Another 50-Plus Record Recruiting Class

Head Coach Terry announced another record-setting recruiting class for the 2018 season.
Head Coach Terry announced another record-setting recruiting class for the 2018 season.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/29/18)---Head coach Terry Horan continues to add to his legacy as a top-tier recruiter. After consecutive 50-plus recruiting classes Horan announced the largest group in the history of the program. 

Horan will have 55 fresh faces for the 2018 season as the class of 2022 is the largest in the history of the program. The incoming class is two larger than the 53 Horan brought to campus in 2016. Last year Concordia featured 50 first-year players.

"The tradition and academic strength of the college continues to draw large numbers of recruits to look at Concordia as a place to continue their athletic and intellectual growth," said Horan. "It is an exciting time for the program and the college as we continue to post quality incoming classes."

Concordia continued to excel in recruiting student/athletes from Minnesota and North Dakota. The Cobbers will have 42 first-year players from the two adjoining states.

"Local and area kids have always been the backbone of our recruiting classes," added Horan. "You look at the great teams we have had and the core of those teams are from Minnesota and North Dakota."

Concordia is coming off a year where they went 8-2 in all games and finished 6-2 in MIAC play. The eight wins mark the fourth time in the past six years that Concordia has eight victories in a single season. It is also the fifth time during that six-year stretch that CC has won six league games. The Cobbers are now 46-14 in all games in the last six seasons and 35-13 in conference games. Concordia finished in third place in the final league standings and has now posted a Top 3 MIAC finish in six straight seasons.

The record-setting number of recruits can be linked to the amount of student/athletes from outside the Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota area. The Cobbers have 11 recruits from non-traditional areas for Concordia. The incoming class will have four student/athletes from Arizona as well as two from Louisiana. CC will feature one student/aathlete from each of Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Washington as well as an international recruit from Canada. 

"I am very excited about the way our numbers from outside the area has jumped up," Horan said. "The story of Concordia is starting to reach all over the country and that is in large part to our assistants who have done an incredible job of expanding our recruiting base."  

A closer look at position breakdown of the 55 Cobber recruits shows that the offensive line and linebacker are the two most populated positions. By position group the class of 2022 includes 11 offensive lineman, 10 linebackers, nine wide receivers, seven defensive backs, five defensive lineman, four fullbacks, four running backs, three quarterbacks and two tight ends. 

Concordia will have the same non-conference opponents to start the 2018 as they did in 2017 when they went 8-2 but the locations will be flipped. The Cobbers will host Neb. Wesleyan on Sept. 1 and then travel to Whitewater to play 6-time national champion Wis.-Whitewater on Sept. 8. CC downed the Prairie Wolves 34-14 in Lincoln and then recorded a 25-17 victory over Whitewater in the 2017 home opener.  

The Cobbers will open play in the MIAC when they play at Augsburg on Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Below is a list of the current Cobber recruits to commit for the 2018 season.

Name       Pos.           Ht.         Wt.      Hometown/High School
Isaiah Anderson WR 6-4 190 St. Augusta, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral
James Anderson DL 6-1 215 St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral
Donovan Arthur  WR 6-3 190 Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep 
Jeran Baker OL 6-1 240 Osakis, Minn./Osakis
Max Boran WR 5-11 165 Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd
Blake Charles WR 6-4 180 Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake
Julian Chism OL 6-1 255 Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain
Wyatt Curtis RB 5-9 175 Rothsay, Minn./Rothsay
Tanner DuBois QB 6-0 180 Fargo, N.D./Fargo South
Trevor Dufault LB 5-11 200 Moorhead, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Austin Einerson  FB 6-0 220 Olivia, Minn./BOLD
Collin Fleisch OL 6-1 265 Fall City, Wash./Mount Si
Noah Foster WR 6-0 185 Mora, Minn./Mora
Hayden Gagnon WR 6-0 170 South Haven, Minn./Kimball
Alex Goodmanson DB 6-3 180 Albert Lea, Minn./Albert Lea 
Andy Gravdahl QB 5-11 180 West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo
Grayson Gunn OL 6-0 240 Saskatoon, Sask./Aden Bowman Collegiate
Isaac Habedank TE 6-3 205 Twin Valley, Minn./Norman County East
Jackson Haire QB 6-4 215 Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes
Cade Hanson-Pryor DL 6-2 285 Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie
Tommy Hiedeman RB 5-9 170 Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge
Gage Hildebrandt RB 5-10 185 Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls
Killian Hurley LB 6-2 230 Sparks, Nev./Spanish Springs
Jaeger Jergenson TE 6-3 210 Glenwood, Minn./Minnewaska Area
Luke Johnson LB 6-0 200 Baxter, Minn./Brainerd 
Marshall King DB 6-2 175 Fergus Falls, Minn./Fergus Falls
Reilly Lannen LB 6-0 210 Big Timber/Sweet Grass County
Angel Ledezma DL 6-1 225 Tucson, Ariz./Marana 
Rob Lestrick LB 5-11 230 Harvey, La./De La Salle
J.J. Lord OL 6-1 235 Longmont, Colo./Longmont
Jacob Lunceford FB 5-10 205 Pine City, Minn./Pine City
David Henry Lundstrom FB 5-10 190 Hazen, N.D./Hazen
Hunter Macziewski OL 6-1 240 Glyndon, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Sam Marchinske OL 6-2 270 Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Rosemount
Hyatt Martineau WR 6-1 165 Fargo, N.D./Fargo North
Cole Montplaisir OL 6-5 290 Dilworth, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Peyton Mortenson RB 5-9 190 Marietta, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley
Adam Olson FB 6-0 200 Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi
Caleb Olson LB 6-0 205 Long Lake, Minn./Orono
Abel Perry OL 6-7 265 New Effington, S.D./Rosholt
Ryan Peterson LB 6-0 215 Brainerd, Minn./Brainerd
Nate Phillips DB 6-1 280 Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge
Mason Russo LB 5-10 195 Scottsdael, Ariz./Cactus Shadows
Matt Sagrillo DB 6-1 170 Denton, Tex./Guyer
Kody Sanders OL 5-11 260 St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville
Cam Saville WR 6-5 200 Fargo, N.D./Fargo Shanley
Matt Schindler WR 5-10 165 Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins
Nolan Schmitz LB 5-11 210 St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville
Grant  Schoen DB 6-0 175 St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville
Noble Scott DB 5-9 165 Laplace, La./De La Salle
Jacob Steinke DB 5-9 190 St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville
Isaac Stene  DL 6-3 250 Gary, Minn./Norman County East
Andrew N. Thompson DL 6-3 215 Warroad, Minn./Warroad
Axel Torbenson LB 6-3 215 Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka
Brayden Wetternach OL 6-3 280 Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie