MSU football signs 43 recruits, 12 from North Dakota

Minot State football treats National Signing Day like one gigantic party.

Head coach Mike Aldrich and the rest of the coaching staff thought they should celebrate after months of recruiting trips and proverbial dam construction resulted in 43 recruits signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play for the Beavers.

So, the second-year coach added some temporary new amenities to the football room at Herb Parker Stadium, which included two PlayStations projected on two screens and a breakfast burrito buffet. In between a couple rounds of beating his assistants in Call of Duty, Aldrich called and congratulated all of his new players.

The Beavers added 14 linemen, nine linebackers, eight defensive backs, five wideouts, two running backs, two fullbacks, one tight end, one quarterback and one kicker.

“The emphasis of our recruiting class was addressing some positions of need,” Aldrich said. “We needed to increase our depth chart and get depth at positions, which includes our offensive and defensive lines and linebacker. Just in general, we wanted kids that were tough, hard-nosed type kids. We play in Minot, it’s going to get cold sometimes. We want that overall attitude that we’re going to be blue collar and roll up our sleeves and just go to work.”

Signing day is usually filled with excitement from players and coaches alike, but it sometimes brings over-the-top cliche quotes about how every class could be a school’s greatest of all time. Aldrich, on the other hand, acknowledged while he’s thrilled with his recruits, the Beavers didn’t hit on all of their targets.

“I think any coach would be lying to you if they told you they got exactly everyone that they wanted,” Aldrich said. “There were some kids that we didn’t get that we were hoping would fall our way. We lost a number of kids to Division I FCS programs, but even though we lost those battles, we knew they were the right ones. We lost other kids to teams in our conference that are playoff teams or eight-win type teams. We just don’t have those wins to sell to them quite yet, but the fact that we’re getting in there and going toe-to-toe with them being in the final decision means we’re making the right steps.”

Local recruits prominent in

2018 class

When Aldrich arrived on campus a year ago, he said landing North Dakota players would be a focal point in his recruiting. The same went for Montana and Minnesota athletes.

North Dakota had the most players represented in the signing class with 12, followed by 10 recruits from Montana. Seven Minnesota student-athletes submitted NLI’s Wednesday, while California (4), Nevada (3), Arizona (2), South Dakota (1), Washington (1), Mississippi (1), Colorado (1) and Texas (1) were also represented in the 43-player class.

Four players from Minot High School alone committed to MSU, wideout Peyton Lamoureux, lineman Logan Krueger, tight end Lofton Klabunde and running back Brett Davis.

“It’s something you dream of to play with your buddies at the next level,” Lamoureux said.

Klabunde added: “It’s awesome and surreal. We have played together and competed against each other for a long time now. It will be fun for another four, five years.”

Stories on Krueger and Davis can be found in Thursday’s print edition or online at

One Des Lacs-Burlington player signed with the Beavers, linebacker Colton Miller. Miller was instrumental in a Lakers’ defense that finished as the Class 11A state runner-up two years ago.

“I went to football camps and the fact it’s local is a big part of why I committed,” Miller said. “I like an aggressive defensive scheme, but I can adapt to any. The coaches were really friendly and seemed like people I wanted to listen to and follow directions from.”

Other North Dakota commits included Bishop Ryan lineman Chris Sowitch, Kenmare linemen (and twin brothers) Jay and Josh Baumann, Watford City linebacker Matthew Ackerman, Belcourt linebacker Trevis LaRocque, Langdon-Edmore-Munich wideout Chase Peebles and Trenton’s Joshua Tervo.

The complete list of Minot State recruits is as follows (sorted by name, position, height, weight, hometown):

– Matthew Ackerman, LB, 5-11, 220, Watford City, N.D.

– Brennan Barth, DB, 6-1, 187, Howard Lake, Minn.

– Jay Baumann, DL, 6-3, 210, Portal, N.D.

– Josh Baumann, DL, 6-3, 220, Portal, N.D.

– Patrick Boland, LB, 6-0, 225, Zimmerman, Minn.

– Caleb Calkins, OL, 6-3, 255, Killeen, Texas

– Michael Childress, OL, 6-5, 300, Vista, Calif.

– Noah Christopherson, DL, 6-1, 215, Billings, Mont.

– Justin Coleman, DB, 5-10, 178, Mesa, Ariz.

– Brett Davis, RB, 6-0, 195, Minot, N.D.

– Ryan DeMarois, ATH, 6-0, 225, Castaic, Calif.

– Scott Fallers, QB, 6-1, 171, Buckeye, Ariz.

– Spencer Gordon, K/WR, 6-0, 170, Bozeman, Mont.

– Jackson Green, LB, 5-11, 205, Apple Valley, Minn.

– Philip Green, DB, 5-10, 168, Parker, Colo.

– Elijah Hines, LB, 6-1, 230, Riverside, Calif.

– Dawson Hoerauf, DL, 6-2, 254, Whitehall, Mont.

– Cal Holgate, WR, 5-7, 170, Manhattan, Mont.

– Ryan Horner, OL, 6-6, 274, Sidney, Mont.

– Connor Huston, LB, 6-1, 195, Waverly, Minn.

– Adam Irvin, DL, 6-0, 258, Rochester, Minn.

– Brian Jakubowski, DB, 5-11, 185, Lolo, Mont.

– Patrick Kelehan, ATH, 6-1, 182, Lakeville, Minn.

– Lofton Klabunde, TE, 6-2, 205, Minot, N.D.

– Logan Krueger, DL, 6-4, 250, Minot, N.D.

– Peyton Lamoureux, WR, 6-0, 174, Minot, N.D.

– Trevis LaRocque, LB, 5-10, 195, Belcourt, N.D.

– Latrell McCutcheon, DB, 5-11, 170, Bozeman, Mont.

– Bill McDaniel, FB, 5-8, 225, Great Falls, Mont.

– Colton Miller, LB, 6-0, 185, Minot, N.D.

– Knylen Miller-Levi, DB, 6-0, 165, Las Vegas, Nev.

– Donovan Moore, OL, 6-1, 257, Las Vegas, Nev.

– Caleb Ness, LB, 6-3, 190, Coon Rapids, Minn.

– Chase Peebles, WR, 6-1, 181, Munich, N.D.

– Chris Rivers, DB, 5-11, 175, Jackson, Miss.

– Logan Rollins, LB, 5-11, 222, Las Vegas, Nev.

– Domonic Roussell, WR, 6-2, 179, Kirkland, Wash.

– Chris Sowitch, OL, 6-3, 290, Minot, N.D.

– Layne Swigart, DL, 6-2, 185, Sidney, Mont.

– Joshua Tervo, OL, 6-1, 265, Trenton, N.D.

– Sawyor Thogersen, FB, 5-8, 200, Sidney, Mont.

– Ryan Vargas, OL, 6-1, 285, Sioux Falls, S.D.

– Lee Webb, RB, 5-6, 171, Stockton, Calif.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge