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SIOUX FALLS, SD - Head coach Jerry Olszewski announced today the signing of 36 student-athletes for the 2013 football season.
Wednesday is the first day of the signing period for all NCAA football programs.


The 2013 class includes student-athletes from Minnesota (14), South Dakota (6), Nebraska (5), Colorado (3), Iowa (3), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), Oklahoma (1) and Wisconsin (1). The class also includes eight defensive lineman, seven linebackers, seven wide receivers, five defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two tight ends, two offensive lineman, one running back, one fullback, one kicker/punter.


"I am proud to welcome the 2013 class of Augustana Football," Olszewski said. "This group of young men are deep with talent, character, academic excellence and leadership. I feel that our staff addressed the needs of our football program and in doing so added team speed and athleticism to our current roster. I truly believe this is a foundation class of great things to come for Augustana Football. We have our work cut out to enter the upper echelon of teams in Division II. These student-athletes are competitors that will work tirelessly to do just that and represent the Augustana community incredibly well. It is a great day to be a Viking."


The 2013 signing class is the first under Olszewski, who enters his first season as Augustana's head coach in 2013.


Augustana finished at 5-6 in 2012, which was good for a ninth-place finish in the 16-team conference. The Vikings were 3-4 in the NSIC South Division, tying for fourth-place in the eight-team division.


Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

COLORADO
Alex Baldwin, WR, 6-2, 185, Windsor, Colo. (Windsor HS)
Prepped at Windsor HS for coach Chris Jones ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... hauled in 10 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown senior season ...
two-time all-conference honorable mention honoree ... caught 15 passes for 364 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... as a sophomore caught 24 passes
for 425 yards and two scores ... played for two conference championship teams ... member of state championship team in 2011.
Personal: Son of Troy and Tammy Baldwin ... born Aug. 25, 1994 ... plans to major in economics.
Nathan Merriman, QB, 6-2, 200, Niwot, Colo. (Niwot HS)
Prepped at Niwot HS for coach Josh Brewer ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... two-time all-conference honoree ... named all-region and all-state as a
senior ... named offensive player of the year as senior ... selected to Colorado State Football Team ... invited to Nike Elite 11 camp ... named team captain
as junior and senior ... passed for 2,234 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for 110 yards in 2012 ... passed for 1,045 yards and 11 scores as a junior
... rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns junior year ... as a sophomore passed for 878 yards and four touchdowns ... rushed for two scores as a
sophomore ... named County's Rising Star by Longmont Times.
Personal: Son of Gary and Susan Merriman ... born Oct. 18, 1994 ... plans to major in business/sports management.
Connor Skelton, WR, 6-1, 170, Littleton, Colo. (D'Evelyn HS)
Prepped at D'Evelyn HS for coach Jeremy Bennett ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time all-conference member
... two-time all-state honoree ... caught 61 passes for 1,244 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.
Personal: Son of Doug and Cindy Skelton ... born March 18, 1995 ... plans to major in business.


FLORIDA
Lucas Wainman, K/P, 6-0, 215, Oviedo, Fla. (Paul J. Hagerty HS/St. Olaf)
Before Augustana: Started at kicker and punter as a true freshman at St. Olaf College ... selected to D3football.com All-West Region team ... hit eight of
13 field goal attempts, including a 52-yarder against St. John's ... averaged 40.2 yards per punt, pinning 16 inside the 20-yard line ... named to Minnesota Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference second team.
High School: Received the Seminole association of school administrators student leadership award ... all-conference as a senior and all conference honorable
mention junior year ... three-time letter recipient ... had three TDs, was six for eight in field goals long of 42, and had a 40.5 yard average on punts
four inside of 20 in his final season.
Personal: Son of Tom and Kim Wainman.
 

ILLINOIS
Collin Holt, LB, 6-3, 205, Plainfield, Ill. (North HS)
Prepped at Plainfield North HS for coach Tim Kane ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... earned all-conference and all-area honors as a senior ...
recorded 127 tackles, including 46 solo stops as a senior ... recorded 48 tackles, nine solo as a junior.
Personal: Son of Jim and Janet Holt ... born Nov. 7, 1994 ... plans to major in business.
IOWA
Bryson Hamilton, DL, 6-4, 225, Clear Lake, Iowa (Clear Lake HS)
Prepped at Clear Lake HS for coach Fred Weick ... three-year letterwinner, two-year starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time all-district honoree
... first-team all-state selection as senior ... named Globe Gazette Defensive Player of the Year as senior ... two-time academic all-district honoree ... named
academic all-state as senior ... selected to the Iowa All Star Shrine Bowl as senior ... recorded 64 tackles, including 23 solo stops as senior ... had 13 sacks as
senior ... recorded 66 tackles as junior, including 11 solo stops.
Personal: Son of Scott and Tammi Hamilton ... born Feb. 1, 1995 ... plans to major in engineering.
Zac Johnson, DB, 6-3, 215, Denison, Iowa (Denison HS)
Prepped at Denison HS for coach Chad Van Kley ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... named all-district honorable mention as senior ... named team captain
as senior ... caught 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown as senior ... recorded 39 tackles, including 16 solo stops senior season ... recorded 23 tackles
and an interception as a junior.
Personal: Son of Roger and Dana Johnson ... born March 23, 1995 ... plans to major in pre-med.
John Waters, LB, 6-1, 225, Clear Lake, Iowa (Newman Catholic HS)
Prepped at Newman Catholic HS for coach Mike Deirksen ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... team captain as senior ... three-time all-conference honoree
... first team all-state member as senior ... named to all-state third team as junior ... recorded 90 tackles as senior ... had 100 receiving yards as a senior
... finished junior year with 105 tackles finished with 200 receiving yards as junior.
Personal: Son of Dan and Pam Waters ... born April 17, 1995 ... plans to major in education.
 

KANSAS
Chad Curry, DB, 6-4, 205, Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley HS/St. Olaf)
Before Augustana: Started eight games as a true freshman at St. Olaf College ... recorded 55 tackles, including 34 solo stops ... picked off two passes.
High School: Member of the National Honor Society ... on the Honor Roll all four years ... team was the 2010 Kansas 5A State Champions and the 2011
Kansas 5A State Runner-Up ... was an Eastern Kansas League Scholar Athlete for the last four years ... all-conference honorable mention as a senior ... had
59 solo tackles, 31 assisted tackles, six pass break ups and one interception in final season ... received three varsity letters and two state letters ... played basketball
as well, where he earned two varsity letters ... two-time letter winner in track and field.
Personal: Son of Brian and Susan Curry
 

MINNESOTA
Brady Boike, QB, 6-5, 195, Maynard, Minn. (MACCRAY HS/St. Olaf)
Before Augustana: Appeared in two games at St. Olaf.
High School: all-state selection as a senior ... earned all-conference honors in each of his last two seasons ... threw for over 1,800 yards to go with 24
touchdowns in final season, while rushing for 900 yards and nine scores ... named to the West Central Tribune All-Area First Team ... team MVP and an allregion
pick as a senior ... member of basketball and track and field teams ... two-time all-conference basketball pick ... named to the Minnesota High
School League All-State Tournament team in basketball ... three-time conference champion in the triple jump and a two-time winner in the discus ... captained
all three teams as a senior ... earned a combined 10 varsity letters -- three each in basketball and football and four in track and field... A honor roll
and NHS member and captain of the school's Knowledge Bowl team.
Lance Briard, DL, 6-3, 245, Springfield, Minn. (Springfield HS)
Prepped at Springfield HS for coach Paul Dunn ... four-year letterwinner, three-year starter ... two-time all-conference honoree ... named defensive player
of the year as senior ... named New Ulm Journal Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 ... named team's most valuable player as senior ... named team's most
valuable lineman in 2012 ... two-time academic all-conference member ... named team captain as junior and senior ... recorded 143 tackles in 2012, including
41 solo stops ... picked up 16 sacks as senior ... recorded 30 tackles for loss as senior ... recorded 90 tackles and four sacks junior year.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Maren Briard ... born April 5, 1994 ... plans to major in exercise science.
Mitch Gade, DL, 6-4, 245, Rochester, Minn. (Century HS)
Prepped at Rochester Century HS for coach Jon Vik ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... earned all-conference honors
as senior ... named team's defensive MVP as senior ... earned all-conference honorable mention honors as junior.
Personal: Son of Chris and Marne Gade ... born April 19, 1995 ... plans to major in business.
Tom Green, OL, 6-5, 260, Victoria, Minn. (Holy Family Catholic HS)
Prepped at Holy Family Catholic HS for coach Dave Hopkins ... four-year letterwinner, two-year starter ... team captain as senior ... named to all-conference
team as senior ... played offensive and defensive line ... recorded 67 tackles and three sacks as senior ... named most improved player as junior ... finished
with 28 tackles as a junior and nine as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Terence and Mary Green ... born Nov. 17, 1994 ... undecided major.
Mitch Johnson, LB, 5-10, 195, Lakeville, Minn. (North HS)
Prepped at Lakeville North HS for coach Brian Vossen ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time first team all-conference
member ... two-time first team all-metro member ... named first team all-state as senior and second team all-state as junior ... recorded 87 tackles,
seven sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss as a senior ... member of state runner-up team in 2012 ... finished with 122 tackles and 8.5 sacks as junior ... as a
sophomore, recorded 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Personal: Son of Bruce and Lisa Johnson ... born Feb. 26, 1995 ... plans to major in business.
Christiaan Malinowski, LB, 6-4, 200, Lino Lakes, Minn. (Centennial HS)
Prepped at Centennial HS for coach Mike Diggins ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain for senior season ... all-conference honoree
as senior ... named St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 ... recorded 97 tackles and four sacks as a senior.
Personal: Son of Jim and Molly Malinowski ... born April 3, 1995 ... plans to major in nursing.
Jordan Meyer, TE, 6-4, 230, Elk River, Minn. (Elk River HS)
Prepped at Elk River HS for coach Steve Hamilton ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... team captain senior year ... two-time all-conference honoree ...
named co-offensive most valuable player as senior ... caught one touchdown pass as senior ... recorded 19 tackles and two sacks on defense as senior.
Personal: Son of Nichole Meyer ... born July 23, 1995 ... plans to major in business and sports management.
Mitchell Petersen, WR, 5-10, 175, Hutchinson, Minn. (Hutchinson HS)
Prepped at Hutchinson HS for coach Andy Rostberg ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time all-conference selection ... named all-state honorable mention as senior ... member of Minnesota 4A State Championship team in 2012 ... rushed for 521 yards and seven
touchdowns as senior ... caught 24 passes for 656 yards and five touchdowns senior season ... recorded three interceptions as senior ... rushed for 307 yards
and two touchdowns while catching 16 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
Personal: Son of Travis and Melissa Petersen ... born Aug. 25, 1994 ... plans to major in pre-chiropractic.
Corey Puterbaugh, LB, 6-2, 225, Minneapolis, Minn. (Washburn HS)
Prepped at Washburn HS Giovan Jenkins ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... two-time all-conference honoree ... member of three conference championship
teams ... named the Minneapolis City Conference Lineman of the Year in 2012 ... named team captain as junior and senior ... picked up 113 tackles
as a senior ... recorded 88 tackles and five sacks as a junior .... picked-off two passes in 2011.
Personal: Son of Eric and Nicole Minea ... born Nov. 22, 1994 ... undecided major.
Zach Richter, DL/LB, 6-2, 220, Lakeville, Minn. (South HS)
Prepped at Lakeville South HS for coach Larry Thompson ... three-year letterwinner, one-year starter ... named team captain as senior ... recorded 43 tackles
as senior ... picked up one interception and a forced fumble as senior ... earned team's hustle award as senior.
Personal: Son of Steve and Kristine Richter ... born April 3, 1995 ... plans to major in business.
Joe Robel, DB, 6-0, 185, Blaine, Minn. ( Blaine HS)
Prepped at Blaine HS for coach Tom Develice ... three-year letterwinner and stater ... team captain as a senior ... two-time all-conference member ... named
second team all-state senior year ... named all-state honorable mention as junior ... named special teams MVP as senior ... earned all-conference honorable
mention honors as sophomore ... recorded 55 tackles and three interceptions as senior ... caught 15 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns as senior ...
recorded 33 tackles and three interceptions junior year ... finished with 17 tackles and six interceptions as sophomore.
Personal: Son of Rick and Lori Robel ... born July 29, 1994 ... plans to major in physical therapy.
Joe Schiller, DL, 6-3, 250, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Totino Grace HS)
Prepped at Totino Grace HS for coach Jeff Ferguson ... three-year letterwinner, one-year starter ... named all-conferrence, all-metro and all-state as a senior
... recorded 95 tackles, including 46 solo stops and four sacks senior year ... member of three state championship teams.
Personal: Son of Peter and Jane Schiller ... born April 11, 1995 ... plans to major in exercise science.
Quintin Schmalz, OL/DL 6-2, 295, Woodbury, Minn. (Woodbury HS)
Prepped at Woodbury HS for coach Andy Hill ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time all-conference honorable
mention honoree.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Wendy Schmalz ... born Oct. 12, 1994 ... plans to major in education.
Brett Watercott, 5-11, 190, DB, Becker, Minn. (Becker HS)
Prepped at Becker HS ... two-time all-conference honoree ... two-time team MVP ... named team captain ... finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Football Award as
senior ... named to 2012 Minnesota Vikings All-State team ... 2012 AP All-State honorable mention ... named Granite Ridge Conference player of the year
as senior ... named St. Cloud Times Player of the Year as senior ... caught 48 passes for 962 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior ... returned 15 punts and averaged
31.0 yards per return with two for touchdowns ... picked off two passes on defense.
Personal: Son of Doug Watercott ... born May 5, 1995.


NEBRASKA
Jackie Davis, RB, 5-7, 170, Omaha, Neb. (Central HS)
Prepped at Omaha Central HS for coach Jay Ball ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... two-time team captain ... two-time all-metro honoree ... named allstate
as junior ... two-time academic all-state honoree ... rushed for 1,579 yards and 14 touchdowns as senior ... finished junior year with 1,486 rushing
yards and 24 touchdowns ... rushed for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns as sophomore.
Personal: Son of Teresa Davis ... born Nov. 9, 1994 ... plans to major in engineering.
Turner Gaines, DB, 5-11, 175, Omaha, Neb. (Burke HS)
Prepped at Omaha Burke HS for coach Limongi … three-year letterwinner, two-year starter… named all-district as a senior… earned second team allmetro
honors as senior… named Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Star Journal Second Team All-State … recorded 82 tackles as senior, including 58 solo
stops… intercepted five passes and broke up 11 passes senior year… caught nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns as senior.
Personal: Son of Todd and Laura Gaines … Born May 16, 1995… undecided major.
Zac Oslica, OL/DL, 6-2, 260, Bellevue, Neb. (West HS)
Prepped at Bellevue West HS for coach Craig Moraski ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... two-time all-district honoree ... named honorable mention all
state as senior ... earned all-metro honors ... named team captain senior year ... named to all-metro academic team as senior ... played in Nebraska Shrine
Bowl senior year ... played both offensive and defensive line ... finished with 67 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble senior year.
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Personal: Son of Edward and Wanda Oslica ... Born Feb. 16, 1995 ... plans to major in engineering physics.
Colton Steer, LB, 6-2, 220, Denton, Neb. (Crete HS)
Prepped at Crete HS for coach Chuck McGinnis ... three-year letterwinner, two-year starter ... named team captain as senior ... two-time all-conference selection
... two-time all-district honoree ... named all-state as senior ... played in Nebraska Shrine Bowl senior year ... honorable mention all-state honoree as
junior ... rushed for 1,200 yards and 13 scores as senior ... caught 11 passes for 187 yards and a score as senior ... amassed 100 tackles with five forced fumbles
and three fumble recoveries as senior ... rushed for 513 yards and six touchdowns junior year ... recorded 89 tackles, including 45 solo stops as junior.
Personal: Son of Gary and Lori Steer ... born June 6, 1995 ... plans to major in pre-med.
Thomas Wapelhorst, DB, 6-5, 190, Scribner, Neb. (West Point HS)
Prepped at West Point HS for coach Nate Blankenship ... two-year letterwinner and starter ... team captain as senior ... recorded 21 tackles and three pass
breakups as senior ... caught 12 passes for 126 yards as senior ... named second team all-district as senior ... caught three passes for 70 yards and made 24
tackles as junior.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Diane Wapelhorst ... plans to major in business administration.


OKLAHOMA
Nick Lucido, OL, 6-1, 235, Jenks, Okla. (Jenks HS)
Prepped at Jenks HS for coach Alan Trimble … three-year letterwinner, one-year starter… named all-district as senior … named to All-Eastern Oklahoman
Offensive Lineman second team … three-time academic all-district and all-state member… named team's offensive lineman of the week three
times senior year … member of Oklahoma 6A State Championship team in 2012.
Personal: Son of John and Tracy Lucido … born Jan. 24, 1995… plans to major in physics/mathematics.
 

SOUTH DAKOTA
Jacob Dancler, LB, 6-0, 215, Tea, S.D. (Tea Area HS)
Prepped at Tea Area HS for coach Craig Clayberg ... four-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... four-year all-conference honoree
... member of all-state team in 2012 ... two-time honorable mention member of Argus Leader Elite 45 team ... named team's defensive MVP all four years ...
recorded 92 tackles and two forced fumbles in senior year ... recorded 133 tackles and three interceptions junior year ... picked up 130 tackles as a sophomore
and 74 as a freshman.
Personal: Son of Larry and Cindy Dancler ... born May 19, 1994 ... plans to major in biochemistry.
Trevor DeSchepper, WR, 6-3, 182, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Harrisburg HS)
Prepped at Harrisburg HS for coach Brandon White ... three-year letterwinner and starter ... named team captain as senior ... played wide receiver and free
safety ... set single season records in 2012 with 44 receptions and 933 receiving yards ... hauled in 12 touchdown passes as a senior ... tied single season
record with six interceptions in 2012 ... named all-conference, all-state and academic all-state as senior ... earned all-conference honorable mention honors
as a junior ... hauled in 19 passes for 41 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... caught eight passes for 132 yards and a score sophomore year.
Personal: Son of Ben and Mandy DeSchepper ... born June 23, 1994 ... plans to major in exercise science.
Anthony Huber, FB, 6-0, 228, Ethan, S.D. (Ethan HS)
Prepped at Ethan HS for coach Jeff Vanluer … four-year letterwinner, three-year starter… two-time team captain … three-time all-conference honoree
… two-time Argus Leader Elite 45 team honoree… two-time all-state member… earned all-state honorable mention honors as sophomore … named
team's MVP as senior … rushed for 1,124 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior … picked up 77 tackles on defense senior year … rushed for 1,312 yards
and 17 touchdowns as junior … finished sophomore season with 902 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns… combined for 246 tackles between sophomore
and junior seasons … member of two state championship teams.
Personal: Son of Roger and Martha Huber… born May 10, 1994… plans to major in business management.
Chase Marso, QB, 6-3, 190, Brandon, S.D. (Brandon Valley HS)
Prepped at Brandon Valley HS for coach Chad Garrow … three-year letterwinner and starter… named team captain as senior… three-time all-conference
honoree … named all-state as senior… named to Argus Leader Elite 45 team… earned academic all-state honors … completed 225 passes for 3,152
yards and 33 touchdowns as senior … led his team to an appearance in the state championship game in 2012… member of two conference championship
teams… finished his school career ranking fifth all-time in the state with 5,766 career passing yards and tied for fourth with 64 touchdown passes… his
3,152 passing yards in 2012 ranks third-best in South Dakota for a single season.
Personal: Son of Randy and Lisa Marso … born May 16, 1994… plans to major in biology (pre-med).
Lucas Wilber, WR, 6-3, 165, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Roosevelt HS)
Prepped at Roosevelt HS for coach Kim Nelson ... three-year letterwinner, two-year starter ... team captain senior year ... named to all-city team as senior ...
earned all-conference honors senior year ... named to honorable mention all-state team as senior ... named team's most improved player as a junior ...
named team MVP ... caught 25 passes for 491 yards and seven touchdowns as senior ... caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns junior year ...
member of state championship team in 2011.
Personal: Son of Jeff and Rhonda Wilber ... born Oct. 7, 1994 ... plans to major in nursing.
Nate Winter, WR, 6-2, 200, Brandon, S.D. (Brandon Valley HS)
Prepped at Brandon Valley HS for coach Chad Garrow ... three-year letterwinner, two-year starter ... named honorable mention all-state as senior ... earned
all-conference honors as senior ... caught 39 passes for 590 yards and five touchdowns as senior ... caught 25 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns ...
finished career with 1,048 career receiving yards.
Personal: Son of Jerry and Lisa Winter ... born Aug. 2, 1994 ... undecided major.
 

WISCONSIN
Matthew Degner, OL, 6-4, 290, Muskego, Wis. (Waukesha Catholic Memorial HS)
Prepped at Waukesha Catholic Memorial HS ... three-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... named first team all-conference as a senior ... named to Wisconsin
Football Coaches Association all-state and all-region ... named to The Freeman first team all-county ... named to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel second team
all-area ... member of state championship team in 2012 ... named team captain as senior.
Personal: Son of Keith and Michele Degner ... born July 25, 1994 ... plans to major in sports management.

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