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Crookston's Ethan Boll commits to UND football

Boll was the Pirates' leading rusher and receiver last season. He also won a Minnesota state wrestling championship at 220 pounds.

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Ethan Boll tries to run past East Grand Forks' Evan Pederson in the second half of a 2021 game.
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GRAND FORKS — Crookston's Ethan Boll wanted to play college football close to home, so he's opted for the 25-mile drive down Highway 2.

Boll committed Thursday to play college football at UND, becoming the 13th commitment of the 2023 recruiting class.

Boll, who's 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds, is projected as either an inside or outside linebacker in college.

"For me, I just like how it's close," Boll said. "I can get back to the farm and my family. It's nice in that aspect."

Boll also competes in wrestling, track and field and baseball at Crookston. He was a Minnesota state champion at 220 pounds this past winter.

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The Fighting Hawks improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference by putting up 515 yards of total offense against Missouri State.

Boll's aunt is former UND basketball standout Jenny Boll, who is married to former UND linebacker Josh Christofferson.

Jenny Boll finished her career as UND's fourth all-time leading scorer (1,651 points). Christofferson was on UND football's 2001 Division II national title team.

Boll said his best attribute is his speed for his size.

"Probably my quickness for a big dude," he said. "I run almost a 4.0 pro-agility time. As linebacker, shifting directions is huge. You don't have to be fast like an open (40-yard dash), but you have to change direction."

Crookston was 3-5 last season. Boll led the Pirates in both rushing and receiving.

Boll had 82 carries for 349 yards and a 4.2 average. He had five rushing touchdowns.

Boll had 13 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'm pumped," Boll said. "I'm excited to go to one of the top colleges to play football. Initially I wanted to go to college to push myself. I don't like settling. I feel like I can do that at UND. I know I have to work for a spot. I'm excited to do that."

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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