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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 14 2013

Pair of ND linemen give verbals to Bison football

FARGO – The North Dakota State recruiting blueprint of finding linemen within its own borders is not taking a vacation in 2014. The Bison got verbal commitments from two small-town offensive linemen from the north-central portion of the state.

Tanner Volson from Drake-Anamoose and Luke Bacon from Towner-Granville-Upham are similar in size at 6-foot-5 and between 265 and 275 pounds. Both will be the first Division I football players from their respective schools.

“That’s exciting and quite a thrill,” said T-G-U head coach Scott Thorson, who has been at the school as either an assistant or head coach for 23 years. “No matter what level, there are still football players from North Dakota. I think (Bison head coach Craig Bohl) does a good job of getting out and seeing everybody.”

Thorson said Bacon moves well for his size. It’s the same thing Drake-Anamoose head coach Chris Arnold said about Volson, who also plays fullback on occasion.

“NDSU really liked that about him,” Arnold said.

Arnold said Volson already has a work ethic that is impressive. He works construction during the day and does weight training either in the morning or at night.

“I know his goal was to go to NDSU,” Arnold said.

He said Volson likes to play defense in high school, but he said NDSU offensive coordinator Brent Vigen envisions him more as an offensive lineman.

“He’s 6-5 and 275 pounds, and I don’t think there’s an ounce of fat on him,” Arnold said.

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