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Heath Hotzler, Published February 08 2008

Tomeo puts on mileage

Minnesota State University Moorhead football coach Damon Tomeo jokingly started a competition with his staff this season to see who could log the most miles while recruiting.

It was no contest.

Tomeo said he put 2,000 miles on his recruiting car in the month of December alone. He logged 3,000 miles overall.

“We try to meet as many people as possible before they make their official visits to campus,” Tomeo said.

Tomeo’s effort to be seen early and often paid off with 19 recruits making commitments on Wednesday.

In the mix of players are three Minnesota all-state selections. There are nine players from Minnesota, none from North Dakota.

It is worth noting that MSUM was unable to secure a single player from Fargo-Moorhead.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying.

“We started locally,” Tomeo said. “It’s not like we didn’t go into every school in Cass and Clay Counties. It’s a competitive thing when you have Division I-AA’s in the area. We’re not going to be able to compete with that. Our goal is to find the best student-athletes who fit in here.”

The good news for Dragons fans is that Tomeo worked his recruiting magic in the Twin Cities, California and Wisconsin with great results.

How did he do it?

“A smile?,” Tomeo said. “Wit and charm?”

The real answer is that Tomeo has plenty to sell.

How about the chance to play right away, Fargo-Moorhead’s ample entertainment opportunities and low tuition costs for starters?

“There are a lot of things we do have here that others don’t,” Tomeo said.

Comets reach initial fundraising goal

Mayville State has reached its initial goal of raising $10,000 to help its football team become competitive in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

The money raised during the Comets’ “Fourth and Goal” campaign will immediately help Mayville State during the 2008 recruiting season.

Mayville State’s next fundraising goal is to raise $50,000 by Nov. 1. If reached, the Comets would have the money to compete with the DAC elite on the recruiting trail.

The Comets long-term football fundraising goal is $100,000 by Nov. 1, 2010.

Mayville State has had three winning seasons in the last 45 years.

Odds and ends

The North Dakota State College of Science football team sent four players to the Division I level. Offensive lineman Ricky Henry is headed to Nebraska, defensive end Jarrett Crittenton signed with Clemson, receiver Jason Carlson is going to Iowa State and strong safety James Allison signed with Northern Iowa. Other NDSCS signees are: Quarterback Derek Stripling (St. Cloud State), defensive end Brad Albano (Bemidji State), linebacker Jay Johnson (Concordia-St. Paul) and wide receiver Adrian Hawkins (St. Olaf).

Readers can reach Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s small college blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com