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Adam Kallenbach to join brother at MSUM

Adam Kallenbach committed to the Minnesota State University Moorhead football program on Nov. 28.

Adam Kallenbach was having a career year his junior football season until a freak hit sent him to the hospital with a broken collarbone.

Minnesota State University Moorhead had an inkling Kallenbach would prove stronger than his clavicle.

The Dragons were right.

"It definitely would’ve helped to have my junior season to get more highlights and get my name out more but I don’t think I would be the player I am now without that injury," Kallenbach said. "It really helped me take a step back and realize I shouldn’t be taking things for granted and that I only had one more year left of high school football."

Kallenbach, a now-senior at Jamestown High School, officially committed to the MSUM football program on Nov. 28 after his best prep season on record came to a close at the Fargodome in the Class A State title game.

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"I’m thankful that MSUM reached out to me even after I didn’t play much of my junior year due to my injury and invited me on a junior day visit," Kallenbach said. "The coaches at MSUM are special and the program is as much of a family as you can get. (I got to be) around my brother's roommates and saw how great a group of guys they are."

Kallenbach is not the only member of his family to commit to play football at the collegiate level. His father, Mikel Kallenbach, suited up for North Dakota State University in the mid- to late-1990s while his brother, Jared, just wrapped up his third season at MSUM.

Jared, a member of the Blue Jays' 2018 state semifinal team, helped the Jays to a 7-3 record, landing them in the Class AA state semifinals against Fargo Shanley. The Deacons defeated the Jays 21-14.

Jared was named all-conference his senior year. He was an all-state selection in 2017, a two-time all-conference athlete and a two-time team captain. He finished his prep career with 108 tackles and four interceptions.

Adam, a wideout, recorded 642 yards on 41 receptions; while on the ground, he managed 93 yards. As a kicker, he was 35-of-43 from extra point range. Following the Class A State title tilt, Adam was a first-team, All-State selection with 41.5 tackles. The senior also led the team in interceptions, nabbing nine through 12 games.

"Attending camps helps get your name out and eventually leads to game day visits during the season," Kallenbach said. "Putting together highlights to show what you can do on the field is very important.

"I think coaches look at if you can make college-level plays or positive plays that you can help bring to their programs."

Kallenbach's game plan heading into the collegiate level is a pretty basic, bare-bones approach.

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"I am just going to show up every day and do everything to the best of my ability to help the team succeed," Kallenbach said. "I will be working out a lot, gaining weight and focusing on the fundamentals of football."

Having a man on the inside like Jared is also giving Kallenbach a slight edge on the incoming recruits when it comes to understanding the workouts and the team culture that the Dragons are building.

"He’s been there for three years and he tells me how much of a family it is and everyone is working towards the same goal," Kallenbach said. "Also, playing with your brother isn’t an opportunity that comes around very often. People will see (us as) two people who are willing to do whatever it takes to win and be great teammates throughout the process."

While he has officially committed to the Dragons, Kallenbach still has three more months of his prep career ahead of him. The senior guard for the Jamestown High School basketball team is looking to lead the Blue Jays to its first Class A State Tournament since 2020.

As of Dec. 16, the Blue Jays are 2-2 on the boards.

"I’m gonna give everything I have during basketball," Kallenbach said. "Knowing it’s my last year of it saddens me, but we just wanna win and it should be a fun year if everyone buys in."

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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