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Adding new faces: UJ football team signs three new recruits

University of Jamestown offensive coordinator Josh Kittell walks during practice for the Jimmies at the green space at Jamestown Middle School on Wednesday. The team took advantage of the nice weather to hold spring practice outdoors. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Three players from region have signed with the Jimmie football team.

Ben Steinolfson of Steele, Cole Staigle from Fargo South and West Fargo’s Garrett Styf have signed with the University of Jamestown.

Steinolfson, a multi-sport standout for Kidder County, had 410 yards rushing and 209 yards receiving. The 5-11, 165-pounder profiles as a wide receiver for the Jimmies.

“Ben is a multi-sport athlete who loves to compete year-round,” Frank said. “He was used in a variety of ways, offensively, and his ability to do that drew our attention. Ben has the opportunity to fill a myriad of roles for us.”

The son of Thomas and Lisa Steinolfson, he plans to study exercise science/pre-physical therapy.

Staigle, a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder, had 152 receiving yards for the state champion Bruins, earning honorable mention all-East Region honors. Coach Shawn Frank said he projects as a tight end or H-back at the college level.

Staigle earned the prestigious Wilson Scholarship.

“Cole is a very physical player who will make a nice transition to our offense and what we want to do moving forward,” Frank said. “Cole is an outstanding student who exemplifies what the University of Jamestown represents academically and athletically.”

The son of Wes and Julie Staigle, he plans to study exercise science.

Styf, a 6-4, 205-pounder, had 27 tackles and a team-leading six sacks for West Fargo last season, earning honorable mention all-East Region honors.

“Garrett is a very engaging young man. The thing that strikes you about him is his size. He can put a lot of weight on that frame,” Frank said.

Frank said his overall athleticism allows for position flexibility.

“Garrett comes from a solid program that is used to winning and competing. He is another great addition to our recruiting class,” Frank said.

The son of Terry ad Tara Styf, he plans to study exercise science.