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Jesse Hein commits to Bemidji State University Football

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Perham three-sport athlete Jesse Hein had a pick of regional colleges to attend this coming fall. The heavily lauded football, wrestling and baseball tri-captain chose Bemidji State University, where he will redshirt his freshman year before taking over duties as the team's starting center.

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"I thought about where would I want to go if I wasn't playing football," Hein said. "I love the campus and the coaches are awesome. Bemidji feels like home to me."

Hein's choice was made difficult by an offer to join fellow Jacket alums Ben Bucholz and Andrew Muer in Duluth at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

"Muer showed me around in Duluth," said Hein. "He's one of my best friends. The hardest school to talk to and say no was Duluth."

Bemidji State University head coach Jeff Tesch made it known in a signing day videoconference how the Beavers felt about signing Hein.

"We had to get Jesse," Tesch said.

"I could just tell that getting me was one of their top priorities," Hein said.

According to Hein, in talks with the coaching staff, the Beavers are losing a three-time all-conference center this year and have a senior ready to fill the roll, which will allow Hein to redshirt.

"I was on the phone with Tesch before I committed and he said, 'we're bringing in another center this weekend,' said Hein. "I committed on the phone with him. It was instant relief and weight off my shoulders."

If plans work out as they have been discussed between the coaching staff and Hein, he is looking at four possible years as the team's center beginning with the 2013 campaign.

"I'm hoping that can happen if I work hard enough and make the team," Hein said.

The BSU staff made multiple appearances at Hein's wrestling matches and football games.

"They took the time to come talk to me. I could tell they really cared about me," said Hein

Hein described his final year of high school as having been a blur. He has been a busy man midway through his senior year.

"I can't believe I have 32 matches in," he said.

To be specific, 32 undefeated wrestling matches.

"Throw recruiting in there, which is almost a sport in itself," he said. "I was in meetings with coaches more than I was in school. You have to keep your stuff in line."

Hein proved he has the stuff to do such things by heading up both the offensive and defensive lines of a Perham football team that made it to the state quarterfinals after a less than impressive 1-2 start this season.

"I don't' know what it was. We've always struggled in that first game against Pelican. We never have luck against Pelican. After we were 1-2, we just sat down and said we cannot have another repeat of last year."

Perham only lost one regular season game after the bad start and as the games got bigger so did the play of Hein, especially on defense. He recorded over 10 tackles per game in crucial games down the stretch.

"Once we beat Thief River...they were smiling, we could tell they overlooked us and we took care of it. We wanted it more. We wanted to win."

Reaching the state tournament in football his senior year was one of Hein's goals for the year that was reached.

"Take away a few big plays," Hein said of the playoff loss to Providence Academy. "We surprised a lot of people."

Wrestling season has brought about new challenges this year with the additions of Concordia College-Moorhead standouts: Phil Moenkedick, the first Cobber wrestler to earn-back-to-back NCAA titles in school history and All-American Ross Dankers to the staff.

"Moenkedick and Dankers, have been a godsend to me. I'll be lucky to get a takedown in a practice. We'll go an hour straight wrestling. It's about getting to that next level. In the third period, we're ready to go. I can't thank those guys enough."

Hein has the section and state wrestling tournament coming up, along with the baseball season. His final season will be at Krueger Field without the grandstand that has been there his entire life.

"It's a shame getting rid of the grandstand," Hein said. "Baseball is a nice, fun time of the year. It's still intense but doesn't wear on your body."

The Lakers will battle familiar foes in Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls for a shot at the post-season.

"I'll admit last year I didn't struggle but had one bad outing. Had one of those days. We, overall, as a team didn't play that well."

Detroit Lakes knocked Hein and the Jackets out of the section playoffs for the second consecutive year.

"If we hit the ball, we can do a lot of good things. We've played together a long time. A big part is how hard we practice and trying to stay focused and get the job done."

After graduation, Hein plans to stick around Perham to play summer baseball. He'll report to Bemidji State in August.

The Beavers finished 8-3 overall last season and 7-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

"It's a dogfight in the Northern Sun Conference," Hein said. "If you come out flat you're going to get beat."

Luckily, for the Beavers, coming out flat on the football field is not Hein's style. It's more like knocking opposing players flat.

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Follow the link provided to BSU football for: up-to-the-minute updates on the 2012 football recruiting class as the official commitments are made, a live video conference at 3:30 p.m., and other signing information.

The official blog announcement of BSU's 16th and final commitment today:

Jesse Hein (OL, 6-1, 280; Perham, Minn. / Perham HS)

Hein earned five varsity letters and was a decorated lineman at Perham High School... As a senior he earned Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention honors and was named Heart O'Lakes Conference Most Valuable Defensive Lineman after leading the team with 82 tackles (60 solo)... Posted 11 tackles for loss and forced one fumble for a Yellowjackets squad that made a state appearance after winning the Class AAA section championship in 2011... As a junior was named all-state honorable mention and the conference's most valuable offensive lineman... Hein is a three-time all-conference performer for the Yellowjackets and has helped guide Perham High School to three section championships and three state appearances... Named captain his junior and senior seasons... A section champion and state performer in wrestling... Earned five varsity letters in wrestling and is also an all-conference baseball player... A Triple A School Winner (Arts, Academics, Athletics), Hein is a member of the National Honor Society and is a letter winner in choir.

Personal: Born Sept. 21, 1993 in Fergus Falls, Minn... Son of Terry and Tracy Hein... Proposed education major... Father played football at North Dakota State College of Science and mother was a volleyball player at University of North Dakota.

Courtesy Bemidji State Football NLI Signing Day Coverage - http://www.bsubeavers.com

Official BSU press release:

Tesch announces the addition of 33 for the 2012 season

Bemidji State gets commitments from 32 incoming freshmen and one transfer

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University head football coach Jeff Tesch today announced the addition of 34 student-athletes to the BSU roster for the 2012 season. Of the 33 commitments, 16 signed National Letters of Intent, one is a transfer and 16 have inked offers of admission to attend Bemidji State.

The class is comprised of 32 high school seniors who will join the program as true freshmen next year.

The 16 NLI signees include nine offensive players and seven defensive players. The transfer will play on defense.

Sixteen other players will be joining the BSU program after accepting written offers of admission with eight on the offensive side of the ball, six defensive recruits, a special teamer and on signee listed as both offense and defense.

The 2012 class was drawn from six states, with 17 hailing from Minnesota. In addition, committed players currently reside in Wisconsin (9), Arizona (2), Illinois (2), North Dakota (2) and California (1).

The student-athletes listed on the roster have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Bemidji State. Student-athletes are only listed above if the Bemidji State Athletics Compliance Office has verified the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement or the student-athlete has been accepted by the Bemidji State Office of Admissions.

The Beavers finished the 2011 campaign with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in the NSIC to finish in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings. The eight-win season marked the eighth time in program history the team had reached eight wins in a season and the sixth time under Tesch. The Beaver offense finished the season averaging 26.8 points per game, while the 'Gang Green' defense was one of the best in the conference allowing just 16.0 points per contest to rank No. 7 in the nation at the end of the regular season.

2012 Football Signing Class

National Letter of Intent Signees (16)

Name Pos Ht Wt Exp Elig Hometown (Last School)

SaVaughn Alexander RB 5-10 185 RS-HS 5-4 Joliet, Ill. (Joliet West HS)

Kameel Al-Khouri DB 5-11 170 RS-HS 5-4 Glendale, Ariz. (Cactus HS)

Max Dibble ILB/DL 6-1 235 RS-HS 5-4 Fulda, Minn. (Fulda HS)

Derrick Dunn RB 5-8 175 RS-HS 5-4 San Diego. Calif. (Mount Miguel HS)

Mitchell Elbe DL 6-3 275 RS-HS 5-4 Sayner, Wis. (Northland Pines HS)

Max Fuller OLB 6-5 200 RS-HS 5-4 Stoughton, Wis. (Stoughton HS)

Austin Goettlicher WR 6-1 175 RS-HS 5-4 Cleveland, Minn. (Cleveland HS)

Jesse Hein OL 6-1 280 RS-HS 5-4 Perham, Minn. (Perham HS)

Nathan Koziol QB 6-0 175 RS-HS 5-4 Lodi, Wis. (Lodi HS)

Nick Moore TE 6-5 240 RS-HS 5-4 Osseo, Wis. (Osseo-Fairchild HS)

Ross Pflum OLB 6-1 212 RS-HS 5-4 Appleton, Wis. (Appleton East)

Adam Shavlik DL 6-6 230 RS-HS 5-4 Manitowoc, Wis. (Manitowoc Lincoln HS)

Matthew Summers WR 6-0 200 RS-HS 5-4 Isle, Minn. (Isle HS)

Dexter Taylor Jr. WR 5-10 170 RS-HS 5-4 Lockport, Ill. (Lockport HS)

Josh Tismer DB 6-1 190 RS-HS 5-4 White Bear Lake, Minn. (White Bear Lake HS)

Matthew Valentine OL 6-5 260 RS-HS 5-4 Little Falls, Minn. (Little Falls HS)

Transfer Commitments (1)

Name Pos Ht Wt Exp Elig Hometown (Last School)

Jordan Abaroa S 5-11 195 TR-Jr. 3-2 Gilbert, Ariz. (Scottsdale CC)

BSU Offer of Admission Signees (16)

Name Pos Ht Wt Exp Elig Hometown (Last School)

Damon Benham RB 6-0 185 RS-HS 5-4 Deer River, Minn. (Deer River HS)

Zach DeClusin WR 6-1 180 RS-HS 5-4 Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji HS)

Tyler Dustman P/K 6-1 190 RS-HS 5-4 St. Francis, Minn. (St. Francis HS)

David Erickson OL 6-3 280 RS-HS 5-4 Thief River Falls, Minn. (Lincoln HS)

Brett Gehring DL 6-0 235 RS-HS 5-4 Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck HS)

Sam Graff ILB 6-0 200 RS-HS 5-4 Rothschild, Wis. (D.C. Everest HS)

Reed Hendrickson OLB 6-1 215 RS-HS 5-4 Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck HS)

Andrew Kryshak FB 5-9 240 RS-HS 5-4 Menomonie, Wis. (Menomonie HS)

Adam Langan OL 6-3 240 RS-HS 5-4 Thief River Falls, Minn. (Lincoln HS)

Josh Malone WR 5-10 165 RS-HS 5-4 Gordon, Wis. (Northwood Evergreeen

Logan McAllister ILB 6-1 215 RS-HS 5-4 Brainerd, Minn. (Brainerd HS)

Nam Nguyen RB 5-6 160 RS-HS 5-4 St. Cloud, Minn. (St. Cloud Apollo)

Zach Rynning QB/S 6-3 195 RS-HS 5-4 Kennedy, Minn. (Kittson Central HS)

Andrew Street LB 6-0 220 RS-HS 5-4 Bemidji, Minn. (Bemidji HS)

Ethan Supler ILB 6-1 220 RS-HS 5-4 Elbow Lake, Minn. (West Central HS)

Kaleb Torgerson FB 5-11 220 RS-HS 5-4 Thief River Falls, Minn. (Lincoln HS)

The Class Breakdown:

Total: 33

Freshmen: 32

Transfers: 1

By State:

Minnesota (17): Benham, DeClusin, Dibble, Dustman, Erickson, Goettlicher, Hein, Langan, McAllister, Nguyen, Rynning, Street, Summers, Supler, Tismer, Torgerson, Valentine

Wisconsin (9): Elbe, Fuller, Graff, Koziol, Kryshak, Malone, Moore, Pflum, Shavlik

Arizona (2): Al-Khouri, Abaroa

Illinois (2): Alexander, Taylor Jr.

North Dakota (2): Gehring, Hendrickson

California (1): Dunn

By Position:

Offense (17): Alexander (RB), Benham (RB), DeClusin (WR), Dunn (RB), Erickson (OL), Goettlicher (WR), Hein (OL), Koziol (QB), Kryshak (FB), Langan (OL), Malone (WR), Moore (TE), Nguyen (RB), Summers (WR), Taylor Jr. (WR), Torgerson (FB), Valentine (OL)

Defense (14): Abaroa (S), Al-Khouri (DB), Dibble (ILB/DL), Elbe (DL), Fuller (OLB), Gehring (DL), Graff (ILB), Hendrickson (OLB), McAllister (ILB), Pflum (OLB), Shavlik (DL), Street (LB), Supler (ILB), Tismer (DB)

Offense/Defense (1): Rynning (QB/S)

Special Teams (1): Dustman (P/K)

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES (16)

€ SaVaughn Alexander (RB, 5-10, 185; Joliet, Ill. / Joliet West HS)

Alexander was an all-area special mention his senior season at Joliet West High School... Totaled more than 400 yards in the first four games of the season before missing the remainder of the campaign with an injury... Captain his senior season... Named the team's offensive player of the week after week one and three... Missed his junior season due to injury... A two-sport athlete, Alexander was a three year starter for the football team and earned four varsity letters in track and field.

Personal: Born Oct. 19, 1993... Son of Korie Alexander.

€ Kameel Al-Khouri (DB, 5-11, 170; Glendale, Ariz. / Cactus HS)

Al-Khouri was an AzFCA All-State, Arizona Republic All-State Division 3 and Scout 24/7football.com All-State Division 3 defensive back his senior season at Cactus High School... Guided the Cobras to an 11-2 overall mark, 6-0 league record and an appearance in the state finals (31-26 loss to Saguaro High School)... Totaled 109 tackles (57 solo) and five interceptions he returned for a total of 94 yards... The all-section and Peoria Unified School District First Team defensive back defended four passes and caused one fumble... Al-Khouri was also a threat on punt returns, as he earned all-state second team returner and Friday Night Fever All-Arizona Return Specialist honors... Returned 35 punts for 546 yards to average 15.6 yards per return and a long of 75 yards... Scored five touchdowns on punt returns and added a safety to total 32 points on the season... In a 53-34 victory against Liberty High School, he totaled 14 tackles (10 solo), two interceptions (93 yards) and returned three punts for 93 yards, including a 60 yard return for a touchdown.

Personal: Born Nov. 13, 1993... Son of Mazen and Carol Al-Khouri... Intends to major in law enforcement.

€ Max Dibble (ILB/DL, 6-1, 235; Fulda, Minn. / Fulda HS)

Dibble is a four-time letter winner in football for Fulda High School... Named a Daily Globe All-Area Defense selection twice and is a two-time Little Sioux All-Conference team member... Totaled a conference-best 119 tackles (52 solo) his senior season for the Raiders... Added five tackles for loss, recovered three fumbles - forcing one - two quarterback hurries and one sack... Earned 13 varsity letters in track (five), football (four) and basketball (four)... Member and president of the National Honor Society and is a four-time academic letter winner.

Personal: Born May 18, 1993 in Windom, Minn... Son of Tim and Stacy Dibble... Proposed education major.

€ Derrick Dunn (RB, 5-8 175; San Diego, Calif. / Mount Miguel HS)

A two-sport athlete at Mount Miguel High School, Dunn earned letters in football and track and field... Played running back, defensive back and served as a kick returner for the Matadors... Was named All-San Diego California Interscholastic Federation First Team as a senior after rushing for over 1,200 yards on 161 carries and 16 touchdowns... Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season... Also selected All-East County Sports First Team and All-Grossmont Valley League First Team.

Personal: Born April 19, 1994 in San Diego, Calif... Son of Derrick Dunn and Angela Moore... Plans to major in business.

€ Mitchell Elbe (DL, 6-3, 275; Sayner, Wis. / Northland Pines HS)

Elbe is a two-time WestPac First Team All-Conference team member on the offensive line... Helped guide Northland Pines High School to a 6-4 overall and 4-2 conference record his senior season to finish third in the league standings... Guided the 2011 WestPac Offensive Player of the Year, Eagle running back Austin Ramesh.

Personal: Born March 13, 1994 in Sayner, Wis... Son of Ted and Barb Elbe... Plans to major in special education.

€ Max Fuller (OLB, 6-5, 200; Stoughton, Wis. / Stoughton HS)

Fuller was named Badger South Conference Second Team All-Conference his senior season at both defensive end and wide receiver, guiding Stoughton High School to a 4-5 overall record and a 2-4 Badger South record... A captain as a senior he was named the team's most valuable player... A three year starter at wide receiver he caught 24 passes for 444 receiving yards and five touchdowns as a senior and was named all-conference honorable mention his junior season... He also served as the Vikings long snapper his junior and senior seasons... Earning six total varsity letters, Fuller is a member of the Stoughton baseball and basketball teams... Earned all-conference honorable mention his junior year on the basketball court.

Personal: Born Nov. 3, 1993 in Stoughton, Wis... Son of Brad and Darcy Fuller... Plans to major in sports management... Father, Brad, played football at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1988-91.

€ Austin Goettlicher (WR, 6-1, 175; Cleveland, Minn. / Cleveland HS)

Goettlicher served in multiple areas of the offense at Cleveland High School, including quarterback, running back and wide receiver... Named all-state honorable mention... A four-time letter winner in football he earned Southern Confederacy All-Conference honors three times... Threw for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season... Rushed for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns on 185 attempts (7.0 yards per rush)... Returned three kicks for 169 yards and two touchdowns to average 56.3 yards per return... A captain his senior year, Goettlicher was named the Clippers' Offensive Player of the Year... Honor roll student.

Personal: Born Feb. 28, 1994 in Mankato, Minn... Son of Jerimie Goettlicher and Becky Kern... Undecided on academic major at BSU... Uncle Patrick O'Connor played at BSU.

€ Jesse Hein (OL, 6-1, 280; Perham, Minn. / Perham HS)

Hein earned five varsity letters and was a decorated lineman at Perham High School... As a senior he earned Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention honors and was named Heart O'Lakes Conference Most Valuable Defensive Lineman after leading the team with 82 tackles (60 solo)... Posted 11 tackles for loss and forced one fumble for a Yellowjackets squad that made a state appearance after winning the Class AAA section championship in 2011... As a junior was named all-state honorable mention and the conference's most valuable offensive lineman... Hein is a three-time all-conference performer for the Yellowjackets and has helped guide Perham High School to three section championships and three state appearances... Named captain his junior and senior seasons... A section champion and state performer in wrestling... Earned five varsity letters in wrestling and is also an all-conference baseball player... A Triple A School Winner (Arts, Academics, Athletics), Hein is a member of the National Honor Society and is a letter winner in choir.

Personal: Born Sept. 21, 1993 in Fergus Falls, Minn... Son of Terry and Tracy Hein... Proposed education major... Father played football at North Dakota State College of Science and mother was a volleyball player at University of North Dakota.

€ Nathan Koziol (QB, 6-0, 175; Lodi, Wis. / Lodi HS)

Koziol was an all-conference honorable mention quarterback for Lodi High School his junior and senior seasons... A captain for his final two seasons with the Bluedevils, he guided the team to a 7-1 overall and 4-1 Capital North Conference record his senior season... At quarterback his senior season, he completed 77 of his 144 attempts, threw for 1,006 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions... He also rushed for 445 yards on 107 attempts (4.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns... On the defensive side of the ball he made 23 tackles (16 solo) playing defensive back... He totaled one interception and batted down five pass attempts... Finished his career as the school record holder in rushing yards (1,200) and rushing touchdowns (14) by a quarterback... The three-sport athlete has earned nine letters (four track, three football and two basketball) and is a decorated track and field athlete, guiding the Bluedevils to a their first conference championship in program history after earning conference champion in the 100- and 200-meter dash as a junior... Also excels in the classroom as an honor roll student.

Personal: Born Nov. 1, 1993 at KI Saywer AFB Mich... Son of Ray and Wendy Koziol... Plans to major in mass communications.

€ Nick Moore (TE, 6-5, 240; Osseo, Wis. / Osseo-Fairchild HS)

Moore grabbed 25 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end for Osseo-Fairchild High School as a senior... Also played defensive end and kicker... Earned All-Cloverbelt Conference First Team honors... Also an All-Area Second Team selection... Lettered in football (three years), baseball (four years) and basketball (three years).

Personal: Born July 16, 1993 in Eau Claire, Wis... Son of Terry and Lisa Moore... Undecided on a major... Father played football at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

€ Ross Pflum (OLB, 6-1, 212; Appleton, Wis. / Appleton East HS)

Pflum captained the Appleton East High School Patriots to a 3-6 overall and 2-5 Valley North Conference record his senior season... Was named second team all-conference as a running back his senior season after rushing 125 times for 718 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns to rank fifth in the conference in both yards and touchdowns.... Helped carry the load for the third best rushing offense in the conference... The two-sport athlete has earned five varsity letters, three from football and two from baseball... Pflum is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born July 9, 1993 in Appleton Wis... Son of Nick and Melissa Pflum... Plans to major in biology.

€ Adam Shavlik (DL, 6-6, 230; Manitowoc, Wis. / Manitowoc Lincoln HS)

Lettered in football (four years), wrestling (four years) and track and field (two years)... Led Lincoln High School to Fox River Classic Conference Championship as a senior... Played defensive end for the Ships... Selected All-Fox River Classic Conference Honorable Mention as a senior... Took eighth place in 215 pound weight division at Wisconsin State Wrestling Championships as a junior... Currently fifth-ranked heavyweight in the state... Has 100 career wins on the mat.

Personal: Born Nov. 20, 1993 in Manitowoc, Wis... Son of Andrew and Joan Shavlik... Undecided on major.

€ Matthew Summers (WR, 6-0, 200; Isle, Minn. / Isle HS)

Summers was an all-state honorable mention pick for Isle High School his senior season... Guided the Huskies to a 7-3 overall and 6-2 Great Northern record in 2011... Earned all-section and all-conference honors after rushing for more than 1,400 yards (7.0 yards per carry) and bringing in almost 700 yards receiving (24.8 yards per catch) for a total of 27 touchdowns... Also a return threat, Summers was named Great Northern All-Conference Special Teams Player of the Year... Named the team's most valuable player and offensive player of the year... Selected all-conference honorable mention as a junior.

Personal: Born August 5, 1993 in Detroit Lakes, Minn... Son of Mike (Joy) Summers and Kari (Steve) Sammis... Undecided on an academic major.

€ Dexter Taylor Jr. (WR, 5-10, 170; Lockport, Ill. / Lockport HS)

Taylor is a three-sport athlete at Lockport High School... A wide receiver for the Porters, he is a two-time Southwest Suburban All-Conference performer... A captain his senior season, he helped guide the team to a 7-4 overall record, 4-3 league mark and a trip to the second round of the Illinois Class 8A playoffs... Earned letters in track (three), football (two) and basketball (two)... Excels in the classroom as an honor roll student all four years of high school.

Personal: Son of Dexter Sr. and Linda Taylor... Undecided on a major at BSU... Uncle is Richard Buchanan, who played in eight total games in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 and 1994.

€ Josh Tismer (DB, 6-1, 190; White Bear Lake, Minn. / White Bear Lake HS)

Tismer was a Suburban East All-Conference award winner for White Bear Lake High School as a senior... Guided the Bears to a 7-3 overall and 6-2 conference record in 2011... A captain his senior year, Tismer was named the team's defensive most valuable player... Three-sport athlete with varsity letters in basketball (four), football (three) and track (two)... On the B-honor roll and earned the Excelling in Excellence Award at White Bear Lake High School.

Personal: Born Oct. 26 1993 in St. Paul, Minn... Son of Chris and Kerrie Tismer... Intends to major in business or education at BSU.

€ Matthew Valentine (OL, 6-5, 260; Little Falls, Minn. / Little Falls HS)

Valentine is a three year letter winner in football for Little Falls High School on the offensive line... Named All-Granite Ridge and earned the conference's award for offensive lineman of the year his senior season... Protected the Flyer quarterback that finished third in the conference in passing yards (978 yards)... Named the team's lineman of the year... A three-sport athlete, Valentine has earned two letters in basketball and baseball... Is an all-conference honorable mention in basketball.

Personal: Born Oct. 1, 1993... Son of Jerome and Wendy Valentine.

TRANSFER COMMITMENTS (1)

€ Jordan Abaroa (S, 5-11, 195; Gilbert, Ariz. / Scottsdale Community College)

Played two years at Scottsdale Community College... Led the Fighting Artichokes with eight pass breakups and one interception as a sophomore... Tallied 47 tackles, had five tackles for loss and one sack last season for Scottsdale... Named National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-America during both years at junior college... Attended Highland High School and lettered in football and track and field for the Hawks... Played wide receiver and safety... Had 34 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior... Graduated high school in 2006.

Personal: Born Jan. 3, 1988 in Mesa, Ariz... Son of Steve and Dee Dee Abaroa... Plans to major in mass communications at BSU.

BSU LETTER OF ADMISSION SIGNEES (16)

€ Damon Benham (RB, 6-0 185; Deer River, Minn. / Deer River HS)

Accomplished athlete on the football field and the basketball court... Lettered in football (four years), basketball (four years) and baseball (three years) at Deer River High School... Played quarterback for the Warrior football team... Rushed for 730 yards and threw for 360 yards as a senior... 2011 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention pick on the gridiron... Accounted for 22 touchdowns overall for the Deer River High School... Selected All-Great Polar Alliance (White) First Team as a junior and senior... 1,000 point scorer on the basketball court... Currently leads the Warrior basketball team in scoring with 20.8 points per game... Also averaging 4.3 assists per game on the hardwood... All-conference selection for basketball as a sophomore and junior.

Personal: Born June 11, 1994 in Deer River, Minn...Son of Dale and Addie Benham...Undecided on major.

€ Zach DeClusin (WR, 6-1, 180; Bemidji, Minn. / Bemidji HS)

DeClusin helped guide the Bemidji High School Lumberjacks to a 12-1 record and a state runner-up title his senior season as a starting tailback and slot receiver... On the ground he carried the ball 41 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns... Averaged 6.8 yards per carry and 34.8 yards per game on the ground... In the air he caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown to average 14.4 yards per reception... Finished fifth on the squad in scoring with 30 points... The three-sport athlete has earned nine varsity letters at Bemidji High School in football (three), basketball (three) and track (three)... High school teammate of fellow signee Andrew Street.

Personal: Born August 8, 1993 in Fargo, N.D... Son of Jack DeClusin and Sarah Arthur... Intends to major in physical education.

€ Tyler Dustman (P/K, 6-1, 190; St Francis, Minn. / St. Francis HS)

Dustman was an All-North Suburban Conference Honorable Mention pick for St. Francis High School his senior year as the team's place kicker... Soccer player turned football kicker he earned a letter in football (2011) and three in soccer (2009-2011)... A two-season captain on the Fighting Saints soccer team, Dustman earned all-conference honorable mention his junior and senior seasons... Earned academic all-conference in both soccer and football his senior season... Excels in the classroom with academic letter awards (2010-11) and is an active member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born August 28, 1994 in Coon Rapids, Minn... Son of Charles and Tanya Dustman... Proposed wildlife management major.

€ David Erickson (OL, 6-3, 280, Thief River Falls, Minn. / Lincoln HS)

Erickson helped guide Lincoln High School to a 6-4 overall and 4-2 Heart O' Lakes record his senior season... Earned all-state honorable mention as a senior after being named Heart O' Lakes All-Conference MVP Offensive Lineman... Paved the way for fellow Bemidji State signee, fullback Kaleb Torgerson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards... Named all-conference his junior season... High school teammate of fellow signees Torgerson and Adam Langan.

Personal: Born August 20, 1993 in Thief River Falls, Minn... Son of Paul and Coreen Erickson... A proposed chemistry major.

€ Brett Gehring (DL, 6-0 235; Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck HS)

Gehring was named North Dakota Coaches Association First Team All-State as a senior... Selected All-West Region First Team... Started at middle linebacker for the Demons as a junior and moved to guard as a senior... Guided Bismarck High School to the Class AAA State Championship and a Western Dakota Association conference title with an 11-1 record as a senior... Helped lead the Demons to the state tournament as a junior, as the Demons posted three state titles in the four years he was in high school... Guided running back Layne Johs to a first team all-state selection.

Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1993... Son of Jeff and Debra Gehring.

€ Sam Graff (ILB, 6-0, 200; Rothschild, Wis. / D.C. Everest HS)

Earned All-Wisconsin Valley Conference First Team honors as a senior while playing outside linebacker... Lettered three years in football... Picked up All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Honorable Mention accolades as a junior... Returned interception for a 51-yard touchdown as a senior... Recorded two fumble recoveries... Served as team captain and earned Team MVP for the defense as a senior.

Personal: Born Dec. 30, 1993 in Wausau, Wis... Son of Randy and Debbie Graff... Plans to major in sports management.

€ Reed Hendrickson (OLB, 6-1 215; Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck HS)

Hendrickson lettered in football (two years) and track and field (four years) at Bismarck High School... Helped lead the Demons to the Class AAA State Championship as a senior after a Western Dakota Association conference title with an 11-1 record... Also helped lead Bismarck High School to the state tournament as a junior, as the Demons posted three state titles in the four years he was in high school... Totaled 75 tackles (14 for loss), eight sacks a touchdown and one fumble recovery his two seasons on the varsity squad... Played guard and linebacker... A leader on and off the field, Hendrickson represented North Dakota youth at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress in Los Angeles, Calif.

Personal: Born Dec. 1, 1993 in Carrington, N.D... Son of Keith and Carol Hendrickson... Plans to major in business administration.

€ Andrew Kryshak (FB, 5-9, 240; Menomonie, Wis. / Menomonie HS)

Played defensive tackle for Menomonie High School... Will play fullback for Bemidji State University... Earned letters in football and track and field... Selected All-Big Rivers Conference Second Team as a junior and senior... Named to Tim Krumrie Award Pre-Season Watch List heading into senior year, award is given to Wisconsin's top defensive lineman... Led Mustangs to Big Rivers Conference Championship as a senior.

Personal: Born Feb. 9, 1994 in Menomonie, Wis... Son of Bill and Mary Kay Kryshak... Plans to major in sociology.

€ Adam Langan (OL, 6-3, 240; Thief River Falls, Minn. / Lincoln HS)

Langan helped guide Lincoln High School to a 6-4 overall and 4-2 Heart O' Lakes record his senior season... Paved the way for fellow Bemidji State signee, fullback Kaleb Torgerson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards... Named Heart O' Lakes All-Conference his senior year and all-conference honorable mention his junior season... Member of the A and B honor roll... High school teammate of fellow signees Torgerson and David Erickson.

Personal: Born June 2, 1994... Son of Jeff and Kim Langan... Proposed elementary education major.

€ Josh Malone (WR, 5-10, 165; Gordon, Wis. / Northwood HS)

Played running back and linebacker at Northwood High School... Had 355 yards rushing and 25 tackles as a senior for the Evergreens... Also returned kickoffs including one for a touchdown... Named All-Small Lakeland Conference First Team as a running back and linebacker as a junior and senior... Selected All-Small Lakeland Conference Honorable Mention as a running back as a sophomore... All-Area pick as a sophomore, junior and senior... Selected to participate in the Wisconsin Shrine Game as a defensive back in July... Lettered in football (four years), baseball (four years), basketball (one year) and wrestling (one year).

Personal: Born June 5, 1994 in Duluth, Minn... Son of John and Karen Malone... Father played football at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire... Plans to major in business.

€ Logan McAllister (ILB, 6-1, 215; Brainerd, Minn. / Brainerd HS)

McAllister helped guide Brainerd High School to a 7-4 overall and 5-1 record his senior season... Earned Brainerd Dispatch All-Area honors his senior season after he recorded 134 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries as a linebacker and found the end zone on the ground as a fullback and added one score as a receiver... Named all-state second team once, all-section twice and all-conference on two occasions during his career... A captain for the Warriors his senior season, McAllister was a member of back-to-back section championship teams that placed fourth at the state tournament (2009 and 2010)... Named the team's defensive player of the year... A two-sport athlete, McAllister earned three varsity letters in football and one in track and field.

Personal: Born Nov. 9, 1993... Son of Brian and Kathryn McAllister

€ Nam Nguyen (RB, 5-6, 160; St. Cloud, Minn. / St. Cloud Apollo)

Nguyen is a two-time Central Lakes All-Conference performer for St. Cloud Apollo... Played both sides of the ball to lead the team in rushing, receiving and tackles... Rushed for more than 800 yards and seven touchdowns... Also a weapon on kick returns he posted a 99 yard return for a touchdown against Foley High School... A two-sport athlete for the Eagles, Nguyen is a five-time letter winner in wrestling... Is a four-time all-conference recipient on the mat and a placed fourth at state his sophomore year.

Personal: Born March 7,1993... Son of Hoang and Phoung Nguyen... Intends to major in international business.

€ Zach Rynning (QB/S, 6-3, 195; Kennedy, Minn. / Kittson Central HS)

Three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) at Kittson Central High School... Earned All-Top of the State Conference honors on the gridiron as a junior and senior in the nine-man league... Played quarterback and cornerback... Named Minnesota Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention quarterback as a senior... Also named All-Top of the State Conference in baseball and basketball as a junior.

Personal: Born Dec. 26, 1993 in Grand Forks, N.D... Son of Timothy and Lisa Rynning... Father played football at Minnesota State University Moorhead... Mother played volleyball and basketball at MSU Moorhead... Uncle J.J. Lennon played football at University of Minnesota... Plans to major in exercise science.

€ Andrew Street (LB, 6-0, 220; Bemidji, Minn. / Bemidji HS)

Street was a key member of the 12-1 Bemidji High School Lumberjacks that finished second in the state tournament his senior season... Was an all-section team member as a nose guard and fullback... Finished with 78 tackles (32 solo), which was good for fourth on a team that allowed just 12.3 points per game in 2011... Added 5.0 sacks to rank third on the team and posted a fumble recovery... Named Bemidji High School Best Lineman... Rushed the ball seven times for 19 yards... Moved to Bemidji prior to his senior season... Earned all-section and all-metro honors at Columbus Catholic High School in Waterloo, Iowa... High school teammate of fellow signee Zach DeClusin.

Personal: Born May 31, 1993 in Winona, Minn... Son of Jon and Betsy Olson and Greg Street... Undecided on a major at BSU.

€ Ethan Supler (ILB, 6-1 220; Elbow Lake, Minn. / West Central HS)

Supler lettered in football (three years), wrestling (two years), track and field (one year) and baseball (one year) at West Central High School... Played running back and linebacker for the Knights... Served as team captain as a senior... Named 6A All-Section... Also selected All-Prairie South Conference Honorable Mention as a senior... Led the team in tackles with 69.5 and also added 1.5 sacks... Rushed for 283 yards on 57 carries... Named Most Valuable Defensive Player for West Central.

Personal: Born Oct. 12, 1993 in Billings, Montana... Son of Terry Supler and Donna Caheen... Plans to major in physical education.

€ Kaleb Torgerson (FB, 5-11, 220; Thief River Falls, Minn. / Lincoln HS)

Lettered in football, ice hockey and track and field at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls... Played fullback and middle linebacker for the Prowlers... Selected All-St. Paul Pioneer Press Honorable Mention and was an All-Heart O'lakes Conference selection as a senior after rushing for over 1,000 yards... Team captain his senior season... Set a school record for most carries in a game in 2011 with 35, as he went for 234 yards... Named all-conference his junior season after rushing for 600 yards and eight touchdowns... Posted 500 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground as a sophomore... High school teammate of fellow signees David Erickson and Adam Langan.

Personal: Born Nov. 15, 1993 in Thief River Falls, Minn...Son of Mike and Carla Torgerson...Undecided on major.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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