Saturday, August 15, 2009

Superior Football Star Commits to NDSU

For a Superior football program that had fallen on hard times for the better part of a decade (or more, for that matter), this is super news.

Ever since head coach Bob DeMeyer joined the program from his previous perch at Northwestern, things have been looking up. DeMeyer has led the Spartans to back-to-back Wisconsin high school football playoff berths. This came after the disastrous Brett Vesel tenure, in which Superior never really got their footing in a passing attack.

DeMeyer re-introduced the running game, and almost immediately found success with it. As he builds the program around the kind of players he needs to run his systems, things should only improve.

A good example of this was found this week. Running back/defensive back Zach Colvin gave a commitment to Division I-AA (er, FCS) North Dakota State for 2010.

... with his quick feet and a 34-inch vertical leap, the Superior senior didn’t need much time to impress the Bison coaches. By the end of the camp earlier this summer, Colvin had a scholarship offer from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) college. He called the NDSU coaches Aug. 5 to make an oral commitment to attend the school in 2010. “He wasn’t really on their radar before that,” Superior coach Bob DeMeyer said. “[The coaches] hadn’t seen any film of him or seen him live but once he was there and they saw what an athlete he was, they liked what they saw.”

Colvin is a bit undersized, but has a ton of athletic ability, and will focus on being a defensive player for NDSU.

He was also recruited by UMD, but justifiably took the Division I offer.

The Spartans opened practice this past Monday, and open the season against Stevens Point Aug. 28 at Ole Haugsrud Field in Superior.

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