GRAND FORKS -- For the fourth time in four seasons, the University of North Dakota football program will add a player from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to the roster.
Cornerback Richard Agyekum is the latest addition, announced Wednesday, Feb. 5, as part of the Fighting Hawks' 2020 recruiting class.
Wednesday marked the second window for recruits to sign national letters of intent this season, following the larger signing class inked in late December.
Agyekum was joined in this second round of recruiting by defensive back Ethan Ball of Regina, Sask., and walk-on linebacker Caleb Doeden of Williston, N.D.
Agyekum spoke to the Grand Forks Herald from the Netherlands via Twitter.
One of Agyekum's coaches in Amsterdam is former UND linebacker Dylan Bakker, who was the Hawks' first recruit in the Netherlands pipeline.
Bakker had 98 total tackles in 2016 for UND, which entered 2019 as the third-best season in Division I at UND behind two seasons of former star Will Ratelle.
"I talked to Dylan Bakker about UND to see if they were looking for a corner and if he could get me in contact with them," Agyekum said. "I already knew that they had some players from the Netherlands in the past so it made it easier for me to talk to someone about it and see how their experience at UND was."
UND saw Agyekum at a summer camp in Minneapolis, where he received scholarship offers from Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers and Cincinnati.
Agyekum originally committed to the Gophers but was later dropped. He said international players have a difficult road in recruiting.
"Trying to get into a school was a bit harder because the transcripts I have are different from the ones schools in the U.S. work with," Agyekum said.
Agyekum said PPI Recruits was vital in connecting him with American recruiters. The service, founded in 2017 by Brandon Collier, helps European players connect with NCAA recruiters.
"I got a lot of help from Brian Jahani, Brandon Collier and his group," Agyekum said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have even got the offers I had in the first place."
Agyekum is 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. He was named a three-star recruit by the recruiting website 247Sports. He was named the top defensive back prospect in Europe by multiple publications.
He racked up more than 800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. He also tallied a pair of interceptions and forced two fumbles.
UND's roster featured two players from Amsterdam in 2019. Ty Vrede was a backup inside linebacker and finished with 33 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Outside linebacker Chavildo Van Ommereren was competing for playing time.
UND's other defensive back addition, Ball, played both wide receiver and defensive back during his prep career, tallying nearly 1,000 yards receiving.
Doeden, 6-3 and 220 pounds, was a two-time, all-state pick. He registered 140 tackles and 34 sacks in his career.