Minot State football never stops improving, builds for success adding 6 more recruits

The Beaver football program proudly introduced 15 new recruits two months ago on National Signing Day, but there’s no end to building a successful program.

Continuing to build a winning team, the Minot State coaching staff worked hard to add the best fits for Beaver football and the University, and head coach Mike Aldrich is excited to introduce six new recruits who have signed a National Letter-of-Intent and will be freshmen in the classroom and on the field this coming fall.

“We are excited for our most recent additions to our 2022 signing class,” Coach Aldrich said. “We were able to address the specific needs of our team and we have created some very good relationships with this group.

“Patience is a virtue, and we were committed to allowing these student-athletes to take the time they needed to make their decision,” Minot State’s coach added of the six new recruits. “We truly believe in recruiting the person and not the position, and we feel we have truly added great people to our football family.”

Set to join the Beavers on offense are running back Tyler Stonebraker from Colorado, and offensive linemen Tyler Gerde from Washington and Vili Fetapai from Nevada. Adding depth on the defensive side of the ball are linebackers Parker McClure from Arizona and Jackson Gridley from Colorado, and safety Jasper LaDue from just down the road in Williston, N.D.

The latest additions bring the 2022 Minot State football recruiting class to 21 student-athletes. Here is more on each of the Beavers new additions:

Vili Fetapai, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Faith Lutheran HS, North Las Vegas, Nev.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman from Las Vegas played right tackle and left guard earning 2nd Team all-conference honors as a sophomore and 1st Team all-conference honors his senior season as he played in nine games for Faith Lutheran High School this past fall.

Fetapai also competed in track and field and wrestling at Faith Lutheran HS, and he plans to major in Physical Education.

Tyler Gerde, a 6-7, 281-pound offensive lineman from Woodinville HS, Bothell, Wash.

The other offensive lineman in the recent group of recruits, Gerde was named 2nd Team All-KingCo at offensive tackle after starting 11 games for Woodinville HS.

Along with playing football, Gerde competed in wrestling at Woodinville HS, and he plans to major in Criminal Justice at Minot State.

Jackson Gridley, a 6-0, 225-pound linebacker from Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo.

A 6-0 linebacker from Cherokee Trail High School in Colorado, Gridley made 23 tackles for loss, including four quarterback sacks, picked off two passes, recovered a fumble, and made 84 total tackles during his senior season.

A team captain for the Cougars and a three-year letter winner, Gridley also was a 1st Team all-league selection and named to the All-State academic 1st Team, as well. Academically he was named to the Dean’s list and nominated for a congressional academic award.

Along with playing football, Gridley also played baseball and wrestled at Cherokee Trail HS, and he plans to study Business at Minot State.

Jasper LaDue, a 6-1, 180-pound safety from Williston HS, Williston, N.D.

Adding more of the top North Dakota talent, LaDue bolsters the Beaver defense as the 6-1 safety picked off six passes in the fall and made 40 solo tackles.

LaDue, who also played basketball and competed in track and field at Willison HS, is undecided in what his major will be at Minot State.

Parker McClure, a 6-0, 220-pound linebacker from Red Mountain HS, Mesa, Ariz.

A defensive standout from Arizona, McClure is a 6-0 linebacker who made 144 tackles in 14 games for Red Mountain HS, including 44 solo tackles. He added six tackles for a loss, which included a quarterback sack, and he intercepted a pass and recovered four fumbles last season for the Mountain Lions.

Tyler Stonebraker, a 5-9, 180-pound running back from Douglas County HS, Castle Rock, Colo.

A 5-9 running back for the Huskies, Stonebraker racked up 676 yards on the ground on 146 carries in nine games and scored eight touchdowns for Douglas County High School. He also caught five passes for 55 yards out of the backfield this fall as he earned 2nd Team all-conference honors for the second time.

A six-time Scholar-Athlete award winner who played baseball as well as Douglas County HS, Stonebraker plans to major in Sports Management at Minot State.


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