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UND adds juco trio
UND coach Bubba Schweigert has seen his first recruiting class grow by three over the past week as a trio of junior college athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play in Grand Forks.
The trio includes offensive linemen Brendan Slaight and Colton Boas and defensive back Charles Flowers.
Slaight, 6-foot-7 and 318 pounds, earned Junior College Athletic Bureau All-State Region II honors as a freshman and sophomore at Siskiyous (Calif.) Community College where he played tackle.
“Brendan is an offensive tackle with very good size and has the potential to make an immediate impact in both the running game and passing game,” Schweigert said. “On the film we watched, you could tell he plays from the snap to the whistle, which is a trait we will always look for in our offensive lineman.”
Boas, a Bloomfield, Iowa, native, arrives in Grand Forks after two years at Iowa Central Community College where he was the Triton’s Offensive Lineman of the Year the past two seasons.
“Colton is a center with tremendous strength,” Schweigert said. “We look for him to step right in and compete for a starting position at the center or guard positions. He plays with great effort and that is a key characteristic we look for our in our offensive lineman.”
Flowers, a Chino Hills, Calif., native, played one season at Citrus College where he registered 50 tackles and made five interceptions. He ran one of those interceptions back 54 yards for a touchdown.
“Charles adds both speed and size to the corner position. His quickness, agility, and ball skills will help improve our pass defense,” Schweigert added. “He has developed a physical style versus the run, which makes him a complete player in the secondary. He has played against very good competition in junior college and we expect him to make an immediate contribution to our team this fall.
UND is serving as host to both the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinal round this week. As such, UND fans should anticipate heavy traffic loads and are encouraged to arrive on site as early as possible in an effort to make the traffic and parking process as smooth as possible for all fans.
Today and Saturday, North Dakota Champions Club members with basketball hang-tag parking passes will be able to park in all REA lots as usual. Free general parking will also be available in the REA parking lots on Thursday and Saturday.
On Friday, due to the overlap of the Big Sky Conference Championship and NCHC Quarterfinal playoffs, fans should expect significant changes to normal basketball parking. Those fans with men’s hockey hang-tags need to use them to park on-site at REA at their normal hockey parking location. For those with a basketball hang-tag, but not a men’s hockey hang-tag, your basketball hang-tag will be honored at the UND Wellness Center lot (Friday only).
Free general parking for Friday will be allowed in the UND Wellness Center lot (subject to availability) and the UND parking lot on the southwest corner of Princeton and 6th Avenue North. Fans without a hang-tag are asked to park in either of those two locations for the basketball games Friday.