Posted On: 12/23/19 5:09 AM

Albert Lea senior Hayden Johnston started getting his name out to colleges early in his high school career. It was a long wait, but when the North Dakota State offered him last summer, Johnston didn't hesitate. He committed before his senior year began. With the decision behind him, he was able to focus on enjoying his senior year.
"The recruiting process is a long one," Johnston said. "It started when I was a freshman when I started to reach out to colleges, sending them emails even though they couldn't reply. I was sending them film and just trying to get in front of them. As soon as I was able to contact the coaches, I started getting game day invites and getting a little more attention. It is a long process, but it was worth it."
One of the reasons Johnston picked the Bison is an obvious one – their success.
"The winning culture is a big factor. It is going to be a big factor for anyone looking to go there. It is also the mentality NDSU brings with the recruiting process, with how they practice, with how the facilities are run and the players.

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