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Overall, he thinks the split schedule accomplished what it was designed to do, which was to limit rescinded commitments on both sides of the recruiting equation.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)
Iowa (4)          
Canaan Cox* RB 5-8 165 Remsen, IA (Remsen-St. Mary's)
Isaac Erbes* OL 6-5 285 Urbandale, Iowa
Spencer Gavin OL 6-5 260 Indianola, Iowa
Carter Kuchel* WR 6-2 180 Remsen, IA (Remsen-St. Mary's)
Florida (6)          
Wesley Eliodor WR 6-0 180 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
D'Andre Ferguson ATH 6-1 205 Clearwater, Fla. (Calvary Christian)
Tre Jackson CB 6-0 175 Wellington, Fla. (Palm Beach Central)
Rodney Sivils, Jr. CB 6-2 200 Largo, Fla. (Pinellas Park)
Jakari Starling S 6-0 182 Riviera Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Lakes)
Cameron Tisdale* CB 5-11 170 Clearwater, Fla. (Largo)
Georgia (1)          
Anthony Turner WR 6-4 220 Hartwell, Ga. (Hart County/IA Western)
Kansas (1)          
Brendan Webb* DE 6-5 215 Buhler, Kan.
Minnesota (4)          
Brock Mogensen* LB 6-2 215 Farmington, Minn.
Bryce Kennedy* OL 6-7 295 Virginia, Minn.
Ryan Mazurek TE 6-4 205 Eden Prairie, Minn. (Holy Angels)
Jarrod Peterson LB 6-1 205 Circle Pines, Minn. (Centennial)
Missouri (5)          
Canaan Brooks RB 6-0 206 St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North)
Ethan Burson* DT 6-4 250 Willard, Mo.
Tyler Foote* QB 6-2 208 St. Louis, Mo. (John Burroughs)
Ja'Von Hune* DE 6-2 230 Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)
Marquis Majors* WR 6-0 174 O'Fallon, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt West)
South Dakota (2)          
Hunter Headlee* LB 6-1 200 Harrisburg, S.D.
Andy McCance* QB 5-10 190 Gregory, S.D.
Wisconsin (3)          
Kian Rexroat* OL 6-6 310 Oconomowoc, Wis.
Trevor Shohoney* OL 6-4 285 Franklin, Wis.
Nathan Stoffel* TE 6-5 223 Marathon, Wis.
*Signed In December        
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