Most of Dickinson State's football roster is made up of players from the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming-- regional recruiting is a lot easier for teams.
However this season--there are two Blue Hawks who left the sand and the sun, for the prairie and the snow.
After the 2012 season the Bluehawks were in a bit of a bind.
They didn't have much returning experience-- so they went a different route in recruiting.
(QUINCY MASON/ LB DICKINSON STATE) "I was playing Junior college football in Arizona so him and coach B took a visit to Arizona where he recruited me and another running back jesse."
Quincy Mason and running back Jesse Carney made the move from Arizona to Dickinson this summer-- finding themselves even further from their homes in Hawaii.
(JESSE CARNEY/ RB DICKINSON STATE) "It's been exciting just to leave the island. My mom told me it's always gonna be there so time to visit somewhere new."
(QUINCY)"Me and Jesse grew up together, went to high school together, played football together so it's like having a brother with you going to school."
Head Coach Hank Biesiot says it was pretty easy talking the two into coming to the landlocked State of North Dakota.
(HANK)"We just told them surf was up, sent them some picture of the white caps that were snow drifts over in burleigh county so that's how we got them here. Recruiting them was easier than we anticipated."
In their first season with the Bluehawks they're already having an impact.
Carney has rushed for over 100 yards so far this season and Mason was in on 3 tackles at Linebacker last week against Rocky Mountain College.
As the season progresses they'll have some new elements to contend with.
(QUINCY)"This is my first semester in North Dakota so I've never seen North Dakota Snow."
(JESSE)"Just the cold. I want to see snow cuz I don't see snow a lot so just the cold. I heard it got negative 40 so that's kind of scaring me. 40 degrees that's the coldest I've ever been."
Aside from the cold that is to come-- the two Hawaiians are enjoying their time as a Blue Hawk.
(JESSE)"I love their coach, Coach Biesiot and their football field and their facilities. It's great and the people out here are really good."
(QUINCY)"All the boys are very open they just came in with open arms. They didn't care where we came from just part of a big team so everything was good."