After a season at Minot State where Cordell Pimienta had 21 receptions for 293 yards (13.95 ypc) and two touchdown, and was a threat on kick return with 463 return yards, Pimienta has decided to walk-on with the Bison.
"I will be walking on for a year to earn a scholarship at North Dakota State, and I also have to sit out a season as I can't play due to going up a level in the division," Pimienta said to Scout.com. "I wanted to commit to NDSU my senior year but then I couldn't commit because there wasn't any more scholarships, so I went to Minot for a year and told myself I was going to transfer over after the year. I'd been talking with coach Austin and he told me a month or so ago that we have a spot for you on the team in the fall. You have to keep your grades up and get into the school, but if you can, you'll be on the team. NDSU has all my transfer information and I'm just waiting for my decision letter."
"I visited NDSU for their spring game with my mom Alicia Nelson and grandmother Beverley Mosley," Pimienta explained. "I explored the school and all the football facilities, I met all the coaches, and also got to check out the spring game. The facilities were great as it felt like home. All the resources are available to get better and strive to be better on and off the field. The spring game was good. The team did well running the ball and defense was great, but I see y'all need some receivers that can stretch the field and make big plays and that's where I feel like I can contribute. I really don't know how NDSU wants to use me, but I feel like when I get there, it should open up the offense a lot more due to me being a speedy receiver and also somebody who can go up and attack the ball and make explosive plays. Since I have to sit out a year they want me to give the DB's a good look."
North Dakota State has been the dream school for Pimienta since the beginning.
"To me, NDSU means hard work and dedication, play like a champion be a champion, and playing in front of a big crowd in front of thousands of fans. That's what I want," Pimienta said to Scout.com. "It means a lot to be a Bison as I'll potentially get to play with the best of the best and strive for the NFL. I want Bison fans to know that y'all have a great player in y'all hands, I have good work ethic and I will work the hardest to keep the fans happy. I want to leave a legacy at NDSU and inspire others athletes to be the best."