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Fargo Shanley all-state wide receiver Vuciri Hakim commits to UND football

After sitting out his junior season to focus on basketball, Hakim returned to football as a senior and caught the attention of college recruiters.

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Fargo Shanley's Vucuri Kakim Celebrates his touchdown against West Fargo with teammates Kaden Christmann and Carter Mitchell at Sid Cichy Stadium on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
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FARGO — Fargo Shanley's Vuciri Hakim didn't attend the college football recruiting camp circuit like most prospects.

He didn't even play high school football as a junior. He elected to focus on basketball.

But with the prodding of Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg, Hakim came back out for his one and only season of varsity football last fall.

That decision has led to an NCAA Division I college football commitment.

Hakim, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, has committed as a preferred walk-on for the Fighting Hawks. He also held offers from North Dakota State and Minnesota State Moorhead.

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"I really feel (the UND coaches) have the same idea of what we want to do," Hakim said. "The players are like a family, and that's what I want to be part of."

Hakim is also a basketball standout for the Deacons, averaging 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

"I'd say my best quality on the (football) field is I'm a big target," Hakim said. "I have crazy length over the defenders. I'd say I'm a big target with good physical attributes, but I have a lot to learn still."

Hakim finished the 2022 season with 48 catches for 802 yards and nine touchdowns for the state champion Deacons.

UND, coming off a 7-5 season that ended in the first round of the FCS playoffs at Weber State, returns experience to the passing attack in 2023 with veteran starting quarterback Tommy Schuster, along with top receiver Bo Belquist. The Hawks averaged 30.3 points per game a year ago and had the Missouri Valley Football Conference's fourth-highest passing attack at more than 228 yards per game.

Hakim is the fourth wide receiver of the 2023 recruiting class for UND, joining Eden Prairie's Michael Gross, Goodhue's Adam Poncelet and Korey Tai of Glen Ellyn, Ill. The Hawks also added a wide receiver this offseason via the transfer portal in former South Dakota wide receiver Wesley Eliodor.

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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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