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Wakefield-Zubiate going to the ‘Dogs’

Superior High School’s Aaron Wakefield announced this week he will attend Minnesota Duluth next year and play football for the Bulldogs. (Jed Carlson/

Superior High School’s Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth and play football for the Bulldogs.

Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back, rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns in four games this past season for the Spartans. His season ended on Sept. 13 when he suffered an ACL tear in a 38-27 win at River Falls.

He also caught five passes for 124 yards, with a long reception of 59 yards.

“I’ve been to all of their games and camps, and it’s always been a school that I’ve wanted to attend,” Wakefield-Zubiate said. 

According to Wakefield-Zubiate, UMD began showing interest in him after he rushed for 988 yards and eight touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons.

“Aaron has meant so much to our football program and to our school,” SHS football coach Bob DeMeyer said. “He’s a first-class kid with such a bright future. He will be a tremendous asset to the Bulldog program, there’s not a doubt in my mind.

“He’ll have to pay his dues and work harder than he ever has, but he knows that and he will. He’s overcome setbacks in his junior and senior seasons and he’s handled them with maturity and an extremely positive attitude.”

After his injury at River Falls, Wakefield-Zubiate thought his football days might be behind him, and he began thinking about the possibility of playing junior hockey.

“I’m glad it was able to work out,” Wakefield-Zubiate said. “I didn’t think it could happen, but I had a pretty good sophomore year and that’s what really helped out.”

Wakefield-Zubiate also has the dream of rejoining the Spartans on the ice this season.

“I would love to get back on the ice for the playoffs,” Wakefield-Zubiate said. “If there’s any chance of returning, I’m going to take it. But basically it’s going to come down to what my mom and doctor say.

“After putting so many years into playing hockey, you want it to go out on top with a state championship. That would be a dream come true, but I know it’s lofty.”

Wakefield-Zubiate and UMD will make it official on the Feb. 5 national signing day.

“I believe UMD is the perfect fit,” SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. “I’m confident he’ll be taken care of and he’ll continue to excel on and off the field. He’ll earn a degree from a distinguished university while being part of the best division II program in the country. Coaches Wiese and Steger and the entire staff know how to win football games and how to help young men succeed.

“I’m very proud of Aaron and what he’s done in his Spartan career and I’m very much looking forward to watching him develop as a Bulldog.”