Wakefield-Zubiate, Yernatich Lead UMD Class

By KBJR News 1

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 11:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior senior Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate and Duluth East senior Joe Yernatich both signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play football at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), leading a recruiting class of 34 student-athletes for the Bulldogs.

Wakefield-Zubiate was selected to the all-Big Rivers Conference team in 201, but he is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL and is expected by head coach Curt Wiese to redshirt in his true freshman season.

Yernatich, meanwhile, was named to the all-Mississippi Conference first team in both 2012 and 2013 for the Greyhounds.

UMD also got a letter of acceptance on Wednesday from Moose Lake-Willow River senior Jon Evenson, who helped the Rebels to four consecutive state tournaments in his high school career.

Below is listed the entire 34-player recruiting class for UMD, which is believed to be one of the largest in program history.

RB Tory Adams (Hutchinson)
OL Jason Anderson (Champlin Park)
WR Jason Balts (Barron)
WR Terrance Bowers (Hopkins)
DL Cal Durni (Brookfield East)
S Ryan Duxbury (Wisconsin Rapids)
RB Adam Essler (New London-Spicer)
LB Jon Evenson (Moose Lake-Willow River)
CB Jordan Hollie (Osseo)
S Bruce Juedes (Homestead)
OL Matt Juneau (Champlin Park)
S Jared Karow (Franklin)
CB Alex Lasinski (Hortonville)
TE Tyler Lattery (Lakeville South)
DB Sam Lynch (Benilde-St. Margaret's)
QB Shawn Magee (Rice Lake)
CB Dillon Martinez (Holmen)
RB Derek McLaughlin (Andover)
LB AJ Naatz (Menomonie)
RB Jamiah Newell (Lakeville North)
OL Austin Noble (Cannon Falls)
LB Andrew Schiessl (Menasha)
DL Brandon Scott (Kasson-Mantorville)
TE Jack Sims (Benilde-St. Margaret's)
OL Eriq Smith (Irondale)
CB Marcus Smith (Menomonie)
S Ty Sullivan (Owatonna)
OL Jason Telin (Tartan)
DL Trevor Thompson (Neenah)
LB Sean Van Helden (Stevens Point)
RB Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate (Superior)
OL Trapper Ward (Rice Lake)
LB Gus Wedig (Big Foot)
OL Joe Yernatich (Duluth East)

Posted by Zach Schneider
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