VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn is pleased to announce the signing of 32 football players to a National Letter of Intent. The 32 athletes make up the recruiting class of 2013, which will be eligible to compete for the Coyotes this fall.
“We had a chance to work on this class for an entire year and I feel like the time and the effort has paid off in great dividends,” said Glenn. “The strength of the class is in its numbers. We met our quota across the board for what we were looking for at each position.”
The Coyotes class includes 20 defensive players, including six defensive linemen, seven linebackers and seven defensive backs.
“We needed to get a good group of linebackers and we did,” said Glenn. “We needed some really good defensive backs and we got them. Overall, we’re bringing in a lot of kids who can run and have great speed and length, especially on defense. We wanted to make a point to get more length on the defensive side of the football, and we did.”
The Coyotes’ also made a point to bolster their offensive line, picking up five commitments who are 6 feet 3 inches or taller and heavier than 250 pounds.
“To me the offensive and defensive lines are the hardest spots to recruit,” Glenn said. “We hit good numbers there. As a group, this offensive line has great size and is very developed.”
Another necessity for the class was addressing the importance of recruiting a top-notch punter and placekicker. Glenn believes his staff has done an excellent job of doing so with the addition of Miles Bergner, a Colorado native who was one of 102 high school players from across the country to participate in the Army High School All-American Game, which was played in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 5.
“Maybe the biggest key to the whole board is Miles Bergner,” said Glenn. “He’s a guy who can kick and punt, and is a player we need to contribute immediately.
“We are really excited about our class,” Glenn continued. “This is really a very talented bunch. This group is big, fast, athletic and versatile, and many of these guys can play a few different positions.”