Stop me if you heard this before: UND has gotten a commitment from a flex-type WR/TE.
OC Danny Freund has made it a point to have long, rangy WR’s that can double as a tight end if need be. He already has commits from Jaden Norby (6’4″) and Tanner Koziol (6’5″) in this class to go along with freshman Elijah Klein (6’6″) from last years class. This is after they just graduated Noah Wanzek (6’4″) and Travis Toivonen (6’3″).
To make sure the wide receiver room stays big, the Hawks added a commitment in-state standout Nick Kupfer on Sunday. Kupfer is coming to UND as a preferred walk-on and is the 16th member of the Class of 2021.
Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and football career at the University of North Dakota! Thank you @SamKing10, @dfreund7 and @BubbaSchweigert for the opportunity! pic.twitter.com/Y5x2il7oST
— Nick Kupfer (@Nickkupfer20) September 26, 2020
The 6’3″-180 athlete is the first D1 player in the short history of the Bismarck Legacy football program and already has 16 receptions for 345 yards and 4 TD’s though four games. Kupfer also participates in basketball and track for the Sabers.
Kupfer reminds me a bit of the aforementioned Wanzek, who also played his high school ball in the WDA for the Jamestown Blue Jays. He may not be the contortionist (credit to Jack Michaels for that description) that Wanzek was but he has similar size and body control to go along with a large catch radius. Kupfer isn’t going to blow by anybody but he does possess solid speed and burst, enough to get on top of the defensive back and then utilize his size advantage to make the play. He has been taught well, runs quality routes and knows his strengths – which are his frame, athleticism and hands.
This is another high-quality walk-on for the Bubba Schweigert and company, much like Ethan McKenney (Kindred) who committed a few weeks ago. Kupfer stated in the Bismarck Tribune commitment article that he has always wanted to go to UND, calling it his “dream school”. That kind of desire is something that shouldn’t be understated when talking about a recruit.
Cover photo courtesy of the Bismarck Tribune.