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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 30 2012

Kansas high school linebacker commits to Bison

FARGO – A middle linebacker who looks the part is hoping to play the part at North Dakota State. Jacob Davis of Wichita, Kan., said Monday he’s no longer looking anywhere else.

He’ll sign his letter of intent Wednesday during national signing day. The 6-foot-2½, 238-pound Davis is close to bench pressing 400 pounds, said Weston Schartz, his high school coach.

Davis holds the Kansas Class 6A high school state record in the bench in the 242-pound weight class. He was a first team all-state pick in football for Northwest High School, played in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic in Baton Rouge, La., earlier this month. He forced a fumble, had several tackles and was named co-most valuable player for the West team.

His Emfinger file lists him with a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical jump.

He made a campus visit to Army over the weekend, making his final two college options either Army or NDSU.

“My gut tells me North Dakota State,” Davis said. “I just felt at home there.”

Schartz said he’s coached in Kansas for 29 years and, he said, sees prospects overlooked all the time because of location.

“If he plays in Texas, he has 10 offers,” Schartz said. “Honestly, I’m kind of mad Kansas and Kansas State haven’t offered.”

Also committing Monday night was 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman Sam Hahn from Tri County High School in DeWitt, Neb. Hahn considered walking on at Nebraska but he told WDAY-TV sports director Dom Izzo ”it just didn’t work out.”

He visited NDSU twice, once when the Bison played Missouri State in the regular season and again last weekend. He said NDSU’s expertise in agriculture was a big factor in his decision.

Hahn is the 17th known commitment to NDSU.