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Where they're going: College commitments for Minnesota football players

By Star Tribune, 12/14/21, 2:45PM CST

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The early signing period for NCAA Division I and II football is Wednesday. Here’s what to expect from the state’s best.


Lakeville South's Camden Dean was a quarterback in high school but was recruited as an "athlete" by North Dakota State. ALEX KORMANN, Star Tribune

College commitments by Minnesotans, with name, high school, position and college:

Julian Alfaro-Diedrich, Wayzata, RB: St. Thomas

Austin Altepeter, Moorhead, LB: North Dakota State

Spencer Alvarez, Columbia Heights, TE: Minnesota

Chase Androff, Lakeville South, TE/OL: Nebraska

Toby Anene, East Ridge, LB: North Dakota State

Trey Bixby, Eden Prairie, DL: Minnesota

Charlie Boucher, Minneapolis Southwest, LB: St. Thomas

Chase Carter, Minnehaha Academy, DE: Michigan State

Will Chlebecek, Lakeville South, TE: St. Thomas

Zach Cochnauer, Farmington, OL: Missouri State

Mekhi Collins, Mankato West, WR: North Dakota State

David Connors, Cooper, WR: Illinois State

Camden Dean, Lakeville South, athlete: MSU Mankato

Jamal Dixon, Moorhead, CB: North Dakota

Colin Dussault, Chaska, WR: St. Thomas

Jacob Eggert, Mankato East, QB: Minnesota Duluth

Gavin Falk, Edina, OL: St. Thomas

Joey Gerlach, Woodbury, S/LB: Minnesota

Eli Gillman, Dassel-Cokato, RB: Montana

Darius Givance, Champlin Park, DB: North Dakota State

Nate Graham, Wayzata, WR: MSU Moorhead

Colton Hackel, Perham, QB: North Dakota

Tommy Hamann, Wayzata, LB: Iowa State

Deylin Hasert, Marshall, OT: Iowa State

Ryan Haley, Mankato West, LB: Brown*

Lucas Heyer, Hill-Murray, OT: Stanford

Kristen Hoskins, Alexandria, WR: Minnesota

Zach Krause, Lakeville North, DL: MSU Mankato

Jacob Kelly, Bemidji, WR: North Dakota State

Brett Kelzenberg, Wayzata, OL: North Dakota

Jack Kinsey, Wayzata, TE: St. Thomas

Zach Juckel, Lakeville South, LB: Air Force

Drew Kittelson, Blooming Prairie, QB: MSU Mankato

Martin Koivisto, Shakopee, OL: Central Michigan

Fox Knutson, Wayzata, LB: MSU Moorhead

Logan Larson, East Ridge, DL: North Dakota State

Devin Lockerby, Faribault, OL: North Dakota State

Carter Loesch, Sauk Rapids-Rice, LB: Minnesota Duluth

Teigan Martin, Mayer Lutheran, TE: Liberty

Anthony Moe-Tucker, Kasson-Mantorville, RB: North Dakota

Colin Nagel, Hutchinson, TE/QB: Minnesota Duluth

Peyton Nawrocki, Jordan, OL: Concordia (St. Paul)

Tony Nelson, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, OL: Minnesota

Tommy Niggeling, Lakeville North, LB: Minnesota Duluth

Mateo Noriega, Burnsville, OL: North Dakota State

Nick Ojile, Spring Lake Park, DL: Minnesota Duluth

Xavier Peltoma, St. Michael-Albertville, OT: Minnesota Duluth

Colton Rada, Chaska, OL: South Dakota

Ryan Sever, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, RB/LB: St. Thomas

Leyton Simmering, Rosemount, K: Kansas State

Nathaniel Staehling, Brainerd, LB: North Dakota State

Haydn Stay, Princeton, TE: North Dakota

Jack Teiken, Moorhead, DE: North Dakota

Andy Thomsen, Grand Rapids, DE/LB: North Dakota State

Cedric Wall, Rosemount, WR: North Dakota State

Kaden Zenzen, Barnesville, TE: North Dakota State

Top players not committed

Ethan Fischer, Maple River, OL

Emmett Johnson, Holy Angels, RB

Rashad McKinley, Hill-Murray, WR

Camden Royal, Cooper, RB

Football recruits committed for basketball

Eli King, Caledonia, WR: Iowa State

Tre Holloman, Cretin-Derham Hall, DB: Michigan State

Sam Rensch, Hutchinson, DB/WR: Augustana

*No athletic scholarship per Ivy League rules

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