UND football lands versatile running back from Chicago area

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By Tom Miller

New UND offensive coordinator Danny Freund spoke Sunday following his promotion about the new-look Fighting Hawks offense he envisions.

On the same day, the program received a verbal commitment from a prep recruit who could play a major role in the offensive overhaul.

Shifty running back-wide receiver Luke Skokna, of Hinsdale, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, announced his commitment to play for UND.

Skokna, who's 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, originally committed to Western Illinois before reopening his recruitment. He had at least seven Division I offers including South Dakota and South Dakota State.

In August, HERO Sports ranked Skokna as the No. 15 running back in the nation among players committed to the FCS.

The Chicago Sun-Times 2018 high school football preview named Skokna the No. 4 running back in the Chicago metro.

During Week 1 of his senior season this fall, though, Skokna tore his ACL and meniscus. During his recovery, Skokna said UND running backs coach Malcolm Agnew called him weekly.

"Going through all that, he was saying how much he believes in me," Skokna said. "That was what made me give North Dakota another look. I just had really good connections with coach Freund, coach Agnew, coach (Jordan Gigli). My biggest thing was that I wanted to find the best school, but I also wanted to find a place that was going to make me a better person."

Skokna racked up about 1,750 all-purpose yards as a junior and scored 16 touchdowns.

He primarily played at running back, punt returner and kick returner as a junior but was expecting to see more of a slotback role as a senior and could see more of a slot role in college.

Skokna also competes in wrestling and track, although he said he doesn't plan to participate this year as he recovers from injury.

Skokna was expected to have an in-home visit with Freund and Agnew in the next couple of days.

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