Signing Day

    South Dakota adds 30 on Signing Day

    VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn is pleased to announce the signing of 25 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent and five players who have signed institutional letters of intent to join the Coyote football team this fall.

    "There are similarities between this year's class and last year's class in that we are looking for long, athletic and fast players who can compete at the Division I level," said Glenn. "Our staff did a terrific job of identifying, recruiting and landing the type of athlete we think it takes to win at South Dakota."

    The class includes players from 10 states including South Dakota (6), Illinois (6), Iowa (5), Nebraska (3), California (3), Missouri (2), Wisconsin (2), Florida (1), Kansas (1) and Oklahoma (1). The list includes 15 defensive players, 11 offensive players, three listed as athletes and one long snapper.

    "The areas we recruit heavily are where families can be a part of their son's life," said Glenn. "They are a day's drive from Vermillion and in most case a day's drive to away games. In the strongest years that I have seen our program, these are the places where we have got our best athletes."

    The Coyotes will graduate five starters from its secondary and that area was certainly a focus for this year's class, which includes nine defensive backs. Three linebackers, three linemen on both sides of the ball and three wide receivers are included as well.

    "We hit big on the lines a year ago," said Glenn. "This year, we are a lot of heavier in the secondary, linebacker and athlete level. We are anxious to see the junior college players come in and get on the field right away. We also have some high school athletes who have the ability to contribute as soon as they hit campus with their athleticism and speed.

    "There were so many close games last year and we were just a few athletes away last year on offense, defense and special teams from 2-3 more wins. These players can help us get over the hump."

    An alphabetical listing of all 30 signees follows:

    Paul Anderson WR 5-11 190 West Park, Fla. Hallandale HS Hudl
    Tanner Anderson OL 6-5 255 Haysville, Kan. Derby HS Hudl
    Isaac Armstead DB 5-9 180 Broken Arrow, Okla. Broken Arrow HS Hudl
    Shay Bratland RB 5-10 205 Watertown, S.D. Watertown HS Hudl
    Tacari Carpenter WR 6-0 190 Robbins, Ill. Richards HS Hudl
    Alex Coker DB 6-1 195 Washington, Iowa Washington HS YouTube
    Brandon Colpitts DB 6-0 190 Crescent, Iowa Council Bluffs Lincoln HS Hudl
    Ethan Fenchel TE 6-3 220 Hull, Iowa Western Christian HS Hudl
    Clay Fisher ATH 6-1 210 Omaha, Neb. Millard North HS Hudl
    Chase Glazier QB 6-4 180 Custer, S.D. Custer HS
    Brandon Godsey LS 6-2 215 Raymore, Mo. Ray-Pec HS Hudl
    Andrew Gray DB 6-2 185 New Lenox, Ill. Lincoln Way West HS Hudl
    Alex Gray DB 6-3 195 New Lenox, Ill. Lincoln Way West HS Hudl
    Josh Hale TE 6-3 245 Antigo, Wis. Antigo HS Hudl
    Justin Harkless QB 5-10 174 Hot Springs, S.D. Hot Springs HS Hudl
    Adam Harris DB 5-10 195 West Des Moines, Iowa Valley HS Hudl
    Spencer Hopkins LB 6-3 205 Sioux Falls, S.D. O'Gorman HS Hudl
    Nick Jensen OL 6-6 270 Vermillion, S.D. Vermillion HS YouTube
    Dylan Jiles DB 5-11 190 Chicago Ridge, Ill. Richards HS Hudl
    Kray Krolikowski DE 6-5 230 Winner, S.D. Winner HS Hudl
    Jake Leohr LB 6-3 215 Iowa City, Iowa Iowa City HS Hudl
    Michael Lilly DB 5-9 170 Santa Ana, Calif. Santa Ana City College Hudl
    Emmett McCoy LB 6-3 205 Elmhurst, Ill.  York HS Hudl
    Noah Roberts ATH 6-2 196 Yorkville, Ill. Aurora Christian HS Hudl
    Mason Ruiz DE 6-4 290 Tulare, Calif. San Joaquin Memorial/College of Sequioias Hudl
    Eric Shufford WR 5-11 190 Rialto, Calif. San Bernardino Valley College Hudl
    Tyler (TJ) Steinke OL 6-3 285 Janesville, Wis. Janesville Parker HS Hudl
    Bailey Sutko DL 6-2 260 Kansas City, Mo. Staley HS Hudl
    Chris Tyler DB 6-2 200 Omaha, Neb. Omaha North HS Hudl
    Andrew Van Ginkel LB 6-4 190 Rock Valley, Iowa Rock Valley HS Hudl
    Anthony Vigneri ATH 5-10 195 Plattsmouth, Neb. Gross Catholic HS Hudl
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