MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State University head football coach Josh Anderson is pleased to announce the signing of 26 student-athletes for the upcoming 2013 season, including eight transfers.
"As you will see, there are many awards each of these guys have earned throughout their high school and college careers, but what you may not know is that all of them left many awards off their list, choosing to be humble instead," said Anderson. "I think that is what I like most about this recruiting class. We've never had as much success, locally, as we've had in recruiting this year. This is also the first time this many quality athletes have committed to us before the National Signing date. I'm very pleased with the efforts of my coaching staff, our athletes and their parents and all the alumni that have played a role in helping during the recruiting process."
"As usual, we are not done with recruiting yet, but we have already filled some major holes left by our very talented senior class," added Anderson. "Good things are continuing to happen in our football program all the time and this class of exceptional athletes will only help our efforts to succeed the same way on the field!"
Below is the list of football recruits that committed to the Trojan Football program, thus far, in alphabetical order by last name. Coach Anderson's comments are italicized (with awards and honors):
Derek Bose, WR – 5'7" – 145 pounds – Brandon Valley High School - son of Don and Marsha Bose of Brandon, S.D., Coach: Chad Garrow, Intended Major: Pre-Chiropractic. Letter winner in football and track; placed eighth in state powerlifting competition.
"Derek is a shifty wide receiver that plays much bigger than his size. He has been training with DSU All-American wide receiver Tommy Hofer, and it's apparent he's learned a thing or two."
Cody Bunger, FS – 6'2" – 180 pounds – Canistota High School, son of Russell and Kim Bunger of Canistota, S.D., Coach: Lenny Schroeder, Intended Major: Business Marketing. Two-time Joe Robbie player of the game and two-time Best Back of the game for the back-to-back-to-back State Champion Canistota Hawks; Offensive team MVP; School record holder in passing yards in a season and career, and interceptions in a career; Tied for school record in TD passes in a season.
"Cody has done some incredible things in his time as a starter for the Hawks, and we're all excited about what he is going to do for the Trojans. He is going to add much needed competition at the Free Safety position, immediately."
Jesse Bush, DL – 5'10" – 285 pounds – Waverly-South Shore High School - son of Tom and Jody Bush of Kranzburg, S.D., Coach: Steve Hilgeman; Intended Major: Business Management. All-Conference Honorable Mention; most valuable player (MVP) lineman; 2011 State Championship team.
"Jesse has a huge upside and will accomplish great things during his time at DSU because of his determination and work-ethic."
Trevor Cassels, WR – 5'10" – 160 pounds – Deuel High School - son of Don and Patsy Cassels of Clear Lake, S.D., Coach: Matt Rosdahl, Intended Major: Accounting. Honorable Mention Wide Receiver and Special Teams.
"Trevor is a smart football player that understands the game like a QB should. He has been an integral part of turning the Cardinal program into a winning program and we look for him to do the same at DSU."
Jairon Gacosta – RB – 5'5" – 145 pounds – Armijo High School - son of Jose and Leonora Gacosta of Suisun City, Calif. Coach: Karl Finley, Intended Major: Exercise Science. Team Captain, 'Top Gun' Invite, Coach's Award.
"Jairon may be small in size, but that will only benefit him as defenders will have a hard time seeing him before he is by them. He is a quick back that could also have the ability to help us at slot wide receiver."
Chris Hubbell – OL – 6'2" – 300 pounds – Tri-Valley High School – son of Scott and Heather Hubbell of Colton, S.D. Coach: Steve Bazata, Intended Major: Business Management. Member of 2011 State '11B' Football Championship team and 2012 State '11B' Football Runner-ups.
"Chris comes from a traditionally strong football program at Tri-Valley which makes him already understand the amount of time and effort needed to be successful. He is has a great attitude and energy about him that will fit in great with the rest of our team."
Ayson Jones – DL – 6'2" – 245 pounds – Madison High School – son of Thomas and Alla Jones of Madison, S.D. Coach: Max Hodgen, Intended Major: Business. Unsung Hero award in football; state wrestling qualifier.
"Ayson has great agility and body control for a defensive line player, and much of that is attributed to his wrestling abilities. He has a great frame and when he puts his weight back on, he'll be a tough competitor at this level."
Travis Leisinger – DE – 6'0" – 200 pounds – Tri-Valley High School - son of Doug and Julie Leisinger of Sioux Falls, S.D., Coach: Steve Bazata, Intended Major: Undecided. Three-year letter winner; member of 2011 State '11B' Football Championship team and 2012 State '11B' Football Runner-ups.
"Travis is another athlete from the Tri-Valley teams that have visited the State Championship games year in and year out. Speed is a huge asset for Travis and we believe he's going to help us at defensive end with his pass rushing abilities the most."
Jacob Patterson – DB – 5'9" – 180 pounds – Flandreau High School – son of Steve and Kim Patterson of Flandreau, S.D., Coach: Chad Stadem, Intended Major: Undecided. All-Conference in football and basketball; All-Region basketball; All-State catcher; State track placer.
"Flandreau is another program with a tradition of winning through the off-season. Jacob is a leader and an extreme competitor in many sports and we believe we can't go wrong no matter what position we have him playing for the Trojans."
Ethan Pearson – DE – 6'3" – 210 pounds – Elkton-Lake Benton High School - son of Scott and Sheryl Pearson of Hendricks, Minn., Coach: Tal Farnham, Intended Major: Elementary Education. Two-time All-Conference; All-Brookings Register Team; All-State Defensive End; Argus Leader 'Elite 45' Special Mention.
"Ethan is another defensive end with great athletic ability through his explosiveness and determination. There is so much promise in his abilities that we believe he will continue to get better each year."
Cole Potter – LB – 6'1" – 190 pounds – Howard High School - son of Mark and Donita Potter of Howard, S.D., Coach: Pat Ruml, Intended Major: Business. Member of the State '9AA' Football Runner-ups in 2012 and championship team in 2009; three-time All-Conference; All-State linebacker; Academic All-State; member of the National Honor Society; Regent Scholar; four-year letter winner, most valuable player; 2011 State 4-H Reserve Champion Steer wrestler in rodeo; four-time Miner County 4-H All-Around Rodeo.
"Cole is a leader in all things he has decided to do in his life and that type of character and attitude will fit in perfectly with our team philosophy. He is a hard-nosed rodeo man who will do great things for our defense."
David Riehle – OL – 6'1" – 245 pounds – Buena High School - son of Edward and Cherie Riehle of Hereford, Ariz., Coach: Ryan Scherling, Intended Major: Accounting. Third-team long-snapper All-Division; Honorable mention Center All-Division; second-team Center All-Region; Offense-Defense All-American Center (Flagstaff); Offense-Defense All-American linebacker (Flagstaff).
"David is an athletic lineman with great feet and body control, much like our returning offensive linemen. His positive attitude and desire to win will go a long way as he competes to join the starting lineup."
Dylan Seubert – DB – 6'0" – 185 pounds – Canistota High School - son of Douglas and Laurel Seubert of Canistota, S.D. Coach: Lenny Schroeder, Intended Major: Business. Member of the state football championship team in 2010, 2011 and 2012; All-Conference in 2012; four-year letter winner; three-year starter.
"Dylan is an extremely aggressive defensive threat with multiple big hits every time he plays a game. Offensive players will learn to be cautious of where Dylan is at all times."
Tyrell Smtih – LB – 5'10" – 195 pounds – Damonte Ranch High School - son of Eddie Smith and Kristy Darby of Reno, Nev. Coach: Shawn Dupris, Intended Major: Business.
"Tyrell has a great sense of locating the ball from his linebacker position. We've added quite a bit of talent this year at the linebacker position and Tyrell is going to make an impact for us right away."
Zach Thompson – DB – 5'10" – 185 pounds – Harrisburg High School - son of Mark and Lisa Thompson of Harrisburg, S.D., Coach: Brandon White, Intended Major: Undecided.
"Zach has already been lifting to add size and speed for next fall. He comes from a great football school with a tradition of excellence and his confidence is addicting."
Eric Tieszen – LB – 5'10" – 200 pounds – Canistota High School - son of Dan and Paula Tieszen of Canistota, S.D., Coach: Lenny Schroeder, Intended Major: Special Education. Member of the state football championship team in 2010, 2011 and 2012; All-State fullback in 2012; All-State linebacker in 2011; three-time All-Conference; four-year starter; four-year letter winner; team captain; selected to most valuable player defense two times (2011 and 2012).
"Eric has been a four-year starter on defense for a team that has only lost two games during that time, and that was his freshman year. There are many reasons why the Hawks have dominated the gridiron and Eric Tieszen is arguably at the top of that list. We're glad he chose to be a Trojan, just like his father!"
Brady Timmer – WR – 6'5" – 180 pounds – Harrisburg High School - son of Reed and Kelli Timmer of Sioux Falls, S.D., grandparents – Tom & Jeannie Ostrem and Terry & Bev Timmer all of Madison; Coach: Brandon White, Intended Major: Business Marketing. Three-year letter winner; clocked a time of 16.7 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 43.9 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles; state track meet qualifier.
"Brady has great side-to-side ability and is also very explosive. Add that with his size and there is nowhere to go but up for Brady. His Madison roots run deep as both of his parents and all of his grandparents are from Madison. His uncle also played for the Trojans in the early 1990's. It's a great feeling to add him to our Trojan family as well."
Brendon Waldner – WR – 5'9" – 160 pounds – Madison High School - son of Mike and Lori Waldner of Madison, S.D., Coach: Max Hodgen, Intended Major: Education. Selected to play in the South Dakota All-Star game; team most valuable player in 2012; team captain; player of the game; leading returner; Top 10 Honor Roll in track; state track meet placer; three-sport letter winner; four-year letter winner.
"Another Madison high school standout that absolutely stood out with an outstanding senior season on offense, defense and especially special teams. We know Brendon is going to do great things for the Trojans and can't wait to see how fast that happens."
Spencer Carlson – WR – 5'11" – 190 pounds – Britton-Hecla High School/University of South Dakota - son of Bob and Julie Carlson of Britton, S.D., Coach: Dan Olson, Intended Major: Exercise Science. All-Conference in 2011; team captain in football and basketball; three-time state track qualifier; Academic All-Conference.
"Spencer did not play football while at USD, but he did lift and exercise with all sport programs by helping in the strength and conditioning programs for the Coyotes, and he looks like he did a great job of getting himself ready to play for the Trojans! We recruited Spencer out of high school and are glad he finally chose to join us."
Forest Cazayoux – RB – 5'9" – 180 pounds – Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee/South Louisiana Community College - son of John and Stacey Cazayoux of New Roads, La., Coach: Rob Funderburk, Intended Major: Physical Education. Three-time All-District running back; thee-time All-Parish running back; state powerlifting champions.
"Forest is an athlete that 'found us' and from what we've seen so far this semester he's going to do great things for the Trojans in the fall."
Cooper Hausmann – DB – 5'10' – 180 pounds – Tri-Valley High School/University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) - son of Scott and Mary Jo Hausmann of Sioux Falls, S.D., Coach: Brad McDonald, Intended Major: Undecided. Honorable Mention All-Conference.
"Cooper is another athlete we tried hard to recruit out of high school but chose another route initially. No matter what, we're thankful he changed his mind and made is way to Dakota State. He's very quick and athletic and will be a great competitor in our defensive backfield in the fall."
Kyle Henricks – QB – 6'3" – 240 pounds – American Heritage Academy/Dordt (Iowa) College – son of Tommy and Inge Henricks of Little Elm, Texas, Coach: Bob Giesey, Intended Major: Physical Education. State Champions; All-Star Game most valuable player; three-time All-District quarterback; three-time All-State honorable mention; Sonic Chevy Scholar Athlete of the Week; Built Ford Tough Player of the Week.
"Kyle has years of experience that will go a long way as he is one of three QB's looking to replace Brandon Large through spring practices."
Tim Jones – DL – 6'1" – 260 pounds – Flandreau High School/Augustana (S.D.) College - son of Richards Jones and Mary Bianas of Flandreau, S.D., Coach: Chad Stadem, Intended Major: Business. All-Conference.
"Tim Jones did a lot of great things during his time at Flandreau high school, which is where he initially caught our eye. We do our best not to burn bridges with recruits that chose to play at other schools, just in case they ever have a change of heart. We're lucky to have Tim joining our program in the fall."
Evan Lovro – LB – 6'1" – 205 pounds – Colman-Egan High School - son of Mike and Sandi Lovro of Colman, S.D., Coach: Jeff Hegge, Intended Major: Physical Education. All-Conference; first-team Brookings Register; All-Star game alternate; team captain; defensive most valuable player; two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention; four-time letter-winner.
"Evan is a big and athletic athlete that has the ability to play either linebacker or defensive end and this spring he'll fight to earn a starting position at either one of those spots."
Trevor Reddick – DB – 5'6" – 160 pounds – Snowflake High School/Northland Pioneer College - son of Dawn Reddick of Taylor, Ariz., Coach: Ron Tenney, Intended Major: Education. First-team All-Region defense; first-team Arizona Republic All-Defense; first-team All-State defense; Old Spice Player of the Year; Team Captain; 2A-5A All-Star Game; Leadership award; named to All-Region teams twice.
"Trevor is an athlete that I remember from my Arizona high school coaching days. He was a tough competitor then and has learned to be even more competitive now. Another athlete that recruited himself to DSU, and we're all thankful that he did!"
Cody San Miguel – DB – 5'11" – 190 pounds – Brandon Valley High School/Morningside (Iowa) College - son of Sam San Miguel and Tanya San Miguel of Sioux Falls, S.D., Coach: Chad Garrow, Intended Major: Exercise Science. Second-team All-Conference.
"Cody is a player with a smart head on his shoulders and a tremendous work-ethic both in the classroom and in the weight room. He's already shown to have great football knowledge, as well as the patience to be a quality defensive back. We look forward to the direction he'll lead this program."
Coach Anderson will be on KJAM radio Wednesday night (tonight) at 6 p.m. He will be at the 2nd Street Diner in Madison to talk with KJAM's Jon Wulf about all of our signed recruits up to this point. Tune into KJAM 103.1 FM to listen in, or you can listen online at www.AmazingMadison.com