Jason Ford Is Latest In Series Of Strong BSU Commitments

Bemidji State’s recruiting class is looking stronger every week.

After getting two strong commitments in the past three weeks, the Beavers got a third Monday in Jason Ford, a forward for the Janesville Jets of the NAHL. He broke the news on his Twitter, and Andy Johnson of the Western College Hockey blog alerted me to the news with his post last night.

Ford, a Waunakee, Wis., native, led the state in scoring as a high school senior a year ago and currently leads the Jets in scoring through 16 games.

The  6’0, 180 pound forward is only the latest in what looks like a very solid recruiting class coming in next year and the year after.

And he’s the third high-profile recruit to commit to BSU in October.

The Beavers also got verbals from former Moorhead goalie Michael Bitzer, who picked BSU over MSU Mankato and Bowling Green, and Brett Beauvais, a 5-11 defender on the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings of the NAHL.

It’s a nice looking group. None of them are sure when they’d be attending BSU – either next year or the year after – but it seems like despite the reorganization of the conferences next season BSU will do just fine getting recruits to come to Bemidji.

Part of that may have something to do with the fact that the Sanford Center is one of the nicest venues around.

Bizter and Ford both cited the arena as one of the main reasons why they’re coming to Bemidji – that and the coaching staff.

I’m not sure how many more verbals the Beavers will get this season but I’ll do my best to update when I know about them. Meanwhile, here’s a list of all the confirmed future Beavers, via Millsy and The Beaver Pond.

Bob Kinne, F, Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL), St. Paul, Minn.

Brendan Harms, F, Fargo Force (USHL), Steinbach, Man.

Corey Petrash, F, Ceder Rapids Roughriders (USHL), East St. Paul, Man.

Carter Struthers, D, Weyburn Redwings (SJHL), Weyburn, Sask.

Mike Soucier, F, Wellington Dukes (OJHL), Mississauga, Ont.

Phillip Marinaccio, F, Chicago Steel (USHL), Woodbridge, Ont.

Charlie O’Connor, F, Chicago Steel (USHL), Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Brady Riesgraf, D, Coulee Region Chill (NAHL), Chaska, Minn.

Michael Bitzer, G, Lincoln Stars (USHL), Moorhead, Minn.

Brett Beauvais, D, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (NAHL), Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Jason Ford, F, Janesville Jets (NAHL), Waunakee, Wis.


One more piece of news surprised me a little Monday night. In the latest USCHO.com poll, Bemidji State revived 12 votes:

1 Boston College (38) 4- 1-0 981 1
2 Minnesota ( 3) 4- 1-0 924 2
3 Denver ( 6) 4- 0-0 862 5
4 Miami 4- 1-1 792 3
5 North Dakota 2- 1-1 769 4
6 Cornell 2- 0-0 739 7
7 Notre Dame 5- 1-0 677 9
8 Michigan 3- 2-0 663 6
9 New Hampshire ( 2) 4- 0-1 597 12
10 Union ( 1) 3- 1-1 596 8
11 Western Michigan 3- 1-0 529 10
12 Boston University 3- 1-0 487 13
13 Harvard 1- 0-0 291 17
14 Massachusetts-Lowell 1- 3-1 239 11
15 Northeastern 2- 2-1 227 15
16 St. Lawrence 3- 1-0 180 NR
17 Minnesota-Duluth 2- 3-1 172 14
18 St. Cloud State 4- 2-0 162 NR
19 Ferris State 2- 2-2 146 18
20 Northern Michigan 3- 3-0 131 16

Others receiving votes: Providence 66, Colorado College 53, Quinnipiac 45, Wisconsin 44, Yale 27, Holy Cross 23, Alaska 16, Dartmouth 15, Bemidji State 12, Lake Superior 7, Ohio State 5, Michigan State 4, Michigan Tech 3, Nebraska-Omaha 3, Colgate 1.

A bit of an interesting choice. Obviously the Beavers had an outstanding weekend in Nebraska-Omaha, rallying for a tie Friday before beating UNO Saturday. But I’m not sure I’d be willing to vote for them in a national poll just yet.

Obviously, the point is moot since I do not have a vote of any kind, but I would wait a week and see how they Beavers do against Colorado College. If they can get some points on the road in their final conference series in Colorado Springs, I think we can start talking about them as a top-20 team.