As we have moved on from the 2019 season and recruiting has heated up in the winter – we have seen signing days pass and upcoming junior days postponed due to COVID-19. However, offers and commitments are still rolling in and being reported, so Northstar Football News is going in-depth to reveal which of Minnesota’s high school program’s hold some of the deepest and most talented classes in the state. This ninth edition to the series will take us a quick twentyish minutes North of Minneapolis to Spring Lake Park. With a population of around 6,600 the town is located closely to Coon Rapids, Blaine, and Brooklyn Park, and with its high school – the Spring Lake Park Panthers – tradition of success on the gridiron under Friday Night Lights, the high school attracts football recruits from many of its neighboring cities. With kids coming from around the Northwest suburbs to play for the Panthers and its impressive coaching staff and culture, this isn’t the first time SLP has had its recruits in the spotlight, and even after graduating some studs this spring the Panthers boast another deep and talented recruiting class that will have a great shot at competing for a third straight Class 5A section title. With a particular depth at skill positions, this 2021 has an emphasis on speed, and with the Panthers prowess in the weight room these ballers have a great chance at making a big-time impact on college football teams in 2021. Check out this Spring Lake Park Panther edition of “MN Recruiting Hotbeds” and see who should be on your radar going into next season.
6’5, 245 lbs. TE/DL @TreyToner3 Committed to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas who will be a 2020 NCAA Division I FCS Independent team. He held offers from Southwest Minnesota State, Winona St, Northeastern State University, University of Minnesota (PWO), UMN-Crookston (rip), Augustana, Bemidji State Junior/Senior Year Highlights
5’10, 180 lbs. DB @CyrinusGeorge Committed to Minnesota State University-Moorhead Highlights
Brian Orellana-Lopez 5’10, 185 lbs. RB @BrianOrellana Uncommitted. All-District. Career Highlights
Marvin Lamin 6’4, 270 lbs. OT/DL @marvin_lamin MN All-Star, All-District, NFN top unsigned 2020 lineman. Uncommitted. Hudl Profile
Blaine Cooper 6’0, 180 lbs. LB. Captain. One of NFNs top unsigned 2020 linebackers. Uncommitted. Half of senior season
Darius Robinson 6’0, 200 lbs. Uncommitted Senior SZN
Zack Dunbar Uncommitted. Hudl Profile
Eric Amundson 6’2, 230 lbs. OL/DL Uncommitted Hudl Profile Eric Amundson
Jesse Sills 6’0, 160 lbs. DB. Uncommitted
Max Horn 6’0 Uncommitted Hudl Profile
Jacob Ward OL Hudl Profile
Eric Bratsch 5’11, 160 lbs. Uncommitted
Adam Clausen 6’0, 150 lbs. DB. Uncommitted.
Raul Solorio K Uncommitted.
Quenten Lovett Uncommitted.
Nicholas Wetzel 5’9, 175 lbs. WR/ATH @Nicholas_Wetzel All-District 2019. Junior day invites from Bethel University, St. John’s University, Mayville St, Valley City State, Montana Tech, Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia-St. Paul, Concordia College-Moorhead Junior Year
Kaleb Skelly 6’4, 190 lbs. WR/S @kalebskelly All-District 2019. 3.2 GPA Offered by Northern State, Bemidji St, UMary. Junior day invites from University of St. Thomas, University of North Dakota, Bemidji State, South Dakota State, North Dakota State Junior Season
5’8, 155 lbs. DB/WR @JoeySorenson All-Distrct 2019. Junior day invites from Iowa Western CC, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Bemidji St, Minnesota State University Moorhead Junior SZN
5’10, 200 lbs. RB/LB @HenryDennisJR 1000 Pound Club Weightlifting Member. No reported offers or invites (absolutely deserving of some) but has Twitter followers from coaches at Buffalo, NW Oklahoma St, Columbia, Macalester, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Concordia-St. Paul, University of Jamestown, Dartmouth, UW-Eau Claire, Bemidji St, Hamline, St. John’s, Mayville St. If you want to get a good feel for him as a recruit, check out his kickoff coverage plays on his Hudl. Dude is a hitter. Junior Season
Aaron Payne 5’10, 165 lbs. RB/DB @aaronp_32 Junior day invites from Iowa Western CC, Valley City State, UE-Eau Claire, Bethel, Mayville St, SMSU, Bemidji St Junior Season Highlights
Andrew Pahkala 6’3, 210 lbs. DL @andypahkala All-Distrct HM 2019. Junior day invites from Montana Tech, Minot St, Dakota Wesleyan, UW-River Falls, Concordia-St. Paul, Concordia College-Moorhead Junior SZN Highlights
Jacob Fritz 5’6, 160 lbs. DB/WR Junior SZN
DJ Omodara 6’0, 200 lbs. @dj_omodara Junior Season
Devario Cadja OL/DL Junior SZN
Jadon Schwender vs. St. Louis Park
Nolan Tuomi, Ben Kehner, Tenzin Jangchup, Tossey Johnson, Casey Sills, Chris Curtis
2022 Panthers…(sneak peek not all listed)
Seth Johnson 5’11, 170 lbs. RB/LB Freshman Highlights
Xavier Crooms 5’11, 285 lbs. OL/DL
Nolan Hendrickson 5’8, 170 lbs. Highlight