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Roseau's Jacob Lindemann thrilled to be first UND football commit of 2019 class

As a kid, Jacob Lindemann tagged along every time his father, Jeremy, brought the Roseau junior varsity football team to East Grand Forks for a game.

Jacob knew that meant they were going to a UND football game afterward.

“I’ve always been a fan,” he said.

So, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman from Roseau didn’t have to think long about how to answer a question from UND head coach Bubba Schweigert on Thursday.

Schweigert pulled Lindemann into his office after a day of camp, sat him down on the couch and asked him if he wanted to play Division I football.

Lindemann was more specific. “I want to play UND football,” he answered.

Then, the head coach offered Lindemann a scholarship.

“I was rather quick to accept,” Lindemann said.

In doing so, Lindemann became the first player to commit for the 2019 class.

Lindemann, an all-conference and all-Section 8AA selection last year, projects to play either offensive guard or tackle at UND.

He has played both positions -- as well as defensive tackle -- at Roseau.

“I’m very, very excited,” Lindemann said. “This has been my goal since Day 1. As soon as I started playing catch in the yard, I knew I wanted to play football.

“I was very excited when they said they’d be willing to give me an offer. I was speechless. I feel very blessed.”

Lindemann said UND was the first school to show interest. Other area schools later talked to Lindemann, but the lineman knew where he wanted to go.

“I’ve always been a fan,” Lindemann said. “I’ve always wanted to play there. This is a childhood dream come true.”

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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