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Rader signs NLI with North Dakota St.

Notre Dame Academy senior Max Rader signed a National Letter of Intent Thursday with the North Dakota State University football team.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be able to continue my football career playing Division I at the top level of college football,” Rader said. “It’s a good fit for me.”

North Dakota State plans to fit Rader in at offensive tackle. It’s one of the positions the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder played for with NDA, which also utilized him as a defensive lineman, tight end and long snapper during his three years on the varsity team.

After sustaining a torn labrum in his left shoulder as a junior during the spring, Rader was able to return to play late in his senior year to compete in the final three games of the season.

Rader is the second youngest of five children in his family. His parents, Mike and Amy, both attended NDA and his father is the head coach of the football team. Mike played college football at the University of Wisconsin prior to joining the coaching staff at NDA under John Nowak in the late 1990s.

While Rader’s dad has always been a football influence for him, it was actually one of his father’s former players that provided the initial spark to pursue North Dakota State. Matt Phillips, NDA Class of 2006, is a former defensive lineman for the Bison and a former babysitter for the Rader family.

“He played for my dad, so that was kind of a seed deep down,” Rader said. “I knew the school, and he had an amazing experience, so I always kind of knew about NDSU.”

Rader plans to major in mechanical engineering in Fargo, where the campus of the North Dakota State is located. The football team has won 16 national championships, including eight since 2011 at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.

“My dad is a mechanical engineer, so that’s something that interests me,” Rader said. “I like math and science, so it’s a good combination of those two aspects.”

A photo of Max Rader signing an NLI with North Dakota State University

About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.