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."
Ryan Alger, 5-11, 185, safety, Broken Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Alger was a First-Team All-State Coaches' selection who also earned first-team all-district honors after recording 99 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.
Glenn's take: "Ryan Alger was a first-team all-state safety at Broken Arrow HS, which is one of the top teams every year in Oklahoma. Had five interceptions, and is not only a terrific FS, but a ferocious special team's player."
Fred Beaugard, 6-3, 235, defensive lineman, Montini Catholic HS, Wheaton, Ill.
Beaugard was a member of four-straight state championship teams from 2009 to 2012. Beaugard was named to the All-Suburban Christian Conference, 2012 Daily Herald All-Area Football Team and was All-State honorable mention after recording 75 tackles (nine for loss), seven sacks, one forced fumble and two pass deflections as a senior.
Glenn's take: "Fred Beaugard played on a team that just won their fourth straight state championship at Montini Catholic. Fred is a very athletic defensive end that brings speed and quickness off the edge."
Miles Bergner, 6-1, 200, kicker/punter, Longmont HS, Longmont, Colo.
Bergner participated in the U.S. Army All-American as a senior after being named to the Kohl's All-American team as a junior. Bergner was twice named first-team All-State, first-team All-Northern Conference and Northern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. In three years Bergner connected on 28 of 37 field goals (10 of 11 as a senior) with a long of 55 yards and recorded 158 touchbacks on 199 kickoffs. As a senior Bergner had a net punting average of 43.5 yards after averaging 40.3 net yards per attempt as a junior. Bergner was also a two-time state champion as a discus thrower in track and field.
Glenn's take: "Miles Bergner just kicked in the Army All-American Bowl on national television, and he's a huge part of our class. When he came to our camp last summer and punted and kicked in the dome we heard a pop on the football like we've never heard before, and then he went and backed it up throughout his season. He has a strong leg and is very accurate.
Stetson Dagel, 6-5, 250, offensive lineman, Cherokee HS, Cherokee, Iowa
Dagel was named to The Des Moines Register All-State Second-Team, Sioux City Journal First-Team All-Northwest Iowa and to the Academic All-State team as a senior. Dagel was a two-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive end and was named a team captain as a senior. After racking up 35 tackles (three for loss) and two sacks during his senior year, Dagel was honored as his team's lineman of the year. A member of the National Honor Society, Dagel made the honor roll throughout his high school career.
Glenn's take: "Stetson Dagel has the kind of frame you look for in an offensive lineman. We like the fact that he runs the floor in basketball, which shows impressive athleticism."
Riley Donovan, 6-1, 185, wide receiver, Kasson-Mantorville HS, Kasson, Minn.
Donovan is projected to be a starter in the Minnesota Shrine Bowl and a Mr. Football nominee for the state of Minnesota after spending his senior year at quarterback, where he completed 77 of 153 passes for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns and also ran for 1,411 yards and 23 touchdowns on 160 carries. Donovan also played defense, where he recorded 35 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery. As a junior Donovan played wide receiver and running back, catching 29 passes for 534 yards and seven touchdowns and rushing for 213 yards and six touchdowns on 38 attempts. Donovan was named honorable mention all-state as a senior and was named all-conference two times.
Glenn's take: "Riley Donovan is a versatile athlete who ran a terrific time for us at camp last summer. He's a great competitor who stepped up and played quarterback when his team needed it. Riley will work at wide receiver for the Coyotes."
Allen Edwards, 6-3, 230, defensive lineman, Immaculata-Lasalle HS, Miami, Fla.
Edwards was an honorable mention All-Dade County selection after recording 48 tackles and 10 sacks (second-most in Dade County) as a senior.
Glenn's take: "Allen Edwards has a huge upside. He's 6-3, 230, and you can tell just by looking at him that he has a really bright future on the defensive line. He has long arms and big hands, and is also a great shot and disc guy. Allen is very tough and athletic."
Sean Finley, a 6-4, 225, linebacker, Fountain Valley HS, Fountain Valley, Calif.
Finley was an All-Sunset League selection. A three-year starter, Finley also earned the team Captains Award, Defensive MVP and won Most Improved Player as a junior. Finley runs a 4.6 40-yard dash.
Glenn's take: "Sean Finley was one of our first recruits and we think he's a great get. He's a long athlete who can really run and is just a good all-around athlete. He came to South Dakota for a game, made his commitment, and stuck with it through the whole recruiting process. You really appreciate that, especially in a kid from California."
Marquice Fletcher, 5-10, 170, defensive back, Union HS, Tulsa, Okla.
Fletcher recorded 65 tackles (25 solo) and three interceptions as a senior. Fletcher was twice named defensive player of the game and boasts a 4.49 40-yard dash and a 37 inch vertical. Fletcher also participates in track and field and has a personal-best of 6-6 in the high jump.
Glenn's take: "Marquice Fletcher is one of two guys we got from Union High School in Tulsa. We offered him back in the spring recruiting period and really fought hard throughout the recruiting process to land him. We're really excited about his athletic ability as a cornerback."
Tevin Foster, 5-11, 175, defensive back, Lawton HS, Lawton, Okla.
As a senior, Foster caught 11 passes for 187 yards, ran seven times for 77 yards and recorded six tackles and one interception in three games. A four-sport athlete, Foster is a four-year starter in basketball, where he is averaging 23 points per game, and has been timed at 39.9 in the 300-hurdles and 15.3 in the 110-high hurdles.
Glenn's take: "Tevin Foster is a fantastic all-around athlete. He plays just about every sport they have, whether its football, basketball or track, and he's even a shortstop in baseball. Tevin put up 38 points in one of his most recent basketball games and is just a fine all-around athlete. He'll play corner for us."
Jackson Gannon, 6-2, 260, defensive lineman, Kearney HS, Kearney, Neb.
Gannon was selected second-team all-state and first-team all-district as a senior and was twice named academic all-district. Also a track and field participant, Gannon holds a personal-best throw of 54-10 in the shot put.
Glenn's take: "Jackson Gannon is a two-way player on both the offensive and defensive line who has the ability to help on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He'll play defense for us, and he has a nice size and strength combination."
Sean Glenn, 6-3, 238, defensive lineman, Windsor HS, Windsor, Colo.
Glenn was a Colorado 4A First-Team All-State selection as a senior after recording 69 tackles (39 solo), 7.5 sacks and two blocked punts in nine games. He was also named the Windsor Football Defensive Lineman of the Year and to the Northern 4A League All-Conference team. As a junior Glenn had 90 tackles (44 solo) and 10.5 sacks and earned Tri-Valley Football League All-Conference honorable mention honors.
Glenn's take: "Sean Glenn is another very rugged defensive lineman who can play both inside and outside. He's grown since he first committed and was up to 6-3, 238 pounds the last time I saw him. He was another very highly recruited guy."
Joshua Hunt, 6-2, 188, defensive back, Central Lyon HS, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Hunt was named all-state and all-district as a running back. Hunt set school records for most total offense in a single game and most rushing yards in a single game and finished his career third in school history in career rushing yards. Hunt gained 1,322 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground as senior and rushed for 1,393 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Also a track participant, Hunt ran on teams that placed 6th in the state in both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays as a junior.
Glenn's take: "Josh Hunt is big, tall and athletic. He's a big kid who can do a lot of things well, and he showed a lot of toughness when their team was here for summer camp. He's too good to not see the field for the Coyotes one day. We plan on starting him out as a safety."
Ed Kennedy, 6-5, 265, offensive lineman, Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo.
Kennedy was named to the First-Team All-Northern Colorado All-Star Team as a senior at Rocky Mountain HS. He also earned first-team all-conference honors, was a team captain and received the RMHS Football Leadership Award. Kennedy recovered two fumbles as a senior.
Glenn's take: "We loved the way Ed Kennedy turned over his feet on film and dominated his position. He has great snap to him and gets good strength on his blocks."
Kiefer Ketelhut, 6-6, 250, offensive lineman, Plainfield North HS, Plainfield, Ill.
Ketelhut was named one of Chicago's Top-100 players as a senior at Plainfield North HS. Ketelhut was also named to the Joliet Herald All-Area Team and swsportsnest.com All-Area First-Team. Ketelhut was a four-year letterwinner in both football and basketball.
Glenn's take: "Kiefer Ketelhut is a big, long and rangy athlete. He played tight end in high school, and we believe he can help us become more athletic at the offensive tackle position."
Khorey Kilgore, 5-10, 190, running back, Blue Springs South HS, Blue Springs, Mo.
Kilgore was a first-team All-District and First-Team All-Suburban Big Six Conference selection as a senior. A team captain, Kilgore was named his team's Offensive MVP after gaining 945 yards and 11 touchdowns on 123 carries and catching 15 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns.
Glenn's take: "Khorey Kilgore is a running back with a lot of quickness and speed. He has the ability make defenders miss in a number of ways, whether that be running through a tackle or not even letting the defender get a hand on him."
Khalid Kornegay, 6-2, 180, wide receiver, Union HS, Tulsa, Okla.
Kornegay was an OSAA All-Conference kick returner and set the school and state record for the longest kickoff return touchdown (99 yards). Also a running back and wide receiver in high school, Kornegay gained 145 rushing yards on 14 carries, 231 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 19 catches and returned nine kickoffs for 360 yards (40 yard average) and two touchdowns. Kornegay runs track as well and has been timed at 48.00 seconds in the 400-meter dash and has a personal-best of 22-11 in the long jump.
Glenn's take: "Khalid Kornegay is a tremendous athlete, and he is a very fast football player. He has great speed on the track, is a great quarter-miler and long jumper and is a dangerous kick returner."
Taylor Lambert, 5-10, 220, linebacker, Dakota Valley HS, McCook Lake, S.D.
Lambert was named all-conference, All-Metro, All-State and Argus Leader Elite 45 honorable mention after recording 108 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a senior. Also a wrestler, Lambert took sixth-place at state wrestling.
Glenn's take: "Taylor Lambert was a really good player for Dakota Valley who will play linebacker for us. He always seems to be around the football on film."
Jim Litrenta, 6-2, 205, linebacker, St. Laurence HS, Orland Park, Ill.
Litrenta was named Team MVP as a senior and Defensive MVP as a junior. He was a two-time All-Chicago Area and two-time Chicago All-Catholic selection who recorded 101 tackles (56 solo) and three sacks as a senior and 84 tackles (48 solo), two sacks and two INTs as a junior.
Glenn's take: "Jim Litrenta is a long and rangy linebacker. He is very athletic and aggressive."
Jonathan Maag, 6-4, 255, offensive lineman, Scottsbluff HS, Scottsbluff, Neb.
A Lincoln Star First-Team All-State tackle and All-Western Conference performer as a senior, Maag was also named District 3 Defensive Player of the Year after recording 115 tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks.
Glenn's take: "Jon Maag was someone who will play offensive line for us but we really like what we saw from him on defense. Probably the number one thing that stood out about him was his quickness and his ability to use his hands on his defensive film. He had over 100 tackles on defense, but we think he'll transition into a very good offensive lineman and a very aggressive blocker."
Sam McLeran, 6-3, 270, offensive lineman, Iowa City West HS, North Liberty, Iowa
McLeran was a second-team 4A All-State selection and an All-Mississippi Valley Conference First-Team selection. McLeran, who was a team captain, blocked for the highest scoring offense in Iowa state history and boasts a 350-pound hang clean, 350-pound bench press and 520-pound squat.
Glenn's take: "Sam McLeran is a powerful individual who has grown a lot throughout his high school career. He started out as a fullback, then grew into tight end and is now an offensive lineman. He played both offensive and defensive line in high school and was a big reason for the recent turnaround of the Iowa City West football program."
Colin Mertlik, 6-3, 200, linebacker, Blair HS, Blair, Neb.
Mertlik was an all-state selection as a senior after earning all-state honorable mention honors as a junior. As a senior Mertlik made 118 tackles on defense while throwing for 761 yards and running for 675 yards. For his career, Mertlik made a school record 311 tackles and scored 32 touchdowns. Mertlik was also a two-time all-district and all-conference honoree and a three-time state medalist in track. Mertlik is a National Honor Society Vice-President and has made seven consecutive semester honor rolls.
Glenn's take: "Colin Mertlik is a really talented kid. He's a tremendous hurdler who runs 15.1 in the 110-high hurdles and 39.6 in the 300 hurdles. He played both quarterback and linebacker in high school but will play just one position in college. He's a really good looking, long athlete, and we think the opportunity to focus on linebacker will help him mature into a good player for us on defense."
Jet Moreland, 6-3, 205, linebacker, Wichita Heights HS, Wichita, Kan.
Moreland was a First-Team All-State selection at the 6A level and a Shrine Bowl participant. As a senior Moreland made 70 tackles (11 for loss), broke up 11 passes and intercepted three more while also garnering first-team All-City and first-team All-Metro selections. As a junior, Moreland recorded 85 tackles (15 for loss), six interceptions and five pass breakups for the Class 6A State Champions.
Glenn's take: "Jet Moreland is another long, fast and aggressive player with a great personality. We really love his length and think he will help us at the linebacker position. He's a linebacker who won a state championship in both football and basketball."
Drew Potter, 6-3, 240, fullback, Basehor-Linwood HS, Basehor, Kan.
Potter was a three-year varsity captain and two-time all-state honorable mention honoree. As a senior, Potter was named first-team all-league as a running back and second team all-league as a defensive lineman after running for 1,123 yards and 15 touchdowns, catching 10 passes for 200 yards and recording 58 tackles and four forced fumbles, respectively. As a junior, Potter made 76 tackles (22 for loss) and ran for 506 yards and 11 touchdowns on his way to first team all-league honors as a defensive lineman and second team all-league honors as a running back.
Glenn's take: "Drew Potter was a big, bruising tailback in high school, and at 6-3, 240-pounds he also is a long snapper. He was really the glue guy for his high school team and is going to help us in a lot of ways, whether that's at fullback or tight end."
Aaron Ramsey, 6-3, 205, quarterback, Blue Valley Southwest HS, Stillwell, Kan.
Ramsey was a two-time all-state honorable mention honoree. Ramsey was named first-team all-conference and conference offensive player of the year after throwing for 978 yards and 11 passing touchdowns and rushing for 1,063 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Glenn's take: "Aaron Ramsey is a quarterback who ran the option in high school and is another kid who is long and fast. He's a very good leader, and his size and playmaking ability with the ball in his hands is really fun to watch."
Graham Resseguie, 5-11, 185, defensive back, Pius X HS, Lincoln, Neb.
Resseguie was an all-city selection and an all-state nominee. Also a team captain, Resseguie finished second on his team with 64 tackles while also contributing nine tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, two blocked kicks and an interception return for a touchdown. Following his senior year Resseguie was honored with the Nebraska Sertoma Award and also made the Academic All-State team. Prior to his senior season, he was named Overall MVP of the Nebraska Underclassmen Combine Camp and the Junior Rank Camp, and was named the most outstanding athlete at the Nebraska top-50 Rivals Combine after clocking a 4.56 40-yard dash, a 4.01 pro agility, a 35-inch vertical jump and bench pressing 225 pounds 14 times.
Glenn's take: "What I thought was most impressive about Graham Resseguie was his speed and quickness. He's a nickelback/corner/strong safety type who is also a great special team's player and a hard-nosed tackler. He was one of the best special team's guys I saw on film."
Kyle Staples, 6-1, 225, linebacker, Fresno CC, Fresno, Calif.
Staples was named a top-20 MLB in California by JC Gridiron after accounting for 78 tackles (12 for loss) with five sacks and three pass breakups as a sophomore and 40 tackles as a freshman. Staples was twice honored as an all-conference performer in high school.
Glenn's take: "Kyle Staples was a first-team conference performer at the junior college level. He's already enrolled at South Dakota and is working with the program. He's doing a nice job and has done everything we've asked of him. We really like his ability to bring guys down in the open field."
D'Treal Stone, 6-0, 180, defensive back, Lafayette HS, St. Joseph, Mo.
Stone received Second-Team All-News Press and first-team all-conference honors as a junior and was also named first-team all-city three-times and second-team all-conference honors twice during his prep career.
Glenn's take: "D'Treal Stone is another two-way player who played some quarterback in high school but will play defensive back for us. He is a kid who was heavily recruited, and he is really rangy with long arms. He's a very talented hitter with great ability to attack the ball in space."
Brandt Van Roekel, 6-4 190, athlete, Boyden HS, Boyden, Iowa
Van Roekel, a two-time Iowa Preps Elite All-State performer, accounted for more than 2,500 yards passing, 1,800 yards rushing, 800 return yards and 50 total touchdowns (25 passing, 19 rushing and six returns) in his career while leading his team to an overall record of 29-6. Van Roekel was a three-time all-district selection as a defensive back, a two-time all-state utility player and also led his basketball team to a state championship.
Glenn's take: "Brandt Van Roekel is a tall, long guy who participated in our summer camp. He's about 6-4, 190, and is also a tremendous basketball player. He won a state championship in basketball, was a first team all-state performer in football, and can play quarterback, safety, or wherever else you want to put him. The guy is just a winner from a great high school program."
John Wessel, 6-2, 220, linebacker, Sioux Falls, S.D., Roosevelt HS
Wessel was a South Dakota All-Star and an all-state selection as a senior at Roosevelt HS. Wessel was also named to the Argus Leader Elite 45 and the Rapid City Journal Impact 50 team after recording 82 tackles (50 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery. For his career Wessel had 227 tackles (101 solo), eight sacks, 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two interceptions and was a team captain and his team's Defensive MVP.
Glenn's take: "John Wessel from Roosevelt was another summer camper. We really like his sideline-to-sideline speed and he has the size and toughness you look for."
Garrett Wooten, 6-3, 250, defensive tackle, Normal Community HS, Bloomington, Ill.
Wooten, a 2011 first-team all-area defensive lineman and a 2012 team captain, earned three varsity letters in both football and wrestling and was a four-time Big 12 All-Academic team selection.
Glenn's take: "Garrett Wooten is a big guy who played all over the defensive line. He was a deep snapper as well, and he has the ability to shed blocks and make tackles from the defensive line."
Luke Worden, 5-9, 170, defensive back, Scottsbluff HS, Scottsbluff, Neb.
A Nebraska Shrine Bowl participant, Worden was an All-State Class B selection by the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Star. Worden also received all-district, all-region, All-Western Conference and All-Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference honors throughout his prep career. A three-year starter, Worden had 11 career interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns, and scored a total of 25 career touchdowns. Worden won the Fastest Man Award at the Nebraska Football Camp in 2012 by timing a 4.40 40-yard dash. Also a track participant, Worden holds a personal best of 10.70 in the 100-meter dash, finished second at the Nebraska State Championship in the 100 and was a member of the state championship winning 4x100 meter relay team.
Glenn's take: "Luke Worden is a really fast kid who comes from a talented family. He was a two-way player in high school and you see a lot of speed in everything he does. He's a very strong guy for his size and is just a dynamite package."
Courtney Wright, 6-2, 215, defensive lineman, Coral Glades HS, Coral Springs, Fla.
Wright, a BCAA-All Star selection as a senior at Coral Glades High School and a two-time team captain, had 69 tackles (24 for loss), 16 sacks, five blocked kicks and four forced fumbles as a senior and 48 tackles (22 for loss), 15 sacks, two blocked kicks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior. Wright earned All-County Defensive Third Team honors after his senior season.
Glenn's take: "Courtney Wright plays a little bit of defensive end and a little bit of outside linebacker. He's another one of those guys who does a really nice job of using his length and speed to his advantage when coming off the edge."