Former prep football standouts Craig McDonald and Shawn Shipman will be playing this season at each of the state’s NCAA Division I programs.
McDonald, who starred in basketball and football at Minnehaha Academy, will play defensive back at the University of Minnesota—with three years of eligibility remaining—after stops at Iowa State University and Auburn University.
Shipman, a junior running back for the University of St. Thomas who prepped at Champlain Park, was voted preseason 1st-team All-Conference in the Pioneer Football League (PFL), after earning 2nd-team All-Conference honors last season.
Here are a few more former Minnesota prep stars on the Gophers and Tommies rosters for the up-and-coming season:
Offensive linemen Logan Richter (Perham), Deven Eastern (Shakopee) and Jerome Williams (Osseo); defensive back Garrison Monroe (Shakopee), linebacker Alex Elliot (Hutchinson), and wide receiver Kristen Hoskins (Alexandria); and tight end Brevyn Span-Ford (St. Cloud Tech) are on the Minnesota rosters.
Running back Hope Adebayo (Simley); wide receivers Terrance Kamara (Minneapolis North) and Bryce Boyd (Holy Angels); linebackers Malaki-Hilton Jackson (Wayzata) and David Ayeni (Anoka); defensive linemen Jordan Titus (Hutchinson), Delainey Suraju (Lakeville South), Martin Owusu (Prior Lake), and IBK Mafe (Blaine); and defensive backs Sanjay Redd (Minnehaha Academy, SMB) and Johnson Fallah (Osseo) are likewise at UST.
The state is well-represented.