Each year there are typically 12-15 players that fall into the “FCS-Level Player” category in the state of North Dakota. Some years more than others but typically around that area.
This year, however, UND has seemed to notice something early on with this 2020 class because they jumped in once again on Wednesday, securing the commitment of New Rockford-Sheyenne standout Bo Belquist.
Belquist is already the 6th North Dakotan to commit to UND in this class and it’s only July. Typically, the Hawks get several preferred walk-ons later in the recruiting year, as well.
- WR Bo Belquist – 6’0”-160 – New Rockford-Sheyenne High School (ND)
- S Peyton Fisher – 6’0″-175 – Fargo North High School (ND)
- OL Jack Kuntz – 6’5″-280 – Devils Lake High School (ND)
- LB Jack Ihry – 6’0″-200 – Finley-Sharon Hope-Page High School (ND)
- OL Peyton Lotysz – 6’2″-250 – Red River High School (ND)
- TE-WR Elijah Klein – 6’6″-190 – Mandan High School (ND)
I am excited to say that I am going to continue my football career as well as academics, at the University of North Dakota. Special thanks to my family and friends, also thanks to @BubbaSchweigert and the other amazing coaches for everything they did. #Jets 🦅 pic.twitter.com/A6AC0XjNSm
— Bo Belquist (@BelquistBo) July 11, 2019
Belquist, 6’0″-160, is the definition of an all-around, all-season athlete. He participates in four sports for the Rockets and is a standout in all of them.
In football this past fall Belquist caught 54 balls for 1,096 yards and 18 touchdowns. In basketball he averaged 15 points per game and led the Rockets to a 5th place finish at the Class B tournament. He was an all-state selection in baseball and to top it off he won the long jump and triple jump at the state Class B track meet (also qualified in three other events).
What this tells us is the kid loves to compete and he sure as heck doesn’t like to ‘specialize’ in any sport.
Belquist is projected to play wide receiver in college. He reminds us a bit of former UND wideout Brady Trenbeath. Belquist should evolve into the strong, physical type of wideout that can run any route and will get you a first down on 3rd on 7 by going across the middle. Trenbeath (6’1″) was a guy that Danny Freund went to quite often when in need of a big play.
The Rockets run a spread/gun system, much like UND, so Belquist is somewhat used to playing wide receiver in that offense.
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