We had speculated throughout the summer that the third and final Flagship camp could be fruitful for a number of reasons. It proved true as Bubba Schweigert and staff were able to pull in four more commits following camp, upping the class total to eight.

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The first commit of the weekend was offensive lineman Liam Becher.  The big man from Iowa City West High School stands 6’6″-300 and moves quite well for his size. It’s been tough for UND to get offensive lineman out of Iowa as most programs know that Iowa produces excellent big men.

Becher projects as a tackle in college and the more the tackle bodies the better for UND. With some added strength and toning he could turn into a heck of a player for the Hawks. Being he is already 300 pounds he wouldn’t need to put on much weight, it would be more keeping it off and adding muscle.  The frame is there for a big things.

At camp this past Saturday Becher was dominant in the one-on-one board drills and faired quite well in pass rush drill, as well, which solidified his offer from the Hawks.

Becher is the second offensive line in this class, joining Brett Kelzenberg.

The second commit to announce this weekend was safety Deven Magli of DeForest High School in Wisconsin.

Magli, 6’0″-190, was an absolute freak at the camps this summer and caught UND’s eye early on.  He broad jumped 10’6″ and had a vertical jump of 36″, both of which are outstanding numbers and show his twitch. Size is obviously great in a football player but explosion is something that can separate a player from the rest.

Magli was a first-team all state selection last season for the Norskies (what a nickname!).  On tape Magli is a highly athletic, fast, active safety who likes to hit, as well.  He reminds us a bit of Cam Kuksa, possibly a little Cole Reyes, as well.  Smooth in and out of breaks and makes big plays – the perfect combination for a safety.

Magli already has 12 INT’s in his career. To show his versatility, Magli played corner, wide receiver, and returned kicks & punts for the Norskies last season.

UND got another secondary commitment when CB Jamal Dixon of Moorhead High School announced via Twitter he was going to be a Hawk.

Dixon, 6’1″-180, is a long, athletic corner that projects well to the college game. He shows nice ball skills at the point of the catch and seems comfortable defending the receiver and locating the ball, which isn’t always easy to do.  The UND cornerback room is as good as it’s ever been.

Dixon is the brother of current UND standout running back Otis Weah. For Dixon to be able to play with his brother in college is something that kids can only dream of and is a great story.

The other storyline is the fact that the Hawks landed yet another Moorhead Spud.  That school has been quite good to UND and all of the recruits they have gotten have seemed to be good players and good kids. Kevin Feeney is doing a hell of a job down there producing D1 talent on a annual basis.

The final recruit of the weekend was also on the defensive side of the ball in DE Kendis Ledbetter.

Ledbetter, 6’4″-240, plays for Sioux Falls Washington High School in South Dakota. He mainly played defensive tackle for Washington so he is used to the interior play.  I could see Ledbetter playing nose guard if need be in UND’s 3-4 scheme but predominantly be a defensive end.

Ledbetter has a nice burst of the snap, beating the offensive line to the gap on many occasions. He is very gifted, athletic big man that can run. It’s evident that he hustles every play and runs to the ball well for a interior lineman.

The Hawks need size along the defensive line.  The MVFC teams prefer to run the ball straight at you if they can and this past spring showed that the UND needs bigger bodies in there to hold up vs the heavy sets that teams may run.

In summary, UND got commits from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin this weekend – that is keeping it local.

Look for UND to try and get 3-4 more commits before the season fires up in a few weeks.  Active offers are out to RB Eli Gillman, WR Carson Hegerle, LB Mackenson Owens, LB Luna Larson, LB Zach Gloudeman and a few others. Linebacker is a position that doesn’t have any commitments.