Posted On: 01/31/17 10:45 PM

Since Bubba Schweigert and his coaching staff arrived at the University of North Dakota three years ago, the Fighting Hawks have steadily improved their win total by two games every season. The program’s recruiting classes have followed the same trajectory, improving as some of the best Minnesota high school football recruits are choosing to play in Grand Forks.

North Dakota is expected to receive a National Letter of Intent from eight Minnesota preps on Wednesday, including five ranked in the Top 30 of Northstar Football News Class of 2017 prospect rankings.

“Minnesota’s the cornerstone within our recruiting footprint,” said North Dakota recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Kevin Maurice. “Historically we’ve done a great job. If you reference some of UND’s best teams from years past, they are laced with Minnesotans.”

This will be the first recruiting cycle since the staff’s arrival that North Dakota signed more top-30 prospects than its proximate Football Championship Subdivision rivals North Dakota State, South Dakota State, South Dakota and Northern Iowa.

NDSU still landed three of the state’s top-15 prospects, however, most of any school except the University of Minnesota.

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