The kickoff of spring ball wasn’t the only big event going down last Friday/Saturday. The Hawks also held their second Junior Day in conjunction with practice on those two mornings.
We were told they hosted around 25 prospective student-athletes from the Class of 2021.
The big news out of the weekend were the inevitable offers to three local standouts. OL Andrew Leingang, DE Jaxon Duttenhefer, and QB Trey Feeney were all on campus and all got offered a scholarship by head coach Bubba Schweigert.
The Hawks now have 8 total offers out to Class of 2021 prospects. The list can be seen here. Its quite apparent that again this year they are going with the ‘quality over quantity’ approach. It’s quite common for FBS schools to “offer” hundreds of players from January to May but the FCS schools are typically much more calculated than that.
Leingang is regarded as the one of the top offensive lineman in the state, if not the top OL. The 6’5″-260 junior from Bismarck Century is very athletic for his size and would be projected as a tackle in college. He has picked up offers from South Dakota and NDSU already this winter.
Awesome weekend at UND! It was a great Junior Day visiting with the coaches and seeing the facilities. I am thankful and excited to have recieved an offer! I appreciate the opportunity @BubbaSchweigert @pawlakjoe @SamKing10 pic.twitter.com/vd5FT4MRZr
— Andrew Leingang (@AndrewLeingang) March 1, 2020
Duttenhefer is regarded as the best defensive lineman in the state – probably the best defensive player overall. At 6’4″-250, he is a disruptive force along the defensive line and plays with a non-stop motor. Duttenhefer also already has offers from South Dakota and NDSU, to go along with Central Michigan and Dartmouth (which tells us he is a very good student).
Had a great Junior Day visit in Grand Forks. Big thanks to @coachflyger @BubbaSchweigert @SamKing10 @CoachHolinka I’m also very excited to announce I’ve received a scholarship offer from @UNDfootball pic.twitter.com/t7JwESqwjY
— Jaxon Duttenhefer (@JDuttenhefer) March 1, 2020
Feeney, a 6’3″-190 standout from Moorhead High School, is an excellent overall athlete – also starring in basketball and baseball for the Spuds. His father, Kevin, was a quarterback for NDSU in the late 90’s and is currently the head coach at Moorhead High. This one obviously would be a tough get for UND but they did pull Bo Belquist (father played at NDSU) last year so you have think it’s worth a shot.
Beyond blessed and humbled to have received an offer from the University of North Dakota! Thank you, @BubbaSchweigert @dfreund7 @SamKing10 and Coach Shawn Kostich for this opportunity!! pic.twitter.com/IW1gBCO4rS
— Trey Feeney (@FeeneyTrey) March 1, 2020
The Hawks also offered offensive lineman Calvin Muraski of Bay Port High School in Wisconsin. Muraski is a big man, standing 6’8″, runs like a tight end, and obviously has a huge frame to work with. He plays guard for the Pirates but would initially project as a tackle in college. Muraski has a few other offers already – most notably from Central Michigan and Western Michigan – to go along with a Dartmouth offer.
— Calvin Muraski (@CalvinMuraski) March 1, 2020