Fargo South’s Weisenberger gives NDSU football a verbal commitment
FARGO — Fargo South’s Dawson Weisenberger, considered by some the top college football prospect in North Dakota, is staying close to home. The senior-to-be ended his recruitment by giving North Dakota State a verbal commitment on Tuesday.
Weisenberger will follow a path taken by several South players in the NDSU Division I era, including running back Ty Brooks, who will be a junior this fall.
“It felt like home every time I went up there,” Weisenberger said. “I love the coaches, the atmosphere and it felt right.”
Weisenberger is the seventh Bison commit for the 2019 class and the first from North Dakota. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he’s a tight end and defensive end for the Bruins, but it could be a wait-and-see situation on where he’ll end up with the Bison.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” said South head coach Tyler Kosel. “He’s a very hard worker and whatever position he ends up playing I know he’ll work his tail off when he gets to campus, and he’ll do whatever he can to succeed.”
If he ends up at tight end, he’ll be the second recruit at that position in this class joining Travis Yohnke from Parkers Prairie, Minn., who committed on Monday. Weisenberger said he had an offer from Division II Northern State (S.D.) and was looking at the University of North Dakota before deciding.
Since NDSU went Division I a decade ago, he’ll be the 10th player from South to stay within the city limits as a D-I recruit. The others were Austin Richard, Brandon Jemison, Zac Johnson, Danny Luecke, Jerimiah Wurzbacher, Andrew Okland, Josh Horner, Jordan Vadnais and Brooks.
“A lot of younger guys in the hallways look up to those kids,” Kosel said. “They’re hungry to get to that level. It’s good for our program when this happens and obviously we have guys at UND and NDSU right now.”
South graduates James Johannesson (running back) and Jack Pifer (wide receiver) are at UND.
NDSU offered Weisenberger in April. He had previously said he was hoping to make a decision before his senior year at South began.
“It was exciting getting recognized for my hard work and the time I put in,” he said. “But it was also kind of stressful in making a decision but it was a good decision.”