Barons celebrate North Dakota-bound Fort

ST. GEORGE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are separated by roughly 75 miles. Prior to 2003, the two schools played every year in football. The series will resume in two seasons.

Sammy Fort can't wait.

"I already hate NDSU," the Blue Ridge School senior said as he flashed a smile Monday morning.

Fort signed to play cornerback at UND in December, while the Barons were on holiday break. On Monday morning, Blue Ridge celebrated Fort's decision with a brief signing ceremony in the auditorium during the school's morning assembly.

"It's relieving," Fort said. "You see all of the transfers nowadays, people going places they don't like. So I feel like North Dakota is a really good fit for me. The coaches and the school, and I just fell in love with the campus and the city."

Fort said he drew the attention of UND coaches while at a camp at Iowa State. He was a VISAA Division II first-team all-state selection at defensive back as a senior in 2018, after leading the Barons with five interceptions. On offense, Fort was first-team all-state at running back the past two seasons. He put up 912 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

UND will join the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020, Fort's second year with the Fighting Hawks. That's when they'll begin renewing their rivalry with NDSU -- who was won six of the last seven FCS national titles, including the last two.

"I'm excited for it," Fort said. "They're the best, and I feel like we can be the best too. We have everything that we need at UND to be the best, and they're right down the street, so I just want to take it from them. I can't wait. I go out there in the summer. I'm really excited to get out there."

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