Zach Larsen Attracts Midwest Interest

Zach Larsen, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker/fullback from Northfield (MN) High, has led the Raiders (12-0) to the Minnesota Class AAAA semifinals Friday against Sartell (11-1). Larsen has keyed a Raider defense that has shut out four teams and allowed only three teams to reach double figures. He has one offer and visit set and is getting looks from several other high major programs.

Zach Larsen has received a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois and will visit the DeKalb campus December 3rd.

Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ball State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado State and Michigan State called Larsen during May. and he attended day camps at Minnesota, Indiana, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

Larsen is a three-year varsity starter in 2004. He finished his junior season with 141 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks and rushed for 360 yards on 59 carries and he scored a touchdown.

Larsen has improved those numbers this season, according to Northfield head coach Bubba Sullivan.

"He has 162 tackles this season. He has 18 tackles for loss for negative-51 yards and seven sacks for 51 yards. He has two caused fumbles and two pass breakups. Offensively, he has 61 carries for 323 yards (5.3 yards per carry and five touchdowns)."

Larsen has gotten interest from North Dakota State and Northern Iowa, who are also checking out three of his Raider teammates.

He is still on the radar from schools like Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin, but he is not a top priority for those schools, according to Sullivan.

"He is not a top priority for those schools. He is on the next tier, in case they lose out on someone of their top tier. He is excited about the Northern Illinois offer."

Northern Illinois has signed several Minnesota players in the past few years and is recruiting several local standouts this season.

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