Farmington senior football player Brock Mogensen announced on Twitter Aug. 11 that he was committing to the University of South Dakota. Mogensen, a standout on defense at inside linebacker who played some wide receiver last season, also had an offer from Winona State University. He said that he was also receiving interest from the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota, the University of Northern Iowa, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Northern State University and a few other schools.

Mogensen explained that he had been interested in South Dakota since the Farmington football team attended a team camp there.

"When we went to South Dakota for a team camp, the coaches were pretty interested in me and worked with me a lot throughout the camp," he said. "I like all of the coaching staff, and all that they had to offer me, they are really nice people. Other factors were their brand new facilities like their weight room, which is really top notch; I went to an individual camp and got a tour of the campus there, and that is when I really started to like the school. I really felt at home there because my grandparents, who live in Sioux City, Iowa, are only about a half-hour away. So I was hoping they would talk to me more and then the next year they offered."

Mogensen plays strong-side, inside linebacker for the Tigers in their base 3-4 defense, and said the coaching staff at South Dakota envision him in a similar role.

"A few days ago the linebacker coach called me and said that they see me playing the Mike linebacker position," Mogensen said. "The run a 4-3 defense so I would be the guy in the middle. They said they really liked how vocal I was at camp and said that is where they see me playing and fitting into their program."

With just one season of high school football left before joining the Coyotes, Mogensen said the Tigers' goal is to be in the fight for a district championship.

"Our team goals are to be very competitive in our district and battle for a district championship," he said. "My individual goals are to be a great leader on and off the field. I want to lead our team by setting a good example of hard work on the field during practice and games, and off the field by serving others and our community."

An what about once this season is over and he heads off to join the Coyotes?

"I'm really looking forward to meeting new guys and teammates in college," Mogensen said. "I'm looking forward to competing for a spot. All the guys are top-notch athletes so it will be fun to compete against those guys and to see what the others have to bring. I'll have to be prepared physically and mentally. I've already started to talk to a few of the commits, so I know a few of the guys. It has always been a dream of mine to play college football. I love the game of football and to be able to play at a college level, and on a Division I team is a dream come true."

The Farmington Tigers' football team has a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 26, in Wayzata and then open their regular season Friday, Sept. 1, at Woodbury. Their home opener is Friday, Sept. 15, against Lakeville North.