MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team brought its recruiting total up to four for the 2013 season this week when head coach Jeremy Tosaya announced the signing of two new recruits.
University of Sioux Falls transfer Derek Granum and incoming freshman Samuel Roberts will both join the Tigers in the fall of 2013. Granum spent one season with the Cougars and Roberts comes to Dakota Wesleyan from Papillion, Neb.
Granum, a Brookings, S.D., native, played in 13 games and started 10 for the Cougars this season. The 5-foot-8 midfielder had four shots, including one on goal. Granum played prep soccer at Sioux Falls Roosevelt where he earned Class AA All-State Second Team honors as a senior. He also played club soccer for the Dakota Alliance. Granum, who is a sports management major, also played football in high school.
“We’re really excited to have Derek joining us for 2013,” Tosaya said. “I had a lot of time to get to know Derek when he played for me at Dakota Alliance, and he has a work ethic second to none. He wants to be a great teammate and make the program better.
“Derek’s attitude, work ethic and talent will be a great addition to our program. He is really familiar with several of the players in our 2016 class from high school or club, so the team chemistry is already going to be there.”
Roberts earned three varsity letters at Papillion LaVista South High School. The 6-foot forward helped his high school team to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament, and also played club soccer.
“We’ve really started to attract some attention from the state of Nebraska, and I’m looking forward to having Sam join us for the next four years,” Tosaya said. “I was really impressed with his performance at the Nebraska State Cup, and he helped lead Papillion South through a great season in 2012. I think he will add a dynamic presence to our attack.”
Roberts and Granum join Watertown’s Nick Tschakert and Lakeville, Minn., native Colby Sprung in the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class.