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Eric Peterson, Published December 16 2010

NDSCS lineman signs letter of intent with Florida State

Jacob Fahrenkrug is re-locating to the Sunshine State.

The North Dakota State College of Science offensive lineman Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play football at Florida State.

“It came down to where I felt the most comfortable,” said Fahrenkrug. “I just had a better feel and was more comfortable with Florida State.”

Auburn and Arkansas were also among the final choices for the 6-foot-4, 310-pound guard. Fahrenkrug was the top rated junior college offensive lineman in the country, according to one recruiting website.

“His decision was hard,” said NDSCS head coach Chuck Parsons. “He sees himself playing for Florida State and he sees himself contributing right away.”

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that he expects Fahrenkrug to have a chance to start right away.

“That’s one of our plans,” Fisher told the Sentinel. “Good experienced guy in there. Big, physical. Good player.”

Fahrenkrug said he plans to enroll at FSU in January so he can participate in spring drills. Fahrenkrug said choosing a school was one of “the hardest decisions” he’s had to make. One his is final choices, Auburn, is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I FBS and is set to play for the BCS national championship in January.

“It’s a big, big relief not having a feeling of a big decision hanging over your head,” Fahrenkrug said.

Fahrenkrug said he clicked with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett as he was being recruited. Fahrenkrug also credited his line coach at NDSCS, Mike Shafer, for helping in his development as a player.

Three other NDSCS players signed at FBS schools Wednesday – offensive tackle Matt Williams (California), wide receiver Cecil Doe (Hawaii) and tight end Colby Kratch (Toledo).

“It’s exciting for North Dakota State College of Science and it’s exciting for the community. It’s definitely rewarding,” Parsons said. “On a day like today, you are kind of a fan of those guys.”


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