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By Eric Peterson, Published December 17 2008

MSUM gets key verbals

This weekend’s blizzard stranded Taylor Jahn in Moorhead for an extra day. He will willingly return to the Minnesota State Moorhead campus next fall.

The Baraboo (Wis.) High School offensive lineman has verbally committed to play football for the Dragons.

“It was nuts,” Jahn said. “A foot of snow and 40 miles-per-hour wind. We had to stay in the hotel all day Sunday.”

Three other Wisconsin prep players have also verbally committed to play for the Dragons – wide receiver Barik Williams and defensive back Anthony Briggs – both from Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis. – and Milton High School quarterback Zach Fry.

All four players visited MSUM over the weekend.

At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Jahn said he expects to play offensive tackle. Jahn said Winona State was among his final choices.

“I really loved the coaching staff,” Jahn said. “They are young so they can relate to the players.”

Williams (5-10, 185) said St. Cloud State, Winona State and Michigan Tech were among his final choices.

Williams had 436 receiving yards in his final prep season. Dragons offensive coordinator Joel Beard was an assistant coach at Nicolet from 2004-06.

“It felt like they had a family atmosphere,” said Williams, who plans to major in engineering. “That really attracted me. The campus was really nice and it fit me well.”

Briggs (6-1, 158) expects to play cornerback.

“I liked the small-town environment,” said Briggs, who plans to study criminal justice.

Fry (6-2, 220) threw for more than 1,500 yards in his senior season and described himself as a pocket passer.

“The coaches have been in contact with me ever since my junior year and they stuck with me longer than any other college,” Fry said. “That showed me how important I was to Moorhead. … All the players only talked good things about the coaches.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513. Peterson’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com