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UND football lands another ND prep player

Park River Area quarterback Adam Zavalney (9) tries to avoid the grasp of Harvey-Wells County defender Parker Alexander during the first half of their high school football game last season in Park River. Harvey-Wells County won 16-8. Korrie Wenzel/Forum News Service

PARK RIVER, N.D.—The University of North Dakota football team continues to tap the North Dakota prep ranks for the 2019 recruiting class.

Park River/Fordville-Lankin's Adam Zavalney, a quarterback-defensive back for the Aggies, has verbally committed to play for the Fighting Hawks.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound high school senior ran for approximately 940 yards and threw for 440 this past season. Park River plays at the 11-man Class A level and finished the 2018 season 2-6.

"He's our go-to," Park River/F-L coach Robert Goll said. "He's playing out of position. We have him at quarterback, running the read option. All our plays go through him because we need them to. That's not his position at the college level."

Zavalney, a preferred walk-on, is expected to start his UND career at wide receiver but is considered a well-rounded athlete who could move positions.

Zavalney is also a standout basketball and baseball player.

The all-state football teams for 2018 haven't been released for this fall but Zavalney was a Class A all-state second-team pick in 2017.

He had nine interceptions last season and five this year. Goll said the Aggies used Zavalney all over the field defensively.

"If we wanted to stop a guy, that's where we put him," Goll said. "Strong safety, free safety, outside linebacker. It just mattered who we were playing."

Adam has a twin brother Nate, who is also a standout baseball and basketball player at Park River. However, Nate doesn't play football due to a medical issue.

UND's 2019 recruiting class has reached 20, including four preferred walk-ons.

Of those 20, seven are from North Dakota, including all four walk-ons.

The other North Dakota walk-ons include West Fargo offensive lineman E.J. Langstaff, Milnor-North Sargent offensive lineman Adam Neustel and Carrington linebacker Caden Wolsky.

The scholarship North Dakota preps include West Fargo tight end-defensive end Luke Lennon, Bismarck Century defensive end Tanner Thorsness and Fargo Shanley cornerback Haley Bucholz.

The early signing period for Division I football now takes place in late December.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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