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So for those that have followed recruiting for UND in the last 10 years or so, which committements were you most excited about at the time they happened? For me it would be Trey Demler and Aeron Carr so not the greatest track record. 

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Aarin Smith, I think was the guys name. He was our first 3 star recruit and if I remember right he never qualified. Never played here anyway. I remember I really like Ratelle's highlights. Mollberg was a big one for me. I thought he was going to be a game changer for us. Braden Hanson was another one. Grady of course created alot of excitement, might have been the only recruit in the D-1 era that I thought could be playing in the NFL (Golladay developed after he got to campus). I knew the guy later in life and he's around my age but it was a pretty big deal when we got Travis O'Neel. I could probably go on and on, but in the last 20 years or better those guys stick out for me. 

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Kleinsasser for me.  I remember when UND recruited him, other as well as myself thought what a MLB he would make.  

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13 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

Does Braden Hanson count? 

Transfer/recruit. To me he counts even though he was one and done. 

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Let's see - I'm going to start around 2011 using the Wiki listings as I don't think there was as much recruiting info prior to that and give about 4-5 per year that I remember really liking - a lot of these guys didn't pan out so I probably shouldn't note who I really like in this class so I don't jinx it:

  • Javen Butler (only contributed on Special Teams)
  • Aarin Smith (never made it)
  • Joe Mollberg (okay career - ended with a thud)
  • Mike Edwards (nice freshman season, transferred out)
  • Jared Tuilagi (transferred to SUU)
  • Aeron Carr (transferred)
  • Dustin Adams (never played due to injury)
  • AJ Stockwell 
  • Cam Kuksa (injured freshman year)
  • Cole Reyes
  • Keaton Studsrud
  • Dev Ferguson (transferred)
  • Brandon Walker (transferred)
  • Demon Taylor (good start to career - kicked off team)
  • Chris Carter (transferred)
  • Brady Oliveira
  • Elijah Grady (quit)
  • Justice Merz (quit)
  • Mason Bennett 
  • Alex Cloyd
  • Bennett Helgren
  • Dre Randolph (kicked off team)
  • Evan Holm
  • Mikey Griebel 
  • Zeke Ott
  • Noah Larson
  • Hayden Blubaugh
  • Otis Weah
  • Garrett Maag
  • Rain Slater (didn't show up)
  • Mike Bruner
  • CJ Seigel

Again, just my personal list of who I remember liking the most in each class.  Kinda crazy when you think about what looks good on paper and who ends up standing out when it's all said and done. 

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3 hours ago, Hambone said:

Elijah Grady (quit)

Probably the biggest sore spot of the FCS era in my eyes.

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4 hours ago, Hambone said:

Let's see - I'm going to start around 2011 using the Wiki listings as I don't think there was as much recruiting info prior to that and give about 4-5 per year that I remember really liking - a lot of these guys didn't pan out so I probably shouldn't note who I really like in this class so I don't jinx it:

  • Javen Butler (only contributed on Special Teams)
  • Aarin Smith (never made it)
  • Joe Mollberg (okay career - ended with a thud)
  • Mike Edwards (nice freshman season, transferred out)
  • Jared Tuilagi (transferred to SUU)
  • Aeron Carr (transferred)
  • Dustin Adams (never played due to injury)
  • AJ Stockwell 
  • Cam Kuksa (injured freshman year)
  • Cole Reyes
  • Keaton Studsrud
  • Dev Ferguson (transferred)
  • Brandon Walker (transferred)
  • Demon Taylor (good start to career - kicked off team)
  • Chris Carter (transferred)
  • Brady Oliveira
  • Elijah Grady (quit)
  • Justice Merz (quit)
  • Mason Bennett 
  • Alex Cloyd
  • Bennett Helgren
  • Dre Randolph (kicked off team)
  • Evan Holm
  • Mikey Griebel 
  • Zeke Ott
  • Noah Larson
  • Hayden Blubaugh
  • Otis Weah
  • Garrett Maag
  • Rain Slater (didn't show up)
  • Mike Bruner
  • CJ Seigel

Again, just my personal list of who I remember liking the most in each class.  Kinda crazy when you think about what looks good on paper and who ends up standing out when it's all said and done. 

8 out of 33 and jury still out on a few.  You really have an eye for football players.:lol:

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2 hours ago, Siouxphan27 said:

All non-Canadian offensive linemen.  

Remind of the story here.  Obviously, there's something I'm missing.  I personally feel UND should recruit heavily out of Canada for football.  Few other schools are going to.

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Iwari Smith. Thought he flew past defenders. 

I don't think he's playing anywhere now.

Was also giddy over Johannesson coming here.

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A lot of people seemed to be excited when we got Cloyd.  Maybe he'll have a breakout year under a new OC.  

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8 hours ago, Dustin said:

Remind of the story here.  Obviously, there's something I'm missing.  I personally feel UND should recruit heavily out of Canada for football.  Few other schools are going to.

We've lost a couple recently after they had signed and then later decided to play in Canada.  Rain Slater last year.     

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