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Trojan Football announces 25 recruits on National Signing Day
February 1, 2012
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State University football head coach Josh Anderson announced the signing of 25 student-athletes for the upcoming 2012 season. DSU had 10 transfer recruits come in to school this spring semester and 15 recruits will join in the fall.
"I feel really good about the number of athletes we have added because the competition on the team increased instantly," stated Anderson. "This is also the biggest spring roster we have had since I have been head coach at Dakota State and that is a tribute to our coaches and veteran players. They have done a great job of not only recruiting high school athletes, but also working toward filling some immediate needs we had in our program."
"We will make additional announcements this spring as we look to add 15-20 more athletes before we will be finished with recruiting," added Anderson.
Below is the list of football recruits that committed to the Trojan Football program (with Coach Anderson's comments in the end of each recruit):
SPRING SEMESTER TRANSFERS
Taylor Aungst, OL – 5'10 – 250, Desert Ridge High School - son of Rebecca Joyce of Queen Creek, Ariz. Coach: Jeremy Hathcock, Intended Major: Business. "Taylor comes from a solid program in Arizona and I look forward to seeing what he can do for DSU."
Jake Bush, DB – 6'0 – 160, Nevada Union High School/Sierra College - son of Harlan & Beverly Bush of Grass Valley, Calif., Coach: Dave Humphers, Intended Major: Computer Game Design. "Jake is very raw but is also a very determined and hard worker and will find a way to help our team in the future."
Kris Dearie, DB – 5'10 – 190, Templeton High School/Allan Hancock College - son of Karl & Jana Dearie of Atascadero, Calif., Coach: Don Crow, Intended Major: General Studies. "Kris is an athlete that we know can play either side of the ball. Spring practices will help determine where we need him the most."
Brandon DeVries, TE – 6'5 – 215, Viborg High School - son of Neal & Jennifer Hanson of Viborg, S.D., Coach: John Nyhaug, Intended Major: Physical Education. "Brandon is a big and athletic tight end and will get a ton of quality reps during spring practices."
Anthony Fischer, DE – 6'4 – 210, Sisseton High School - son of Mark & Sue Fischer of Sisseton, S.D., Coach: Scott Hagen, Intended Major: Exercise Science. "Anthony has already made big improvements since his arrival and will continue to work toward earning a spot in our depth chart this spring."
Payson Herring, RB – 5'8 – 180, Payson High School, Payson, Ariz. - Coach: Byron Quinlan, Intended Major: Undecided. "Payson is an extremely explosive and very elusive running back. He will add immediate competition in his position when he is ready."
Tim Mayomi, CB – 5'10 – 150, Copper Canyon High School/Glendale CC - son of Mary Mayomi of Glendale, Ariz. - Coach: Mike Segovia, Intended Major: Accounting. "Tim is working toward getting himself back into football mode and he has a huge upside with his quickness."
Jordan Phibbs, LB – 5'11 – 230, Jackson County Central High School/Concordia Moorhead - son of Rodney & Cynthia Phibbs of Windom, Minn., Coach: Tom Schuller, Intended Major: Business Management. "We had a lot of injuries at the linebacker position last year so we are happy to have an experienced player, in Jordan, joining our program."
Griffin Sturm, LB – 6'1 – 230, Blue Ridge High School/Mesa Community College, Chandler, Ariz. - Coach: Paul Moro, Intended Major: Business Education. "Griffin comes from a football powerhouse in Arizona and well understands the commitment, effort and determination to succeed on the football field and it shows."
Kyle Thomas, DT – 6'1 – 250, Watertown High School - son of Warren & Audrey Thomas of Watertown, S.D., Coach: Scott Leitheiser, Intended Major: Elementary Education. "Kyle is a talented young man who kicks the ball very well, but is also strong enough to play interior defensive line."
Andrew Bone, LB – 5'10 – 220, Washington Prep High School/Los Angeles Southwest College - son of Perry & Renee Bone of Los Angeles, Calif., Coach: Paul Holt, Intended Major: Accounting. "Andrew is a transfer from California that will add some college experience and depth to our defense in the fall."
Dillon Campbell, OL – 6'4 – 260, Lake Havasu High School - son of Dennis Campbell & Kelli Tammaro of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Coach: Karl Thompson, Intended Major: Physical Education. "Dillon is a towering young man that is a great addition to our offensive line."
Monzel Childress, CB – 5'8 – 165, Copper Canyon High School - son of Lee'Aaron Childress and Myissher Wilson of Glendale, Ariz., Coach: Michael Segovia, Intended Major: Physical Education. "Monzel is very quick and elusive and has proven to be a very good athlete. He is capable of playing either wide receiver or cornerback."
Jacari Christion, WR – 6'0 – 175, Roosevelt High School - son of Steven & Heather Christion of Sioux Falls, S.D., Coach: Kim Nelson, Intended Major: Business Education. "Jacari is an extremely fast wide receiver that is going to put pressure on opposing defenses as soon as he is ready to play."
Kang Daniels-Wiley, LB – 6'1 – 215, North Forney High School - son of Michelle Smith & Brian Wiley of Forney, Texas, Coach: James Brown, Intended Major: Math Education. "Kang is a quick and athletic linebacker that reads and fills a gap as fast as a running back."
Armon Franklin, FS – 5'10 – 170, North Forney High School - son of Howard & Kesha Franklin of Forney, Texas, Coach: James Brown, Intended Major: Business Management. "Armon is an athlete that can play almost all defensive back positions, which will make him extremely hard to keep off the field in the fall."
Ryan Hongslo, WR – 6'0 – 180, Corsica High School - son of Rick & Glenda Hongslo of Corsica, S.D., Coach: Jason Broughton, Intended Major: Business. "Ryan is another athlete that can succeed on either offense or defense. We are lucky to have his skills added to our program."
Bryson Hunter, TE – 6'4 – 240, Provo High School - son of Sam & Julie Hunter of Provo, Utah, Coach: Saia Pope, Intended Major: Business Management. "Tight End is a position that needs immediate attention, and Bryson is a big, strong, and very athletic addition."
Jalil Ivory, DE – 6'0 – 200, North Forney High School - son of Anthony Leroy Ivory of Forney, Texas, Coach: James Brown, Intended Major: Business Management. "Jay's greatest attribute is his work ethic motor. He's got such great passion and enthusiasm for the game."
Kris Johnson, DE – 6'3 – 215, Lake County High School - son of Mike & Annette Johnson of Leadville, Colo., Coach: Steve Craiglow, Intended Major: Athletic Training. "Kris is another big-framed athlete that will only get bigger, stronger and faster as he gets into a year-round football program."
Ben Kullos, LB – 5'9 – 215, Liberty High School - Son of Berney & Nancy Kullos of Peoria, Ariz., Coach: Dan Filleman, Intended Major: Elementary Education. "Ben is already lifting at the level of a college athlete and will be hard to keep off the field in the fall."
Bryan Querubin, OL – 6'1 – 255, Arbor View High School - son of James & Ning Querubin of Las Vegas, Nevada, Coach: Dan Barnson, Intended Major: Physical Science. "Bryan is very disciplined with his technique and that is what excited us the most while watching him on film."
James Querubin, OL – 5'11 – 245, Arbor View High School - son of James & Ning Querubin of Las Vegas, Nevada, Coach: Dan Barnson, Intended Major: Exercise Science. "James comes from a very well-coached football team and has the ability to help us as he continues to get experience."
Steven Smith, OL – 6'0 – 265, North Forney High School - son of Lynn Smith & Sheri Ludwigs of Forney, Texas, Coach: James Brown, Intended Major: Elementary Education. "What excited us about Steven was his explosion off the line, as well as his ability to maintain and finish a block."
Justin Templeton, FS – 6'0 – 180, St. Mary's High School - son of Patrick & Lynette Templeton of Phoenix, Ariz., Coach: Todd Williamson, Intended Major: Health Information Administration. "Justin has a great understanding of the game and his ability to read and react is exciting."
Myles Van Vuuren, DL – 6'0 – 230, Corsica High School - son of Brian & Letha Van Vuuren of Corsica, S.D., Coach: Jason Broughton, Intended Major: Business Management. "Myles had a great season and definitely caught our attention with his speed and agility as a defensive lineman."
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director