MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl announced the first 33 members of his 2013 recruiting class in early February, and Monday afternoon the second-year head coach announced four more athletes have signed to play with the Tigers starting in the fall.
Defensive backs Cody Bonte and Khalil Glover, running back JJ Husar and tight end Marcus Rutledge will all be freshmen at Dakota Wesleyan starting in August. Bonte comes to DWU from Garretson, S.D., Husar from San Tan Valley, Ariz., and Rutledge and Glover are both from Phoenix, Ariz.
Bonte, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back, was a two-year starter for the Garretson High School Blue Dragons. He recorded 84 tackles and three interceptions in his career, and in 2012 he ran the ball 106 times for 617 yards and six touchdowns. He earned all-conference first team honors and Class 11B All-State Honorable Mention accolades as a senior. Bonte is an academic all-state selection and a four-year member of both the National Honor Society and the honor roll.
Husar is a 6-foot running back from Desert Ridge High School. In 2013, he ran the ball 106 times for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught eight passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded two forced fumbles and one interception, and returned five kicks for 146 yards and eight punts for 43 yards. As a junior, Husar ran for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns in 115 carries and caught nine passes for 58 yards. He was named one of Arizona’s top 10 prospects as a senior, and one of the top 10 game changers. He earned all-state honorable mention and was named an all-section running back as a senior, and was also honored with run of the year by Maxpreps.
Glover is a 5-8 defensive back from Barry Goldwater High School. He is a two-year starter and three-time letter winner, and recorded six interceptions as a senior. He was named the 2013 Defensive Player-of-the-Year for the Bulldogs.
Rutledge is a 6-2 tight end from Poston Butte High School. He earned one varsity letter for the Broncos and plans to major in business at Dakota Wesleyan.
Cimpl has 37 players signed to join the Tigers in 2013 so far this offseason. They join a team that went 6-4 overall in 2012 and 5-4 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. DWU loses 14 seniors to graduation, but returns seven All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honorees.