Editor's note: Valley to Summit is a semi-daily roundup of news impacting the UND football and basketball programs, as well as updates from around the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Summit League.

Former UND cornerback Hayden Blubaugh announced his transfer destination Thursday morning.

Blubaugh will play at NCAA Division II Washburn in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods play in the MIAA, which includes familiar Division II programs Pittsburg State and Emporia State.

Washburn went 6-5 in 2019.

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Blubaugh started five games as a rookie in 2017 and has been in the regular rotation all three years with the program.

But according to UND's 2020 spring depth chart, Blubaugh had fallen out of the top four at corner. Senior standout Evan Holm and rising star C.J. Siegel were slated as starters, while rookies Caleb Nelson and Sammy Fort filled in the backup slots.

The Aurora, Colo., native had one career interception -- an impressive diving grab in the end zone at the Alerus Center in the second half against Northern Colorado in 2019.

Coach of UND offeree speaks on prospect

Morris Area boys basketball coach Mark Torgerson joined WDAY's Dom Izzo on his daily radio show Thursday morning to offer insight into 2022 prospect Jackson Loge, who has been offered by UND.

Torgerson said he's a 33-year coaching veteran and Loge was the first player he's had start for him as an eighth-grader.

Torgerson also coached former North Dakota State star Brett Winkelman and Jackson's dad, Kevin, who played at Minnesota and NDSU.

Loge already has 1,369 career points and 817 career rebounds in three varsity seasons.

UND is Loge's first offer. But Ryan James, a Minnesota basketball recruiting expert, tweeted earlier this month that Loge was hearing from Minnesota-Duluth, South Dakota State, Appalachian State, Liberty, Belmont, Augustana, North Dakota State and St. Thomas.

Bernhard offers 2023 prospect

Michigan has been a hot target for the UND women's basketball program's recruiting efforts lately.

UND recently offered Sault St. Marie (Mich.) 2023 forward Claire Erickson.

Erickson was first-team all-conference as a freshman -- the only freshman on the first team, second team or honorable mention.

UND assistants John Motherwell and Nkwane Young have Michigan roots.


-- Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor, a former North Dakota State AD, recently spoke with the New York Times about his program's COVID-19 problems, which triggered the school to shutdown workouts. Notably for UND fans, Taylor told the Times: “I am optimistic that we’ll play football. I’m not optimistic that we’ll play 12 games.” UND is scheduled to play at Kansas State on Sept. 12.

-- Western Illinois has decided to cut its men's and women's swimming and diving programs, citing budget concerns and COVID-19-related issues. UND cut both programs in 2017.

-- A North Dakota State men's basketball transfer has suffered a broken bone in his lower leg. Donald Carter III, a point guard from Scottsdale Community College, suffered the injury in May while working out at home in Minneapolis. He's expected to be rehabbing through October.

-- North Dakota State offensive tackle Dillon Radunz is seeing his NFL Draft stock rise quickly. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy recently indicated he would take Radunz as the non-quarterback player he would build a college team around. Nagy was then asked via Twitter if Radunz was a first-round talent. Nagy's response read: "Very likely after the Senior Bowl." The 6-foot-6, 301-pound Radunz started all 31 games at left tackle for the Bison the past two seasons after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the first game of his freshman season.