I’ve been able to track down five St. Cloud State football recruits so far. I’ve been told the team has between 23-25 verbal commitments. National signing day is Feb. 6, so the coaching staff can’t comment on the recruits until then.
The five verbals include Donte Starlin-Merriam, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back from Sun Prairie, Wis., Ben Diedrick, a 6-3, 181-pound quarterback from Kimberly, Wis., David Maule, a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end from Watertown, Wis., Grant Lewis, a 6-foot-8, 268-pound offensive lineman from Sioux Falls Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Brett Wainwright, a 5-9, 160-pound wide receiver from Oswego, Ill.
Starlin-Merriam, Maule and Diedrick’s verbals were first reported by WisSports.net. Wainwright confirmed his verbal commitment on Twitter.
Starlin-Merriam rushed for 2,761 yards and 29 TDs the past two years. He was a two-time Big Eight first team All-Conference pick.
“I felt at home with SCSU,” Starlin-Merriam said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “I know I’m going to redshirt my first year. After that, we’ll see what happens. I really liked the campus and the facilities. The zone-read offense that they have is just like the one we ran in high school.”
Starlin-Merriam’s Sun Prairie team went 12-0 until it lost in the Division I Wisconsin state title game last fall. He says his strongest attributes are his vision and quickness. He runs a 4.6 40-yard dash time.
Starlin-Merriam was also recruited by Bemidji State and MSU-Mankato. He received a walk-on offer to play wide receiver at Division I North Dakota State.
Diedrick threw for more than 3,200 yards and 42 TDs the past two years. He earned WFCA honorable mention All-State honors last year and was a finalist for the Dave Krieg Award, which was present by WisSports.net.
WisSports.net reported that Maule received a partial scholarship offer from SCSU.