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UND football lands important recruiting target in Luke Lennon, nephew of former coach Dale Lennon

Luke Lennon and UND football coach Bubba Schweigert walked out of the head coach’s office at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday.

Down the long hallway that houses his assistant coaches, Schweigert announced that Lennon was committing to the Fighting Hawks.

“Everyone started cheering,” Lennon said.

UND landed an important recruiting target in Lennon for two reasons. One, out of West Fargo High School, he’s one of the top prospects in the state. And two, his uncle Dale is one of the most storied figures in program history.

“(UND) started contacting me early in the process and have been calling me every week,” Lennon said. “You could tell they wanted me and it felt that was the place to go.”

Lennon, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound tight end/defensive end, said he tried to separate his college football decision from any biases tied to Dale, who coached UND during the school’s only NCAA Division II national title in 2001.

“Obviously, he did a great job there, and I like UND because of that,” Lennon said. “I tried not to let that play into it.”

Luke, who will be a senior with the Packers in the fall, said he attended tailgates and UND football home games every Saturday growing up when Dale was in Grand Forks.

Lennon said UND coaches believe he will start at defensive end but could be moved to tight end.

“They say I’m interchangeable,” Lennon said. “I feel good about that. I like that I have options.”

Lennon is the seventh commitment for UND’s 2019 recruiting class, which now features three in-state players as Lennon joins Fargo Shanley cornerback Haley Bucholz and Bismarck Century defensive end Tanner Thorsness.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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