Pequot Lakes senior Calvin Maske has signed a letter of intent to play football for Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Maske committed verbally to the team in a special event at Pequot Lakes High School on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Though he was the Patriots' Defensive MVP in 2017, Maske will play for the Dragons primarily as a fullback.

"I just liked the environment there," Maske said. "The team bonding is good there and the coaches were awesome. I've heard good things about the school, so that was a big part of it."

As a member of the Patriot offense, Maske rushed 63 times for 421 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. He also anchored a defense that allowed just 10.3 points per game.

"Calvin has been a great asset to the team," Patriot coach Chip Lohmiller said. "He has played since his sophomore year and is in the top five all-time on the defensive side of things. We had so many offensive weapons, but he was always there when we needed that short run or to catch the ball out of the backfield. He's an all-around athlete. We could have put him anywhere and he could have played it."

In his high school career, Maske considers the time spent on the the field with his fellow seniors as a highlight - particularly, their state semifinal game at U.S. Bank Stadium in November.

"We have just been really close," he said. "We've played together for a long time and we were really successful for a long time."

Maske joins a Dragon offense that went 5-6 in 2017, but averaged 25.9 points per game while amassing nearly 160 yards per game.

"It would be cool to see some playing time (in my first year), but if I red-shirt I know they just want me to develop and get better," Maske said. "I'm open to whatever."

"He is great asset to that team up there (at MSUM)," Lohmiller said. "He's a big guy and he's going to be that lead blocker and he will be able to go out for passes when they need him ... This is a great opportunity for him."