January 29th official visit primer

With only 5 days left until National Signing Day, North Dakota State is hosting 10 very important official visitors. Here's what you need to know.

Details: Current Missouri State running back commit Adam Cofield will be taking an official visit to NDSU this weekend following an in-home visit from Coach Riley last night. The Bison saw long-time running back commit Bryce Torneden flip to the Kansas Jayhawks yesterday and Cofield is the guy who could fill that spot now open from Torneden. The Blue Springs running back had a commitable offer from NDSU at one point earlier in the recruiting cycle and it'll be interesting to see what Coach Klieman wants to do this weekend.

Details: North Dakota State College of Science safety Darren Kelley Jr. will be taking his final official visit this weekend and it'll be to the North Dakota State Bison. Kelley took an official visit to Northern Iowa last weekend and Toledo earlier this week, of which, the Rockets are considered that favorites right now. Kelley received an in-home visit from Coach Klanderman last night and was already on campus for NDSU last Sunday, so he's got legitimate interest in the Bison heading into this weekend's official visit. NDSU still has some work to do this weekend if they're going to land the JUCO safety though.  

In his words: "Coach Klanderman came by last night and they are very excited about my official visit there. We just talked about the recruiting process and they want me to be the next Bison safety commit. They want to use me as a safety who covers the more shifty slot guys and that sounds good to me. That's what all schools want to use me for though. My strongest quality on the field is my ability to play man coverage. I like Coach Klanderman as he's a great man. I feel like he's very genuine and he's confident in his ability to make me a great player and a great man after football is done. He stressed that a lot. As far as where I'm at with recruiting right now, all slots are open, but Toledo is a favorite, but I don't have my mind made up because I know NDSU is a great program as well. I'll make my final decision on Monday or Tuesday."

Details: New NDSU linebacker commit Beau Pauly will take his official visit to Fargo this weekend after receiving an offer earlier this week and then committing shortly after. Pauly is likely going to be a Mike linebacker for the Bison while the other three linebacker commits will get their shot outside. 

Details: Underwood (Minn.) defensive end Matt Biegler will take an official visit to North Dakota State this weekend and word is that Biegler is already committed to the Bison as the young man is set on being the next NDSU walk-on great. 

Details: Illinois wide receiver and preferred walk-on candidate Kiwanne Durant will make his first trip to North Dakota State this weekend and he's going to be an interesting name to follow. Durant picked up his preferred walk-on offer a couple weeks ago now and he seems set on doing whatever he can to make his offer a scholarship.

In his words: "I'm looking forward to seeing what the hype is all about. It seems like a great place and people say so, so I hope it lives up to it. I want to meet the people, the coaches, potential teammates and etc cause it makes a huge impact on my decision. Definitely want to see what the town and people are like outside of football too.

Details: Stevens Point (Wis.) and current NDSU PWO safety commit Victor Kizewski will take his official visit to Fargo this weekend after committing to the Bison on his preferred walk-on offer last week. Kizewski is a very good athlete, specifically in track, and NDSU really values that speed and athleticism. 

In his words: "I'm looking forward to touring all the facilities and meeting some of the teammates and coaches that I'll have in the future!"

Details: Benilde - St. Margaret wide receiver Cole Jacob has a preferred walk-on offer from NDSU and will take his official visit this weekend. Jacob doesn't have any other PWO offers, which is a surprise after watching his film. Jacob's got a great motor and is a very good athlete, so NDSU hopes they can steal another one out of the Twin Cities. 

In his words: "I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches and possibly getting the opportunity to play for such a prestigious football program. It's exciting knowing that I have the opportunity to keep playing the game I love on a team that I know will produce success."

Details: Dickinson (N.D.) native Zach Kubas will take his official visit to Fargo this weekend after receiving a preferred walk-on offer from NDSU as an offensive lineman. Kubas was a standout at the Bison's camp this past summer and has been on the radar for many months. NDSU already has one PWO OL commit in Quinn Alo and they'd love to make it two with Kubas.

In his words: "I'm looking forward to getting to meet some of the players and getting to tour a little bit of the new training facility. The players are guys that I could be playing with, so I want to see what they're like and the facility is where I would be spending quite a bit of time at in the future."

Details: PWO defensive end target Zak Kuntz will take his second official visit in as many weekend's as the Grand Forks native was on campus at North Dakota last weekend. With no defensive ends committed for the Bison currently, Kuntz could find himself taking advantage of a lot of reps next year with Coach Cain next year as a potential redshirt.

In his words: "I have a good idea about the academics and football program at NDSU, so I'm looking forward to just meeting the coaches and players and that's probably the biggest thing. It's important to get to know what type of people I'll be surrounded with for the foreseeable future."

Details: North Dakota State's final visitor this weekend will be Lodi (Wis.) preferred walk-on kicker candidate Garret Wegner. Wegner is fresh off an official visit to Winona State last weekend where the Wisconsin product picked up an offer, so the Bison will have that to compete against. 

In his words: "My interest in NDSU coming into this weekend's visit is very high. I'm interested in the school and the football program and I really like their school of agriculture and the food science degree specifically. I'm hoping to make a decision by the end of the weekend."

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