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Published February 05, 2014, 06:30 PM

Bison reload with 29 signees in 2014 class

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Chris Klieman knew he was inheriting a tough job, having to replace a coach that just led a team to three straight national championships. He also somehow has to re-stock a squad that graduated 24 players, some of the best the school has seen.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Chris Klieman knew he was inheriting a tough job, having to replace a coach that just led a team to three straight national championships. He also somehow has to re-stock a squad that graduated 24 players, some of the best the school has seen.

Today, Klieman announced his first signing class - Twenty-nine guys, some with multiple FBS offers. It’s the first time that's happened.

He added a transfer from Nebraska in King Frazier, and went to states that are new to the Bison - Missouri and Michigan. Klieman says there were two ingredients to all the players that signed today.

Chris Klieman – NDSU Head Coach: “We got the kids that we wanted. Most importantly, you ask any of the players on our team, you gotta want to be a Bison. This group of guys, they all wanted to be here. We're really excited to coach these guys. Two things we look for. They have to have great character because we lost 24 seniors with unbelievable character, unbelievable character. So these kids had to have great character and they had to have a great work ethic. We know that's what we have with these guys here.”

6 PM Report - A new coach, but it appears, the same old results in recruiting. NDSU has 19 commitments from high school seniors, from North Dakota to Florida. 29 players in all say they're becoming Bison.

Guys, signing day is usually filled with anticipation and some dread for college coaches, hoping that the players they've been talking to will send in their fax. NDSU knew some players would be targeted after the coaching change, but new head coach Chris Klieman got letters from all the players they had verbal commitments from; including Omaha quarterback Easton Stick, who had offers from Rutgers and Miami of Ohio, but stuck with the Bison despite a new staff.

Easton Stick – NDSU Quarterback Recruit: “Coach Hedberg and Coach Paulasek got me so excited to play for those guys. We didn't have the whole year I guess to know each other but right away talking to them, their enthusiasm and passion for Bison football and their players I think is unmatched. Talking to guys on my official visit, everything I felt from meeting the coaches to talking the players, they backed it up so I'm so excited.”

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