The UND football team's uncertain future amid the coronavirus outbreak hasn't halted all operations.
The Fighting Hawks picked up their first verbal commitment of the 2021 recruiting class on Sunday.
Sam Hagen of Park River, N.D., a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman, gave his commitment after receiving a scholarship offer Friday night.
Hagen, who was recently named to the all-Region 2 boys basketball team, also plays basketball and baseball for the Aggies. The Aggies finished 1-8 in Class A 11-man football in 2019.
Hagen admitted his parents both went to North Dakota State and the family has rooted for the Bison in the past.
"They support me 100 percent, though," Hagen said. "It's a lot like family at UND, and you just feel welcome there and everyone is so friendly. That was a big reason (for committing to the Hawks)."