"The coaches are just all great people," Ko Kieft said about his decision to commit to North Dakota State. "They have a good thing going on up there. The opportunities that I will get in Fargo outside of football also helped me making a decision."
Kieft actually made the call to the NDSU coaches on Tuesday night.
"I called Coach Roehl on Tuesday night to commit," Kieft explained to the BisonReport. "He was very excited to hear about my commitment and welcomed me to the family. My mom and dad are behind me on this decision and NDSU wants me as a defensive end. I'm fine with that as I just want to play ball. It was cool to see that being a Bison football player will give me more opportunities outside of football than anything else I could do. The football fans are crazy out there and they love Bison football."
Kieft's coach, Tim Van Regenmorter, mentions that the Bison are not only getting a technician on the field, but a potential doctor off of it.
"He wants to be a doctor and his class rank is number one for the seniors and he has a GPA 4.0," Van Regenmorter said. "He's very smart and driven to be the best at whatever he does. I contacted Coach Roehl back in December about Ko and from there we visited their spring coaches clinic and visited but it was all Ko and his family. After visiting Fargo in April, I think he fits the Bison way perfect. The coaches there will get every bit of talent out of him. I still believe his best football days will come when he can settle at DE or TE. He will be a great football player and they should be excited to have him."
Toughness isn't an issue for Kieft.
"His biggest strength is he is one of the toughest kids I have ever coached," Van Regenmorter told the BisonReport. "He doesn’t accept defeat at all. He also has tremendous leadership skills and is the hardest worker I have ever had. He is our quarterback and middle linebacker and will be our anchor on both sides and more will be asked of him."
Ko Kieft commits to NDSU
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