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Kittson County Central lineman commits to UND football

Folland is a 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman for the Bearcats who projects as an interior offensive lineman at the college level.

KCC defenders Evan Austad, left, and Isaac Folland tackle BGMR running back Dylan VonEnde during their playoff game Thursday at the Fargodome.
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GRAND FORKS — Figuratively and literally, UND football has landed one of the biggest prospects in the area.

Isaac Folland, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman at Kittson County Central, gave his verbal commitment to the Fighting Hawks recently.

Folland, who plays center and nose tackle for KCC, projects as an interior offensive lineman at the college level.

"It's definitely an exciting thing," Folland said. "It's the easy part of it. Now it's time to crack down and get to work. I have to take care of the senior season first and worry about that the most."

Folland is the 16th commitment of the 2023 recruiting class for UND. The class already includes four offensive lineman and two interior lineman including Folland.


KCC is the reigning Minnesota Section 8 9-man champions and advanced to the state semifinals last year.

The Bearcats are off to a 3-0 start in 2022. Folland, who lives 6 miles north of Karlstad, Minn., on his family farm, has started since his freshman season.

"He's just strong ... naturally strong," KCC coach Cory Waling said. "It's not until recently he really realized how strong he is and what he can do with that strength.

"He has a motor. He plays with an edge. Sometimes that's good and bad, but he plays with that extreme physicality."

Folland has 22 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss this season. Offensively, he's blocking for all-state running back Chisum Schmiedeberg who is averaging nearly 220 rushing yards per game this season.

A year ago, Folland had 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was the lead blocker for an offense that saw two running backs (Schmiedeberg and Ozzie Meyer-Rice) rush for more than 1,400 yards.

KCC has outscored opponents 106-14 this season.

"Our goals coming in were to pick up where we left off last season," Waling said. "We've had a nice start, but the competition will just get better as the season goes along. Last year was kind of surprising and we were along for the ride. It's different this year. Now you have a target on your back and expectations. There's a different challenge that way."

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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