The UMC coaching staff discussed the 37 signees coming to play football in the fall of 2018.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston football program announced the signing of 37 student-athletes during the 2018 recruiting period as released Wed., Feb. 7. The Golden Eagles signed five players at semester break and inked 32 players on National Signing Day Feb. 7. Minnesota Crookston brought in 32 players who signed National Letters of Intent, while five players agreed to Institutional Letters of Intent to join the Golden Eagle football program.

    “I am very excited about this year’s recruiting class,” said Head Coach Mark Dufner. “Our coaching staff worked very hard to find student athletes that will be a good fit for the Golden Eagle Football Team, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the Crookston Community.  We placed a huge emphasis on academics in this class. We wanted to make sure that all of the student athletes had a major that they would be able to complete at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Along with that, the seniors signing the NLI had an average GPA of 3.1 and an average ACT score of 21.  Character was another point of emphasis for us.  All of the players who signed were required to have a positive reference check from their high school.  We also had excellent representation from the state of Minnesota, as 71% of the seniors who signed the NLI were from the state.  Finally, we feel that the class has many talented players in it.  We have some athletes who will come in and be able to complete immediately for positions and others who will redshirt and provide valuable depth to our team as a whole.  I look forward to having these student athletes join our team in the fall.”

    Dufner put an emphasis on region kids, especially in the state of Minnesota where they signed 22 student-athletes. The Golden Eagles also found some of the most success they have had in recent years in the Northern quadrant of Minnesota and the Northeast section of North Dakota. The Golden Eagles inked five players from Northern Minnesota and one from Northeast North Dakota. In addition, Minnesota Crookston continued to put an emphasis on the Twin Cities and the surrounding area as they brought in 17 players from the Metro area and Central Minnesota.

    The Golden Eagles were also able to bring in talent from within the Central Region with one player from Manitoba, two from Iowa and one from Illinois. In addition, the Golden Eagles inked two players from Arizona, continuing a recent pipeline to the Grand Canyon State. Minnesota Crookston also signed two players from Texas and one from North Carolina. Minnesota Crookston signed four junior college players, including three that played in the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Those players originated from Ohio, Alaska, Georgia and Minnesota. The Golden Eagles also brought in players from Egypt and New York.

    The Golden Eagles had good balance across the three units. Minnesota Crookston signed 17 players on offense and 18 players on defense. In addition, the Golden Eagles were able to have great success on the special teams as they inked two of the top special teams players in the country.

    Minnesota Crookston had a key emphasis on the trenches where they are looking to build depth. The Golden Eagles brought in seven offensive linemen to add to their ranks. On the defensive side of the line, they inked four players. Minnesota Crookston also brought in several players with quarterback experience, including two that are coming in at the position. They also added great talent at wide receiver with six signees. The Golden Eagles also strengthened their linebacking corps with eight signees. In addition, Minnesota Crookston inked four defensive backs, two running backs, two tight ends, one kicker and one punter. The Golden Eagles also looked for players that had versatility and were some of their team’s top athletes.

    The 2018 signing class marks the first official class from Head Coach Mark Dufner, who has previously served as an assistant coach for the 15 season prior to his elevation to the top spot. In addition, Minnesota Crookston returns assistant coaches Michael Orts, Levi Bullerman, Tom Miller and Sam Smith. The Golden Eagles are looking to continue to build the program.

    Minnesota Crookston currently has 101 players slated to be on the roster heading into fall camp as they have had strong retention from last season. The Golden Eagles will have a couple areas they will look to address after today in recruiting, but they are close to complete after Wednesday’s recruiting class.

    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 Minnesota Crookston Compliance Office once they sign the National Letter of Intent or once the student-athlete has accepted an Offer of Admission from Minnesota Crookston.

Breakdown Of Class

Minnesota (22)
Iowa (2)
Arizona (2)
Texas (2)
North Dakota (1)
Illinois (1)
Manitoba (1)
Egypt (1)
North Carolina (1)
New York (1)
Georgia (1)
Ohio (1)
Alaska (1)

Quarterbacks (2)
Running Backs (2)
Wide Receivers (6)
Offensive Line (7)
Tight End (2)
Defensive Line (4)
Linebacker (8)
Defensive Back (4)
Kicker (1)
Punter (1)

National Letter of Intent (32)
Gregory Arrell/WR/6-2 194/Minneapolis, Minn./Osseo H.S.
Sam Bissen/LB/6-0 204/Stillwater, Minn./St. Croix Prep Academy
Jared Boone/WR/5-11 164/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.
Samuel Browne/WR/6-1 165/Coon Rapids, Minn./Blaine H.S.
Austin Erdmann/LB/6-0 225/Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls H.S.
Johnson Fallah/DB/6-0 164/Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo H.S.
Blake Farder/RB/5-9 175/Angus, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.
Andy Groebner/WR/6-0 182/Andover, Minn./Andover H.S.
Eli Horn/LB/5-8 200/Pillager, Minn./Pillager H.S.
Tyler Isane/QB/6-0 177/Badger, Minn./Badger-Greenbush-Middle River H.S.
Cameron King/QB/6-0 170/Crystal, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper H.S.
Randy Larson/OL/6-2 270/Ogilvie, Minn./Ogilvie H.S.
Kwesi Littlejohn/DB/5-9 161/Kannapolis, N.C./Cox Hill H.S.
Mohamed Mahmoud/TE/6-1 212/Eagan, Minn./Eastview H.S.
Lorenzo Malacas/DL/6-1 264/Juneau, Alaska/Orange Coast College
Jonah Maxey/OL/6-0 310/Sioux City, Iowa/Bishop Heelan Catholic H.S.
Seth Maxey/DL/6-4 206/Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City East H.S.
Jared McLemore/K/5-10 160/Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy H.S.
Nathan McRoberts/P/6-4 253/Kabetogama, Minn./International Falls H.S.
Taavan Mielke/LB/5-8 185/Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake H.S.
Terrance Nicholson/DB/5-10 175/Minneapolis, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper H.S.
Justin Parisot/OL/5-11 273/Kirkland, Ill./Hiawatha H.S.
Anthony Putz/DL/6-0 258/Kasota, Minn./St. Peter H.S.
Ahmad Queider/OL/6-1 300/Mableton, Ga./Mesabi Range C.C. (Mid-Year)
Joey Sanchez/LB/5-10 181/Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain H.S.
Eli Solberg/WR/6-1 180/Rogers, Minn./Rogers H.S.
Colin Suitter/LB/6-1 195/Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake H.S.
Jadyn Swenson/OL/6-4 270/Hallock, Minn./Kittson County Central H.S.
Elijah Todd/RB/6-0 230/Toledo, Ohio/Dakota College at Bottineau (Mid-Year)
Joe Warner/OL/6-1 290/St. Louis Park, Minn./Rochester C.T.C
Dylan Wheeler/DL/6-2 220/Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin H.S.
Tyler Wilcox/OL/6-2 240/Pillager, Minn./Pillager H.S.)

Institutional Letter of Intent (5)
Tanner Foss/WR/6-2 180/Greenbush, Minn./Badger-Greenbush-Middle River H.S.
Courtney Johnson/DB/6-2 178/Casa Grande, Ariz./Casa Grande Union H.S. (Mid-Year)
Olufemi Obaweya/LB/5-10 205/Brooklyn, N.Y./Cheyney University (Mid-Year)
Sam Olson/LB/6-0 212/Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove Lutheran H.S.
Omar Ramy/TE/6-1 215/Cairo, Egypt/University of Wyoming

Gregory Arrell/WR/6-2 194/Minneapolis, Minn./Osseo H.S.

Prior to UMC: Started seven games for the Orioles in his senior season passing for 683 yards and six touchdowns…He as 55-of-133 for the season…He added 35 rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown…Teammates with fellow signee Johnson Fallah.

Personal: Son of Christine Arrell and Gregory Hardin…Born April 13, 2000…Plans to major in biology.

Sam Bissen/LB/6-0 204/Stillwater, Minn./St. Croix Prep Academy

Prior to UMC: Went to St. Croix Prep Academy in Woodbury, was a dual threat for the Force playing both running back and outside linebacker…Bissen was named Team MVP in 2017…He was named All-District as a senior…Bissen was also named team MVP in 2016 and was an All-District pick in 2016.

Personal: Son of Matthew BIssen…Born April 3, 2000…Bissen plans to major in accounting/finance.

Jared Boone/WR/5-11 164/Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park H.S.

Prior to UMC:  Jared Boone rejoins Redshirt Freshman Brandon O’Connor and Senior Zach Greenberg becoming the third Grant Park Pirate to sign with the Golden Eagles in the last four years…At Grant Park, Boone played several positions including quarterback and wide receiver on offense, and cornerback defensively…In his early high school years, he was named Junior Varsity team MVP and was a league Offensive Player of the year nominee while earning All-Conference honors…In his senior year, he was named to the Winnipeg High School Football Leagues honor roll list while being nominated for All-Conference as well as the D’arcy Bain award…In his junior year he won Athlete of the Year at Grant Park while also being named one of the recipients for the high schools Jeff Collins memorial award…He earned the Grant Park Iron Man Award.

Personal: Son of Daniel and Alanna Boone…He was born September 5, 2000…Plans to major in Exercise Science.

Samuel Browne/WR/6-1 165/Coon Rapids, Minn./Blaine H.S.

Prior to UMC: Browne played at both wideout and cornerback for Blaine High School…On offense, he hauled in 40 catches for 679 yards along with four touchdowns in his senior season…Defensively, he accumulated 40 total tackles along with an interception…Browne also showed his worth as a return threat with 442 total return yards including a long of 99 on a kickoff he returned for a touchdown.  

Austin Erdmann/LB/6-0 225/Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls H.S.

Prior to UMC: Erdmann was a dual threat Linebacker-Running back while playing for Little Falls High School…Offensively, he rushed 398 yards and six touchdowns his senior season…In his junior year he won Special Teams Player of the Year for Little Falls while earning All District and Brainerd All Area…In his senior year, Erdmann won All-District Linebacker of the year…The St. Cloud Times and the Morrison County Record named him to their All-Area teams…In all-time statistics, Erdmann ranks fourth in Little Falls history for rushing along with third for touchdowns and yards per carry.

Personal: Son of Chad and Amber Erdmann…Born June 26, 1999…His father Chad, played tennis in college for Northern State….Austin was a three-year letter winner for football, basketball and trap shooting earning All-State team honors in the latter…Erdmann plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Johnson Fallah/DB/6-0 164/Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo H.S.

Prior to UMC: Fallah joins Osseo teammate Gregory Arrell as one of two Orioles to sign with the Golden Eagles in 2018…Also rejoins former teammates Omar Porte and Stephan Reed…At the cornerback position, Fallah finished his senior season with 17 total tackles and three interceptions…Named to his high school’s Honor Roll. Fallah was a two time All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Personal: Son of John and Joanna Fallah…Born June 30, 2000 in Liberia…He came to the United States when he was just five years old…Fallah plans to major in Business.

Blake Farder/RB/5-9 175/Angus, Minn./East Grand Forks H.S.

Prior to UMC: Farder played high school football at the nearby East Grand Forks High School…He was a dual threat player playing both running back and outside linebacker for the Green Wave…Was a three year letter winner at his high school.

Personal: Son of Brent and Brenda…Born September 17, 1999…Plans to major in Aviation.

Andy Groebner/WR/6-0 182/Andover, Minn./Andover H.S.

Prior to UMC: Had a stellar varsity season for the Andover Huskies from both the running back and wide receiver positions….Groebner rushed for just 159 yards but carried 14 over the goal line for touchdowns over the eight game season…He also converted on 13 two-point conversions…At wide receiver, Groebner accumulated 929 yards through the regular season and playoffs hauling in 13 more touchdowns through the air…Groebner holds several records for Andover High School including most points in a game with 34, most receptions in a game with 35 and lastly most points scored in a season with 192…He was also selected to participate in the Elite Combine in Memphis as well as the High School All-American Bowl in Dallas.

Personal: Son of Peter and Linda Groebner, born August 6, 1999…His father Peter played football at Normandale Community College and his mother, Linda, was a swimmer at the College of St. Catherine… Groebner was proud to be a three sport Varsity athlete his senior year playing football, basketball and baseball…He plans to major in Sport and Recreation Management.

Eli Horn/LB/5-8 200/Pillager, Minn./Pillager H.S.

Prior to UMC: Horn was a dual threat player at Pillager High School playing both linebacker and fullback… Offensively, Horn rushed for 844 yards in his senior season punching in eleven for touchdowns…On defense, he accumulated 81 total tackles to go along with a sack and an interception…Horn won two player of the game awards during his senior season…Horn won linebacker of the year for the Midwest-Blue Conference in Minnesota…Was named All-Conference and All-Section three times each and lead his team in tackles in two seasons.

Personal: Son of Tim and Patty Horn…Born September 23, 1999…His older brother played football for Crown College and his cousin was a wrestler at St. Cloud State…Plan to major in Exercise Science.

Tyler Isane/QB/6-0 177/Badger. Minn./Badger-Greenbush-Middle River H.S.

Prior to UMC: Isaneis a dual sport athlete from Badger, Minn. and plays football and baseball at Badger-Greenbush-Middle River High School…Named All-Conference in his junior and senior years for the Northwest Conference…Won All-Section in his senior year…Started from his freshman to senior year at quarterback and was named captain for his junior and senior years…His high school named him offensive player of the year for both his junior and senior seasons.

Personal: Son of Jamie and Tina Isane… He was born April 26, 2000…Plans to major in Sport and Recreation Management.  

Cameron King/QB/6-0 170/Crystal, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper H.S.

Prior to UMC:  King was the starting Quarterback for the Robbinsdale High School Cooper…He is one of two signees from Robbinsdale along with cornerback Terrance Nicholson…In his senior year, he had a solid completion percentage at 51 percent. On his completions he passed for 1318 yards with 8.8 yards per attempt…19 of his passes went the distance and finished the year with a respectable quarterback rating of 98.7…As a two year starter, he threw for 3700 yards and 39 touchdowns on his way to breaking nine Robbinsdale High School passing records…Named All District both years and was named District Offensive MVP in his Senior season.

Personal: Son of Tony and Melissa King…Born May 23, 2000. Plans to major in Business.

Randy Larson/OL/6-2 270/Ogilvie, Minn./Ogilvie H.S.

Prior to UMC: Was a two sport athlete at Ogilvie High School playing both football and baseball.

Personal: Larson is the son of Sarah Larson…Larson plans to pursue a Natural Resources Law Enforcement degree…He was FFA president along with being on the honor roll while being an All District football player.

Kwesi Littlejohn/DB/5-9 161/Kannapolis, N.C./Cox Hill H.S.

Prior to UMC: Littlejohn played High school football in Wesley Chapel, Fla at Wiregrass Ranch High School where he played strong safety and a little bit of running back…Moved recently to Kannapolis, N.C., where he attends Cox Hill H.S…Littlejohn had a solid senior season notching 45 total tackles 30 of which were solo along with one sack, two interceptions, and seven pass deflections while earning All-Conference honors…On the offensive side of the ball Littlejohn had 26 carries for 68 yards scoring five touchdowns.

Personal: Son of Jahvon and Gina McDowell…Born Oct. 21, 1999. His father was tragically shot and killed when he was just seven years old…The next day he promised his grandmother that he would one day play college football and one day give her a better life…He plans to double major in Biochemistry and Sport and Rec Management.

Mohamed Mahmoud/TE/6-1 212/Eagan, Minn./Eastview H.S.

Prior to UMC: Coming out of Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Mahmoud hauled in 5 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in his senior season…Named All-District in both his junior and senior seasons… Selected to the U-19 National team as a Tight End, was also picked by his coaching staff to hold the flag during the anthem because of leadership qualities he demonstrated during the week of practice.

Personal: Son of Hanafy Mahmoud and Samah Hussein originally from Egypt…His mother passed away when he was only five years old, after nine years his father remarried and he was blessed with another brother who he considers to be the biggest blessing in his life…Mahmoud plans to major in Exercise Science.

Lorenzo Malacas/DL/6-1 264/Juneau, Alaska/Orange Coast College

Prior to UMC: Malacas joins the Golden Eagles after transferring from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif…Was a First Team All-State Defensive Lineman and Second Team All-State Offensive Lineman at Juneau-Douglas High School…Tallied nine tackles on his sophomore season.

Personal: Son of Tony Malacas and Charlette Malacas…Born Aug. 10, 1997…Plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Jonah Maxey/OL/6-0 310/Sioux City, Iowa/Bishop Heelan H.S.

Prior to UMC: Played high school football at Bishop Heelan in Sioux City…His fraternal twin brother Seth also signed with the Golden Eagles.

Personal: Son of Christa Maxey…He was born December 21, 1999...One of several family members who competed at the collegiate level…His mother Christa played volleyball at South Dakota State University… His uncle Mike and aunt Lisa played football and soccer respectively at Briar Cliff…His uncles Steve, and Zach both played football at Buena Vista and Morningside respectively…Maxey’s cousin Ted played Division I basketball at the University of Northern Iowa…His uncle Tony played soccer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee…His uncle Noel Maxey ran track at Drake…His mother raised him and his brothers on her own.

Seth Maxey/DL/6-4 206/Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City East H.S.

Prior to UMC: Maxey played both tight and defensive end for Sioux City East High School…Named All-Conference and All-District in his senior year…His fraternal twin brother Jonah will also be joining the Golden Eagles this fall.

Personal: Son of Christa Maxey…He was born December 21, 1999...One of several family members who competed at the collegiate level…His mother Christa played volleyball at South Dakota State University… His uncle Mike and aunt Lisa played football and soccer respectively at Briar Cliff…His uncles Steve, and Zach both played football at Buena Vista and Morningside respectively…Maxey’s cousin Ted played Division I basketball at the University of Northern Iowa…His uncle Tony played soccer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee…His uncle Noel Maxey ran track at Drake…His mother raised him and his brothers on her own.

Jared McLemore/K/5-10 160/Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy H.S.

Prior to UMC: McLemore played football for Lovejoy High school in Lucas, Texas. Jared was the 53rd ranked kicker in the 2018 recruiting class by Kohl’s Kicking…He attended their December Showcase camp where he converted on seven field goals and averaged 74.5 yards on kickoffs…At their National Scholarship camp he converted on 21 of 33 kicks and also hitting three out of three in the pressure round...Was named his team’s Special Teams MVP as a senior.

Personal: Son of Alan and Michelle McLemore…Born Sept. 15, 1999…Plans to major in Business-Finance…His father Alan McLemore played soccer at Southern Nazarene University…His brother Cody McLemore played soccer at Oklahoma Christian University.

Nathan McRoberts/P/6-4 253/Kabetogama, Minn./International Falls H.S.

Prior to UMC: McRoberts leaves International Falls High School after being a two-sport athlete playing both football and baseball…He played both defensive line and punter for the Broncos but specialized at the latter…In his senior season, he punted the ball 19 times for 625 yards for an average of 32.9 net yards per punt…McRoberts was ranked as the No. 26 punter in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking…He was rated the top punter in the state of Minnesota.

Personal: McRoberts is the son of Sally and Dave McRoberts…He intends on pursuing a Criminal Justice…He had a 68 yard punt which was the high school record.

Taavan Mielke/LB/5-8 185/Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake H.S.

Prior to UMC: Mielke was a key component of Big Lake High School’s defense during his time there…In his senior season he accumulated 108 tackles along with a forced fumble and an interception…High school teammates with Colin Suitter.

Personal: Son of Aadra and Michael Mielke…Born November 4, 1999…Plans to major in Exercise Science.

Terrance Nicholson/DB/5-10 175/Minneapolis, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper H.S.

Prior to UMC: Nicholson played cornerback for the Robbinsdale High School Cooper. He is one of two signees from Robbinsdale along with his Quarterback Cameron King. In his senior season, he accumulated 43 tackles along with two tackles for loss. Nicholson also added two interceptions one of which he took back the distance for defensive touchdown. Named All-Conference honorable mention and a captain his senior year. Won player of the week three times as well as his team’s captain award.

Personal: Born Oct. 6, 1999 in North Minneapolis. Plans to major in Communication.

Justin Parisot/OL/5-11 273/Kirkland, Ill./Hiawatha H.S.

Prior to UMC: Parisot played high school football for Hiawatha High School in Kirkland, Illinois…During his time there he saw playing time on both the offensive and defensive lines…In his senior season he accumulated 38 tackles defensively…In his junior year, Parisot won Offensive Player of the Game against Mooseheart for his two pancake blocks, along with help paving the way for two 75 yard rushers and a combined five rushing touchdowns… He was a NAC First Team All-Conference offensive and defensive line, All Area 2nd team and All Area Honorable Mention.

Personal: Parisot is the son of Michael and Angella Parisot and plans to pursue an Agriculture Systems Management degree.

Anthony Putz/DL/6-0 258/Kasota, Minn./St. Peter H.S.

Prior to UMC: Putz played on the defensive line for the St. Peter High School Saints…Putz was a four time varsity letter winner for football…Putz was a five year varsity letter winner for wrestling…He was a two time section champ in wrestling, and was named All-State in wrestling in 2017…He also lettered one year in baseball and track.

Personal: Putz is the son of Jamie and Cindy Putz…He was born Nov. 7, 1999.

Ahmad Queider/OL/6-1 300/Mableton, Ga./Mesabi Range C.C.

Prior to UMC: He joined the program as a mid-year signee…Queider competed for Mesabi Range College in Virginia, Minn. for the last two seasons…He helped the Norsemen to a 7-5 mark during the 2017 season…Queider aided Mesabi Range College as they made it to the MCAC State Championship Game in 2017…He helped the Norsemen to the 2017 Red Grange Bowl in Minooka, Ill…Queider was an All-MCAC First Team selection as a sophomore at Mesabi Range College…He was named 2017 NJCAA Region XIII Football All-Region…He competed on the high school level at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Ga. 

Personal: He is the son of Emad Queider and Nahla Abwini of Toledo, Ohio…Queider plans to major in business management…He was born March 11, 1997.

Joey Sanchez/LB/5-10 181/Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain H.S.

Prior to UMC: Sanchez was a dual threat for the Red Mountain High School Lions playing both tight end and defensive back….Through the air, he hauled seven receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown…His defensive impact played much more of a role for the ninth in the State ranked Lions…In 13 games he accumulated 38 solo tackles and added 92 more that he assisted on…Sanchez also got to the quarterback for three sacks as well as two interceptions…Named First Team All-Region Linebacker…Led his team to the East Valley Regional Championship.

Personal: Son of Ashley and Steve Sanchez…Born Nov. 22, 1999…Plans to major in Exercise Science/Pre-Med.

Eli Solberg/WR/6-1 180/Rogers, Minn./Rogers H.S.

Prior to UMC: Solberg was a two sport athlete at Rogers High School playing both football and basketball…Max Preps ranked him as the 44th best receiver in Minnesota following his senior season…On the season, Solberg hauled in 55 receptions for 1009 receiving yards with ten touchdowns with his best performance coming in week one where he had seven catches for 215 yards and three scores against Bemidji High School.

Colin Suitter, LB, Big Lake, Minn./Big Lake H.S.

Prior to UMC: Colin played linebacker for Big Lake High School accumulating 64 tackles earning his way to All District his senior year…High school teammate of fellow signee Taavan Mielke.

Personal: Son of Katie and Brad Suitter…Born January 17, 2000…Currently undecided on his major.

Jadyn Swenson/OL/6-4 270/Hallock, Minn./Kittson County Central H.S.

Prior to UMC: Swenson played in Hallock, Minnesota at Kittson County Central High School…Swenson not only plays football but baseball and basketball as well…Earned All-Conference and was named Special Teams MVP for his conference.

Personal: Son of Owen and Janet Swenson…He was born June 5, 2000…His mother played college basketball at Williston State College and Concordia College…His brother Bryden, played football at the University of North Dakota. Plans to major in Agricultural Systems Management.

Elijah Todd/RB/6-0 230/Toledo, Ohio/Dakota College at Bottineau

Personal: Todd played two seasons at Dakota College at Bottineau in Bottineau, N.D…He had a breakout year for the Lumberjacks in 2017 with 1,121 yards rushing on 112 attempts with 15
touchdowns…He averaged 6.9 yards per carry for the Jacks…Todd also had four catches for 30 yards out of the backfield…As a freshman in 2015, he tallied 59 rushes for 350 yards with three touchdowns…During his sophomore season, he was ranked fourth in NJCAA for rushing yards per game and fifth for rushing touchdowns…Todd was a First Team All-Region pick in 2017 and was named First Team All-MCAC…He earned team Offensive Most Valuable Player for 2017…Todd was a two-time All-MCAC Player of the Week during the 2017 season…He competed at the prep level for Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio…He was a two-time Northern Lakes League MVP and two-time team Offensive MVP…As a senior, Todd was selected Second-Team All-District…He was a three-time Player of the Week honoree in high school…He had 15 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons at Springfield High School and ran for over 1,500 yards.  

Prior to UMC: He is the son of Ronald J. Todd, Jr. and Florentine A. Todd…Todd was born Nov. 21, 1995. 

Joe Warner/OL/6-1 290/St. Louis Park, Minn./Rochester Community and Technical College

Prior to UMC: Joe Warner comes to Minnesota Crookston after spending two seasons in the junior college ranks with Rochester Community and Technical College…A MCAC Second Team All-Division pick as a sophomore at R.C.T.C…Was named MCAC All-Academic in 2015…Warner was an All-Metro West Conference pick in 2014.

Personal: Son of Yolanda Warner…Plans to major in Sports and Recreation Management…Born Dec. 24, 1996.

Dylan Wheeler/DL/6-2 220/Arlington, Texas/James W. Martin H.S.

Prior to UMC: Wheeler played high school football for Martin High School in Arlington, Texas…In his senior season, Wheeler accumulated 31 total tackles to go along with two sacks on the season…He played for a Martin High School team who was ranked 100th nationally by Max Preps.com.

Personal: Son of Amber and Mark Wheeler…He was born July 14, 2000…Wheeler earned Scout Team player of the week as a sophomore and in 2017 earned All-District Honorable Mention…His father played two seasons at Southwest Baptist University…Plans to major in Exercise Science.

Tyler Wilcox/OL/6-2 240/Pillager, Minn./Pillager H.S.

Prior to UMC: Wilcox played both offensive and defensive line during his time at Pillager High School…Defensively, he accumulated 33 tackles and a sack while also winning a Defensive Player of the Game award…He also won two more defensive player of the game awards during his junior year…Was awarded All-Section and All-District two times respectively.

Personal: Son of Rick and Linda Wilcox…Born September 10, 1999…Wilcox has worn #71 his whole life as a tribute to his older brother who tragically passed away in a car accident when Tyler was only two years old…Tyler has said that #71 was his brothers football number and wearing it is a way to keep his memory with him whenever he touches the field…Plans to double major in Natural Resources and Law Enforcement.

Tanner Foss, WR, Badger, Minn./Badger-Greenbush-Middle River H.S.

Prior to UMC: Foss was a two-sport athlete at BRHS playing both football and basketball…High school teammates with fellow signee Tyler Isane.

Personal: Son of Amber Clark and Brian Foss…Plans to major in Criminal Justice…Born Nov. 26, 1998.

Courtney Johnson/DB/6-2 178/Casa Grande, Ariz./Casa Grande Union H.S.

Prior to UMC: Named PinalCentral All-County Football as a linebacker as a senior in 2016…Took the Fall off of school before enrolling at Minnesota Crookston at semester.

Olufemi Obaweya/LB/5-10 205/Brooklyn, N.Y./Cheyney University

Prior to UMC: Transferred to Minnesota Crookston after Cheyney University dropped their football program following the 2017 season…Played two seasons for Cheyney with one tackle during the 2017 season.

Sam Olson/LB/6-0 212/Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove Lutheran H.S.

Prior to UMC: Olson played high school football in Fargo, N.D. at Oak Grove Lutheran High School…Olson appeared in eight games where he had two total tackles, one of which was for a loss.

Personal: Son of Jerry and Katie Olson…Born April 20, 2000…His father Jerry played football at the University of North Dakota and was an All-American…Plans to major in Business.

Omar Ramy/TE/6-1 215/Cairo, Egypt/University of Wyoming

Prior to UMC: He is originally from Cairo, Egypt…Is half Egyptian and half Greek…Participated in Spring ball with University of Wyoming in 2017…Prior to that ran track at Arkansas State University.