UND FOOTBALL: Wayzata senior commits without staff in place
Without any coaches with guaranteed jobs next season, the UND football program's recruiting efforts were expected to be on hold as the athletic department searches for a new head coach.
The coaching uncertainty, though, apparently hasn't scared off every recruit.
Wayzata defensive end-outside linebacker Drew Greely, who had a scholarship offer from Mountain West Conference member Air Force, gave his verbal commitment to UND on Tuesday night.
Greely, listed at 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, has taken multiple visits to Grand Forks. He was originally recruited by defensive coordinator Josh Kotelnicki before Kotelnicki and the rest of former coach Chris Mussman's staff were relieved of their duties Nov. 18. Originally, it was believed no one on the staff would continue to recruit but that doesn't appear to be the case.
After the coaching change, Greely was recruited by UND defensive line coach Kyle Myers, who multiple recruits have said hopes to be retained by the new coach.
"I sure hope he is," Greely said. "We'll see. I'm just really excited to play at North Dakota."
Greely said North Dakota was the first program to show interest in him during the process. Greely added that his sister already goes to UND and he likes the campus' proximity to his home in the Twin Cities.
"I think a new coach only helps my decision because it's a new start at everything," Greely said.
Greely was named to the 2013 All-Metro football team by the Star Tribune. With the honor, the newspaper wrote that Greely was "fast and agile yet has immensely strong upper body. Moves well sideline-to-sideline, thanks to 4.7 40-yard speed."
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