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USD Football Adds 11

South Dakota targeted specific needs during the second phase of the 2018 football recruiting season, efforts that were rewarded Wednesday (Feb. 6) with the signatures of 11 new student-athletes. 

The makeup of this group is quite different than the one the Coyotes signed in December. That list was loaded with interior players, specifically on the offensive and defensive lines.

This time the main focus was on the perimeter.

"Becoming more athletic in the back end of our defense was an area that we felt we had to address and we were able to do that, bringing in some young men that we think will fit that mold," South Dakota head coach Bob Nielson said. "We graduated three senior receivers so, again, building depth at that position is a very important part of our offense. That was a priority throughout this recruiting class as well."

Nielson is pleased with the personnel that the Coyotes were able to attract, but he was also left with a favorable impression of college football's new recruiting process.

Overall, he thinks the split schedule accomplished what it was designed to do, which was to limit rescinded commitments on both sides of the recruiting equation.

Nielson believes, over time, more players will take advantage of the early signing option, but he also noticed a significant difference with this year's February period. 

"When young men made a commitment in January, throughout the country, I think those commitments, in general, held stronger," Nielson said. 

Class Breakdown

Here's a look at South Dakota's entire 2018 recruiting class. 

California (1) Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS Highlight Reel
Dakota Smith LB 6-2 205 Inglewood, Calif. (Loyola) http://bit.ly/2GVweY5
           
Iowa (4)          
Canaan Cox* RB 5-8 165 Remsen, IA (Remsen-St. Mary's) http://bit.ly/2nRAoHI
Isaac Erbes* OL 6-5 285 Urbandale, Iowa http://bit.ly/2nRmLYR
Spencer Gavin OL 6-5 260 Indianola, Iowa http://bit.ly/2GY8QJa
Carter Kuchel* WR 6-2 180 Remsen, IA (Remsen-St. Mary's) http://bit.ly/2BLmrV4
           
Florida (6)          
Wesley Eliodor WR 6-0 180 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  http://bit.ly/2BdCQk5
D'Andre Ferguson ATH 6-1 205 Clearwater, Fla. (Calvary Christian) http://bit.ly/2Etyc3c
Tre Jackson CB 6-0 175 Wellington, Fla. (Palm Beach Central) http://bit.ly/2DD8k5r
Rodney Sivils, Jr. CB 6-2 200 Largo, Fla. (Pinellas Park) http://bit.ly/2BtjTpU
Jakari Starling S 6-0 182 Riviera Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Lakes) http://bit.ly/2ncWGmI
Cameron Tisdale* CB 5-11 170 Clearwater, Fla. (Largo) http://bit.ly/2EP8Iey
           
Georgia (1)          
Anthony Turner WR 6-4 220 Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County/IA Western) http://bit.ly/2BJyTo9
           
Kansas (1)          
Brendan Webb* DE 6-5 215 Buhler, Kan. http://bit.ly/2BfESjv
           
           
Minnesota (4)          
Brock Mogensen* LB 6-2 215 Farmington, Minn. http://bit.ly/2FVmOKA
Bryce Kennedy* OL 6-7 295 Virginia, Minn. http://bit.ly/2C3gXR2
Ryan Mazurek TE 6-4 205 Eden Prairie, Minn. (Holy Angels) http://bit.ly/2EsX5fC
Jarrod Peterson LB 6-1 205 Circle Pines, Minn. (Centennial) http://bit.ly/2En4NrH
           
Missouri (5)          
Canaan Brooks RB 6-0 206 St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North) http://bit.ly/2FRV8q7
Ethan Burson* DT 6-4 250 Willard, Mo. http://bit.ly/2sgJtz3
Tyler Foote* QB 6-2 208 St. Louis, Mo. (John Burroughs) http://bit.ly/2C2LmPB
Ja'Von Hune* DE 6-2 230 Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland) http://bit.ly/2BdS3S9
Marquis Majors* WR 6-0 174 O'Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West) http://bit.ly/2sbLKM8
           
South Dakota (2)          
Hunter Headlee* LB 6-1 200 Harrisburg, S.D. http://bit.ly/2E9hVkX
Andy McCance* QB 5-10 190 Gregory, S.D. http://bit.ly/2GXP290
           
Wisconsin (3)          
Kian Rexroat* OL 6-6 310 Oconomowoc, Wis. http://bit.ly/2BLLlnq
Trevor Shohoney* OL 6-4 285 Franklin, Wis. http://bit.ly/2BgspvS
Nathan Stoffel* TE 6-5 223 Marathon, Wis. http://bit.ly/2FVAIwo
           
*Signed In December        
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