ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State head coach Tom Dosch has announced the signing of 30 players National Letters of Intent to enroll in classes and join the Wolves' football program for the 2013 season. The signing class includes two players already on campus and in classes this spring.
"The quality and quantity of the 2013 recruiting class shows how the time and effort our coaching staff and the NSU community put into the process," said Dosch. "We have added players at every position on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game, which will continue to build competition within our team. The all-around athleticism and versatility of the group is shown by the number of multi-sport athletes we have signed.
"In addition," he continued, "well over half of our signees have received academic scholarships from NSU, which shows the commitment we have made to have the best student-athletes possible in our program. Overall, I am very excited about the new additions to Wolves Football."
A complete listing of players and brief bio information can be found below.
Robbie Aesoph 6-2 310 DL Fr. Orient, S.D./Faulkton HS
Aesoph was named to the All-State, Argus Leader Elite 45 and Aberdeen American News All-Area teams as a junior under head coach Shayne Geditz. Aesoph suffered a broken arm and missed half of his senior season, but still finished his career as a two-time All-Lake Region Conference selection. Also a standout wrestler, Aesoph finished third at the State B tournament in 2011 and won the heavyweight division in 2012.
Coach Dosch on Aesoph: "Rob is a tough, physical player who was a dominant force at Faulkton High School, as well as being a state champion wrestler. He has the physical tools to be an impact player."
Ross Barton 6-5 220 TE R-Fr. Aberdeen, S.D./Roncalli HS
Barton joined the NSU squad at semester and will be a redshirt freshman next fall. An Aberdeen native and 2012 graduate of Roncalli High School, Barton helped lead the Cavaliers to the state semifinals in 2009 and 2010, earning All-NEC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was also an Honorable Mention All-State selection as a senior and was named to the Aberdeen American News All-Area team that season, as well. The Cavaliers went a combined 31-9 throughout his high school career under head coach Terry Dosch. Off the gridiron, Barton was an All-NEC and All-State performer on the basketball court and placed at the state tennis tournament. Barton earned the Jon DeWalt Award at RHS, given to the best male athlete. He is also active in community service projects.
Coach Dosch on Barton: "Ross brings athleticism and toughness to the tight end position. His frame will allow him to add the size and strength needed at the college level. He is a good mid-year addition to our program."
Reggie Blader 5-11 175 DB Fr. Gilbert, Ariz./Perry HS
An all-around athlete playing both sides of the ball, Blader racked up 430 yards rushing and 162 yards receiving with 10 total touchdowns as a senior at Perry HS under head coach Preston Jones. Blader was named to the Second Team All-Region squad and was a First Team All-Conference pick, both as a defensive back. As a junior, Blader ran for 253 yards and had 127 yards receiving with four total touchdowns en-route to Second Team All-Region honors at the running back position. He helped the Pumas to a 9-3 record as a junior and the first playoff win in school history. PHS lost in the first round of the state playoffs his senior season. Blader is also a member of the wrestling and track and field squads for the Pumas and holds a mark of 43 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump. Off the field, Blader is active in various clubs and community service projects.
Coach Dosch on Blader: "Reggie is a powerful, explosive player who competed at a high level in Arizona. He has the toughness and versatility to play several positions at the collegiate level."
Mitch Brockhaus 6-9 230 TE/DL Fr. Hartford, S.D./West Central HS
A 2-time All-Big 8 Conference selection and 2-time All-State defensive end, Brockhaus comes to the Wolves after leading his West Central HS team to a 17-6 record over the past two seasons. He notched 37 tackles, including 11 for a loss, during his senior campaign while hauling in six passes for 56 yards on the offensive side of the ball. For his career, Brockhaus recorded 36 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks and four blocked punts. He was named to the Argus Leader Elite 45 team in 2012. His 2011 Trojans squad went 10-2 and was the state runner-up in the Class A playoffs.
Coach Dosch on Brockhaus: "Mitch has the size and athleticism to be an impact player in our program. He brings a great work ethic and a winning mentality from West Central High School, one of the state's best programs."
Cody Braeger 5-10 185 LB Fr. White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake HS
Braeger will join the NSU football program in the fall, coming from White Bear Lake High School in White Bear Lake, Minn. As a two-year starter and captain, Cody earned All-Conference, runner-up conference Defensive MVP, and team defensive MVP honors in 2012. He led the Bears to a 6-3 season in 2012. Braeger secured 136 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and five sacks in his career. He is also a three year starter on the baseball team.
Coach Dosch on Braeger: "Cody is an active, athletic linebacker who played a key role on White Bear Lake's defense. His toughness and physical style fits in well to our 3-4 defense."
Adam Guthmiller 6-0 185 LB Fr. Brandon, S.D./Brandon Valley HS
Guthmiller was the Brandon Valley HS team defensive player of the year as a junior and an All-ESD Conference and All-State selection as a senior under head coach Chad Garrow. He tallied 51 tackles, including 12.5 for a loss and five sacks during that senior campaign. He also had two fumble recoveries while helping lead the Lynx to an 11-1 record and a runner-up finish in the 2012 state playoffs. Guthmiller recorded 64 tackles, four sacks and an interception during his junior season. His BVHS teams went a combined 24-9 from 2010-12, claiming three straight ESD championships. Guthmiller also helped the Lynx to an ESD conference title and state runner-up finish in track and field last spring. Guthmiller is a member of the National Honor Society and the BVHS Homecoming Court and is active in FCA.
Coach Dosch on Guthmiller: "Adam is a quick, aggressive linebacker who played a key role on Brandon Valley's State Runner-up team. He has a knack for being around the ball, plays a physical style and is a productive playmaker."
JJ Hahn 6-5 300 OL Fr. Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood HS
After playing both sides of the ball for the Glenwood HS Rams, Hahn will join the NSU offensive line next fall. A First Team All-District defensive selection, Hahn recorded 51 total tackles for the Rams as a senior, including 17 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He also had one fumble recovery. Off the field, Hahn helped lead the Rams to Hawkeye Ten Conference championships in both basketball and track and field.
Coach Dosch on Hahn: "JJ is a big, athletic, physical lineman from Glenwood High School. He excelled on both sides of the ball while playing against a high level of competition."
Matt Harding 6-2 225 LB Fr. Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View HS
Harding is a 2-time All-Suburban East Conference selection for the Mounds View High School Mustangs, having helped lead his team to the 2010 and 2012 SEC championships. He recorded 32 tackles and an interception as a sophomore in 2010, a season in which the Mustangs went 11-2 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs. He racked up 61 tackles (five TFL), three sacks and an interception in 2011, earning all-conference honorable mention accolades, but saved his best season for last, tallying 90 tackles (five TFL), one sack, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns during an 8-2 season and another SEC championship. Harding earned his second all-conference honor after that standout senior campaign under head coach Jim Galvin.
Coach Dosch on Harding: "Matt was a standout for Mounds View High School. He brings an edge and the passion you need to be a successful college linebacker."
Kyle Harms 5-8 185 RB Fr. Peoria, Ariz./Liberty HS
Harms spent time on both sides of the ball with the Liberty HS Lions under head coach Dan Filleman. He tallied 531 rushing yards on 54 carries as a senior, also hauling in six catches for 81 yards and totaling a combined 14 touchdowns on the year. He was also named as his team's defensive back of the year following his junior season.
Coach Dosch on Harms: "Kyle is a dynamic runner who had a extremely productive high school career. He has excellent speed, can make people miss and runs physical."
Josh Hilgemann 5-10 165 WR Fr. Aberdeen, S.D./ Central HS
Hilgemann joins the NSU program from Aberdeen Central High School where he was named to the 2012 Honorable Mention All-State, First Team All-ESD and Aberdeen American News All-Area teams. As a two-year letter winner and team captain, he totaled 750 yards receiving and 250 yards rushing. Hilgemann also participated on the basketball and track team where he was an All-State hurdler.
Coach Dosch on Hilgemann: "Josh is a difference maker at the receiver position. A standout multi-sport athlete at Aberdeen Central, he has the ability to outrun defenders, make difficult catches and he is a playmaker."
Brendon Hoellein 6-0 215 LB R-Fr. Aberdeen, S.D./Roncalli HS/Augustana
Hoellein also joined the Wolves at semester and will begin his first season with the team next fall. A 2011 graduate of Roncalli HS, Hoellein was a three-time All-NEC Conference selection for the Cavaliers and head coach Terry Dosch, helping his team to a combined 26-6 record from 2008 to 2010. He was named to the Aberdeen American News All-Area team as both a junior and senior. Hoellein also participated in baseball, basketball and track and field, and holds the RHS school record for career three-pointers made. He led his RHS team to a third place finish at the 2010 state tournament his junior season. On the diamond, Hoellein was a member of the 2008 State Legion Championship team and was an All-State selection in 2010. He played one season of baseball at Augustana. Hoellein is the son of NSU Hall of Famer Kendall Hoellein, who played football for NSU from 1984-88.
Coach Dosch on Hoellein: "Brendon is a physical, athletic linebacker who excelled at Roncalli High School. We are excited to have him in Wolves football after being away from the sport for two years."
Carson Hogan 6-10 320 OL Fr. Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji HS
Hogan is a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection out of Bemidji HS, earning the award as both a junior and senior. He helped lead the Lumberjacks to a 30-7 record over the past three seasons, including a 12-1 mark in 2011, Hogan's junior campaign. BHS advanced to the state playoffs all three seasons. Hogan also participated in swimming and track and field and is active in community service projects.
Coach Dosch on Hogan: "Carson brings a major presence to our offensive line. His physical stature gives him the potential to excel at the college level."
Schyler Kumpf 5-10 215 LB Fr. Aberdeen, S.D./ Central HS
Kumpf joins in the NSU program in his home town of Aberdeen. As a two year-starter at Aberdeen Central, he recorded 70 tackles in his junior campaign and 105 as a senior. Kumpf was named All-ESD and First Team All-State in his senior year for the Golden Eagles. He also participated in track and field and hockey, and was awarded all-academic for his hockey participation.
Coach Dosch on Kumpf: "Schyler is a physical, aggressive linebacker who excelled at Aberdeen Central. He has the toughness and athleticism needed to compete at a high level."
Blake Levin 5-9 170 K/P Fr. Cheyenne, Wyo./Central HS
A Kicking World All-American punter and Honorable Mention All-American kicker, Levin joins the Wolves following a high school career that saw him go 61-for-68 on PAT attempts with just four blocks. He has 79 career points on kicks and went 6-for-7 on field goal attempts during his junior season with long kicks of 42 and 44 yards. For his efforts, Levin was named a First Team All-East Conference punter and Second Team kicker and helped lead his team to the state playoffs under head coach Brick Cegelski. Levin was named to the All-Academic team his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Dosch on Levin: "Blake can boom it, showing excellent distance and hang time on his kickoffs. In addition, he is accurate and consistent in field goals and PAT's."
Nathan Mangin 6-1 185 WR Fr. Lisbon, N.D./Lisbon HS
Mangin put up 950 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving as a senior at Lisbon HS en-route to First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State honors for the Mark Moss-coached Broncos. He also had 500 yards on the ground during his junior campaign, earning Second Team All-Region honors. Mangin was also a three-time state place winner in the 4x100 meter relay on the track while finishing second in the 200 meters and sixth in the 100 meters last spring. Those efforts helped lead the Broncos to a 2012 state track and field championship.
Coach Dosch on Mangin: "Nathan is a talented player from Lisbon High School. His speed and athleticism will give him the opportunity to excel at the collegiate level."
Marcus Marcellus 6-4 230 DL Fr. Atkinson, Neb./West Holt Public School
Marcellus racked up First Team All-Area and All-District honors and Honorable Mention All-State accolades last season after recording 48 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for the Huskies under head coach Steve Neptune. He was also an Honorable Mention All-District pick during his sophomore campaign. Off the field, Marcellus was a stand-out in track and field, baseball and basketball. He was an all-star game selection in baseball, earned all-conference honors in basketball and was a state medalist in track. Marcellus was named to the Academic All-State team four times throughout his career.
Coach Dosch on Marcellus: "Marcus is an aggressive, athletic lineman, who competes to the whistle every down. His quickness complements his physical play and toughness, making him a great fit in our scheme."
Lane Myer 6-2 265 OL Fr. Ipswich, S.D./Ipswich HS
Myer comes to NSU after a 2-year All-Lake Region Conference career with the Ipswich HS Tigers and head coach Brian Hogie. Myer was also named to the Aberdeen American News All-Area squad as a senior after putting up 928 yards passing, 452 yards rushing and a combined 12 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. He also recorded 44 solo tackles as a senior. Myer is a two-time all-conference pick in basketball and finished fifth in the shot put at the state track and field meet his sophomore season.
Coach Dosch on Myer: "Lane is a standout athlete at Ipswich High School, and we expect that success to carry over to the collegiate level. We are projecting Lane as an offensive lineman in our scheme."
Tate Nafziger 6-2 220 LB Fr. Gettysburg, S.D./Gettysburg HS
A 2-time All-State selection and a 2012 Wendy's Heisman state finalist, Nafziger recorded 212 solo and 137 assisted tackles in his career with the Gettysburg HS Battlers and head coach Vern Smith. He was also named to the Aberdeen American News All-Area and Argus Leader Elite 45 teams each of the past two seasons, as well. GHS has gone 29-13 during Nafziger's career. Nafziger is an All-Yellowstone Trail Conference pick in basketball as well as a four-year participant at the state track and field meet. He is a state placer in both the discus and shot put events.
Coach Dosch on Nafziger: "Tate is an excellent all-around player for Potter County. He has the athleticism, versatility, and intelligence to excel in our defensive scheme."
Austin Nath 6-2 270 OL Fr. Marshall, Minn./Marshall HS
Nath earned All-Southwest Conference honors as both a junior and senior, including Conference Player of the Year accolades in both seasons. He was also an All-Area selection as a senior in 2012 under head coach Terry Bahlmann, whose team racked up nine wins every season from 2010-12. Nath also participated in wrestling for the MHS Tigers. He is on the honor roll and is active in intramurals.
Coach Dosch on Nath: "Austin is a tough, physical lineman who was a dominant player at Marshall High School. A standout athlete, he has the strength and work ethic to succeed in our program"
Zach Page 6-2 195 LB Fr. Brookings, S.D./Brookings HS
Page recorded 83 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles his senior season at Brookings HS. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Eastern South Dakota Conference, All-State, Argus Leader "Elite 45" and Brookings Register All-Register teams. He was also an All-Register and All-Conference (honorable mention) selection in 2011. Page helped lead the Bobcats to 6-5 records and the second round of the state playoffs in both 2011 and 2012. Off the field, Page was named to a variety of team accolades on the basketball team and helped lead his squad to a fifth place finish at the 2011-12 state tournament as a junior. Page is active in a wide variety of extra-curricular and community service activities, including elementary tutoring, mission trips and training search and rescue dogs.
Coach Dosch on Page: "Zach's best assets are his aggressive style and knack for being around the ball. His athleticism and size will make him a successful collegiate player."
Eric Peterson 6-2 205 TE Fr. Fargo, N.D./Fargo Davies HS
Peterson is a three-time All-Eastern Dakota Conference pick and two-time All-State selection out of Fargo Davies HS. He racked up 20 catches for 300 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. He had 16 catches for 255 yards and two scores as a junior and 12 receptions for 200 yards and another two touchdowns in his sophomore campaign for the Eagles. Peterson also played baseball and basketball and helped his team to a third place finish at the state baseball tournament in 2011.
Coach Dosch on Peterson: "Eric brings size and athleticism to the tight end position from Fargo Davies High School. He plays physical, with an edge, and to the whistle every snap."
DeCeon Schumann 5-9 160 DB Fr. Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka HS
Schumann is a versatile athlete out of Minnetonka HS, having played three different positions (running back, safety and cornerback) for the Skippers under head coach Dave Nelson. A two-year starter, Schumann tallied 44 tackles as a senior and helped lead his team to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state playoffs. Following that campaign, he was awarded the team's George Soukup Award, given to a player who shows "dedication, unselfishness and commitment." Schumann registered 367 yards and five touchdowns on 58 carries during his junior season. Off the field, Schumann is a sprinter on the Skippers' track and field team.
Coach Dosch on Schumann: "DeCeon is a playmaker with an excellent feel for the game. His speed, athleticism and dynamic game-changing abilities will fit in well in our secondary."
Sean Schweichler 5-10 185 RB Fr. Gilbert, Ariz./Williams Field HS
Schweichler earned First Team All-Conference honors as both a running back and kick returner last season. He put up 1,517 yards on the ground and scored 34 touchdowns as a senior, helping his team to an 11-2 record. Three of those TDs came on kick returns. Schweichler is also a member of the WFHS track and field team and the honor roll.
Coach Dosch on Schweichler: "Sean is a difference-maker who excelled as a skill player in high school. We are excited to have a player with his productivity in our program."
Logan Shockman 6-3 215 DL Fr. LaMoure, N.D./LaMoure HS
Shockman is a three-time All-Region selection and a two-time all-conference pick under LaMoure HS head coach Andy DeLaBarre. Shockman was also a 2012 All-State pick as a senior after leading the Loboes to the 9-man state playoffs, where they fell in the first round to the eventual state champion team from New Rockford-Sheyenne.
Coach Dosch on Shockman: "Logan is a tremendous athlete, excelling in football and wrestling for LaMoure High School. His athleticism complements his physical play and toughness, which we look for in our defensive linemen."
Jake Sullivan 6-2 190 QB Fr. Rapid City, S.D./St. Thomas More HS
Sullivan is a three-sport standout at St. Thomas More HS. He earned All-Black Hills Conference, Best of the West and team Offensive MVP honors as both a sophomore and junior for the Cavaliers under head coach and father Wayne Sullivan. Jake also earned Honorable Mention Argus Leader Elite 45 honors and was an honorable mention all-state quarterback selection as a junior after throwing for 1,802 yards and 20 touchdowns. He had 651 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground in that campaign, leading the Cavaliers to a 9-2 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs. He was 35-for-62 for 602 yards and five touchdowns through the air and accounted for another three touchdowns on the ground in three games to start his senior year before it was cut short by injury. Off the field, Sullivan was a member of a state champion American Legion baseball and STMHS basketball teams, leading the Cavaliers to back-to-back state titles on the basketball court in 2011 and 2012. He earned STMHS's Clark Cobberly Award, given to student-athletes who participate in three or more sports and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better. Sullivan is a member of the National Honor Society and is active in a variety of extra-curricular endeavors. His father and coach Wayne Sullivan played baseball at Mount Marty College in Yankton and is a member of the MMC Hall of Fame.
Coach Dosch on Sullivan: "Jake is a winner. He is a three sport standout at St. Thomas More High School. He has the physical tools and intangibles that are needed to be a successful college quarterback."
Brian Sumption 6-2 175 WR Frederick, S.D./Frederick Area HS
Sumption is coming off a senior season in which he set single-season school records for rushing yards (1,624) and touchdowns (27 rushing, 3 receiving, 2 passing) for the Frederick HS Titans. A 2-year starter on the gridiron, Sumption helped lead the Titans to a 17-4 record over the past two seasons under head coach Marty Morlock. He was named to the Aberdeen News All-Area team and picked up All-Lake Area Conference Offensive MVP and Honorable Mention All-State honors as a senior as the 8-2 Titans reached the second round of the state playoffs. He was also an All-Area, All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State pick as a junior, a season in which the Titans went 9-2 and reached the state semifinals. Sumption is a four-time All-Conference pick in basketball and has participated in the state track and field meet each of the past four seasons, as well.
Coach Dosch on Sumption: "Brian is a standout athlete at Frederick High School, excelling in all sports. His athleticism, versatility, and game-changing abilities will make him a difference maker for Wolves Football."
Barron Taylor, Jr. 5-9 175 DB/WR Fr. Roseville, Minn./Roseville HS
Originally from Riverside, Calif., Taylor is a 2013 graduate of Roseville High School, where he registered 417 yards of total offense and four touchdowns for the Raiders and head coach Chris Simdorn. He also tallied 17 tackles in four games on defense and returned four kicks for 61 yards. An All-Suburban East Conference sprinter, he was named to the All-State team in track and field as a junior at Champlin Park High School.
Coach Dosch on Taylor: "Barron is a talented athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball at Roseville High School. He is a dynamic, game-changing playmaker.
Nicholas Truen 5-11 200 RB Fr. White Bear Lake, Minn./White Bear Lake HS
Truen earned All-Suburban East Conference and Honorable Mention All-Metro selection in 2012 after rushing for 508 yards on 62 carries as a senior. He was also named as his team's MVP for his efforts. Truen was also an all-conference performer on the lacrosse team during his junior season, helping lead his team to a conference championship in 2011.
Coach Dosch on Truen: "Nick is a complete, all-around back. He shows his physical style by running thru and over tacklers. In addition, he has the ability to change directions at full speed and make people miss in the open field."
Jami Walters 6-3 265 DL Fr. Chamberlain, S.D./Chamberlain HS
Walters is a 2012 All-State selection out of Chamberlain HS after recording 78 tackles, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Cubs under head coach John King. Walters also earned All-State honors as a junior and is a three-time selection to all-conference teams in both Iowa (sophomore) and South Dakota (junior and senior). Off the field, Walters has participated in the Drake Relays in track and field, helping his former team to a Western Iowa Conference championship.
Coach Dosch on Walters: "Jami is an active, physical defensive lineman who excelled at Chamberlain High School. His athleticism compliments his toughness and play making abilities."
Garrett Young 6-4 240 DL Fr. Warner, S.D./Warner HS
Young comes to the Wolves after helping lead his Warner HS Monarchs squad to an 11-1 record and a spot in the state championship game as a senior. Young recorded 46 tackles, seven sacks, one fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown in that senior campaign en-route to All-Lake Region Conference honors. He has 37 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery during his junior season. WHS claimed back-to-back conference titles in 2011 and 2012 under head coach Tom Kulsea. Young is also a member of the Monarchs' basketball squad.
Coach Dosch on Young: "Garrett is an active, athletic lineman who was a standout on Warner's State runner-up team. His frame will allow him to add the strength and size needed to be a successful defensive lineman in college."