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North Dakota State replenishes on signing day

Fargo, ND ( - North Dakota State's national-championship football program had an eye to the future - but not too far away - in announcing a 27-member signing class on Wednesday.

Second-year coach Chris Klieman announced a class from nine states, including a high of 11 players from Minnesota. Twenty-three players signed national letters of intent and four were preferred walk-ons.

The Bison are expected to lose 15 seniors from a 14-1 squad that won its fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference and FCS national titles.

2015 North Dakota State Bison Signing Class


Player (Pos) HT WT Hometown (High School)

Jack Albrecht OL 6-5 275 Rolling Meadows, IL (Fremd)

Bruce Anderson RB 6-0 195 Ruskin, FL (Newsome)

Matt Anderson TE 6-4 240 Lakeland, MN (Stillwater)

Marquise Bridges WR 6-0 170 Brooklyn Park, MN (DeLaSalle)

Jake Brinkman LB 6-0 205 North Liberty, IA (Regina)

Ty Brooks DB 5-9 155 Fargo, ND (Fargo South)

Jaxon Brown DB 6-2 195 Eau Claire, WI (Regis)

Bryan Carlton DT 6-4 250 Chanhassen, MN (Minnetonka)

Jack Darnell DT 6-3 280 Champlin, MN (Champlin Park)

Dom Davis DB 6-0 171 Millstadt, IL (Belleville West)

Ben Ellefson TE 6-4 226 Hawley, MN (Hawley)

Robbie Grimsley DB 6-1 185 Hutchinson, MN (Hutchinson)

James Hendricks QB 6-2 185 Laporte, MN (Bemidji)

Connor Hubbs DT 6-2 272 White Bear Lake, MN (White Bear Lake)

Zack J. Johnson OL 6-6 261 Blaine, MN (Spring Lake Park)

Cole Karcz DE 6-4 225 Germantown, WI (Germantown)

Aaron Mercadel LB 6-0 195 Oakland, CA (Saint Mary's College High)

Trent Mooney OL 6-5 255 Lamar, MO (Lamar)

Demaris Purifoy RB 6-1 185 Wauwatosa, WI (Wauwatosa West)

Brock Robbins FB 6-2 215 Cavalier, ND (Cavalier)

Braden Sikes DB 6-0 188 Excelsior, MN (Minnetonka)

Derrek Tuszka DE 6-5 218 Warner, SD (Warner)

Dimitri Williams WR 6-0 185 Lakeville, MN (Rosemount)

Preferred Walk-ons

Player (Pos) HT WT Hometown (High School)

Tre Fort DB 5-9 165 Moorhead, MN (Shanley)

Tyler Glass FB 6-0 215 Lancaster, WI (Lancaster)

Cam Pedersen K 6-1 170 Eau Claire, WI (Regis)

Michael Veldman QB 6-3 190 Becker, MN (Becker)