GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota football head coach Bubba Schweigert has seen his first recruiting class grow by three over the past week as a trio of junior college athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for him.
After announcing 27 additions on National Signing Day in early February, Schweigert said his staff was not done recruiting and adding more players to his initial roster would be an on-going process. And, just over a month later, Schweigert has done that by signing an offensive lineman and defensive back from California and another offensive lineman from the junior college ranks.
The trio includes offensive linemen Brendan Slaight and Colton Boas and defensive back Charles Flowers.
“We’re excited to add these three young men to our roster,” Schweigert said. “We felt like our secondary and offensive line were two areas where we needed to continue adding depth and all three of the players will have a chance to contribute right away when they get here this fall.”
Slaight stands 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 318 pounds. He earned Junior College Athletic Bureau All-State Region II honors as a freshman and sophomore at Siskiyous (Calif.) Community College where he played tackle. The Colton, Ore., native was also a Mid-Empire First Team All-Conference selection during both of his junior college seasons.
“Brendan is an offensive tackle with very good size and has the potential to make an immediate impact in both the running game and passing game,” Schweigert says. “On the film we watched, you could tell he plays from the snap to the whistle, which is a trait we will always look for in our offensive lineman.”
Boas arrives in Grand Forks after two years at Iowa Central Community College where he was the Triton’s Offensive Lineman of the Year the past two seasons. As a prep athlete, the Bloomfield, Iowa native lettered four seasons in both wrestling and football at Davis County High School. He earned all-district honors in both sports and was an all-state performer in wrestling.
“Colton is a center with tremendous strength,” Schweigert said. “We look for him to step right in and compete for a starting position at the center or guard positions. He plays with great effort and that is a key characteristic we look for our in our offensive lineman.”
Flowers played one season at Citrus College where he registered 50 tackles and made five interceptions. He ran one of those interceptions back 54 yards for a touchdown. The Chino Hills, Calif. native prepped two seasons at Chino Hills High School where he was a team captain for the Huskies as a senior. Flowers was also a standout in track and field earning All-Sierra League honors in that sport.
“Charles adds both speed and size to the corner position. His quickness, agility, and ball skills will help improve our pass defense,” Schweigert added. “He has developed a physical style versus the run, which makes him a complete player in the secondary. He has played against very good competition in junior college and we expect him to make an immediate contribution to our team this fall.
Even with the addition of these three junior college players, Schweigert anticipates even more additions to the roster in the coming weeks. UND will open its spring football season on Friday, March 28.
— Go UND —