9-man has played an integral role in Minnesota high school football since I believe its inception in 1916 up until the present day. The 9-man state champions can be traced back to as far back as 1972, which is when all other state championship teams in prep football began to be tracked as well, and has produced scholarship college football studs nearly every year that have gone on to make huge impacts at the NCAA level. One of MN’s 9-man best players this past season was Nevis’ , and he was kind enough to give PrepRedzone some of his time to talk about his career, 9-man football, and his commitment to the NSIC’s Minnesota State University-Moorhead. This past fall DeWulf posted 2081 total yards and 23 TDs on offense and 103 tackles w/ 71 solos on defense and was honored with District MVP honors and a selection to the MN All-Star game, and he’s going to be a great Dragon for MSUM. Check out his PrepRedzone “Commitment Report”, and I hope you enjoy!
PrepRedzone: Hello and congratulations on the commitment, Luke! Please begin by telling us a little bit about your recruitment process as a whole. When did it begin, when did you begin to hear from schools, and what were some interesting parts of the whole deal?
DeWulf: “ I started hearing from schools at the end of my Jr. season. It was good to hear from many coaches.”
PrepRedzone: What ultimately made you commit to MSUM?
DeWulf: “I committed to MSUM because I had a great connection with the coaches, the players, and everyone within the program.”
PrepRedzone: Tell us about your senior year at Nevis last fall. What were some big game and moments for you?
DeWulf: “We had a solid year. We had a rough patch where we had a few injury’s but that doesn’t take away from what we accomplished. We played in the prep bowl my Sophomore year. This was the biggest game our program has ever had. I’m the last 4 years I have accomplished all state wide receiver, and also all state honorable mention. I also received District 9 north west MVP for my senior year.”
PrepRedzone: What position will you be playing for the Dragons?
DeWulf: “ I will be playing strong safety at MSUM.”
PrepRedzone: What are some things you think people should know about 9-man football that they may have the wrong impression about?
DeWulf: “Some people believe that 9 man means that you don’t get recruited very well. That’s not true. Doesn’t matter what level you’re playing at. If you have the skill set and the potential the right school will find you.”
PrepRedzone: How are you feeling about football next fall in the NSIC?
DeWulf: “ I’m ready for the challenge of college football in the NSIC. Go Dragons 🐉”