NDSU tight end signee Costner Ching models his game after a former Packer great

Castlewood (S.D.) tight end and new NDSU signee Costner Ching is the latest Bison to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with the BisonReport.com to share more about his reasons to sign with North Dakota State.


BisonReport.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the NDSU staff like you to report at this summer?

Costner Ching: My current height weight is 6'3 250. The staff has no preference as to what weight I come in. If over the summer I gain weight, I'll be moved to a DT, however, if I keep this weight I'll stay a TE/FB.

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

CC: My team goal is obviously to keep the tradition that others have established before us, and that's putting up championships. My individual goals are to meet lifelong friends, have lifelong memories, and help prepare me for the challenges I may face in my future as a man

BisonReport.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Missouri Valley football?

CC: This summer I'm mostly going to focus on my speed. College football is a whole different kind of speed than High School, and if I want to compete, I need to get faster.

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

CC: The future moment I'm looking forward to as a Bison has to be the potential of hoisting that trophy. It's the reason why you put in so much work day in and day out. I never won a football championship in High School. So I would love to experience that feeling of everything finally paying off.

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

CC: The main reason I chose to attend North Dakota State was because of the tradition they have. It's a winning tradition and I want to be apart of it and keep it going.

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

CC: The one team I want to beat the most, easy, SDSU. I'm in SDSU's backyard, and everybody cheers for them around here. I want to show everyone just why I made the decision to come up to Fargo, and that's to win games, and stay humble.

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

CC: I am set to enroll over summer and have no setbacks.


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

CC: I'm going to be right back in my hometown of Castlewood, SD farming and raising cattle with Dad.

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

CC: The main reason I'm going up to Fargo was because of the coaching staff. They made me feel comfortable, and right at home while I was with them. One big thing I noticed from the staff is that they keep in touch with you. They didn't treat me as some recruit, they really wanted to get to know me, and I got to know them! It's a family type environment up there, and that's what makes it so great.

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

CC: The support that NDSU has was one thing that really surprised me. I saw on College Gameday how many people were on the streets, but you truly don't know how much the whole town supports the team until you get up there. There stadium seems to always be packed, and there's Bison gear all over Fargo. Even when the Bison are out of town they still have thousands of fans traveling with them.

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

CC: Right now I'm expecting to play TE/FB, but this could change and I could be moved to DT. Wherever they need me, I'm happy to step in and work my tail end off for them.

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

CC: They've mentioned my strength and size, and utilizing that to move bodies. My red shirt year will be huge in which that'll allow me the opportunity to get stronger and faster.

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

CC: Yes I have! We've got a group chat on Twitter which is awesome. Helps to get to know the guys more.

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

CC: When I was younger I loved Brett Favre. I didn't like the Packers, but I liked how humble the man was, and the motor he had on him. He never did any fancy dances. He just did his job, and kept winning. He mentioned in his Hall of Fame speech how he always worked to make his father proud. That's the same boat I am in today. So if I had to choose just one player, it would be Brett Favre.

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