Darnell's goal is Frisco every year

With only a few days and weeks left until the 2015 class arrives on campus in Fargo, the Bison Report spoke with each of the 2015 signees to learn more about their recruiting process and what NDSU fans can look forward to. We continue with Minnesota defensive lineman Jack Darnell.

With only a few days and weeks left until the 2015 class arrives on campus in Fargo, the Bison Report spoke with each of the 2015 signees to learn more about their recruiting process and what NDSU fans can look forward to. We continue with Minnesota defensive lineman Jack Darnell.

BR.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend North Dakota State University?

JD: I committed to NDSU because the coaches and people in Fargo are like no other and I love to win football games.

BR.com: What is it about Coach Klieman and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

JD: Coach Klieman and the rest of the staff were straight up with me from the beginning of the process and I respect them a lot for that.

BR.com: What is something you learned about North Dakota State University that surprised you during the recruiting process?

JD: How good the food at the dining hall was.

BR.com: What position do you expect to play at NDSU? What other position did the Bison staff mention as a possibility?

JD: I'm going to play somewhere on the defensive line whether it be at the 3 or at nose. I'll be happy playing wherever they put me.

BR.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

JD: Being a bigger guy that can move pretty well they talked with me about being involved in long distance/pass rush situations.

BR.com: Have you had any communication with other NDSU recruits and if so what?

JD: We talk almost everyday and have grown pretty close especially in the past few months. We're just ready to get up there and keep the tradition going.

BR.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Bison staff like you to report at in the summer?

JD: About 6'3 275. They wanted to get me up around 290.

BR.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

JD: I want to be the most productive and dominant lineman I can be. I'm going to work as hard as I can to make me and my teammates better. As long as we remain a team we should end up with that ring at the end of the season.

BR.com: What did you work on most this spring to prepare yourself for Missouri Valley football?

JD: I worked everyday on rehabbing my leg to get it back to 100%. I know the Missouri Valley is tough so being healthy and going hard every play is crucial.

BR.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Bison?

JD: Becoming very familiar with Frisco.

BR.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Bison and why?

JD: Northern Iowa and South Dakota State. Those two teams are our rivals and must win games. Also Iowa because we have to show the big schools that we can play too. Those are the ones I can't wait to play.

BR.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at NDSU?

JD: All set.

BR.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

JD: I'm not sure exactly but I'd hope to be somewhere in the business field. I just want to be successful in whatever I do.

BR.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

JD: J.J. Watt. Nobody in the league plays with more confidence or intensity than him and that's why he's so successful. He's one of the greatest to ever play the game.


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