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Eric Peterson, Published January 10 2012

Bohl's son cites campus, players as reasons he will play football at MSUM

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State Moorhead is adding a Bohl to its football program.

Aaron Bohl, son of North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl, has verbally committed to play for the Dragons.

“I really enjoyed the campus a lot and enjoyed the players on the team,” Aaron Bohl said. “I got along with the coaches extremely well.”

Aaron Bohl played linebacker and tight end for Lincoln East High School in Nebraska. He was named honorable mention on the all-state team.

“He’s a coach’s kid, which is the epitome of the kind of players that you want,” said Lincoln East head coach John Gingery, who played high school football with Craig Bohl at Lincoln East. “He’s a very intelligent player and a student of the game.”

Aaron said Augustana and Morningside were among his final choices. Dragons head coach Steve Laqua is a former NDSU player and a former Bohl assistant coach.

Aaron said playing at a school a few miles away from where his dad works didn’t play a huge role in his decision.

“That was more of a bonus,” Aaron said. “The biggest thing was I really liked coach Laqua and so does my dad. My dad said, ‘Hey, if I was coaching a thousand miles away, I would still like for you to play for this guy.’ I made sure I took a good look.

“I really think that we are going to turn that program around and I think we’ll be pretty good in a couple years.”

Aaron also competes in basketball and track for Lincoln East. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Aaron expects to play linebacker for the Dragons.

“I think he made a good choice,” Craig Bohl said, citing Laqua’s leadership. “Aaron feels like the program is moving forward and I fully agree with him ending up in Moorhead.”

Aaron was in Frisco, Texas, over the weekend and watched his dad coach the Bison to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title.

“It’s been very emotional,” Aaron said. “It’s been very fun, too. It’s been a very good week.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com