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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 03 2011

Wentz becomes NDSU's first in-state football verbal commitment

North Dakota State missed out on Fargo Shanley offensive lineman Connor McGovern. The Bison, however, closed the borders to Carson Wentz.

The quarterback from Bismarck Century became the school’s first in-state football verbal commitment, taking NDSU in an apparent competitive battle with South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and the University of North Dakota. McGovern, the state’s top prospect, committed to Missouri.

Wentz said Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference was scheduled to visit his Bismarck home with a possible offer next week.

“But I told them I made my decision,” he said.

His decision means NDSU will bring in two quarterbacks in the same recruiting class for the first time since 2005. The Bison signed Nick Mertens from East Grand Forks, Minn., and Mitch Brecke from Plymouth, Minn., that year.

Wentz was 91 of 149 passing for 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns this fall. He added 553 yards rushing on 85 attempts for another 13 touchdowns.