"The biggest thing for me committing to the Bison was just knowing that at NDSU, I would be choosing to join a culture where everyone matters and is treated the right way," Blaine (Minn.) Max Bautch said to the BsionReport. "They have an incredible winning tradition and it's easy to see why, the work ethic in the program is unmatched. I feel like I have already made a connection with a number of the coaches, and I know they will make me the best player and person I can be in the next 5 years. I called coach Entz first to commit because he is my position coach and has been my main point of contact. He just told me that he was really excited and it was a big get for the program. I actually committed on the same day that Nick Deluca was given another year. He said that he is excited for me to learn from Deluca next year, and he expects me to have a chance to contribute sooner rather than later. Klieman told me more of the same. He said he feels like I will be an ideal fit for the program and he is excited to have a chance to work with me in the next few years."
"On my NDSU official visit last weekend, I was able to do a lot of things while I was up there. Met with a lot of my coaches and was able to get more in depth with things than we have before. Got a tour of the practice facilities and Fargodome and saw some things that I hadn't before. I got a chance to hang out with a couple current players and talk to them about what it's like to play at NDSU. Was able to eat a lot of food while I was up there as well, so that's a plus. I was with Ross Kennelly who is a redshirt linebacker. He was a pretty good dude and he was able to give me some insight on what to expect next year. We hung out with a couple other guys as well. Kennelly told me too soak it all in next year and try to learn as much as I can from the older guys."
Bautch was also able to learn a lot about his potential role with NDSU.
"The NDSU coaches told me there is a high likelihood that I'm going to redshirt and that's just fine with me. I'll have another year to get bigger and faster and learn the defense. The expectation is that I will have a chance to contribute on special teams the following year, and hopefully see the field on defense as soon as possible. I have already been learning the Will spot so I'm guessing that's where I will start. But there is a chance I could get some reps at Mike as well."
The Blaine linebacker is excited to be a Bison Football commit.
"It means a lot to me, knowing the amount of tradition and fan support there is up in Fargo. I know that I will put everything I have into Bison football and hopefully make a big impact. My family would have been supportive of wherever I chose to go, but I think deep down they had hoped for a while that I would choose NDSU. They feel the same way I do about the coaching staff and they know I will be better off after 5 years being in a winning culture like NDSU. I'm excited to get to work there."