Horan Has Record Recruiting Class

Concordia head coach Terry Horan announced his record-setting incoming recruiting class.
Concordia head coach Terry Horan announced his record-setting incoming recruiting class.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (5/11/20)---In the age of diminishing college recruiting numbers at small colleges, head coach Terry Horan continues to buck the trend and get stronger every year. Horan announced his recruiting class which is the largest in the history of the program – and for the fifth straight seasons surpassed the 50 student/athlete mark.

The 2020 recruiting class features 56 incoming freshmen into the program which is one more than the number that Horan brought to the Concordia campus in 2018 when the squad featured 55 new student/athletes.          

"We continue to set our goals high when it comes to recruiting," said Horan. This year we were able to spread out our territory and it proved to be instrumental in helping bring in the record number."

Concordia continues to see success in the state of Arizona and added multiple recruits from Florida and Nevada for the first time this year. The Cobbers will welcome 16 first-year athletes from states outside of the immediate Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota area.

"As the area programs get more involved in recruiting it is important to look for other parts of the country that have athletes which would be good fits for Concordia," Horan added. Our new assistants have brought some fresh insight, and in roads, into places where we haven't recruited before."     

Once again, the Cobbers will rely heavily on talent from Minnesota and North Dakota. Of the record-setting 56 incoming student/athletes, 26 are from the state of Minnesota and 11 hail from North Dakota which gives Horan 37 new athletes from the foundation of Concordia recruiting.      

"I will always recruit the best talent from the local area as well as all over Minnesota and North Dakota," added Horan. "The tradition of our program lies in being able to get tremendous athletes from the area. Look at this year's (2019) captains, all four were from Minnesota or North Dakota and All-American Alex Berg and quarterback Blake Kragnes were from the local Fargo-Moorhead area."  

The breakdown of the incoming class features 29 on the defensive side of the ball, 22 on the offense and four kickers/punters. The largest number by position is defensive back which has 12 athletes in the class. The 2020 class also features nine linebackers, nine defensive linemen, seven offensive linemen, six running backs, five quarterbacks and four wide receivers.    

"We addressed every position group in the class," Horan said. "We have a lot of depth at each position and I am very excited to see how this class will develop over the next four years. I can't thank my assistant coaches enough for the effort and hard work they put in during this difficult time. They are the backbone of the program and continue to exceed my expectations."

Below is a list of the current Cobber recruits to commit for the 2020 season.

Name       Pos.           Ht.         Wt.      Hometown/High School
Mateo Alonso DB 5-9 160 Le Center, Minn./Tri-City United
Lawrence Anyaehie DE 6-4 220 Naples, Fla./Lely
Lucas Bachel DE 6-3 225 South Haven, Minn./Annandale
Ben Blancas QB 5-11 175 Mesa, Ariz./Casteel
Benjamin Brekke DE 6-0 225 Fargo, N.D./Fargo North
Austin Burraston RB 6-0 190 Fillmore, Utah, Millard
Cade Callahan WR 6-5 200 Becker, Minn./Becker
Tommy Colby LB 6-0 185 Bismarck, N.D./Bismarck
Michael Connor DB 5-8 150 St. Peter, Minn./St. Peter
Colin Conteh RB 5-10 180 Harwood, N.D./Northern Cass
Sam Dwelle OL 5-11 250 South St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul 
Lawrence Edouarzin  DB 5-11 180 Naples, Fla./Lely
Zyon Evans DE 6-2 230 Milaca, Minn./Milaca
Jackson Fields DE 6-0 240 Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes
Isaac Froemming DT 6-0 270 Alexandria, Minn./Osakis
Micah Gayman QB 5-11 160 Las Vegas, Nev./Democarcy Prep
Gregory Greicar WR 6-2 200 Flasher, N.D./Flasher
Elijah Grove K 6-7 175 Morris, Minn./Morris
Wyatt Gunkel DB 6-2 180 Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead
Cody Hallman QB 6-2 175 Hollywood, Fla./Cooper City
Noah Halmar QB 5-11 165 Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley
Kane Hoff OL 6-3 235 Coon Rapids, Minn./Fridley
Ben Hoggarth RB 5-9 210 Fargo, N.D./Fargo Oak Grove
Jarrett Hutchison LB 6-1 205 Motley, Minn./Pillager
Noah Jenson LB 6-1 215 Broomfield, Colo./Broomfield
Noah Jeppeson 5-5 145 Waverly, Iowa/Waverly-Shell Rock
Ethan John DB 5-10 150 Felton, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 
Zane Kaupe K/P 5-8 165 San Tan Valley, Ariz./Queen Creek 
Robert Leslie DB 5-10 180 Fargo, N.D./Fargo South
Casey Lowe DB 5-10 195 Surprise, Ariz./Shadow Ridge
Jacob Mason DE 6-3 250 Glendale, Ariz./Greenway
Mason Molitor RB 5-11 180 Richmond, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins
Mason Moore OL 6-0 230 Osakis, Minn./Osakis
Connor Morse OL 6-1 235 Barnesville, Minn./Barnesville
Ty Moser LB 6-3 200 Perham, Minn./Perham 
Hayden Netland LB 5-10 180 Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead
Andres Nunez  DB 5-8 165 North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy
PJ Parmelee LB 6-0 200 Tea, S.D./Tea
Garrett Peterson DB 5-11 165 Hanover, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville
Carter Rings OL 6-0 225 Pillsbury, N.D./Hope-Page
Mason Robertson QB 5-11 170 Engelwood, Colo./Engelwood
Henry Savelkoul LB 6-0 200 Lansford, N.D./Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 
Dawson Schaffer WR/K 6-1 160 Horace, N.D./Kindred
Carter Schmidt WR 6-3 170 Nerstrand, Minn./Northfield
Braydon Smith DE 5-11 200 Las Vegas, Nev./Calvary Chapel
Micah Solberg DB 6-1 180 Detroit Lakes, Minn./Detroit Lakes
Eli Sorum RB 6-0 205 Fergus Falls, Minn./Kennedy 
Hayden Spilles 5-11 190 Lake Norden, S.D./Hamlin
Mitchell Sullivan DB 5-9 160 Annandale, Minn./Annandale
Junior Surpris LB 5-11 200 Fargo, N.D./Fargo
Christian Thingvold OL 6-2 210 Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead
Collin Thompson  DE 6-2 235 Safford, Ariz./Thatcher
Ethan Tong  OL  6-2 240 West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo
Cody Urie  RB 6-1 165 Proctor, Minn./Proctor
Conner Walsh LB  6-1 215 Frazee, Minn./Detroit Lakes
Jayden Young DB 6-0 160 Las Vegas, Nev./Durango