Bison linebacker signee Max Bautch can't wait to prove himself as a walk-on at North Dakota State

Blaine (Minn.) linebacker and new NDSU signee Max Bautch is the latest Bison to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with the to share more about his reasons to sign with North Dakota State. What is your current height and weight? What weight would the NDSU staff like you to report at this summer?

Max Bautch: I am currently about 6'1" 212 pounds. Down a little bit during hockey season. I have been told that 235 is the eventual goal for me, but there is no rush to reach that. That is the number they want me at after my likely redshirt season. What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

MB: I came to NDSU because I wanted to win championships, and that is my biggest goal while I'm hear. Personally, I just want to make the biggest impact I can as soon as possible, and hopefully that will be getting on the field on Saturdays in the near future. What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Missouri Valley football?

MB: This spring I will be running track for the second season in a row. The goal is to get bigger, faster, and stronger. That should prepare me for life in the MVFC. What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Bison?

MB: I'm looking forward to joining the large group of current and former Bison who can call themselves champions. Other than that, I'm just looking forward to the entire experience, being around the guys and working towards our goal. What was the main reason you chose to attend North Dakota State University?

MB: The main reason I chose NDSU was the connection I have made with the coaching staff. The facilities are great, as are the academics, and the winning tradition is unmatched. But those factors all came second for me, knowing I will be in good hands with the coaches was first. What team do you want to beat the most as a Bison and why?

MB:  It's tough to say what team I want to beat most. It is obviously very important to continue the tradition of winning games against the other 3 teams in the Dakota's, as well as taking care of business against the FBS when we get an opportunity like that. Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at NDSU?

MB: I am all set academically after graduation, and am starting the process of enrolling soon. If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

MB: In 10 years if I am not playing football, I see myself most likely staying close to home in Minnesota, and working in the business/marketing career. What is it about Coach Klieman and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

MB: The biggest thing with coach K and the staff is just the confidence they possess in their abilities to coach and in our program. They are also all genuine people, and have our best interests at heart. What is something you learned about North Dakota State University that surprised you during the recruiting process?

MB: One thing that surprised me when I learned more about NDSU was the city of Fargo and how much there is to do in the area. Being from the Twin Cities area, that's not the way I expected it to be initially. What position do you expect to play at NDSU? What other position did the Bison staff mention as a possibility?

MB: I have been told that any of the three linebacker positions are a possibility, but I'm going to start out at Will. I have also mentioned that I have a willingness to play fullback as well. What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

MB: They have told me that they see me as a versatile linebacker who can make plays in the middle, as well as out in space. Hopefully I will have an opportunity to show a variety of different things, and will likely start out with special teams. Have you had any communication with other NDSU recruits and if so what?

MB: I have had a lot of communication with our recruiting class. We have a group message where we all keep in touch. I have known several of the Minnesota guys for a while. What player do you model your game after and why?

MB: There isn't a specific player I model my game after, but I love watching good linebacker play at any level. Whenever I watched a game on TV growing up, I would always keep my eyes on Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Luke Kuechly, and many other top LB's. I try to take a little bit from everyone. I'm looking forward to learning from some of our older guys this year.

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