South Dakota sends 81 high school football players to in-state schools
South Dakota high school football players made their intentions to play college football official on Wednesday, joining players from across the country in signing their national Letters of Intent or accepting admission as a walk-on for play to the next level.
After an early signing streak that featured several high-profile signings — including Washington defensive end Abraham Myers officially joining North Dakota State and a pair of Big Ten promises from Pierre in quarterback Lincoln Kienholz ( Ohio State) and offensive lineman Jason Maciejczak (Nebraska) — South Dakota saw more than 100 others officially join the college football ranks on Wednesday. The state sent 79 players to in-state college football programs and four joined Division-I football programs.
Here’s a list of all South Dakota high school football players who declared their intention to join a college football team on Wednesday.
Army: Rich Benenge (Harrisburg)
Augustana: Jack Detert (Harrisburg), Cody Oswald (Yankton), Nate Ratzlaff (O’Gorman), Elliot Renville (Lincoln), Sam Siegfried (Jefferson)
Chadron State: Griffin Clubb (Howard)
Concordia-St. Paul: Kendis Ledbetter (North Dakota via Washington)
More: South Dakota State adds 9 on National Signing Day, including three South Dakota natives
Dakota Wesleyan: Aidan Brower (Sioux Valley), Braeden Wulf (Lennox), Carson Kruggel (Jefferson), Carter Skogsberg (Vermillion), Gabe Beman (Lennox), Hadley Wallace (Hanson), Jackson Jarding (Hanson), Jackson Knuth (Jefferson ), Jayden Huber (Roosevelt), Jed Jenson (Rapid City Stevens), Landon Iverson (Hot Springs), Quade Parker (Custer), Xzavian Ferris (West Central)
Dakota State: Beau Bertram (Northern State via Colome), Kaden Eng (Northern State via Castlewood), Kyle Bares (Dell Rapids St. Mary), Colin Bauman (Deubrook Area), Ronald Begalka (Deuel), Gavin Benck (Deuel) , Matthew Birkeland (Jones County), Zach Boden (Beresford), Caden DeVries (Madison), Elliott Devries (Huron), Gavin Folkers (White River), Dylan Fuoss (Jones County), Gannon Gruenhagen (De Smet), Noah Harrison (De Smet) Owen Heath (Central West), Tray Hettick (Selby area), Kaden Hofer (Howard), Dylan Jessen (Garretson), Maddox Kihne (Freeman Academy), Dylan Langerock (Brandon Valley), Anthony Moser ( Douglas), Ethan Nehl (Lemmon), John Parker (Roosevelt), Landon Puffer (Hitchcock-Tulare), Keontay Rawls (Roosevelt), Luke Schacher (Douglas), Landon Schurch (Beresford), Aaron ‘AJ’ Siemsen (Mitchell), Cruiz Vaughn (Roosevelt), Ashton Wienk (Lake Preston), Terel Williams (Roosevelt), Logan Williams (Douglas), Niyongabo Yohana (Jefferson)
Dordt College: Lorenzo Nelson (Brandon Valley), Nelson Wright (Jefferson)
Minnesota State Moorhead: Lucas Slack (Brandon Valley), Tyson Brandt (Brookings)
Mount Marty: Jaxson Fairchild (Rapid City Central), Cole Skadsen (Presentation College via Garretson), Brock Lubbers (Harrisburg), Damien Baldwin (Harrisburg), Rugby Ryken (Yankton), Kolby Peters (Flandreau), Robert Hutchinson (Jefferson), David GrabowJefferson
Northwestern College: Camdyn Frederes (Jefferson), Sam Hofer (Bridgewater-Emery), Griffen Schnider (Tea Area), Jackson Smythe (Tea Area), Jaxsen Tadlock (Beresford), Blake Thompson (Tea Area), Carter Van Donge (Sioux Falls Christian)
Northern State: Carson Barnett (Harrisburg), Karson Carda (Aberdeen Central), Gabe Gutierrez (Lincoln), Tate Hoffman (Highmore), Noah Hutmacher (Chamberlain), Isaac Johnson (Brandon Valley), Matt Larson (St. Thomas More) , Gabriel Lindeman (Dell Rapids St. Mary), Trenton Peterson (Lincoln), Julian Scott (Rapid City Stevens), Jarrett Theisen (Watertown)
South Dakota Mines: Gabe Tschetter (O’Gorman), Gunner Rohloff (Sturgis)
South Dakota State: Beau Giblin (Sioux Falls Jefferson), Andrew Gustad (Gayville-Volin), Blake Peterson (Iowa State via Beresford)
Southwestern Minnesota State: Braden Fersdahl (Dell Rapids)
More: South Dakota Football Announces National Signing Day Additions, Bringing Full Class to 24
Jamestown University: Chase DeRouchey (Gettysburg), Antuan Duran (Jefferson), Jaden Eddy (Bridgewater-Emery), Aiden Heiman (Aberdeen Central), Ethan Hoffman (Flandreau), Dylan Lichty (Huron), Gunnar Stephens (Burke)
Sioux Falls University: Christian Busch (Pierre), Aiden Foley (Harrisburg), London Kolb (Jefferson), Jack Merkwan (Pierre), Jayden Wiebe (Pierre), Sawyer Hunter (Jefferson)
Valley City State University: BoDell Davidson (Britton-Hecla), Owen Quail (Deuel)
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