Posted On: 12/20/19 11:34 PM
Two days ago on December 18th, Division I student athletes across the nation participated in National Signing Day in which they officially signed their John Hancock’s to paper and committed themselves to college football programs all over the United States. In Minnesota, studs representing all positions on the football field gave their written promise to different programs across the Midwest, and Northstar Football News has compiled them all into this list for your easy enjoyment. Please comment if anyone has been forgotten, and I hope you enjoy. These athletes have worked their tails off to represent our state as well as give themselves the best possible chance of succeeding at the next level, and these many years of hard work have culminated into the 18th’s signings. Congrats to these young men and I hope you enjoy!
The University of Minnesota
Jonathan MannJonathanMannWRRosemount | 2020StateMN (6’4, 200 lbs.) WR. Rosemount High School http://www.hudl.com/v/2CNpfi
A 3-star recruit who was the #4 ranked recruit in the Gopher state, Mann was named All-District in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was an All-State Honoree in 2019. As a senior he caught 31 balls and averaged 23 yards per reception, while scoring eight touchdowns. As a junior, recorded 30 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns and also rushed for 1,046 yards and 12 touchdowns. Combined for five kickoff and punt return touchdowns in high school. Also ran track for the Irish and his unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.32. Competed in the Minnesota Football Showcase and was named the South Offensive MVP.
Wyatt SchroederWyattSchroederWRCambridge | 2020StateMN (6’5, 220 lbs.) TE. St. Francis High School. *PWO http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6773724/5bda27144210ad06bc9bb4b9
The number 18 ranked recruit in the state, Schroeder was named to the North Central All-District team in 2018 and 2019 and invited to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Football Showcase. He holds school records at St. Francis in receptions, yards and receptions in a season. As a junior, made 46 receptions for 573 yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore, grabbed 42 receptions for 541 yards and three touchdowns.
Cody LindenbergCodyLindenbergLBAnoka | 2020StateMN (6’3, 220 lbs.) OLB. Anoka High School. http://www.hudl.com/v/2CPfLL
Lindenberg was ranked the #5 ranked recruit in Minnesota and the 45th ranked OLB in 2020, the 2019 Minnesota Vikings All-State Team selection competed for the North team in the Minnesota Football Showcase. As a senior at Anoka he led the Tornadoes in receiving with 30 receptions and 506 yards and four touchdowns and added 233 passing yards and 150 rushing yards. Lindenberg also recorded the fourth most tackles total on the team. He’s projected to play OLB for the Golden Gophers. He was also a three star recruit.
Striggow was named All-District in 2018 and 2019 and earned All-State and Academic All-State honors in 2019 for the Orono Spartans where he them to a runner-up finish in the Minnesota state football championships. In 2019 he finished with 46 tackles including eight for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble and added 468 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns and 598 all-purpose yards. As a junior, finished with 68 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and a blocked kick. As a sophomore he racked up an additional 59 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. Also wrestled and won the 2019 Class 2A wrestling state championship and is ranked #1 at 220 in the latest Guillotine rankings from December 19th. He has two older brothers who both wrestle for the University of Michigan.
University of Wisconsin
Kaden JohnsonKadenJohnson6'4" | LBSMB | 2020StateMN (6’4, 215 lbs.) OLB. Minnehaha Academy (SMB). https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7681828/5c469fff5ef70812f029eeb8
Regarded as the #1 recruit in the state, Johnson kept his decision down to the last minute and picked the Badgers after late LSU and Tennessee offers and a strong recruitment by PJ Fleck at the U of M. Four-star recruit by 24/7Sports, Johnson was a All-State and All-Metro selection and a 3x state champion (one in football and two in basketball.)
Witt signed with the Badgers after a whirlwind of a recruitment that I can’t remember being matched by any other Minnesota recruit. Witt was committed to Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin at one point, and will be a force in college after being invited to the Minnesota All-Star game, a 2019 Mr. Football Finalist, and a unanimous 3-star recruit.
University of Iowa
The Hawkeyes grabbed a good one out of Marshall, as Black earned All-State honors in 2019 and was named district Defensive Player of the Year after earning district Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior. Marshall went to the state playoffs his sophomore and junior seasons and holds the Tiger school record for career sacks (17.5) and captained the squad as a senior.
Iowa State University
A four-star QB prospect, #2 ranked player in the state, #19 ranked pocket passer in the nation, and Buffalo native participated in the 2019 Minnesota All-Star game and finalist for the Mr. Football Award as well as Gatorade Player of the Year. He was a 2x All-State selection, 2x All-Metro First Team selection, 2018 District QB of the Year, and threw for 9,578 career passing yards and his 3,475 passing yards as a junior ranked in the top-5 for single-season passing in state history. He threw for 94 career TDs.
Craig McDonaldCraigMcDonaldDBSMB | 2020StateMN (6’2, 190 lbs.) DB. Minnehaha Academy (SMB) http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7681848/5c2516dc9676d6071cae28a5
McDonald unfortunately had to sit out the 2019 season after being declared ineligible by the Minnesota High School League, but was still named to the 2019 MN All-Star Game and was awarded Defensive MVP honors. He picked Iowa State over offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Purdue, and was rated a 3-star prospect in high school and the #50 safety in the country by ESPN. He was a Second Team All-State selection in 2018 and a All-District pick.
Hunter ZenzenHunterZenzenLBBarnesville | 2020StateMN (6’3, 220 lbs.) LB. Barnesville High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5601888/5bca314c8cdeed0cd803aabc
Zenzen tallied 242 tackles, 72 TFLs, 17 sacks, and three forced fumbles in his career and also had 435 receiving yards and 10 TDs. He was a consensus 3-star recite and the 11th ranked recruit in MN. He was a 3x All-District selection and a 2x Midwest District MVP and a 2019 Minnesota Vikings All-State honoree. He was also a 2019 All-Star game player, an AP All-State selection, and a finalist for the 2019 Mr. Football award.
South Dakota State University
Steven ArrellStevenArrell6'2" | DBOsseo | 2020StateMN (6’2, 185 lbs.) DB. Osseo High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8442050/5dadbad88cd3d70e60770ec9
Arrell received all-district recognition both as a junior and senior at Osseo High School. He notched 45 tackles and three interceptions as a junior, then recorded 56 tackles, 3 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles as a senior. He intends to major in business.
Keumogne repeated on the all-conference team, while also earning all-Metro and all-state honors during his senior season at Tartan High School. The district defensive lineman of the year, he tallied 64 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception. He plans to major in mechanical engineering.
Hunter DustmanHunterDustmanKSt. Francis | 2020StateMN (6’3, 210 lbs.) K. St. Francis High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6065931/5a0a6903041d990c64dc7aa5
Dustman was honored two times as North Central District Special Teams Player of the Year while playing for St. Francis High School. A six-time letterwinner, he was a second-team all-state selection as a junior. In battling through injuries during his senior season in 2019, Dustman averaged 40.2 yards per punt and was 7-of-10 on field goals. Dustman kicked a career-best 51-yard field goal as a sophomore, while his career-long punt traveled 72 yards. He plans to major in business.
Zander Flucas (6’2, 230 lbs.) LB. Mayer Lutheran High School. http://www.hudl.com/v/2BfWJV
An All-Area Team selection, totaled 1423 yards rushing, 19 TD’s, also 103 yards receiving and 2 TD’s. He was a captain for Mayer Lutheran, All District, and tallied 48 tackles, 4 TFLs on defense.
Elijah OforiElijahOforiDBShakopee | 2020StateMN (5’10, 180 lbs.) DB. Shakopee High School. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8153399/5dc8b6dc664b870f0c436fad
Was set to sign with the Coyotes, but released a tweet a day ago stating: “Due to changes in the scholarship expectations I will not be signing with USD on December 18th. I want to thank Coach Aurich, Coach Watson, and the USD staff for allowing me to explore my options over the next six weeks. With that being said, my recruitment is open.”
Seth ThompsonSethThompson6'4" | OLHoly Family | 2020StateMN (6’4, 260 lbs.) OL. Holy Family Catholic. http://www.hudl.com/v/2C9KGB
2019 All-District. 2018 All District HM. Two year two way starter. In junior season, had 57 tackles, 3 FF, 2 FR, and 1 BK. In sophomore season, had 31 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. In 2018 T&F, recorded a 42’9 shot and 128’ discus throw. Has a 3.2 GPA.
Pierce OppongPierceOppongDLJefferson | 2020StateMN (6’3, 235 lbs.) DL. Bloomington Jefferson High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8018860/5c05e501b534360878f59f9c
2019 and 2018 All-District Selection.
North Dakota State University
Seth AndersonSethAndersonDLMoorhead | 2020StateMN (6-5, 253 lbs.) DL/OL. Moorhead High School http://www.hudl.com/v/2C14rB
Three-year starter for coach Kevin Feeney. Team captain his senior year and played defensive tackle and offensive guard. Credited with 20 pancake blocks and two sacks before an injury two games into his senior year. Career totals include 121 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks. 2x All-District performer.
Joseph Deyak (6-2, 190 lbs.) WR. St. Thomas Academy https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8171554/5d8669b92aa6480950fd4a8e
Two-year starter who played quarterback and wide receiver. Had 20 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns in his career and had 10 rushing TDs. Part of two Class 5A state runner-up teams in 2018 and 2019. Selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl .Four-time letterwinner in track.
Hayden JohnstonHaydenJohnstonDLAlbert Lea | 2020StateMN (6-1, 259 lbs.) OL. Albert Lea High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9936415/5beb22d05797600c588d8d77
Three-year starter on the defensive and offensive lines. Totaled 63 tackles, including 18 for a loss and seven sacks, during senior season and dad 153 tackles including 47 tackles for loss and 16 sacks during his career. He blocked for an offense that ran for over 5,000 yards in his career. 3x All-District selection. 2019 District Lineman of the Year. Played in the Minnesota All-Star game.
TK Marshall (5-11, 189 lbs.) RB. Minneapolis Southwest High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8351651/5dc8ccb9664b870f0c437d2c
A soon to be graduate from my alma mater, who hasn’t put out a D1 player in a long time, Marshall rushed for 1,662 yards and 20 touchdowns during senior season. Finalist for the 2019 Minnesota Mr. Football award…Earned Minnesota All-State honors. Qualified for the state track meet while also earning All-District honors.
Mason MillerMasonMillerDLAda Borup | 2020StateMN (6-6, 232) Ada-Borup High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9657621/5c4693a65b3cb9080c617f4f
A four-year starter and team captain as a senior, Miller played tight end, defensive end and linebacker. 2X All-District selection and Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2019 and Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2018. He totaled 281 tackles in his prep career including 40 tackles for loss and 13 sacks with nine forced fumbles and six recoveries. Had 66 tackles including 15.5 TFLs his senior year along with 18 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Helped the Cougars to a 10-2 record and Class 1A state semifinal appearance.
Raja NelsonRajaNelsonDBLakeville North | 2020StateMN (5-8, 185 lbs.) RB. Lakeville North High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7788274/5dd5feba32e6d40c184b4ad2
Four-year starter who played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and quarterback during his career. Three-time all-conference first team performer…All-State in 2018 and 2019 and back-to-back team MVP. Led the Panthers to a 39-8 record including the 2018 state championship…Set school records with 4,674 all-purpose yards, 72 total touchdowns and seven interceptions. Finalist for Minnesota’s “Mr. Football” award. Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Had 858 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and 1,182 rushing yards with 18 TDs his senior year.
Nick RadunzNickRadunzDLBecker | 2018StateMN (6-3, 295 lbs.) OL. Becker High School/NDSCS http://www.hudl.com/v/2CBAnK
Started all 21 games for North Dakota State College of Science in 2018 and 2019 under coach Eric Issendorf. Helped the Wildcats to a 17-4 record while he competed at the JUCO. NJCAA All-America First Team as a freshman…Two-time Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference all-academic first team.
Loshiaka RoquesLoshiakaRoquesLBWayzata | 2020StateMN (6-3, 215) LB. Wayzata High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8228607/5dabb405e985830d88832f78
Three-year letterwinner, two-year starter, and team captain his senior year. Roques played linebacker and defensive line for coach Lambert Brown. He was a StarTribune and KARE11 All-Metro honoree andMinnesota Vikings all-state performer. He had 87 tackles including 20 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and one forced fumble his senior year and helped Wayzata to a 13-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. Totaled 147 tackles and 40 TFLs in his career.
Trey SteinbachTreySteinbach6'4" | LBMarshall | 2020StateMN (6-3, 220 lbs.) LB. Marshall High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8007406/5dce16cb64e9e90bf4db8ea3
A three-year starter who tallied 75 tackles including 12 tackles for loss and five sacks during senior season, he also had 14 receptions for 207 yards and four touchdowns. Finished career with 183 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Steinbach also had 23 career receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns and was a 2x All-Area selection and district Defensive Back of the Year in 2019. Led team to a 38-5 record with two sectional titles and two state tournament appearances.
Russell CorriganRussellCorriganTEHutchinson | 2020StateMN (6’3, 220 lbs.) TE. Hutchinson High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8007446/5dd85862ab92020fc8518973
Corrigan played quarterback, tight end and defensive end as a senior to lead his team to an 11-1 record. He was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team. He ran for 31 touchdowns and threw for five as a senior, while making 19 catches for 536 yards and 10 scores as a junior. He holds his school’s career record for points scored in boys basketball and was ranked as the No. 49 tight end prospect by ESPN. The last Minnesotan to play for Boise State was offensive tackle Matt Slater (2007-10).
Matthias AlgarinMatthiasAlgarin6'1" | WRPierz | 2020StateMN (6’, 175 lbs.) ATH. Pierz High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8588059/5d7ee2b46655b111a0c195d1
2018 All District. District Specialist of the Year. All Section. All Area. In junior season, had 65 carries for 671 yards (10.3 ypc) and 7 TDs. Had 13 receptions for 325 yards (25 ypg) and 3 TDs. Had 18 returns for 289 yards. On defense, had 41 tackles, 2 FF, and 1 INT. At 2019 The Opening DC, recorded a 4.5 40 (electronic), 3.88 shuttle, 42″ vertical, and 35’ power ball throw. Scored a 120.03 rating. Has 4.0 GPA.
Bennett WeberBennettWeberOLWaconia | 2020StateMN (6’4, 280 lbs.) OL. Waconia High School https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9587045/5db78a850c5eb10d641f5a0a
Started three seasons on the offensive line for Waconia and was a 2x First Team All-District player and was named the 2019 District Lineman of the Year. 2X Waconia Lineman of the Year. Earned All-Metro honors and was a two-time All-Area selection and picked for the Minnesota All-Star game.
Craig OrlandoCraigOrlandoDLVerndale | 2020StateMN (6’3, 265 lbs.) DT. Verndale High School
A prospect not on my radar but an absolute baller of an athlete (I wish I could find film), Orlando is a state champion wrestler at heavyweight for Verndale and as a running back he rushed for 1,430 yards on 187 carries and caught 43 balls for 602 yards to score 30 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, had 258 career tackles, including 41 for loss. Earned all-conference honors in each of his final three seasons. All-Area selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Earned All-State as a junior and senior.
Max Gunderson (6’4, 205 lbs.) QB/ATH. Detroit Lakes High School. http://www.hudl.com/v/2CJf0F
A dual-threat quarterback from Detroit Lakes, Gunderson threw for over 2,100 yards and 28 touchdowns while rushing for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns and tallied five interceptions as a defensive player. Named to the All-District team as a junior and a senior for football and as a junior for basketball.
Isaiah SmithIsaiahSmith5'10" | WRKenwood | 2021IL (5’10, 195 lbs.) RB. Benilde St. Margarets High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/11124506/5be5d9725b479909dcf200bb
Rushed for over 1,300 yards in his career and was named an All-District HM running back.
Sam RobertsonSamRobertsonDBWayzata | 2020StateMN (6’1, 180 lbs.) Wayzata High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8228952/5db246a715f6670d98de3d02
Tallied 38 tackles, 15 pass breakups, four tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery in his final year. Named All-Metro First Team by the Star Tribune as a senior. Earned all-district and All-Area honors in his last season.
Jack FosterJackFosterQBMankato West | 2020StateMN (6’5, 210 lbs.) ATH. Mankato-West High School. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6006187/5de685a43863470b0c116914
Passed for 5,800 yards and 76 TDs in his career while adding 1,300 yards on the ground and 33 additional TDs.
Isaiah GreenIsaiahGreenDLSt Cloud Tech | 2020StateMN (6’1, 240 lbs.) DL. St. Cloud Tech High School. http://www.hudl.com/v/2CJUzU
2018 All Area HM. In junior season, had 47 tackles (17 solo), 12 TFL, 6 sacks, 11 QB hurries, and 1 FR. 2017 All Conference. In sophomore season, had 44 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 TFL, 5 QB hurries, and 3 FR. In Wrestling, placed 5th in 220 AAA. Has recorded a 380 max bench, 550 max squat, and 340 max clean. Has a 3.36 GPA.
Marcus Haskins (6’1, 190 lbs.) East Ridge High School/Concordia St. Paul http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5634059/5d7942bbc11a1b0db887c021
A very interesting prospect, Haskins was named a First Team All-NSIC performer and D2 All-American at Concordia St. Paul after totaling nine interceptions and 20 PBUs. He then transferred to Iowa Western Community College where he was a NJCAA All-American after he posted 31 tackles and seven interceptions. He had offers from New Mexico State, Troy, Buffalo, Kent State, Akron, Costal Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Charlotte, and of course Liberty. He has two years of eligibly left.
Dominic Quewon (6’3, 250 lbs.) DE. Robbinsdale Cooper/Iowa Western Community College http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3616520/59bb3b64f55f7b0a6cf8aa5f
Another JUCO player, Quewon held offers from UMass, Liberty, Arkansas State, Houston, and Southern Mississippi after posting 50 tackles and 5 sacks for Iowa Western this season. The former Cooper standout will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Terry Lockett (6’0, 170 lbs.) WR. Minnehaha Academy (SMB) https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9765808/59f3c1beff01a7071cae9b6e
A 4-star WR recruit who transferred to Spire Academy (Ohio) earlier in the year to play basketball with Lamelo Ball, Lockett is the #3 ranked recruit out of MN and held offers from Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
Jalen TravisJalenTravis6'7" | OLDelaSalle | 2020StateMN (6’7, 315 lbs.) OL. Delasalle High School. http://www.hudl.com/v/2CG4KU
Travis is the brother of former Stanford and Kentucky MBB baller Reid Travis, and was an All-State and All-Metro First Team performer in 2019 for the Delasalle Islanders. He held offers from South Dakota, UMass, Buffalo, Fordham, Yale, Northern Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Indiana State.
Hope you enjoyed the article and comment if I missed anyone!