CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston football program announced the addition of 32 student-athletes for the 2017 season. The class includes 31 high school signees and one junior college transfer.

“We feel really good about what we were able to bring in with this signing class,” Fritze said. “We had an emphasis on four-year players as we look to continue to build this program and we feel like we found guys that will help to continue to build our foundation.”

Coach Mike Fritze’s fourth recruiting class as head coach at UMC is highlighted by 20 players from the Midwest Region. The Golden Eagles found success north of the border as they went into Manitoba and signed four players. In addition, they inked six players from Minnesota, six from Wisconsin, two from South Dakota and two from North Dakota.

“We always focus on the region and we were able to find success in our normal recruiting territories of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin,” Fritze said. “Maybe the best thing about our class though is the balance we found in positions. We are still short a little bit in the offensive line and we would like to bring in a couple of more guys there and a kicker, but other than that we really filled a lot of needs today.

We did have a good spread of location for our signees this season, as well. It was a good thing for us to get into the Winnipeg area. Coach (Mark) Dufner did a great job up there for us. We got some really good talent from there, which isn’t always easy because of the differences in the value of the dollar.”

UMC was able to find success outside of the region. UMC signed 12 out of region players who will add to the talent of the program. The Golden Eagles found a lot of success in Arizona, where they had success two years ago with the signing of Bubba Cook. The Golden Eagles inked seven players from the Grand Canyon State. UMC also signed a quarterback and wide receiver pair from California and one junior college player who also signed last year before ending up at Northland Community and Technical College.

“Coach (Levi) Bullerman did a great job getting into Arizona and finding success down there and we also were able to bring in two players from California that could help us immediately. In Texas, we bring in a guy in Dez Henderson, who we signed last year, and then we bring in a talented linebacker from Florida in Michael Smart.”

The 32 signees will add to the 63 players currently on the University of Minnesota Crookston football roster, giving the Golden Eagles 95 players scheduled to be ready to go for Fall Camp in August.

The Golden Eagles also were able to bring in great balance in their recruiting class as they signed 15 defensive players and 17 offensive players.

The student-athletes listed today as having signed National Letters of Intent or Offers of Admission to play at University of Minnesota, Crookston have been verified by the UMC Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from UMC.

Minnesota Crookston will look to build on an already young roster as they supplement a core of talented youth. The Golden Eagles are looking to improve on a 0-11 mark. The Golden Eagles will be led by returning All-NSIC players Adam Connette (Sr., WR, Corona, Calif.) and Will Cross (R-So., LB, Turtle Lake, Wis.). Cross was a breakout player in 2016 and led the Golden Eagles with 90 tackles. Connette notched 72 receptions for 760 yards and five touchdowns. He became the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, surpassing UMC greats Mark Olsonawski and Carl Aho.

The Golden Eagles will continue to be led by Mark Dufner on defense as he returns for his 16th season on staff and fifth season as Defensive Coordinator. Fritze returns for his fifth season as head coach and is slated to take over play calling duties on the offensive side of the ball. Dave Volk, who is in his third season on staff, will be the run game coordinator. Recruiting Coordinator Levi Bullerman, safeties coach Tom Miller and corners coach and special team coordinator Sam Smith also return to the fray.

UMC will open up the 2017 season Thurs., Aug. 31 in a night game at Ed Widseth Field against Upper Iowa University.

Commits (32)

High School Signees (31)

Bo Addicott/DB/5-9 165/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

Elizsha Bear-Encinas/OL/6-3 253/Casa Grande, Ariz./Vista Grande H.S.

Markos Bockru/DB/6-2 160/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Dakota Collegiate Institute

Reggie Brown, Jr./DL/6-2 245/Wausau, Wis./Wausau East H.S.

Nathan Coy/WR/6-0 185/Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie H.S.

Josh Diamond/DL/6-2 230/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey Collegiate

DeAndre Ector/DB/5-10 167/Chandler, Ariz./Williams Field H.S.

Joel Fisseha/DB/6-2 201/Brandon, Manitoba/Vincent Massey H.S.

Jordan Frieberg/DL/6-2 220, Surprise, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

Johnathan Garcia/WR/5-8 150/Hesperia, Calif./Sultana H.S.

Justin Geisen/DL/6-2 215/Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View H.S.

Mark Gores/LB/6-0 200/Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.

Zach Gutterud/LB/5-10 195, Grand Forks, N.D./Red River H.S.

Boyce Harr/RB/ 5-9 190, Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

Brendon Harris/OL/6-4 360/Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King H.S.

Tyler Kennedy/WR/5-9 160/Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

Brandon Kihne/FB/6-0 205/Neche, N.D./North Border H.S.

Brendan Kinnee/LB/6-1 210/Buckeye, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

Tyler Kropuenske/OL/6-5 250/Baileys Harbor, Wis./Gibraltar H.S.

Reyes Lara III/QB/5-11 205/Surprise, Ariz./Valley Vista H.S.

Ty Love/DB/5-11 170/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

Brandon O’Connor/RB/6-3 176/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.

Michael Smart/LB/6-1 240/St. Petersburg, Fla./Clearwater Academy

Austin Steele/DB/5-10 190/La Crosse, Wis./La Crosse Central H.S.

E.J. Stewart/QB/6-1 188/Hesperia, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

La’ryountae Taylor/DB/6-0 175/Brooklyn Park, Minn./Patrick Henry H.S.

Tavian Tumbleson/FB/5-9 210/Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi H.S.

Reece Walno/TE/6-3 230/Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

Keagan Williams/WR/6-4 190/Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen H.S.

Keon’te Williams/DL/6-3 211/Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point Area Senior H.S.

Jacob Zwieg/WR/6-1 185/New Brighton, Minn./Irondale H.S.

Junior College (1)

Dez Henderson/RB/5-6 175, Fort Worth, Texas/Northland Community and Technical College (Minn.)

Commits (32)

National Letter of Intent

High School Signees (31)

Bo Addicott/DB/5-9 165/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

Elizsha Bear-Encinas/OL/6-3 253/Casa Grande, Ariz./Vista Grande H.S.

Markos Bockru/DB/6-2 160/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Dakota Collegiate Institute

Reggie Brown, Jr./DL/6-2 245/Wausau, Wis./Wausau East H.S.

Nathan Coy/WR/6-0 185/Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie H.S.

Josh Diamond/DL/6-2 230/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey Collegiate

DeAndre Ector/DB/5-10 167/Chandler, Ariz./Williams Field H.S.

Joel Fisseha/DB/6-2 201/Brandon, Manitoba/Vincent Massey H.S.

Jordan Frieberg/DL/6-2 220, Surprise, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

Johnathan Garcia/WR/5-8 150/Hesperia, Calif./Sultana H.S.

Justin Geisen/DL/6-2 215/Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View H.S.

Mark Gores/LB/6-0 200/Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.

Zach Gutterud/LB/5-10 195, Grand Forks, N.D./Red River H.S.

Boyce Harr/RB/ 5-9 190, Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

Brendon Harris/OL/6-4 360/Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King H.S.

Tyler Kennedy/WR/5-9 160/Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

Brandon Kihne/FB/6-0 205/Neche, N.D./North Border H.S.

Brendan Kinnee/LB/6-1 210/Buckeye, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

Tyler Kropuenske/OL/6-5 250/Baileys Harbor, Wis./Gibraltar H.S.

Reyes Lara III/QB/5-11 205/Surprise, Ariz./Valley Vista H.S.

Ty Love/DB/5-11 170/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

Brandon O’Connor/RB/6-3 176/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.

Michael Smart/LB/6-1 240/St. Petersburg, Fla./Clearwater Academy

Austin Steele/DB/5-10 190/La Crosse, Wis./La Crosse Central H.S.

E.J. Stewart/QB/6-1 188/Hesperia, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

La’ryountae Taylor/DB/6-0 175/Brooklyn Park, Minn./Patrick Henry H.S.

Tavian Tumbleson/FB/5-9 210/Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi H.S.

Reece Walno/TE/6-3 230/Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

Keagan Williams/WR/6-4 190/Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen H.S.

Keon’te Williams/DL/6-3 211/Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point Area Senior H.S.

Jacob Zwieg/WR/6-1 185/New Brighton, Minn./Irondale H.S.

Junior College (1)

Dez Henderson/RB/5-6 175, Fort Worth, Texas/Northland Community and Technical College (Minn.)

Breakdown

Arizona (7)

California (3)

Florida (1)

Manitoba (4)

Minnesota (6)

North Dakota (2)

South Dakota (2)

Texas (1)

Wisconsin (6)

Offense (15)

Defense (17)

Austin Steele/DB/5-10 190/La Crosse, Wis./La Crosse Central H.S.

Highlights

Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Earned Wisconsin All-Regional Football team honors…Had six forced fumbles, which tied for first in the state...Steele was named First Team All-Mississippi Valley Conference…Played linebacker and wide receiver for La Crosse Central High School…Tallied 87 tackles with five fumble recoveries and two interceptions…Had one interception for a touchdown during his senior season…As a wide receiver, had six grabs for 107 yards for two touchdowns…Rushed five times for 23 yards.

Personal: Son of Tasha and Marvin Rice…Plans to major in marketing…Born Feb. 14, 1999.

Tyler Kropuenske/OL/6-5 245/Baileys Harbor, Wis./Gibraltar H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played offensive and defensive tackle for Gibraltar High School…Kropeunske was a three-year varsity starter…He earned First Team All-Conference as a junior and led his team to second-place in the league…Also plays varsity basketball, where he is a center…Earned Hardest Working Award for basketball as a sophomore and Top Newcomer as a freshman…On top of his offensive line duties, also ran five times for six yards and had six catches for 44 yards…Defensively, Kropuenske had 21 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles….Earned First Team All-Conference Offensive Line as a senior…Notched Second Team All-Conference offensive line as a sophomore…Picked up Second Team All-Conference defensive line honors as a junior and senior…Was a four-year varsity letter winner…Led team to 28-9 overall mark during his prep career…Played eight-man football at his high school.

Personal: Son of Josh and Alicia Kropuenske…Majoring in criminal justice…Born Aug. 2, 1999.

Tavian Tumbleson/FB/5-9 210/Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Competed for football and wrestling teams at Mahtomedi High School…Notched 105 rushes for 880 yards with 16 touchdowns as a senior…Rushed for 80.5 yards per game and had an average of 8.2 yards per carry on the year…Tallied three catches for 33 yards on the year…Rushed 80 times for 420 yards with eight touchdowns as a junior…Caught four passes for 49 yards…Tallied six tackles with one sack for Mahtomedi High School…Earned All-Conference and Best Offensive Back as a senior…He was named Best Offensive Back as a junior.

Personal: Son of Thad and Amy Tumbleson…Born March 22, 1999…His father Thad competed at the University of South Dakota…His sister is on the University of Minnesota dance team…Undecided on major.

Justin Geisen/DL/6-2 215/Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Helped Mounds View High School to a 7-3 mark as a senior…Played defensive end for his prep squad…Two year varsity letter winner.

Personal: Son of Kurt Geisen of Great Falls, Mont. And Theresa Pfeilsticker of Shoreview, Minn…Plans to major in exercise science…Born Nov. 20, 1998…He has lived in Spain, Florida, Japan, California, Montana and Minnesota.

Brandon O’Connor/RB/6-3 176/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played for Grant Park High School, which also has produced UMC long snapper Zach Greenberg…O’Connor helped lead the Pirates to a 5-2 mark on the season…He notched 830 yards on 107 carries with nine touchdowns on the season…O’Connor averaged 7.8 yards per carry…Also caught five passes for 55 yards on the year…Defensively, O’Connor made 15 tackles with four sacks and had two forced fumbles…As a junior, rushed 22 times for 132 yards and a touchdown…Named Team MVP in 2016…Named Player of the Week and an Elite Player of the Year nominee.

Personal: Son of Pauline McDonald Nault and Richard Nault…Born March 10, 1999…Planning to major in business.

Brandon Kihne/FB/6-0 205/Neche, N.D./North Border H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played at the high school level for North Border co-op in Walhalla, N.D…Played quarterback and defensive end during his high school career….As a quarterback, rushed for nearly 500 yards on the ground and had almost 800 yards through the air…Was a four-year varsity letter winner.

Personal: Plans to major in Agricultural Aviation…Born Aug. 4, 1998…Older brother Blake Setness played football at UMC…Another older brother Brock Setness played football at North Dakota.

Reggie Brown, Jr./DL/6-2 245/Wausau, Wis./Wausau East H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played defensive end and tight end for Wausau East High School…Had 16 tackles with one tackle for loss as a senior…Notched four tackles against Appleton North High School…Also played baseball and lacrosse…Two year varsity letter winner for football.

Personal: Son of Lynn and Richard Lawson…Born Sept. 17, 1998…Undecided on a major.

Mark Gores/LB/6-0 200/Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Was a team captain for Woodbury High School…Named Defensive Player of the Year…Was a multi-year academic letter recipient…Gores was a three-year starter for his high school team…Helped the Royals to a 4-5 mark and 4-4 in conference…Tallied 31 tackles with eight tackles for loss and one sack as a senior…A two-time All-Suburban East Conference Honorable Mention pick…Was a four-year varsity starter in lacrosse…Was team captain for lacrosse…Earned the Burlsworth Character Award.

Personal: Son of Steve and Schelly Gores…Born Nov. 10, 1998…Plans to major in software engineering…His great uncle Ollie Bakken was an All-American linebacker at University of Minnesota…He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and played pro in Canada for the Calgary Stampeders and British Columbia Lions…His cousin James Bakken plays football for Harvard.

Nathan Coy/WR/5-11 195/Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played wide receiver and defensive back for Sun Prairie High School…Tallied 14 catches for 296 yards with three touchdowns as a senior…Had 22 tackles with one sack, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble…Coy led Sun Prairie High School to an 8-2 mark during his senior season… Named Honorable Mention All-Area as defensive back…First Team All-Conference defensive back twice and Second Team All-Conference wide receiver once…Had 10 interceptions.

Personal: Son of Stephanie Coy…Undecided on major…Born March 31, 1999.

La’Ryountae Taylor/DB/6-0 175/Brooklyn Park, Minn./Patrick Henry H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: An All-District pick while at Patrick Henry High School…A member of the A-B honor roll…Earned team Defensive MVP as a senior…Served as team captain…Named Special Teams MVP as a junior.

Personal: Son of Samantha Taylor and Larry Boyd…Born July 26, 1999…Undecided on a major.

Reece Walno/TE/6-3 230/Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Walno played tight end and defensive end for Spearfish High School…As a junior, he had three catches for 46 yards…Helped block for over 1,700 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing during his junior season…Defensively, notched 32 tackles with one tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior…Had one fumble recovery as a senior for Spearfish High School…Earned a varsity letter as a sophomore at tight end…Helped block for over 2,500 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing during his senior year…He earned All-Black Hills Conference honors as a Defensive End…Named to South Dakota All-Star Team.

Personal: Son of Wylie and Bonnie Walno…Born March 1, 1999…Plans to major in aviation.

Markos Bockru/DB/6-2 160/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Dakota Collegiate Institute

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Had nine tackles and five interceptions on the season for Dakota Collegiate…Also had 3.5 special teams tackles and one blocked kick during his senior season…Played defensive back for the Dakota Lancers…A WHSFL 2016 Conference All Star in 2016…Named to As a junior, notched 8.5 defensive tackles and one special teams tackle…Was an Athlete of the Year nominee each season from 2012-15…Earned Gold and Silver Cup Awards at Athletic Banquet for 2015-16…Named to the All-Lancer Team in 2016…A WHSFL Honor Roll achiever in 2016…Earned the Lancer Award in 2016.

Personal: Son of Daniel Bockru and Aida Tekie…Born March 22, 1999…He is undecided on his major…His brother Macho Bockru plays football at the University of Manitoba.

Reyes Lara, III/QB/5-11 205/Surprise, Ariz./Valley Vista H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Went to the same high school as current Golden Eagle player Bubba Cook…Helped lead Valley Vista High School to a 7-4 mark overall and 4-1 in the conference…As a senior, Lara threw for 2,395 yards with 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions…He averaged 216.8 yards per game on the season…As a junior, Lara passed for 830 yards with five touchdowns…Had 95 yards rushing as a junior with three touchdowns...Earned Offensive Player of the Game five times as a senior and overall Player of the Game twice…Broke school records for single-season passing yards , passing yards in a single game (375) and single-season touchdowns…Earned Valley Vista Athlete of the Month and AZ Central Athlete of the Month and Athlete of the Week.

Personal: Son of Reyes Lara, Jr. and Carol Lara…Born Sept. 24, 1999…Plans to major in health science (pre-physical therapy)…First generation college football player…Academic Scholar Athlete for four seasons.

Boyce Harr/RB/5-9 190/Spearfish, S.D./Spearfish H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Rushed 51 times for 421 times for three touchdowns as a senior…Harr averaged 8.3 yards per carry for Spearfish High School…He had two games with over 100 yards rushing…As a junior, he rushed 23 times for 125 times…Harr had a long rush of 89 on the season…Competed in football and basketball for Spearfish High School….Defensively, Harr had 26 tackles and two interceptions for his prep squad…Three-year letter winner in football…Two-year letter winner in basketball and tennis…Named Academic All-State…Earned Black Hills All-Conference.

Personal: Son of George and Nadene Harr…Born May 18, 1998…Plans to major in biology…Father George Harr played football at Black Hills State…Brother Bryce Harr competed on track and field team at Northern State University…National Honor Society member…Recipient of the Lennis Larson Outstanding Speaker at the State “We The People” Competition.

Zach Gutterud/LB/5-11 190/Grand Forks, N.D./Red River H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played outside linebacker for Red River High School…Rushed 19 times for 152 yards and had eight catches for 126 yards as a senior…Named Second Team All-State…Earned All-Eastern Dakota Conference…Inductee into the North Dakota Shrine Football Game…Ranked ninth in the EDC for defensive points.

Personal: Son of Melissa Heggen of Grand Forks, N.D. and Kelly Heggen of Stephen, Minn…Plans to major in natural resources…Born May 22, 1999.

Jacob Zwieg/WR/6-1 185/Mounds View, Minn./Irondale H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Served as team captain for Irondale High School…Tallied 20 catches for 174 yards for an average of 8.7 yards per reception as a senior…Notched five grabs for 58 yards with one touchdown during his junior season…Had four catches for 64 yards against Park Center High School…Notched six catches for 45 yards versus Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.

Personal: Son of Jenny and Jason Zwieg of Mounds View, Minn. and Sheri and Jason Macias of Cambridge, Minn.…Undecided on major…Born April 23, 1999…Relative David Brown played hockey and football at Bemidji State University.

DeAndre Ector/DB/5-10 180/Chandler, Ariz./Williams Field H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Led Williams Field High School to an undefeated 14-0 mark and a State Championship in the state of Arizona…Ector played corner for his high school…He played in all 14 games as a senior with 65 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss…As a junior, he notched 23 tackles and one tackle for loss…Notched one interception as a senior.

Personal: Son of Nikki Brown…Plans to major in business…Born May 24, 1999…Brother played football for U-Mary and then transferred to Grand Canyon University where he plays rugby.

Bo Addicott/DB/5-10 165/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Addicott earned All-Region First Team in the 4A West Valley in Arizona…Helped lead Sunrise Mountain High School to a 10-2 mark during his senior season…Helped lead the Mustangs to the quarterfinals of the Arizona 4A State Tournament…Teammate of fellow signee Ty Love…Notched 37 tackles and two interceptions for Sunrise Mountain High School as a senior…Also ran track and field…Played corner for the Mustangs…Earned First Team All-Conference defensive back…Led his team to a Section Championship…Named First Team All-Peoria.

Personal: Son of Robert and Kim Addicott…Plans to major in biology…Born May 21, 1999.

Jordan Frieberg/DL/6-2 220/Surprise, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Teammate of fellow signee Brendan Kinnee…Also competed in track and field…Played on the offensive and defensive line for Willow Canyon High School…Pass rusher for his high school team…Notched 28 tackles as a senior…As a junior, Frieberg tallied 19 tackles with three sacks…All-Academic Honorable Mention as a senior…Moved to defensive end as a junior after playing linebacker as a sophomore and defensive back as a freshman…Named All-Section Honorable Mention in 2016…An All-Region Honorable Mention pick in 2016…Named NUC All-American Selection…A Blue Grey All-American selection…Senior Bowl Selection…Top five in sacks, quarterback hurries and tackles for loss during junior and senior seasons in section.

Personal: Son of Ron and Tina Frieberg…Born June 13, 1999…Majoring in software engineering...Father Ron Friberg played offensive line at Western New Mexico University in the 90’s.

Keon’te Williams/DL/6-3 211/Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Williams played basketball and football for the Panthers… Helped Panthers to an 11-2 record and 6-1 in conference…Primarily played at linebacker for Stevens Point High School…He notched 60 tackles with eight tackles for loss and two sacks…Williams added a forced fumble and five interceptions on his senior season…As a junior, he had 39 tackles with nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks…He recovered one fumble and forced one fumble as a junior…Earned Honorable Mention as a junior.

Personal: Son of Kevin Williams of Detroit, Mich., and Melissa Mence of Stevens Point, Wis…Plans to major in criminal justice…Born July 3, 1998.

Brendan Kinnee/LB/6-1 210/Peoria, Ariz./Willow Canyon H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: High school teammate of Jordan Frieberg….Played inside linebacker and tight end for Willow Canyon High School…Also competed in track and field…Notched 100 or more tackles as a senior …As a junior, Kinnee had over 100 tackles…Notched six sacks over his junior and senior seasons…He notched one interception and forced one fumble…Had two interceptions over his final two seasons…As a tight end, he hauled in two grabs for 13 yards…Earned All-Academic as a junior and senior…First Team All-Section Middle Linebacker as a junior and senior…Named Willow Canyon High School’s Most Valuable Defensive Player as a senior.

Personal: Father John Kinnee played baseball at Ferris State…Son of Michelle and John Kinnee…Born Feb. 23, 1999…Plans to major in Health Sciences.

E.J. Stewart/QB/6-1 188/Hesperia, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

Highlights

Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Stewart’s senior year he threw for 3,495 yards and 38 Touchdowns… Led the Mustangs to a 11-2 record and 5-0 in conference…Unanimous All-Conference as a junior and senior…Stewart averaged 268.8 yards per game on his senior season…As a junior, Stewart was 161-of-258 for 3,033 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions…He averaged 233.3 yards per game for Rancho Verde High School….Unanimous All-League selection as a junior and senior.

Personal: Son of Jeb and Hilary Stewart…Born July 17, 1998…Plans to major in exercise science.

Josh Diamond/DL/6-2 230/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey Collegiate

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Notched 16 tackles as a senior for Vincent Massey Collegiate…Helped lead team to 6-1 mark…Played offensive and defensive line…Notched four tackles and a sack as a junior…Earned 2014 Vincent Massey Trojans JV Top Lineman…Named 2016 Varsity Top Lineman for his high school.

Personal: Grandpa on his father’s side played football at Bemidji State University…Son of Judy and Mike Diamond…Born Nov. 9, 1999…Plans to major in business.

Tyler Kennedy/WR/5-9 160/Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Kennedy was an outstanding weapon for the Mustangs...Teammates with QB E.J. Stewart…Had 21 combined touchdowns, rushed for 359 yards and had 930 yards receiving during his senior season… Also Kennedy is a kick and punt return specialist…Helped lead Rancho Verde High School to an 11-2 mark on the year and 5-0 in conference…As a junior, had one touchdown pass for 70 yards…As a junior, had 37 catches for 632 yards with nine touchdowns…Also played defensive back as a senior…He had one tackle and one interception on the season…Fourth in the state in 4x100…An All-League selection…League Champion for both track and field and football.

Personal: Son of Charlotte Johnson…Plans to major in communication…Born July 14, 1999.

Elizsha Bear-Encinas/OL/6-3 253/Casa Grande, Ariz./Vista Grande H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played tackle for Vista Grande High School…Named All-American at NUC All-Star Game…Named Senior Lineman captain…Also competed in track and field.

Personal: Son of Aaron and Kristie Encinas…Born Nov. 20, 1998…Plans to major in sports and rec management.

Dez Henderson/RB/5-6 175/Fort Worth, Texas/Northland Community and Technical College

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Henderson rushed 126 yards for Northland Community and Technical College as a freshman… In high school, Henderson was Offensive Back MVP his senior year… He averaged 7.6 yards a game...Ran for 248 yards on the ground as a junior with 7.6 yards per carry and five touchdowns...As a sophomore, Henderson rushed for 344 yards with three touchdowns...Also a threat in the receiving game...Rushed for 701 yards and nine touchdowns with an average of 5.8 yards per carry as a senior for North Crowley H.S...North Crowley produced current player Rod Stewart.

Personal: Plans to major in Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy)…Son of Christine Haynes and Kevin Mcafee…Born Nov. 8, 1996…Grandfather Ronnie Woods played baseball at Northwestern University.

Joel Fisseha/DB/6-2 201/Brandon, Manitoba/Vincent Massey High School

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Played outside linebacker and wide receiver…Had five catches for 60 yards for one touchdown as a senior at Vincent Massey High School…Tallied 40 tackles with two interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries…As a junior, Fisseha had three catches for 23 yards…Tallied 55 tackles with two interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his junior season…Helped team to Currie Bowl Championship…Named Defensive MVP as a junior and senior.

Personal: Son of Senait Gobre and Yemane Fisseha…Given name is Eyoel Fisseha…Plans to major in biology…Born Sept. 27, 1999.

Johnathan Garcia/WR/5-8 150/Hesperia, Calif./Sultana H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Garcia tallied 73 rushes for 267 yards for an average of 3.7 yards per carry during his senior season…He had 17 catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns for Sultana High School…Played slot receiver and running back…Served as team captain.

Personal: Son of Maria and Juan Garcia…Born Jan. 18, 1999…Plans to major in criminal justice.

Michael Smart/LB/6-1 240/St. Petersburg, Fla./Clearwater Academy

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Prior to UMC: Helped Knights to 5-4 mark on the season…Smart played running back and linebacker for Clearwater Academy…Smart notched 64 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and six sacks…Caused two fumbles on the year…Rushed 37 times for 323 yards with four touchdowns…Caught two passes for nine yards for Clearwater Academy.

Ty Love/DB/5-11 170/Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain H.S.

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Prior to UMC: Helped lead Sunrise Mountain High School to a 10-2 mark during his senior season…Helped lead the Mustangs to the quarterfinals of the Arizona 4A State Tournament…Teammate of fellow signee Bo Addicott…Tallied 53 tackles as a senior with one sack and one interception…As a junior, Love notched 25 tackles as a junior…Played free safety for the Mustangs…Served as team captain…Earned Second Team All-Conference as defensive back…Served as team captain for wrestling…A three-time State Tournament placer for wrestling…MVP for Sunrise Mountain High School wrestling and Newcomer of the Year for wrestling.

Personal: Son of Yvette Love of Peoria, Ariz. and Mary Howard of Peoria, Ariz. and Tom Love of Ardmore, Okla…Born Dec. 9, 1998…Plans to major in business…Step-mom Mary Howard played soccer at the University of Arkansas and was on the U-2- National Team and U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team.

Brendon Harris/OL/6-4 360/Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King H.S.

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Coach Comments

Prior to UMC: Helped Rufus King High School to a 10-2 mark…Blocked for 1,000 yard rusher Devin Lacy…He also blocked for another 700 yard rusher and two quarterbacks who passed for over 500 yards on the season…Played on offensive and defensive line…Made three tackles on the season…A First Team All-Milwaukee City Conference pick…Named Offensive Lineman of the Year at Rufus King High School

Personal: Son of Melanie and Jermaine Harris…Born Sept. 9, 1999…Plans to major in business.

Keagan Williams/WR/6-4 190/Chanhassen, Minn./Chanhassen H.S.

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Prior to UMC: Williams has played basketball and football for Chanhassen High School…Had 22 catches for 531 yards as a senior with five touchdowns…As a junior, he notched eight grabs for 137 yards…Defensively, notched eight tackles with one forced fumble and a blocked punt during his senior season…An All-Conference Honorable Mention pick…A school-record holder with 22.1 yards per catch…Named Athlete of the Week…Helped lead team to undefeated regular season with 8-0 mark and section runner-up finish.

Personal: Son of Barb and Tony Williams…Born April 16, 1999…Plans to major in music and business…Parents competed in athletics at Iowa State University…Dad played football and mom played basketball…Brother Anthony Williams plays basketball at Upper Iowa.

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