Former North State TE Jacob Streit, brother of real NDSU Basketball freshman Joshua Streit, announced plans to transfer to North Dakota State to play football for the Bison on Tuesday after- midday.
Streit comes to campus after four years at Northern State, but with two years left to play. Streit received a medical redshirt for 2019 and the NSIC (Northern State Conference) did not participate in football in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Watkins, MN native was excellent in 2018, playing wide receiver and catching 49 balls for 689 yards and six touchdowns. Streit has since moved positions to tight end and will play tight end at Fargo. Bison Report editor Ross Uglem spoke to Streit about his recruitment and joining the NDSU program.
“The big issue was graduate school. They don’t have too many options in Northern (State). I wanted to do an MBA or get into agriculture. I wanted to know who was interested, NDSU was one, and I want to go back to the farm when I’m done. (NDSU) having farming was a big part of my decision,” Streit said.
Samford (FCS), UIndy (D2), UMary (D2) and UND were the other schools vying for Streit’s services.
“Coach Hedberg first followed me on Twitter, then I followed Entz and Roehl. Coach Entz asked Josh (Streit) for my number. made an unofficial visit and started a plan to (go) to school.
Gindorff’s decision to return to the program after a leg injury in the FCS playoffs didn’t deter Streit at all. “Coach Roehl said it was a big plus to have him back, just to help me, to understand, and obviously he knows what he’s doing. It will be good to learn from him for a whole year, and I’m sure it will help me a lot.”
Streit is currently 6’5″ and weighs 235 pounds. North Dakota State has asked Streit to come in between 240 and 245 pounds and will ask trainer Jim Kramer to add any additional weight.
“They weren’t going to have that much depth or tight end experience (with Gindorff and Babicz theoretically leaving). They were excited to add someone with 20+ games experience. I played two years as a receiver at Northern before moving to tight They compared me to Babicz I have to work on my blocking a lot, that’s what a lot of tight ends do there (Babicz) is athletic, but he’s good to block, so I have to become an all-around tight end and work a lot on my blocking,” Streit said.
Streit’s path is made a little easier by seeing it done before him. Northern State guard/forward Andrew Kallman is now a solid contributor to David Richman’s men’s basketball program (where his younger brother Josh just had his red shirt lifted). Former NSIC opponents Michael Buetow and Brayden Thomas (MSU Mankato) are themselves wrapping up excellent two-year stints with NDSU Football.
“It helps to see people at my level succeeding at (D1) level. Coach Roehl talked about the tight ends he’s developed. The guys coming out of (NDSU) are so good. NFL type players. I felt like (Roehl) was one of the best options to make me the best tight end I could be.”
The state of North Dakota will indeed be a family affair for the Streits. “Especially with a footballer and a basketball player, my parents are going to be in Fargo a ton. Josh and I are very close. It’s exciting to be up there with him. I told him I would cook meals once a week. , and he can come hang out. Apparently, I can’t go to college without a brother. Justin was at Northern with me, and now Josh is at NDSU.
Streit is NDSU’s first acquisition from the transfer portal for 2022. The Bison added non-JuCo transfers Quincy Patterson (Virginia Tech), Jerrod Vines (Eastern Michigan), Luke LaCilento (San Diego), Gabe Lloyd (Wisconsin ), Michael Buetow (MSU Mankato), Brayden Thomas (MSU Mankato) and TaMerik Williams (SMU) before the 2021 season.