USD Recruiting Update

South Dakota knew what it needed and, judging exclusively by the numbers, it looks like they got it. 

More than half of the 31 high school football standouts that inked a National Letter of Intent  with the Coyotes Wednesday (Feb. 1) will play either offensive or defensive line. There's no way to know if any of them will make an immediate impact, the added depth 

Size may have been the primary focus, but speed and athleticism were also attributes that were emphasized by Bob Nielson and his staff during this most recent recruiting cycle. Those things are represented across the board, but particularly at positions like running back, wide receiver and defensive back. 

Overall, it sounds like the consensus is that this class - dubbed AlphaPack17 - has the chance to be pretty special.

"As of now it's the best I've been around," said one assistant. "Never had this many kids turn down FBS schools."

The true evaluation of these signees is a few years down the road. But for a program that's eager to take the next step in both the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the FCS, initial excitement and paper-backed potential is a good foundation to set. 

Florida (3) Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS Highlight Reel
Kai Henry RB 5-9 190 Miami. Fla. (Northwestern HS)
Jonathan Joanis DB 6-0 195 Orlando, Fla. (Boone)
Jakob Parks QB 6-4 200 Clearwater, Fla. (Clearwater Central)
Illinois (4)          
Sam Ambrogio OL 6-4 280 St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)
Jack Clement OL 6-3 285 Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart-Griffin)
John Pempek DL 6-4 300 Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart-Griffin)
Austin Wallace OL 6-5 290 Metamora, Ill.
Iowa (9)          
William Blaser OL 6-3 260 Epworth, Iowa (Western Dubuque HS)
Kody Case WR 5-10 170 Lake City, Iowa (South Central HS)
Jack Cochrane LB 6-3 205 Mount Vernon, Iowa
Jackson Coker DL 6-3 265 Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Kennedy HS)
Dalton Godfrey LS 6-2 215 Cedar Falls, Iowa
Nathan Kneifl TE 6-5 220 Lawton, Iowa (Lawton-Bronson HS)
Weston Schultz LB 6-3 215 Mason City, Iowa
Mitchell Stanley DL 6-6 260 Glenwood, Iowa
Kansas (3)          
Peter Klug DL 6-6 250 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley North)
Cameron Seck OL 6-5 285 Paola, Kan.
Braden Schneider OL 6-6 280 Winchester, Kan. (Jefferson Cty North)
Minnesota (4)          
Kolade Amusan LB 6-2 205 Woodbury, Minn.
Luke Chuol DL 6-3 240 Circle Pines, Minn. (Centennial HS)
Matt Gilray OL 6-5 285 Burnsville, Minn.
Alex Jensen TE 6-6 210 Plymouth, Minn. (Wayzata HS)
Missouri (3)          
Darion Bolden DB 5-10 175 St. Louis, Mo. (Trinity Catholic HS)
Reggie Crawford WR 6-3 195 St. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade HS)
Jordan Sommerville DB 6-1 177 St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North HS)
Nebraska (2)          
Tyler Ciurej OL 6-4 300 Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue West)
Dominic Long K/P 5-11 140 Gothenburg, Neb.
South Dakota (3)          
Lincoln Gibbs RB 5-11 205 Langford, S.D.
Ty Paulsen  OL 6-6 260 Pierre, S.D.
Riley Peters  DL 6-6 210 Vermillion, S.D.
Wisconsin (1)          
Nathan Schultz DL 6-4 270 Hartland, Wisc. (Arrowhead HS)

Class Breadown By Position (31):

Offensive Line, 9 | Defensive Line, 7 | Linebacker, 3 | Defensive Back, 3 | Running Back, 2 | Wide Receiver, 2 | Tight End, 2

Quarterback, 1 | Kicker/Punter, 1 | Long-Snapper, 1

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