Back-To-Back 50-Plus Recruiting Class

Back-To-Back 50-Plus Recruiting Class

MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/11/17)---For the second straight season Concordia head coach Terry Horan will have over 50 incoming freshman in preseason training camp in August. Horan released the 2017 Cobber recruiting class which includes 52 new student/athletes for the upcoming season.

"To have one class that was 50-plus was exciting for our staff but to have back-to-back classes with over 50 players is a testimony to the college and our program," said Horan. "The football program is in great shape with all the young talent we have added in the past two seasons."

Concordia saw its numbers of incoming recruits increase in the state of Minnesota. After getting into the 30's for in-state recruits last year, the Cobbers closed the border and have 38 student/athletes from Minnesota.

"The tradition of our program has helped recruit potential student/athletes from around the Red River Valley as well as the entire state," added Horan. "It is becoming a domino effect where kids know players on the current team, they get interested about hearing the great things happening in the program and they want to check it out for themselves."

Concordia's success on the recruiting trail follows their fifth consecutive Top 3 finish in the MIAC standings. The Cobbers went 7-3 overall in 2016 and 6-2 in league play. The six MIAC wins marks the fourth time in the last five years Concordia has recorded at least six victories against conference opponents.

The breakdown of the 52 future Cobbers includes 11 linebackers and 11 defensive backs, eight offensive lineman, eight running backs, six wide receivers, four defensive lineman, two kickers/punters and one fullback and quarterback.

The incoming class also has 38 student/athletes from Minnesota, seven from North Dakota, four from Arizona, and one each from Washington, Nevada and Louisiana.

"This is also the second straight year we have had several incoming players from outside Minnesota and North Dakota," said Horan. "I am excited to continue to see our recruiting boundaries being stretched. It all comes down to the work of our entire staff. The ability to put in the time and effort to recognize potential student/athletes from all over the country and then follow through with the recruiting process has helped our program immensely."

Concordia kicks off the 2017 season by playing at Nebraska Wesleyan on Sept. 2 in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Wesleyan is now a part of the tradition-rich Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC).

The Cobbers will then return home to host six-time national champion Wis.-Whitewater on Sept. 9. Concordia will begin MIAC play the following weekend when they host Bethel on Sept. 16 as part of the annual Family Weekend celebration.      

Below is a list of the current Cobber recruits to commit for the 2017 season.

         
Name     Pos.                 Ht.         Wt.            Hometown/High School
Cody Bartz OL 6-1 270 Gilbert, Ariz./Highland
Trae Bedford LB 6-3 210 Annandale, Minn./Annandale
Preston Buechler DB 6-2 185 Alexandria, Minn./Alexandria
Matt Burd FB 5-10 195 Moorhead, Minn./Fargo Shanley 
Chris Claussen K/P 5-9 165 Glenwood, Minn./Minnewaska
Cy Cyr K/P 5-10 185 Fargo, N.D./Fargo Davies
Evan Defer LB 6-1 190 Reno, Nev./Damonte Ranch
CJ Dutton RB 5-9 185 Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater
Ethan Edeen WR 6-4 170 Dilworth, Minn./D-G-F
Zach Ellingson OL 6-3 250 Hawley, Minn./Hawley
Gabe Enderle LB 6-1 195 Fergus Falls, Minn./Kennedy
Sam Entzion LB 6-1 190 Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead
Jeremiah Evans DB 5-10 190 Puyallup, Wash./J.R. Rogers
Cy Flick LB 6-2 190 Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato
Dylan Holmes DB 5-11 175 Lowry, Minn./Minnewaska
Ethan Hopper DL 6-1 275 Clear Lake, Minn./St. Cloud Tech
Derek Houska RB 6-2 190 Hickson, N.D./Kindred
Tyler Hoven DL 6-5 220 Ada, Minn./Ada-Borup
Daniel Johnson LB 6-2 195 Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount
Garrett Leusink OL 6-4 220 Paynesville, Minn./Paynesville
Kaleb Liebl OL 6-2 255 Sabin, Minn./Moorhead
Bailey Life DB 6-1 175 Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead
Alex Luistro OL 6-1 245 Fargo, N.D./Fargo Davies
Keaton Mahnke DB 5-11 180 West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo
Dalton Miller DB 5-11 185 Ramsey, Minn./Anoka
Cyril Nagurski WR 6-2 195 Bismarck, N.D./Bismarck Century
Jack Naugle LB 5-9 175 Walker, Minn./W-H-A
Josh Olson DL 5-11 220 New York Mills, Minn./New York Mills
Max Peterson WR 5-9 155 Benson, Minn./Benson
Spencer Rebel WR 6-4 205 New Salem, N.D./New Salem
Ethan Rinke DB 5-10 155 Fergus Falls, Minn./Kennedy
Alec Schimmel RB 5-6 170 Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount
Glenn Seela LB 6-1 195 Villard, Minn./Osakis
Josh Sheldon OL 6-4 250 Peoria, Ariz./Liberty
Rylie Sheridan RB 5-9 170 Fergus Falls, Minn./Fergus Falls
Brady Sirjord RB 5-8 180 Ulen, Minn./Ulen-Hitterdal
Zion Smith LB 6-1 215 Cromwell, Minn./Cromwell Wright
Gavin Stanger LB 6-2 180 Paynesville, Minn./Paynesville
Jacob Steiner OL 6-5 285 Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial
Nate Symens WR 6-3 195 Bismarck, N.D./Bismarck Century
Raekwon Thomas DB 5-10 160 New Orleans, La./De La Salle
Carson Tunheim DL 6-1 240 Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes
Reggie Undseth DB 6-1 165 Detroit Lakes, Minn./Hillcrest Luth
Ryan VanMoer WR 6-1 165 Marshall, Minn./Marshall
Bailey Veches RB 5-9 160 Annandale, Minn./Annandale
John Voorhees DB 6-1 170 Tucson, Ariz./Pusch Ridge Christian
Simon Weller QB 6-2 190 Brooten, Minn./Sauk Centre
Mason Whitehead      LB 6-1 190 Slayton, Minn./Murray County Ctrl
Alex Wolf RB 6-1 160 Albany, Minn./Albany Area
Carter Wolf DB 5-11 170 Sabin, Minn./Moorhead
Zachary Wolf RB 5-10 180 Rochester, Minn./Rochester Mayo
Tony Yates OL 6-1 265 Jordan, Minn./Jordan