It was bound to happen any day, and NDSU football recruiting is off and running with the verbal commitments of a pair of players who are similar in stature. Jarrod Tuszka is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect at defensive end from Warner, S.D., and Grant Morgan is a 6-5, 250-pound defensive tackle prospect from Oshkosh, Wis.
Tuszka, playing for a small school, does everything for his team, as you would expect. “He has great skills,” said Tom Kulesa, his head coach.
Tuszka said his performance at NDSU’s summer camp was probably the biggest reason he got an offer. He said Minnesota-Duluth was his other scholarship option, although other, unspecified schools were in the mix.
Morgan is more of a highly-touted recruit. Central Michigan of the FBS Mid-American Conference also offered. Here is his highlight tape.
Morgan’s coach Chris Kujawa told me that Morgan loved the atmosphere when he came to Fargo and what really put NDSU over the top is that Morgan has relatives in North Dakota.
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Not soon after those two recruits verballed, NDSU got another from the state of Wisconsin in 6’1, 205 pound linebacker Alex Hahn. His head coach at Oak Creek HS, Mike Bartholomew told me “he’s got a great motor, has only played D-line the last two years, this will be his first season without his hand on the ground.” His stats last year as a defensive lineman are impressive, he racked up 75 tackles wih 9 sacks and 8 tackles for loss. 75 tackles from the d-line is a massive total, made more impressive that Oak Creek plays at the top level of football in Wisconsin. I also asked Bartholomew about the run of players NDSU is getting in Wisconsin and he said it all traces back to Tim Polasek. Polasek used to play for Bartholomew and have a great relationship, Bartholomew said that is consistent with most of the high school coaches in the state of Wisconsin. It’s a terrific pipeline for NDSU, look at the current roster, led by Brock Jensen, Colten Heagle and Justin Juckem. That takes the verbal total for 3 for 2013, that’s a lot this early, I think NDSU didn’t hit 3 last year till late August/early September.