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Bachmeier gives verbal to NDSU

FARGO — It was two years ago when Jack Plankers became the first Division I football recruit from Kindred, N.D. The community just southwest of Fargo didn’t have to wait long for the second.

Quarterback/safety Eric Bachmeier gave the Bison a verbal commitment this week and will make it official on NCAA signing day in early February. He’ll be a freshman and Plankers a redshirt sophomore next fall.

“He’s a great guy and a great competitor, so having a guy there to teach me the ways of practice and training will be a big help,” Bachmeier said.

It’s not certain what position NDSU has in store for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bachmeier. It won’t be quarterback, and he’s fine with that.

“I’m not quite at the level of a college passer right now,” he said.

So either wide receiver or safety would be the best bets. He’s got the speed – he was a member of three straight champion relays last spring in the North Dakota Class B state track and field meet.

Bachmeier had 175 carries for 1,318 yards and completed 49 of 87 passes for another 1,036 yards this fall. He had 27 tackles, 7 pass breakups and an interception on defense.

He scored 72 touchdowns in his career. He’s also a 1,000-point scorer in basketball.

“We put him at quarterback because of his ability. It was hard not to put the ball in his hands every play,” said Kindred head coach Cody Kittelson. “But I can see him as being that tall wide receiver-type body.”

Kittelson also coached Plankers, so seeing two of his players go to NDSU where he played carried a lot of satisfaction.

“We have a lot of hard-working kids here, and I’m happy to have been a part of it,” Kittelson said. “I wasn’t involved much in pushing them to go to a school like NDSU, but I knew both had the ability to play big-time college football. It’s great for the community.”

Bachmeier took unofficial visits to NDSU, North Dakota, Minnesota State Moorhead and the University of Minnesota. MSUM also offered him.

Minnesota contacted him after his junior year, he said, but communication fell off this season.

Meanwhile, the Bison wrestling program signed three-time Minnesota placewinner Mark Voss from St. Michael-Albertville to a letter of intent. He finished fourth at 132 pounds in the USA Wrestling Cadet freestyle tournament.

The Bison baseball team got a commitment from left-handed pitcher Blake Stockert from Alexandria, Minn. He went 14-2 with 149 strikeouts in 111 innings the last two years in Legion baseball.

Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.