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Football: Gindorff declares NDSU his next team

It was a summer spent speed dating for Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff. The senior quarterback and defensive end visited five college football camps and was recruited by many more programs this summer. That was until around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when ...

Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff lifts weights in preparation for the fall football season. Gindorff has verbally committed to play football next season for the North Dakota State University Bison. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)
Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff lifts weights in preparation for the fall football season. Gindorff has verbally committed to play football next season for the North Dakota State University Bison. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)

It was a summer spent speed dating for Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff.

The senior quarterback and defensive end visited five college football camps and was recruited by many more programs this summer. That was until around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Gindorff announced via social media that he'll attend North Dakota State University next season to play football and likely study engineering.

The son of Mike and Wendy Gindorff visited the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He said he couldn't ignore five-straight national titles.

"I knew after visiting that this was a place that I would definitely consider going," Gindorff said. "It just kind of seemed like the place to be. It seemed like I couldn't play anywhere else. I had other places that I had offers from, but this was really the place I wanted to be. Now it's happening."

The announcement is just a verbal agreement. Gindorff will sign his NCAA letter of intent on signing day which begins Feb. 1, 2017. He said proximity, the fact his sister, Abby, attends NDSU, its educational opportunities and the coaching staff were all draws for him. That and getting the decision out of the way to focus on this fall was another big reason for deciding now.

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Noah Gindorff

  • High School: Crosby-Ironton
  • Sport: Football
  • Position: Quarterback-defensive end
  • College: North Dakota State University

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"It's really nice just being able to focus on my senior year," Gindorff said. "I can be a great teammate and help out the younger guys. I can focus on that instead of having to devote some of my time to recruiting. Now it's out of the way and I can just focus on my senior year."

Gindorff said NDSU made him feel like a priority signing. There was interest from the Gophers, but Gindorff said they wanted to watch the first couple of games this season before making an offer.

Gindorff will redshirt his first season as he adjusts to playing a new position. Gindorff was being recruited as a tight end despite never playing the position. He said last spring it was difficult trying to decide where his best fit might be at the college level. But don't be surprised to see his 6-foot-6 frame somewhere besides behind center this fall.

"We're working on putting in a whole bunch of packages that could put me anywhere on the field from split out wide to playing quarterback to playing tight end or H back," Gindorff. "It's been weird. Even this spring I wasn't really sure what I would be, but just going on the visits and camps it became pretty clear that my best chances to play at the highest level would be at tight end so I started training for it.

"There was some talk about defensive end, but it just seemed comfortable to me to be playing offense. I can get the ball in my hands. But some schools would ask if I wanted to play tight end or defensive end and I would tell them tight end. No one I talked to was real concerned I wouldn't be able to make the transition."

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Gindorff will concentrate on getting stronger and faster as well as continue his excellent academic progress. Gindorff scored a 34 out of 36 on his ACT and carries a 3.99 grade-point average. He also will continue to play basketball and baseball at C-I.

Coaches can not comment on recruits until after they have signed, but Gindorff said he hit it off well with all the Bison coaches.

"I had good connections with the coaches and they seemed really excited about me," Gindorff said. "We talked about academics and then just about regular life," said Gindorff. "They were just getting a feel for who I am and just trying to get to know me.

"It just seemed like the right place to me. And again, you can't really deny five championships in a row. That's something anybody would like to be a part of."

 

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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