Cimpl pushes recruiting total past 40 for 2013

Ross Cimpl from DWU.

Ross Cimpl

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Ross Cimpl pushed his recruiting total up into the 40s for the 2013 season recently when he announced the signing of four new recruits.

Dylon Kula, Trevin Island, Kevin Holt Jr. and Nathan Minnick bring the Tigers’ total up to 41 signees for next fall. Kula comes to DWU from Anamosa, Iowa; Holt is from Bullhead City, Ariz.; Island comes from Rialto, Calif. and Minnick is from Escondido, Calif.

Holt was a four-year letter winner for the Mohave High School football team. The 6-foot wide receiver earned all-region honors and all-section honors in 2011 and 2012. He led the team in receiving yards as a senior. Holt also lettered twice in basketball and once in track and field.

Island is a 5-foot-10 defensive back from Eisenhower High School in Rialto. He was a two-year starter and letter winner for the Eagles and had 970 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 151 carries. He also caught 11 passes for 141 yards. Island averaged 5.6 tackles per game and had 57 total tackles – including 44 solo tackles – and had three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one blocked punt as a senior. He earned all-area honors as a junior and was named All-Citrus Belt League Second Team as a senior. He also lettered twice in track and was a three-year member of the honor roll.

Kula, a 5-10 defensive back from Anamosa High School, recorded 73 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior. The two-year starter and letter winner rushed 56 times for 271 yards and returned four kicks for 125 yards. He earned all-district honors and was named to the West Central Conference team for Down Under Sports in 2013. He also lettered twice in track and once in golf.

Minnick was a two-time letter winner at Escondido Charter High School. He earned All-Costal League and All-Pacific League First team honors and was selected to plan in the all-star game. The 6-3 offensive lineman also lettered four times in volleyball and twice in basketball.

Dakota Wesleyan went 6-4 in 2012 and finished 5-4 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. DWU loses 14 seniors to graduation, but returns seven All-GPAC honorees.