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Tom Mix, Published January 29 2014

UPDATE: Shanley's Montplaisir verbally commits to play football at MSUM

FARGO – Familiarity won out when Fargo Shanley senior Chase Montplaisir made his college football decision.

Montplaisir, a two-time all-state quarterback at Shanley, verbally committed to Minnesota State Moorhead on Wednesday.

“I was trying to find what would be the most comfortable transition for me,” Montplaisir said. “It is nice to be able to stay close to home.”

Montplaisir, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, has several ties to the Dragons. His older brother, Myles, plays tight end for MSUM and head coach Steve Laqua was the head coach at Shanley from 2007-10 when Chase was in the program.

“The continuity from the program here at Shanley having had coach Laqua here and knowing his philosophy and teachings helped,” Montplaisir said.

Last fall, Montplaisir threw for 1,528 yards and 11 touchdowns while guiding the Deacons to the North Dakota Class 2A state semifinals.

As a junior, Montplaisir stepped into a starting role, throwing for 2,571 yards and 26 touchdowns en route to Shanley’s 2012 state championship.

Montplaisir said he also received an offer from University of Mary. He’ll be a preferred walk-on for the Dragons, but said he’s excited to have an opportunity to play quarterback.

“Playing quarterback is what I can do best,” Montplaisir said. “I’ll have to work at it, sit back a couple years and learn the ropes. Hopefully when my time comes, and I’m called upon, I’ll be ready to go.”

Montplaisir also plays basketball at Shanley.

Spuds senior also

commits to Dragons

Moorhead senior Ryan Schock joined the list of local football players heading to MSUM on Wednesday, committing to play football for the Dragons next fall. The all-conference linebacker joins Spuds teammates Brett Lawrence and Tyler Eidsness as recent MSUM commits.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562