DeKalb receiver Alex Siebens tries to reach the pass during their season opener against Lake Park Friday night in DeKalb.
DeKalb receiver Alex Siebens tries to reach the pass during their season opener against Lake Park Friday night in DeKalb. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

DeKALB —Alex Siebens is hopeful to quickly play a part in the success of Concordia University-St. Paul, where he announced his commitment to play college football next fall.

A Division II program in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, the Golden Bears went 6-5 a season ago.

“They said I’d be a big factor in the offense and I would have a lot of opportunities to play early up there due to the low number of returning seniors at receiver," Siebens said.

Siebens hauled in 33 receptions for 537 yards and six receiving scores as a senior for the 7-2 Barbs this past fall.

“That level is the perfect level for Alex," DeKalb High School football coach Keith Snyder said. "I think he can go in and compete for playing time early on and I think he can contribute to their program and the success they have on the field.”

A 6 foot, 2 inch, 175-pound receiver, he also had an offer from Judson University. Siebens visited the Concordia campus in the spring multiple times, and liked the coaching staff.

“They pass the ball, they spread the ball a lot and they move their receivers around the field," Siebens said. "I feel like I would have a lot of opportunities not only at receiver, but also possibly going in at slot.”

The long senior receiver was the focal point of DeKalb's passing game when the long ball was called for, but he also showed the ability to run short routes to the sideline and catch the ball down the middle when called upon.

“I knew going into the season what we had in Alex because I had seen it for two years," Snyder said. "I’m just really happy on a bigger stage like the DVC, Alex was able to contribute and be a really good football player in that conference.”

While Siebens has yet to decide what he wants to study, he said he was interested in possibly pursuing sports management.

"Things that appealed to me was the coaching staff seemed very welcoming and being in the Twin Cities would be a great place to try and have a chance to get jobs after football if it doesn’t take me to the NFL or things like that," Siebens said.

Siebens prepared for a potential collegiate career by traveling the country, playing 7 on 7 football for Midwest Boom Football, which he said prepared him in a number of ways.

“I think it’s prepared me by allowing me to play some of the top recruits in the nation and let me see different coverages throughout the country and seeing where I’m going to play at the next level," Siebens said.

The Barbs' coach, who just finished his first year as head coach, has had an inkling for years of what the receiver was capable of.

“I had seen what Alex could do the last couple years of practice," Snyder said. "When I had showed up in 2017, he was a sophomore and I thought he was one of the better sophomores I had seen.”

Snyder sees Siebens thriving at the Division II level, thanks to a variety of factors, including his family background and his foresight for the future.

“That level is the perfect level for Alex. I think he can go in and compete for playing time early on and I think he can contribute to their program and the success they have on the field.”