Dickinson High senior Nate Moody committed Monday morning to be a preferred walk-on for North Dakota State football team.
A preferred walk-on is a player who was recruited by a team and was offered a non-scholarship roster spot
â€œThey went to great extremes to tell him that thereâ€™s no reason why he shouldnâ€™t be scholarshipped next year,â€ said Dave Moody, Nateâ€™s father.
As a senior, Moody gained 1,189 total yards and scored 13 touchdowns en route to a Class AAA all-state first team selection. He caught 42 passes for 654 yards and 11 TD.Â He has a 4.75-second time in the 40-yard dash and finished fifth in the Class A 300-meter hurdles as a junior.
Moody will become the first Dickinson High School player to play for the Bison since their move to the NCAA Division Iâ€™s Football Championship Subdivision. However, he isÂ not the first area athlete to be a preferred walk-on for the Bison since they made the jump from Division II. Brock Gion, a safety from Mott-Regent High School, will enter his junior season with the Bison next fall.
National Letter of Intent signing day is Wednesday.