GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman announced the addition of 22 players to his program on National Signing Day. Two mid-year transfers are currently enrolled and will participate in spring practices, while 20 high school seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to join the program on Wednesday.
2013 University of North Dakota Football Signing Class
|Dustin Adams#||OL||6-3||290||Minot, N.D./Northern Illinois|
|J.J. Robertson#||WR||6-0||190||Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Way East H.S.|
|Dan Bell||OL||6-5||275||Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls H.S.|
|Aeron Carr||WR||5-10||170||Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain H.S.|
|Garrett Cary||Dl||6-4||285||Walworth, Wis./Bigfoot H.S.|
|Marcus Cheatom||DL||6-1||285||Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice H.S.|
|Mat Cox||DL||6-5||240||Olympia, Wash./Capital H.S.|
|Jake Disterhaupt||DB||6-0||185||Willow River, Minn./Moose Lake-Willow River H.S.|
|Dustin Iverson||FB||6-2||225||Elgin, N.D./Grant County H.S.|
|Cam Kuksa||DB||6-1||185||Palatine, Ill./Palatine H.S.|
|Mitch Meindel||P||6-3||190||Waukesha, Wis./Catholic Memorial H.S.|
|Brandon Miller||OL||6-5||290||Waterford, Wis./Waterford H.S.|
|Kyle Norberg||LB||6-1||215||Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove H.S.|
|Kurt Palandech||QB||6-2||180||Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North H.S.|
|Connor O'Brien||LB||6-1||205||Lemont, Ill./Lemont H.S.|
|Cole Reyes||DB||6-2||200||Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg H.S.|
|Sam Riddle||QB||6-2||200||Hillsboro, Ore./Century H.S.|
|Kyle Ruhe||TE||6-5||230||Temecula, Calif./Great Oak H.S.|
|Patrick Sharp||RB||5-10||185||Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North H.S.|
|A.J. Stockwell||OL||6-6||285||Burnsville, Minn./Eastview H.S.|
|Hunter Wharton||LB||6-2||220||Brawley, Calif./Brawley H.S.|
|Rashad Williams||OL||6-5||270||Maywood, Ill./Proviso East H.S.|
# Mid-year transfers that are currently enrolled at UND
States: Arizona (1), California (2), Illinois (9), Minnesota (2), North Dakota (2), Oregon (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (4)
Positions: Defensive Backs (3), Defensive Linemen (3), Fullback (1), Running Back (1), Linebackers (3), Offensive Linemen (5), Punter (1), Tight End (1), Wide Receivers (2), Quarterbacks (2)
MID-YEAR TRANSFERS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT UND
DUSTIN ADAMS - Highlights
RFr., OL, 6-3, 290
Minot, N.D. (Minot H.S./Northern Illinois)
High School Coach: Barry Holman
Named first team Class 3A all-state after his senior season ... Earned Area Player of the Year honors from the Minot Daily News ... Helped Minot to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the Class 3A state semifinals as a senior … Finalist for the North Dakota Gatorade Football Player of the Year Award ... Garnered all-conference and academic all-conference honors as a senior ... Earned all-state and all-conference honors after his junior season .... One of four finalists for the West Region Senior Athlete of the Year Award ... Served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons with the Magicians ... Three-time letterwinner who started 39 games in his career … Rated as the top recruit in the state of North Dakota by ESPN ... Named to the Academic All-State Team as a senior ... Also played basketball, helping lead Minot to three state tournament appearances.
J.J. ROBERTSON - Highlights
RFr., WR, 6-0, 190
Chicago, Ill. (Lincoln Way East H.S.)
High School Coach: Rob Zvonar
Named to the 2012 SuperPrep All-Midwest Team ... Named 2011 second-team Class 7A All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Recorded 39 receptions for 881 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2011 and had 23 receptions for 615 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010 … Member of the 2012 University of Illinois football signing class, but never enrolled at the school ... High school teammate of current UND football player Kevin Bayer.
SIGNING DAY NLI's
BRANDON MILLER - Highlights
OL, 6-5, 290
Waterford, Wis. (Waterford H.S.)
High School Coach: Adam Bakken
Named the All-Racine County Player of the Year becoming first Waterford athlete to earn that honor in school history … Also named the Southern Lakes Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Earned first team All-Southern Lakes Conference honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman … Named honorable mention all-state by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press as a defensive lineman after totaling 42 tackles, including nine for a loss … Three-year starter at defensive tackle … Led team to WIAA Division 2 championship game as a junior and earned First Team All-Southern Lakes Conference honors that season as well.
A.J. STOCKWELL - Highlights
OL, 6-6, 285
Burnsville, Minn. (Eastview H.S.)
High School Coach: Kelly Sherwin
Named to the South Suburban All-Conference Team as a senior after helping lead his team to the state playoffs … Holds team record for most “Big Hit” awards … Selected to the 2012 Class 3A All-State Tournament team as a first baseman … Named to a pair of preseason All-Metro teams prior to his senior season in football.
KYLE NORBERG - Highlights
LB, 6-1, 215
Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove H.S.)
High School Coach: Brad Seaburg
Made the move from linebacker to fullback for his senior season and broke the school record with 2,334 rushing yards … Added 26 rushing touchdowns in leading his team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in Class 6A … Named to the Class 6A All-State team by the Illinois Football Coaches Association and also earned Fox Valley All-Conference honors … In limited action defensively, posted 26.5 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions … Started as a linebacker during his sophomore and junior seasons … Father, Bill, won the 1988 Amateur Athletic Union’s ‘Mr. America’ body building competition.
KURT PALANDECH - Highlights
QB, 6-2, 180
Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield North H.S.)
High School Coach: Tim Kane
Two-year starter at quarterback for Plainfield North … Earned All-Southwest Prairie All-Conference honors as a junior and senior … Also named all-area as a junior and senior … Threw for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 684 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … Made 17 tackles and had three interceptions as a defensive back … As a junior, threw for a school-record 1,337 yards and seven touchdowns … Also was a three-year starter on the basketball team and two-year starter in baseball during his prep career … Named to the Football Academic All-State team as a junior and a senior.
COLE REYES - Highlights
DB, 6-2, 200
Schaumburg, Ill. (Schaumburg H.S.)
High School Coach: Mark Stilling
Three-year varsity starter at Schaumburg High School … Earned First Team Mid-Suburban All-Conference and Daily Herald All-Northwest Area honors as a junior and a senior … During his senior season, the two-way standout made 70 tackles and had three interceptions and also had 11 catches for 299 yards and seven touchdowns … Served as team captain during junior and senior seasons … Earned team Defensive MVP honors both of those seasons … Also a starter on his prep basketball team.
DAN BELL - Highlights
OL, 6-5, 275
Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Menomonee Falls H.S.)
High School Coach: John Baker
Two-year starter on the offensive line at Menomonee Falls High School … Earned three varsity letters and was named All-Greater Metro Conference Second Team as a senior … Also served as team captain during his senior season and was ranked among the top 15 offensive linemen in the state of Wisconsin … Three-time member of the High School Honor Roll.
CAM KUKSA - Highlights
DB, 6-1, 185
Palatine, Ill. (Palatine H.S.)
High School Coach: Tyler Donnelly
Named a two-time All-Mid-Suburban Conference and All-Northwest Area player during his prep career … Missed seven games of his senior season with a broken ankle, but returned for the final five, tallying 516 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns … Helped lead his squad to the Class 8A quarterfinals and a final record of 10-2 … As a junior, rushed for 594 yards and seven touchdowns and also had 30 receptions for 437 yards and four touchdowns … Made 63 tackles and also had five interceptions on defense that season … Also a state qualifier in the triple jump as a junior.
MITCH MEINDEL - Highlights
P, 6-3, 190
Waukesha, Wis. (Catcholic Memorial H.S.)
High School Coach: Bill Young
Earned Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press second team all-state honors as a punter and placekicker … Helped lead the Crusaders to the Division 3 state title … Kicked the game-winning field goal in the quarterfinals of the state tournament as time expired … Named Waukesha Freeman First Team All-Area as a punter and placekicker … Earned All-Classic Eight First Team honors as a placekicker and second team honors as a punter … Named to the WIAA All-Region First Team as both a punter and placekicker … Earned Player of the Month honors for Lake County Area in December of his senior season … Finished in the top 10 in scoring in Waukesha County, while also playing wide receiver and defensive back … Had 12 catches for 331 yards and six touchdowns and also added four interceptions … Averaged 40-plus yards per punt as a senior and had 33 touchbacks on 53 kickoffs.
CONNOR O’BRIEN - Highlights
LB, 6-1, 205
Lemont, Ill. (Lemont H.S.)
High School Coach: Eric Michaelsen
Earned South Suburban Blue All-Conference honors as a junior and a senior … Named to the Joliet Herald All-Area Team in 2011 and 2012 ... South Suburban News All Area 2012 … Two-time winner of the Chicago Tribune Player of the Week Award … ESPN Chicago Helmet Sticker award … Led the team to back-to-back IHSA semifinals … As a senior, led the team in tackles with 130, including 97 solo stops … Added 13 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and 12 pass breakups … Posted 85 tackles and seven sacks as a junior … Three-year starter on defense … Named team’s Defensive MVP in 2012 and was also voted as Team Captain … Named Academic All-State in 2011 and 2012 … An Illinois State Scholar recipient … Earned the Prairie State Achievement Award as well as the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award in 2012.
AERON CARR - Highlights
MAT COX - Highlights
DL, 6-5, 240
Olympia, Wash. (Capital H.S.)
High School Coach: J.D. Johnson
Two-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines at Capital High School … Named to the Associated Press All-State First Team as an offensive lineman and Second Team as a defensive lineman … Earned Tacoma News Tribune All-Area First Team accolades as an offensive lineman as a senior and Olympian All-Area First Team accolades as a defensive lineman after junior and senior seasons … Also earned All-League First Team honors as a defensive lineman after final two prep seasons … Helped lead team to Class 2A semifinals during senior season and Class 3A quarterfinals as a junior … Totaled 62 tackles and a team-leading six sacks as a senior and added 54 tackles and seven sacks as a junior … Member of the Seattle Times Top 100 recruits list for the state of Washington … Two-year starter on the boys basketball team … Earned Academic All-America honors after every semester of his prep career.