Posted at: 02/06/2013 11:26 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2013 12:07 AM
By: Dan Williamson
Duluth, Minn - Now that guys like Chase Vogler, Garth Heikkinen and Cameron Harper are done with the 'Dogs, UMD's football team has some holes to fill. Perhaps a few will be found in this year's recruiting class?
Today is National Signing Day and UMD's recruiting class is 25, including four walk-ons. (Click here for a full list of UMD recruits) Five are from Wisconsin and 17 are from Minnesota, including Duluth East's Nate Atkinson and Cook County's Kale Boomer. Both played on both sides of the ball in high school.
"I think Nate (Atkinson) athletically as an offensive lineman provides us with a lot of athleticism, much like Garth (Heikkinen) when he was here six years ago on campus and signed a national letter of intent. Kale was a quarterback in high school and we recruited him as an athlete and he is a tremendous talent for us and we are certainly excited to see him develop into a defensive back in our system," says Bulldogs Head Coach Curt Wiese.
A couple of teammates from Superior will soon play against UMD as teammates at Bemidji State as Superior's Spencer Urban and Anthony Valentine signed their letters of intent. Urban will red-shirt his first season while Valentine could see action on special teams.
"It is going to make the process a whole lot easier this upcoming fall to have my good friend coming with me as roommates and it is going to be a good time," says Urban.
"Me and this kid grew up together playing basketball and football on the same team and now, we actually get to go to the big leagues and play with the big boys," says Valentine.
"They are going to be hard to replace in our program, but we wish them the best of luck and they both have bright futures and I am very proud of them," says Superior Head Coach Bob DeMeyer.