FARGO — Entering his senior year of high school, West Fargo Sheyenne wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Terhark was trying to decide if he wanted to pursue basketball or football at the collegiate level.

He loved both sports, but at football camp this summer at West Fargo Sheyenne and North Dakota State's three-day camp last weekend, Terhark heard football calling his name.

"I definitely wanted to pick one sport, but I wasn't quite sure which one," Terhark said. "This summer, I just was really excited to be out there on the football field. I was loving it, loving the grind. I decided I wanted to play college football."

NDSU was the next to call, as Terhark was offered a preferred walk-on spot at the NDSU camp. He called yesterday to say he was committing to NDSU for football. He had a couple other options for Division II schools in North Dakota, but he went with the Bison.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Tyler Terhark became the first athlete from Sheyenne to commit to play football for North Dakota State on Wednesday. David Samson / The Forum
West Fargo Sheyenne's Tyler Terhark became the first athlete from Sheyenne to commit to play football for North Dakota State on Wednesday. David Samson / The Forum

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"You just see the program and it's just such a great program," Terhark said. "You can tell by their winning culture. The three-day camp, I got to really know the coaching staff. Honestly, they took me in and I felt a real connection with them right away. I told myself if I get the opportunity I would for sure want to play here."

Terhark is currently 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. As a junior, he had 40 catches for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns and 29.5 tackles and seven interceptions.

"He's one of the best athletes that I've ever coached," West Fargo Sheyenne football coach Jeremy Newton said. "What I really like about him is he is competitive and he doesn't care about what he does, he just wants to win. Those are the characteristics that I think put him above other kids."

The original plan for the Bison is to use Terhark as a receiver, but he said he would play wherever he was needed.

"Honestly, he can do a multitude of things. He's that kind of athlete," Newton said. "He's not going to be that guy that has to do this or that. I feel like he's best at wide receiver, but who knows."

His football career began playing catch with his dad. It will continue at NDSU, as the first football commit from West Fargo Sheyenne.

"I guess it hasn't set in yet," Terhark said. "I'm super excited and super stoked."