of High School Scholars, competes in the Science Olympiad and is an FFA member. The son of Deann and Neil Blythe, Devin will pursue an engineering degree at the University of Mary.
Carter Buelow (OL, 6-5, 290, Grand Forks, N.D. / Red River HS)
A three-sport athlete, Carter Buelow earned honorable mention honors as an offensive lineman for Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D. He blocked two kicks as a senior, including an extra point to preserve a 7-6 win over West Fargo Sheyenne. Buelow has advanced to state twice in wrestling and also qualified in track & field for the shot put. A church school teacher and coach for Little Kids football, Carter is the son of Loralee and Robert Buelow and is undecided on a major at the University of Mary.
Tyson Carney (WR, 6-2, 185, Malta, Mont. / Malta HS)
An all-state selection at wide receiver and defensive back as a senior in 2015, Tyson Carney was a two year team captain at Malta High School in Malta, Mont. The school's all-time career leader in interceptions, Carney earned all-conference recognition as a sophomore, junior and a senior and is an alternate selection for Montana's Shrine Game. He is a three-sport athlete, also competing in basketball and track. Ranked first in his class, Tyson is the son of Lori and Darrell Carney and plans to major in athletic training at the University of Mary.
Jacob Copenhaver (OL, 6-1, 260, Carrington, N.D. / Carrington HS)
A two-time all-state selection, Jacob Copenhaver led Carrington High School to the Class A state semifinals as a senior and a 9-1 record. Selected as a defensive lineman, Copenhaver had 25 tackles (16 solo), two sacks and five tackles for loss. Offensively he helped clear the way for the Cardinals to run for 2,582 yards. The team captain, the team most valuable player on the offensive and defensive lines, and a winner of the most improved player, Copenhaver also was a three-time all-region selection. He finished his career with 108 tackles (53 solo), five sacks, one safety, one fumble recovery and one touchdown. He also competes in track & field (shot put and discus) and wrestling. A high honor roll student, Jacob is the son of Joan and Dave Copenhaver and will pursue a degree in wildlife management at the University of Mary.
Nick Dammen (FB, 6-2, 200, Riverdale, N.D. / Underwood HS)
A two-time all-region selection in football, Nick Dammen is a three sport athlete at Underwood High School. A fullback, tight end and linebacker, Dammen was the team captain and named the top lineman on the squad as a senior. He was a second team all-region selection as a junior before earning first team honors his final season in 2015. Dammen also competes in basketball and track. A member of Underwood's high honor roll, Nick is the son of Deanna Dammen and will pursue a petroleum engineering degree at the University of Mary.
Bradley Davidson (RB, 5-11, 170, Devils Lake, N.D. / Devils Lake HS)
An all-state athlete as a senior, Bradley Davidson was a threat as a runner, receiver and a returner for Devils Lake High School. A second team all-state selection in 2015, he also was a first team all-EDC defensive back as a senior and was a first team all-EDC running back as a junior. As a senior Davidson ran for 420 yards and five touchdowns on 82 carries, caught five passes for 196 yards and one touchdown, returned six kicks for 185 yards and a score and returned three punts for 47 yards. He totaled 1,471 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on 280 carries and scored 26 touchdowns in his career. Davidson also runs track for Devils Lake, competing in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. The son of Katie Brandvold, Bradley will seek a degree in psychology at the University of Mary.
Ethan Devitt (DL, 6-3, 223, Fargo, N.D. / North HS)
A team captain at Fargo North High School, Ethan Devitt was the most valuable player of the Spartans defensive line. He played both defensive and offensive line in high school. Devitt also competed in track & field. A volunteer youth basketball coach, Ethan is the son of Lynn and Jay Devitt and will major in engineering at the University of Mary.
Tyler Evenson (LB, 6-2, 210, West Fargo, N.D. / Sheyenne HS)
An all-state second team selection and team captain as a senior in 2015 at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, N.D., Tyler Evenson was also a two-time all-conference selection (2014, 2015). He posted 54.5 tackles, including 19 for loss and five sacks as a senior. He finished his career with 87 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and seven sacks. A Dean's List member and the son of Sandy and Mike Evenson, Tyler intends to major in business at the University of Mary.
Jaxon Ford (RB, 5-10, 170, Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck HS)
A two-time first team all-state running back at Bismarck High School, Jaxon Ford will join his brother Coleton on the University of Mary football team. Ford ran for 1,783 yards and 24 touchdowns on 230 carries as a senior, leading the Demons to the state semifinals in 2015. As a junior, Bismarck advanced to the state semifinals as Ford ran for 1,390 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was named the BHS most valuable offensive player and claimed all-conference honors as a junior and senior. Also a hockey and baseball player, Ford won all-conference and all-state honors on the diamond as a junior. A recipient of Presidential Awards and the son of Robert and Melanie Ford, Jaxon is undecided on a major at U-Mary.
Austin Fritz (OL, 6-2, 275, Detroit Lakes, Minn. / Detroit Lakes HS)
An all-conference lineman his senior year at Detroit Lakes High School, Austin Fritz is a three-sport athlete for the Lakers. In addition to football, he also plays hockey and golf. The son of Kristie Welle and Mike Fritz, Austin will major in physical therapy at the University of Mary.
Noah Froehling (DL, 6-3, 230, Wishek, N.D. / Wishek HS)
An all-conference performer, Noah Froehling played defensive line for Wishek High School. A member of FBLA and student council and the son of Eric and Paula Froehling, Noah will pursue the biology and pre-dental academic programs at the University of Mary.
Wyatt Fulton (OL, 6-3, 276, Belfield, N.D. / Belfield HS)
An all-region and all-conference offensive lineman, Wyatt Fulton was team captain for Heart River. He was a four-year performer in football. A member of the FFA and the son of Connie and Don Fulton, Wyatt will major in business management at the University of Mary.
Samuel Garvey (DL, 6-3, 270, Minneota, Minn. / Minneota HS)
Injured his junior and senior season, Samuel Garvey played nose guard and center at Marshall (Minn.) High School as a freshman and sophomore. He participates in speech, knowledge bowl, trap shooting, drama, student council, church activities and numerous volunteer activities. The son of Jaci and Joseph Garvey, Samuel will major in mass communications at the University of Mary.
Adam Geiger (WR, 6-4, 200, Bismarck, N.D. / Century HS)
A first team all-state wide receiver as a senior, Adam Geiger led Century High School to a state championship. He caught 37 passes for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named his team's outstanding senior and offensive player in 2015. Geiger made ESPN's Top Ten for a touchdown catch made in the championship game. He was an all-conference selection as a junior. A two sport athlete, Geiger also plays basketball. The son of Matt and Kelly Geiger, Adam plans to major in business at the University of Mary.
Gage Gellner (DB, 5-11, 193, Grafton, N.D. / Grafton)
A three-sport athlete, Gage Gellner played safety and wide receiver for Grafton. Gellner, a member of the 2012 state runner up Grafton team and named the most improved defensive player in 2014, recorded nine career interceptions. He also plays basketball and baseball. Involved in musical and theatrical performances and a church and food pantry volunteer, Gage is the son of Rob and Nikki Gellner, both of whom attended the University of Mary. Additionally his father played football for the Marauders. Gage will major in business administration at U-Mary.
Anthony "Bubba" Griffiths (DL, 6-1, 275, Westmont, Ill. / Westmont HS)
A two-time all-conference football player, Anthony "Bubba" Griffiths was a team captain at Westmont (Ill.) High School. Griffiths played both defensive tackle and offensive guard. Also a wrestler, Griffiths is a two-time state qualifier who had over 100 wins and 53 pins. He is a two year team captain in wrestling and has been honored three times as an all-conference performer. The son of Jeff and Sheri Griffiths, Anthony will pursue a degree in criminal justice at the University of Mary.
John Gropper (DL, 6-1, 226, Faith, S.D. / Faith HS)
An all-conference performer as a senior, John Gropper was a team captain at Faith High School. He led his team beyond the first round of playoffs four straight years. A four-sport athlete Gropper also competes in track & field, basketball and rodeo. A member of the National Honor Society, the S.D. High School Rodeo Cinch Team, Sons of the American Legion, 4-H, American Trap Shooting Association, and a volunteer at the Faith VFW, John is the son of Deb and William Gropper. John will major in business administration at the University of Mary.
Logan Gross (RB, 5-10, 180, Bismarck, N.D. / Century HS)
Logan Gross led Century High School to a pair of state championships, the 2015 football title as a senior and the 2015 track & field title as a junior. He ran for over 600 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. A sprinter in track, Gross competes in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and runs on the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. An honor roll member, Logan is the son of Lori Sams and Kelly Gross and will major in business at the University of Mary.
Jayden Gunville (DL, 6-3, 265, Burlington, N.D. / Des Lacs Burlington HS)
A two-time all-state performer, Jayden Gunville was team captain as a senior and the team's most valuable player. He posted 61 tackles, eight quarterback hurries, three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. A three-time all region and all-conference choice, Gunville had career totals of 202 tackles, 16 sacks, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 28 hurries, one pass interception, four pass knockdowns and one blocked kick. He helped Des Lacs Burlington to an undefeated regular season and a regional championship as a sophomore in 2013 and a final record of 11-1. In his career Gunville also was twice named the team's defensive line most valuable player and the most valuable freshman and sophomore. A four-sport athlete, he also competes in basketball, baseball and track & field. Involved in his churches' youth group, Jayden is the son of Tiffany and Terry Gunville and will major in exercise science at the University of Mary.
Hunter Hager (LB, 6-1, 188, Rugby, N.D. / Rugby HS)
A first team all-region linebacker, Hunter Hager was team captain for Rugby High School as a senior in 2015. He recorded 68 tackles and made two interceptions on defense and caught 29 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns on offense while playing tight end. Hager, who helped Rugby to a 9-1 mark as a junior, finished his career with 166 tackles. He also plays basketball and baseball. A member of the band, student council, FFA, LYO, and a Jaycees volunteer, Hunter is the son of Chad, a University of Mary graduate, and Keeya Hager. He is undecided on a major at U-Mary.
Matt Harrison (DL, 6-1, 270, Lewistown, Mont. / Fergus HS)
A two-time all-state defensive lineman, Matt Harrison was also a team captain at Fergus High School in Lewistown, Mont. As a senior in 2015, he recorded 38 tackles (17 solo) on defense and had 11 pancake blocks on offense. Harrison was a first team all-conference selection as both an offensive and defensive lineman after both his junior and senior seasons and finished his career with 61 tackles (33 solo). He twice earned academic all-state recognition. Also a member of the track & field team, Harrison competes in the shot put, discus and 200 meter dash. A member of the FFA, he will major in business at the University of Mary.
Tyler Harward (OL, 6-2, 215, Crosby, N.D. / Divide County HS)
An all-region performer and team captain for Divide Country High School, Tyler Harward led his team to the state semifinals. He helped his team reach the playoffs four straight seasons. Harward also plays basketball and has competed for the track & field team. A member of the FBLA, Tyler is the son of Sandy and Kurt Kocher and plans to major in history education at the University of Mary.
Ethan Hauff (WR, 6-3, 190, Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck HS)
A two-year letter winner at Bismarck High School, Ethan Hauff helped the Demons make the state semifinals as a junior and senior. He is also a two-year letter winner in basketball. A member of the National Honor Society and a Humane Society volunteer, Ethan is the son of Stacey and Jeremy Hauff. He will pursue a nursing degree at the University of Mary.
Jace Horman (WR, 6-1, 170, Belle Fourche, S.D. / Belle Fourche HS)
An all-conference selection, Jace Horman helped Belle Fourche High School to an 8-2 record, second place in the Black Hills conference and a state quarterfinal appearance. Horman caught 12 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. As a defensive back he made five interceptions – two of which were returned for touchdowns – and knocked down five passes. His efforts earned him 2015 all-Black Hills Conference honorable mention honors. Horman is a three-year letter winner in football, basketball and track & field. The son of Jeff and Denise Horman, Jace will pursue a degree in mathematics education at the University of Mary.
Isaiah Hubbard (DL, 6-0, 225, Hopkins, Minn. / DeLaSalle HS)
An all-district selection as a senior at DeLaSalle High School, Isaiah Hubbard was a team captain in 2015. Hubbard played on the Islanders 2014 state championship team and the 2013 state semifinals playoff squad. The son of Petra Regino, Isaiah is undecided on a major at the University of Mary.
Logan Kann (OL, 6-3, 265, Britton, S.D. / Britton-Hecla HS)
A team captain, Logan Kann is a two-sport athlete at Britton-Hecla High School. In addition to football, Kann also played basketball. The son of Marlene and George Kann, Logan will major in physical education at the University of Mary.
Will Karrer (P, 6-2, 165, Sioux City, Iowa / Bishop Heelan HS)
An all-district punter, Will Karrer played on three state championship football teams at Bishop Heelan High School as a freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Also a defensive back, Karrer averaged 41.2 yards/punt as a senior and 39.7 yards/punt as a junior and has a career long of 83 yards. As a baseball player, he once played for current University of Mary assistant baseball coach Corby McLaughlin and tossed a one-hitter in his first varsity start. Also a member of the track team, he has cleared 6' in the high jump. An alter server who has won several academic awards, Will is the son of Katy and Nick Karrer and plans to pursue a degree in construction management at U-Mary.
Matthew Krizan (RB, 5-9, 180, Beulah, N.D. / Beulah HS)
Team captain for the 2015 state champion Beulah High School Miners, Matthew Krizan ran for 865 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season. He played defensive back in addition to running back. Also a member of the track team, Krizan ran on the 2013 state Class B runner-up 4x100 relay team. A member of FBLA, FFA and the honor roll, Matthew is the son of Verda and John Krizan and will major in physical therapy at the University of Mary.
Tyson Lytle (DL, 6-3, 320, Fargo, N.D. / South HS)
A 2015 first team Class AAA all-state selection, Tyson Lytle was a team captain at Fargo (N.D.) South High School. A first team all-conference choice and a two-time Bruins defensive lineman of the year, Lytle played in the 2013 state champion team. A multi-sport athlete, Lytle throws the shot put and discus for the South track & field team. The son of Henry and Sandy Lytle, Tyson will major in business at the University of Mary.
Weston Meckle (DB, 5-11, 172, Center, N.D. / Center-Stanton High School)
A two-time all-region performer at quarterback, Weston Meckle was team captain at Center-Stanton (N.D.) High School and team most valuable player. A multi-sport athlete, Meckle was also team captain and most valuable player in basketball and placed as high as fourth in the region in the long jump. An honor roll student, Weston is the son of Brad and Milissa Meckle. Weston will major in business at the University of Mary.
Isaiah Merrill (RB, 5-10, 180, Harvey, N.D. / Harvey HS)
A team captain at Harvey High School his senior season, Isaiah Merrill earned all-conference honors as a junior. He also was the team's most valuable offensive back and most valuable linebacker as a junior. Also a member of the track team, Merrill was the most valuable thrower as a junior and most valuable sprinter as a sophomore and freshman. A member of FBLA, FFA and FCCLA, Isaiah is the son of Dustin and Crystal Grice and intends to major in business management at the University of Mary.
Bailey Meyer (P, 6-2, 190, Sheboygan, Wis. / Sheboygan North HS)
An all-state honorable mention punter, Bailey Meyer also earned first team all-conference honors as a punter at Sheboygan North High School. A two-year team captain and the squad's most valuable player as a senior, he averaged 37 yards/punt with a long of 65 yards. In addition to punting he also played quarterback and was the kicker. He also competes in track and golf. A member of the student council, Bailey is the son of Bill Meyer and Renee Schibur and intends to major in nursing.
Brady Munro (OL, 6-4, 245, Page, N.D. / Northern Cass HS)
An all-region performer as a junior, Brady Munro was a three-year letter winner in football at Northern Cass High School. He also competes in track & field, earning team most valuable thrower honors, and basketball. A member of the National Honor Society, Boys State, SADD, choir and the "A" honor roll, Brady is the son of Neil and Patty Munro and intends to major in physical therapy at the University of Mary.
Logan Nelson (QB, 6-5, 195, Billings, Mont. / Skyview HS)
A two-time all-conference performer, Logan Nelson played both quarterback and punter at Skyview High School in Billings, Mont. He earned all-conference honorable mention honors his junior year at quarterback and claimed second team honors at punter his senior year. A multi-sport athlete, Nelson helped Skyview win the 2015 AA State Basketball Championship and earned academic all-state basketball recognition. He also plays American Legion baseball. The son of Rod and Christine Nelson, Logan intends to pursue a physical therapy degree at the University of Mary.
Wyatt Pladson (OL/LS, 6-2, 270, Williston, N.D. / Williston HS)
A team captain at Williston High School, Wyatt Pladson is a nationally-ranked long snapper and earned academic all-conference football honors. A youth football camp coach and community volunteer, Wyatt is the son of Christie and Almo Pladson and will pursue the pre-medicine program at the University of Mary.
Jake Preston (QB, 6-3, 190, Hillsboro, N.D. / Hillsboro HS)
A two-time all-region performer, Jake Preston was the Hillsboro High School team captain as both a junior and a senior. After earning all-conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore, Preston claimed all-region recognition following his junior and senior seasons. Additionally he was Hillsboro's offensive player of the year as a junior and the team most valuable player as a senior while also capturing the Burro Award. A multi-sport athlete, Preston also competes in basketball and golf and spent a year in track & field. A member of FBLA, FFA, the National Honor Society and a recipient of the NDHSAA Scholar Award, Jake is the son of Jeff and Darla Preston and will pursue a business degree at the University of Mary.
Devin Sardelli (DL, 6-3, 225, Hebron, N.D. / Beulah HS)
A team captain of the 2015 Class AA State Football Champion Beulah High School as a senior, Devin Sardelli earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2014 as a junior. A three sport athlete, Sardelli is also a team captain for hockey and baseball. He is already a two-time all-region baseball player who earned the team hitting award as a sophomore and junior. An alter server and a member of FFA, FBLA and the school's "A" honor roll, Devin is the son of Kathy and David Sardelli and will major in business administration and management at the University of Mary.
Talon Staudinger (DB, 6-0, 175, Bismarck, N.D. / Century HS)
An all-state defensive back, Talon Staudinger helped Century High School win the 2015 Class AAA state championship. Staudinger made 65 unassisted tackles, 29 assisted, totaled 159 tackling points (2nd on team), recovered four fumbles and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown as a senior, earning him All-WDA and All-State second team honors. A team captain in track & field, Staudinger led the Patriots to the 2015 Class A state championship. The team most valuable performer on the jumps, he placed in both the triple and long jumps at state. He has career-highs of 43-01.50 in the triple jump, 21-01.50 in the long, 153.08 in the javelin and 24.24 seconds in the 200 meter dash. Staudinger will also compete for the Marauders track & field team. An honor roll and President Honor Roll student, a member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer at various local events, Talon is the son of Scott and Jill Staudinger. Talon will pursue the physical therapy program at the University of Mary.
Brayden Thomas (DL, 6-3, 235, Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck HS)
A two-time all-state defensive lineman, Brayden Thomas led Bismarck High School to the state semifinals as both a junior and a senior. Thomas was one of just five players named to the Class AAA first team all-state squad in both 2014 and 2015. Brayden is the son of Wes and Melissa Thomas and is undecided on a major at the University of Mary.
Casey Uhler (LB, 6-2, 200, Bismarck, N.D. / St. Mary's Central)
An all-state performer and the Class AA West Region Senior of the Year in 2015, Casey Uhler helped lead St. Mary's Central to state championships as a sophomore and junior (2013-14) and the state semifinals as a senior. A first team all-state choice at wide receiver, Uhler caught 25 passes for 467 yards and scored ten touchdowns. Defensively he made 60 solo stops and had three sacks and an interception. A team captain, Uhler earned second team all-conference recognition as a junior and first team honors as a senior. A multi-sport athlete, Uhler also competes in basketball, track & field and baseball. The son of Michael and Karen Uhler, Casey will major in nursing at the University of Mary.
Dylan VanBoxel (QB, 6-2, 210, Green Bay, Wis. / Preble HS)
A two-year team captain, Dylan VanBoxel led Preble High School to the state playoffs as a junior and senior. As a senior, he completed 42-of-61 passes for 408 yards, five touchdowns and one interception while running 12 times for 98 yards and three scores in three games. Defensively he had 14 tackles, including seven for loss, with 2.5 sacks and five pass deflections in four games. As a junior VanBoxel was 81-of-125 passing for 1,146 yards, 16 touchdown passes and one interception and carried the ball 27 times for 123 yards and four touchdowns. For his career he has completed 123-of-186 passes for 1,554 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 221 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 carries. Involved in DECA, the chess team, Key Club, National Honor Society and FCA and a high honors student, Dylan is the son of Glen and Laura VanBoxel. Dylan will major in exercise science at the University of Mary.
Caleb Weisgarber (RB, 5-10, 168, Hensler, N.D. / Washburn HS)
An all-state second team selection as a senior, Caleb Weisgarber was team captain in 2015 for Southern McLean and led the Roughriders to the playoffs. He threw for 1,031 yards and seven touchdowns while running for 350 yards and six scores. Defensively Weisgarber made 33 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and intercepted three passes. He earned all-conference and all-region first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and was the team most valuable player as both a sophomore and senior. A multi-sport athlete Weisgarber also competes in basketball, baseball and track & field. An "A" honor roll member, Caleb is the son of Lee and Annette Weisgarber and will major in civil engineering at the University of Mary.
Jarad Zittleman (DB, 5-10, 165, Mandan, N.D. / Mandan HS)
A two-time all-state second team selection, Jarad Zittleman was a team captain as a senior at Mandan High School and led the Braves to a winning record for the first time in four years. In addition to all-state honors, he earned first team all-region honors as a junior and senior. In his final season Zittleman recorded 54 tackles, one sack, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles, intercepted two passes and scored two touchdowns. For his career Zittleman had 148 tackles, one sack, four forced fumbles, five recovered fumbles, three interceptions and scored three touchdowns. Zittleman also plays hockey and baseball for Mandan and has earned academic all-conference honors in all three sports. Zittleman joins his older brother Brady, a defensive back, on the Marauders football team. The son of Rich and Susanne Zittleman, Jared will major in engineering at the University of Mary.