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Oct. 14—It's only fitting a Schweigert from North Dakota chooses to play UND football.
Bismarck Century's Lucas Schweigert, who is not related to Fighting Hawks head football coach Bubba Schweigert, announced Thursday he's committed to play college football in Grand Forks.
Schweigert is a 6-foot, 270-pound lineman, who projects as a nose guard for the Fighting Hawks.
Schweigert held preferred walk-on offers from both UND and North Dakota State. He told Division II recruiters early in the process he was set on selecting one of the two in-state Division I programs.
"A big thing for me is academically where I want to be," Schweigert said. "I want to go into the medical field, so I liked UND's medical programs. The football program is trending upward, too, so I wanted to be part of that."
Schweigert, a four-year starter on offense and a three-year starter on defense, was a first-team all-state defensive pick last season.
Last season, he had 30 unassisted tackles, 30 assisted tackles and three sacks in helping Century to the state Class AAA championship.
This year, the Patriots, who are 7-0 and riding a 29-game unbeaten streak, lead the West Region in scoring defense at 8.8 points per game.
"I'm not as big of a guy, so I try to use my speed," Schweigert said. "I try to use my motor and be relentless and use whatever I have."
UND has three former Century players in the program already. Tight end Noah Schaffner and offensive lineman Hunter Harvey are true freshmen for the Fighting Hawks this fall, while defensive end Tanner Thorsness is in his redshirt sophomore season.
Schweigert is UND's 14th commitment of the 2022 recruiting class and fourth preferred walk-on.