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Krause signs to play football at Bemidji State

WDC student-athlete Jake Krause signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play football at Bemidji State University. Flanking Jake are his parents, Mary and Jon. Pictured are, back row, from left, WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant, WDC football Head Coach Howie Kangas and WDC Middle/High School Principal Tyler Church. Photo by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools

Wadena-Deer Creek senior Jacob "Jake" Krause signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play NCAA Division II football at Bemidji State University.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound offensive lineman received a scholarship to play football for the Beavers, and said he chose BSU because it was a comfortable fit and he liked the coaching staff.

"They have a great coaching staff, and I really liked the on-campus environment and recreational opportunities," said Krause, who is an avid hunter and fisherman.

WDC football Coach Howie Kangas is excited and proud to see one of his players move on to the Division II level.

"I think BSU will be a great fit for Jake. Coach (Jeff) Tesch is a great offensive coach, and that's what Jake is going to play," Kangas said.

Krause had offers from several colleges, including University of Minnesota-Duluth, St. Thomas in St. Paul, Gustavus-Adolphus University in St. Peter, Minn., Minnesota State University-Moorhead, North Dakota State University in Fargo, Valley City State University and the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

Krause will red shirt his freshman year. BSU football head Coach Jeff Tesch plans to make Krause an offensive guard, which means Krause will need to bulk up, he said. This summer, he will add another 40 pounds to his 250-pound frame.

In addition to being an outstanding athlete in hockey and baseball for the Wolverines, Krause is a stellar student. He is consistently on the honor roll at WDC and a three-year Academic All-Star in football and baseball.

His other athletic accomplishments include: Prairie North All-Conference Honorable Mention in football; Mid-State All-Conference in baseball; Section 6A All-Section team baseball; and nine high school varsity letters for baseball, football and hockey.

Krause plans to enroll in the pre-physical therapy program at BSU.

The BSU football team finished the 2012 season 7-4 overall to post its 14th record of at least .500 in its last 15 seasons.