Jeff Kolpack, Published July 20 2012
NDSU football lands second Wisconsin recruitFARGO – When it comes to recruiting high school football players, North Dakota State may be in the process of a cheese hunt. It’s a good year in the state of Wisconsin.
The Bison got their second verbal commitment in as many days from a Wisconsin player, landing linebacker Alex Hahn from Oak Creek, a suburban Milwaukee school. He follows Grant Morgan, a defensive lineman from Oshkosh North High School.
It’s possible more could be on the way.
“It’s one of the better years in a number of years,” said Travis Wilson, who covers football recruiting for Wisconsin Sports Network.
Adding to the attraction for Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools like NDSU: The University of Wisconsin has a lower-than-usual available number of scholarships for the 2013 class, Wilson said.
“A lot of kids who ended up at Wisconsin in the past will end up elsewhere,” he said.
He said the Badgers have around 10 to 12 scholarships to dish to the incoming recruiting class. It would be the second straight small class. The Badgers signed 12 players last year and had seven preferred walk-ons.
Plus, Wilson said, Wisconsin may be targeting more national-type recruits – a result of its increased exposure from the Rose Bowl. He said there are eight to 10 “elite” recruits in the state and about 15 to 20 in the next level.
Those players, most likely, would be targeted by FCS programs or lower-level FBS teams from the likes of the Mid-American Conference.
Morgan, for instance, was offered by Central Michigan of the MAC. Hahn wasn’t as highly regarded, picking NDSU over interest from the University of North Dakota and the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), according to his high school coach.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Hahn impressed Bison coaches at the NDSU summer camp. He had 75 tackles, eight for lost yardage, and nine quarterback sacks at a position – defensive end – that he played for only two years. He’s being moved to linebacker this year.
“High motor, big energy guy, never gives up on a play,” said Steven Tietz, a suburban Milwaukee sportswriter. “I think he’ll only fill out and get stronger.”
NDSU has scholarship offers out to at least three other Wisconsin prospects, according to Rivals.com.
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