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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 19 2011

Four more players give verbal commitments to Bison football team

North Dakota State is getting closer to completing its 2011 football recruiting class. The Bison received four verbal commitments after a weekend of recruiting visits.

It brings to 17 the known commitments. Bison head coach Craig Bohl said last week he estimates between 19 and 22 will sign letters of intent on signing day in February.

They will include linebacker DeShawn Dinwiddie from Hutchinson, Kan., fullback Berkley Grimm from Iowa City, Iowa, linebacker Nick Scoliere from Aurora, Ill., and punter/kicker/ cornerback Ben LeCompte. Dinwiddie appears to be the most intriguing of the bunch with a body frame that will make him much bigger than his current 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, said Hutchinson High head coach Randy Dreiling.

“He drew a lot of interest with the eyeball test,” Dreiling said.

Dreiling said Dinwiddie took an unofficial visit to Baylor University (Texas) and had a walk-on offer at Kansas, both Big 12 Conference schools.

“But nobody was as firm as North Dakota State was,” he said.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Grimm was a third team Class 2A all-state player for state champion Regina High School. His other options were Western Illinois and in-state Division III schools, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper.

The 6-2, 205-pound Scoliere played running back and defensive back for Marmion Academy, but will probably be switched to linebacker in college.

LeCompte was 5 of 7 on field goals and also set a single-game school record for interceptions in a game with three. He had 45 of his 55 kickoffs go for a touchback.

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