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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 21 2010

NDSU gets two more verbal commitments

In this day and age of the spread offense and multiple receivers, the position of fullback is becoming obsolete in many college football programs. Not so at North Dakota State and Andrew Bonnet knows that.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound fullback from small-school Underwood, Iowa, gave the Bison a verbal commitment over the weekend. He picked the Bison over a walkon opportunity at Iowa State, which does not employ a fullback.

NDSU has for several years run the West Coast offense, which puts an emphasis on a big, physical fullback who can block.

“Not many programs have fullbacks,” Bonnet said. “I made my visit this weekend and they made it real easy to decide.”

Bonnet rushed for 770 yards on 103 carries this year, an average of 7.5 yards per attempt. Underwood, located near Omaha, plays in Class 1A in Iowa. He was first contacted by NDSU after last season.

NDSU also got a commitment from offensive lineman Josh Colville of Minnetonka, Minn. He will be the third Skippers player on the Bison roster joining tight end Taylor Nelson and offensive lineman Boen Anderson.

Colville was his team’s most valuable player the last two years. He was a Minnesota Associated Press second-team all-state selection.

“I haven’t had many (Division I) kids in my career and now to have three on one team is amazing,” said Minnetonka head coach Dave Nelson.

Last week, NDSU got commitments from running back/receiver C.J. Smith of Burnsville, Minn., and defensive back/running back Jordan Champion from Avondale, Ariz. That brings to 10 the number of verbals. Signing day is Feb. 2.

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