WEST FARGO — West Fargo Sheyenne senior Nathan Goldade received a call from North Dakota State head football coach Matt Entz earlier this week and received a preferred walkon offer.

Even though he didn't tell Entz right away, Goldade had already knew he was going to accept.

"I already made my decision before I even hung up," Goldade said Wednesday afternoon. "I just had to talk to my parents."

Goldade made it official later that night, verbally committing to the Bison, the two-time defending national champions in NCAA Division I FCS.

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"It was a really big relief," Goldade said. "I didn't exactly know where I was in the recruiting process."

Goldade hasn't been able to play his senior season with the Mustangs due to a knee injury he suffered last June at a basketball team camp. When he first injured his knee, Goldade didn't think it was serious. It was about a week later he found out it was a torn ACL.

"It was heartbreaking when I found out I couldn't play my senior year," he said.

Goldade tried to play through the injury, but his knee buckled in the few practices in which he tried to participate. He had his surgery on Sept. 30. Goldade has remained connected to the team, even though he hasn't been able to play this fall.

"I've been staying committed to the team," he said. "I haven't missed a practice. I've grown up with these guys. I am still part of the team. I wanted to be there for them."

Goldade rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns during his junior season with the Mustangs.