GRAND FORKS, N.D. – First-year head coach Bubba Schweigert said back in February on National Signing Day that recruiting is an on-going process and that his staff would look to continue adding pieces to his first recruiting class as long as there were spots to fill. The latest player to take one of those openings is junior college linebacker Dylan Bakker, who signed to play for Schweigert and the University of North Dakota on Tuesday.
Bakker (Bock-er), who is originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will play inside linebacker at UND and has two years of eligibility remaining after beginning his collegiate career at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif.
“This is a young man that grew up in Amsterdam and from the time he was 12 years old wanted to play Division I college football,” Schweigert said. “He made a lot of sacrifices to get to the States and have this opportunity, so he is really excited to be a part of our program.
“On the field, he is an athletic player that caught our attention on the film we saw. He has spent a lot of time learning the game and is very driven to be successful at this level of football.”
Bakker made 55 tackles and had three sacks as a freshman in 2012 at West Hills, then backed it up with a team-leading 68 tackles and three more sacks as a sophomore. He also added 14.5 tackles for loss, including six in one game against Gavilan when he finished with a career-high 15 total tackles. For his efforts, Bakker was named the team’s Defensive MVP and earned spots on the All-California Region 2 First Team and All-Golden Gate Conference First Team.
He also participated in the International Federation of American Football development program and played for the The IFAF World Team in the 2013 International Bowl against the United State Under-19 National Team in Austin, Texas. Bakker started playing tackle football as a 16-year-old for the Amsterdam Crusaders and also spent time with the Dutch Lions, which is the national team of The Netherlands.
— Go UND —