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Via Chris Heisenberg...

After taking former UNH commit Matt White, and former Providence player Bryce Aneloski, Dean Blais and Nebraska-Omaha continued his raid of Hockey East by getting a commitment from former Maine commit Johnnie Searfoss. Searfoss was coached by Blais last season with the Fargo Force.

Omaha also added gargantuan defenseman Tony Turgeon from Waterloo of the USHL. Turgeon has been a bit nomadic the past couple of years, but grew up in Grand Forks during Blais' glory years at North Dakota, which I'm sure added some appeal to Omaha.

Ferris State got a big commitment from NAHL forward Andy Huff. Huff is a pure goal-scorer that is currently tied for the league lead in goals with 12, which is pretty much unheard of in the NAHL for a player that young.

BCHL defenseman Curtis Gedig committed to Ohio State. Gedig was a 7th round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils last summer. Without being overly familiar with him, I'd say the fact that the NHL selected him, but that he's just now lining up a college commitment suggest a player with a lot of potential, but still fairly raw.

Bloomington Jefferson high school defenseman Joe Faust committed to Princeton. Faust is a pretty smart offensive defenseman that isn't afraid to shoot the puck.

I guess I should start talking about Bemidji recruits, since from now on, anyone that commits to them will be a WCHA player. The Beavers got a commitment from Zack Franko, a '93 born forward from Winnipeg. Franko was a second round selection in the WHL bantam draft, and in this article, seems pretty jazzed about playing for the Kelowna Rockets one day, but it seems like he decided he was better off going the college route, which is probably a smart choice considering he's not the biggest guy. If he sticks with that route, he could be an exciting player for the Beavers down the road.

Nick Thrush of Team Maryland committed to New Hampshire. I believe that makes him the first NAPHL player to make a college commitment. New Hampshire seemed to have a hit gold by taking a chance on Team Maryland's Nick Sorkin last season, and Sorkin is now playing extremely well in the USHL. Team Maryland may not have a ton of depth, but their top line, which includes Thrush, could probably skate with just about any AAA team in the country.

St. Cloud got a verbal commitment from BCHL defenseman Tim Daly, who visited the school during last weekend's series against Minnesota-Duluth.