2017 Bemidji State Recruiting Class

The Bemidji State football program added 28 recruits during 2017 National Signing Day. Take an in-depth look at them all below with photos, bios and coach scouts.

The 2017 class is compiled from nine states including Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The class includes one quarterback, four running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, six offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three linebackers, five defensive backs and one athlete.

Quarterbacks

Brandon Alt

6-2 | 195 | Park High School

High School: Four-time letter winner in football and baseball at Park High School… Three-time letter winner in basketball… All-Conference Honorable Mention in basketball and baseball.

Personal: Born September 19, 1998… Son of Rick and Cheryl Alt… Proposed major in exercise science… B-Honor Roll student at PHS.

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Running Backs

CJ Adams

5-9 | 175 | Robbinsdale Cooper High School

High School: Four-time letter winner at Robbinsdale High School… Named team MVP and offensive MVP for the Hawks… Four-time letter winner in track.

Personal: Born February 11, 1999… Major is currently undecided.

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Jalen Frye

5-8 | 175 | Mahtomedi High School

High School: Letter winner in football and track at Mahtomedi High School… All-Metro East Conference Honorable Mention as a junior with 13 touchdowns… All-MEC and All-Metro Team Honors as a senior… Totaled 26 touchdowns and 1,600 yards in 12 games during senior season.

Personal: Born January 10, 1999… Son of Anthony Frye and Pethuel LeFlore-Cole… Proposed major in exercise science with a minor in communications… Named to honor roll.

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Roshea Grays

5-10 | 185 | Itasca Community College | LaVergne High School

Itasca CC: Nominated for All-Minnesota College Athletic Conference Second Team.

High School: Letter winner in football at La Vergne High School… Named Tennessee All-State and All-Region during his high school career… 6AAA District leading rusher.

Personal: Born January 29… Son of Kevin and Krosser Biggers… Undecided major.

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Trystan McGee

5-10 | 185 | Caddo Mills High School

High School:Letter winner in football, basketball, baseball and track at Caddo Mills High School… Texas High School Coaches Association All-State Academic Honorable Mention in 2016… All-district second team defense in 2016 and 2013… 2014 and 2015 Utility Player of the Year… Two-time Academic All-District in 2014 and 2015…First team All-District defensive back in 2014… Totaled 1,452 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns during four-year career… Averaged 7.1 yards per carry through his high school career, including 9.1 yards and 5.8 yards per carry during junior and senior season, respectively… Tallied four 100-yard rushing games… Recorded 30 receptions for 535 yards, an average of 17.8 yards per reception, and seven touchdowns during his career.

Personal: Born September 9, 1998… Son of Heath and Alisha McGee… Proposed major in exercise science.

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Wide Receivers

Brendan Beaulieu

6-3 | 195 | Park High School

High School: Letter winner in football at Park High School… Earned All-District honors his junior and senior seasons… Lettered in academics his junior year.

Personal: Born March 27, 1999… Son of Todd and Vicky Beaulieu… Proposed major in engineering technology.

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Shawn Steffan

6-2 | 175 | Dickinson High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football, basketball and baseball at Dickinson High School... Two-time member of the All-Western Dakota Association team... Named team captain and offensive MVP during his senior season... Threw for 769 passing yards with 14 touchdowns while rushing for 267 yards and six touchdowns as a junior... Threw for 1,136 passing yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 282 yards and three touchdowns as a senior... Member of National Honor Society and an A honor roll student.

Personal: Born Dec. 6, 1998... Son of Kyle and Deb Steffan... Brother, Tyler, played football and baseball at University of Mary... Plans to major in exercise science.

Keshaun Story

5-8 | 170 | Centennial High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football and two-time letter winner in track & field at Centennial High School… Earned Honorable Mention All-Conference his sophomore season… West Metro North Division All-District junior and senior seasons… Track & field state participant in the long jump in 2016… Made the B Honor Roll all through high school.

Personal: Born June 2, 1998… Son of Rudolph Story and Don and Heather Patnode… Father, Rudolph, played football for Winona State University… Cousin, Jajuan Story, played football for TCU and University of Florida… Proposed major in business.

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Tight End

Peter Franz

6-2 | 230 | Littlefork-Big Falls High School

High School: Five-time letter winner in football, basketball and baseball at Littlefork-Big Falls High School… Earned All-Big North Conference honors his sophomore year and All-District honorable mention junior year… All-District honors his senior year… Also earned All-Conference in Basketball… Made the honor roll all four years of high school.

Personal: Born November 10, 1998… Son of Douglas and Theresea Franz… Father, Douglas, played offensive tackle for Bemidji State… Uncle played football for St. Cloud State… Major is currently undecided at this time.

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Offensive Line

Michael Donahue

6-3 | 253 | St. Louis Park High School

High School: Letter winner in football and track & field at St. Louis Park High School… Named All-Suburban Red Conference and All-Conference Honorable Mention during his high school career… Played under Orioles head coach Ben Wolfe.

Personal: Born May 17, 1999… Son of Kevin and Jennifer Donahue… His uncle, Tim Donahue, played hockey at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1987… Proposed major in engineering.

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Parker Janicke

6-4 | 285 | Roseau High School

High School: Letter winner in football and track at Roseau High School under head coach George Ziegler.

Personal: Born May 22, 1998… Son of Keith and Lisa Janicke… Uncle Kent Janicke played football at Nothland CC and uncle Bruce Donarski played football at Southwest Minnesota State University… Proposed major in biology.

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Bennett Moen

6-4 | 252 | Eleva-Strum High School

Bio: Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Eleva High School… Led team in tackles for loss and sacks twice… Two-time Dairyland All-Conference First Team as offensive lineman and linebacker… Dairyland All-Conference Second Team as offensive lineman and linebacker in 2014… Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State offensive line in 2016… Team won co-Dairyland Conference junior season and won conference outright in senior season.

Personal: Born December 2, 1998… Son of Milton and Kelly Moen… Proposed major in construction management.

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Parker Rhodes

6-4 | 275 | Hibbing High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football and two-time letter winner in track & field at Hibbing High School… All-Iron Range Conference and all-area in football and track & field… Team captain and lineman of the year… Three-year starter on the offensive line.

Personal: Born March 31, 1999… Son of Pat Rhodes and Michelle Rice… Father, Pat, played at Adams State in Colorado… Proposed major in music education with a minor in physical education… Named to A-B Honor Roll.

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Ben Sammon

6-3 | 272 | Eastview High School

High School: Captain of the football team at Eastview High School… Two-year starter for the Lightning… Two-time East Metro All-Conference… Two-year wrestler for varsity team… Varsity thrower in track and field… Lettered in football, wrestling and track & field.

Personal: Born July 9, 1999… Son of Pete and Jeana Sammon… Dad, Pete, played quarterback for four years at Mankato… Proposed major in education.

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Zach Southwick

6-7 | 275 | Moon Valley High School

High School: All-Region Honorable Mention as a junior… All-Region Second Team senior season... Moon Valley HS advanced to Arizona state quarterfinals in 2014… Named AZCentral.com Top 150 Football Prospect… Kurt Thomas Throwers Award winner for track and field in 2014… Received Top Thrower Award in Shot Put/Discus senior year… Track and Field State Qualifier in 2016… Made Arizona’s Top 25 Throwers in 2015 and Arizona’s Top 20 Throwers in 2016.

Personal: Born February 9, 1999… Son of Justin and Stephany Southwick… Aunt, Julie Southwick played volleyball at Ashland University… Proposed major in environmental studies.

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Defensive Line

Tyler Beutz

6-4 | 230 | Princeton High School

High School: Two-time letter winner at Princeton High School… All-District award winner and team defensive line MVP for the Tigers… Runner-up in section championship game junior and senior seasons… Tallied a total of 116 tackles, 70 of which were solo, in his senior season.

Personal: Born January 23, 1999… Son of Evan Beutz and Crystal Vomacka… Proposed majors in criminal justice and aquatic biology.

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Scott Gustafson

6-1 | 250 | Chanhassen High School

High School: Lettered in football and track & field… Earned All-District honors two times during his high school career… Named team captain in 2016 and was voted Team Lineman of the Year, leading his team in sacks as a senior.

Personal: Son of Brian and Jana Gustafson.

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Andrew Manuele

6-3 | 205 | Los Altos High School

High School: Lettered in Football at Los Altos High School… Named First Team All-Hacienda League tight end and defensive end during his junior and senior seasons… Earned Defensive Lineman of the Year and All-California Interscholastic Federation tight end/wide receiver and defensive end/defensive lineman during his senior season… Named All-League Academic as a junior and senior.

Personal: Son of Andrew Thomas Manuele and Gabriela Alaniz.

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Colbey Wadsworth

6-4 | 220 | Boone High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football and two-time letter winner in track & field at Boone High School… Two-year captain of the football team… Awarded team MVP twice… First team All-Iowa… Recorded 94.5 tackles in his senior season… Lettered three times in football and twice in track & field… Earned eighth place in discus at state track & field.

Personal: Born May 5, 1999… Son of Angie Wadsworth… Proposed major in education and social work and a minor in finance and psychology.

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Linebackers

Deante Book

6-1 | 210 | Centennial High School

High School: Letter winner in football and wrestling at Centennial High School… Participated in the Minnesota state wrestling tournament.

Personal: Son of Tania Book.

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Zollie Kaplan

6-2 | 227 | St. Louis Park High School

High School: Named team captain twice at St. Louis Park High School… Named team MVP, All-State Academic, All-North Suburban Conference… Academic All-Conference Defensive Player of the Year… Led Section 5AAAAA in tackles with 102.

Personal: Born January 12, 1999… Son of Steve Kaplan and Juli Hanssen… Proposed major in business management.

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Greg Rolff

6-1 | 205 | Chaska High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football and two-time letter winner in Lacrosse at Chaska High School… Named All-District at linebacker during his senior season.

Personal: Son of Matt and Jenny Rolff.

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Defensive Back

Trey Armstrong-Anderson

5-10 | 177 | Romulus High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football, wrestling and track at Romulus High School… Selected to All-Wetner Wayne Athletic Conference team as a returner and defensive back during junior and senior seasons… Helped RHS to WWAC championship… Chosen to participate in the Blue and Gray All-American Bowl… Member of National Honor Society… Named to honor roll and earned All-Academic award.

Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1998… Son of Lawrence Anderson and Maria Armstrong-Anderson… Uncle, Tyji Armstrong, played seven seasons in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys… -physical therapy major.

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Jaiden Banda

6-0 | 180 | Brookfield Central High School

High School: Team captain at Brookfield Central High School… First team All-Greater Metro Conference… All-Suburban defensive back.

Personal: Born June 1, 1998… Son of Joel Banda and Andrea Vrhovnik… Proposed major in business management… Father, Joel, played at UW-Stevens Point and participated in the 1996 NFL Scouting Combine.

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Alex Hunter

6-0 | 185 | Lakeville North High School

High School: Lettered in Football and Track and Field… Made the South Suburban All-Conference in Football… 55 tackles and 18 passes defended… Made the South Suburban All-Conference in Track and Field.

Personal: Born April 3, 1999… Son of Dan and Sherri Hunter… Major is currently undecided.

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Spencer Potter

6-1 | 190 | Greenway High School

High School: Four-time letter winner in football and three-time letter winner in hockey and track at Greenway High School… Made the 2016 Minnesota High School All-Star Team… Earned All-Iron Range Conference Football Player of the Year… 2016 3A State Tournament participant… Earned Iron Range All-Conference Team, All-Section Team, and Duluth Tribune All-Area Team his senior season… Had 689 carries for 4,879 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career.

Personal: Born January 13, 1999… Son of Thomas Potter and Karolyn Teeters… Named to Honor Roll… Proposed major in education with a minor in business.

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Jake West

6-0 | 170 | Woodbury High School

High School: Four-time letter winner in football and basketball at Woodbury High School... Named All-Suburban East Conference in football and basketball during his junior and senior seasons… Played under Andy Hill at WHS.

Personal: Son of Leroy West and Jenny Flores.

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Athletes

Ryder Beckman

5-11 | 180 | Monticello High School

High School: Three-time letter winner in football at Monticello High School… Three-time All-Conference award winner… Set MHS career rushing record of 3,672 yards… Mississippi 8 Conference running back of the year in 2016.

Personal: Born August 13, 1998… Son of Rob and Lisa Beckman… Named to B Honor Roll… Major is currently undecided at this time.

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