MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University football coach Brad Pole announced 21 recruits for the 2011 season in early February on the traditional college signing day, but still had some holes in the roster he was looking to fill. After a few more months of searching and traveling around the country, Pole has hand-picked more of the top players to join the Tiger football family.
Friday afternoon, Pole announced that he has signed 15 more players to join the Dakota Wesleyan football team starting in 2011. Thirteen freshmen, one sophomore and one junior transfer will take the field for the Tigers this fall.
Headlining the second wave of recruits is junior quarterback Kyle Cool. Cool, a San Jose, Calif., native, comes to Dakota Wesleyan from San Jose City College. In 2010, he completed 74 passes in 119 attempts with just two interceptions for 990 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 165 passing yards in six games and garnered a quarterback passing rating of 150.0 – sixth in the state of California.
Cool helped SJCC win the Coast Conference championship and earned Coast Conference Honorable Mention honors. His team also won the Living Breath Foundation Bowl.
Joining Cool in Pole's second recruiting class of the season are six South Dakota athletes, three teammates from Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale, Ariz., and one player each from Louisiana, Florida, Washington and one more player from California.
"We're excited about the addition of all of these kids," said Pole, who enters his seventh season with DWU in 2011. Cool headlines the completion of a tremendous recruiting class."
The latest batch of recruits brings Pole's total up to 36 for the 2011 season. Twenty-two of those recruits are from here in South Dakota with the other 14 coming to the Tigers from around the U.S. Nine of the Tigers' latest recruits will help on defense, including five linebackers. DWU's linebacker corps took a hit to graduation as Jim Williams, Dane Carlson and Lucas Sieve completed their four years with the Tigers. Four of the latest signees play offensive skill positions and the final two will help on the offensive line.
Below is a look at the 15 recruits who recently signed with the Tigers, in alphabetical order.
RB, Freshman, 5-8, 175, Stayton, Ore./Stayton High School
A three-year starter and letter winner for the Stayton football team … ran for 1,059 yards as a junior and 140 yards as a senior before an injury cut his season short … earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior and honorable mention as a senior … a four-time place winner at the state wrestling meet, including a runner-up finish as a senior … also played baseball … son of Dave and Jessica Blythe … plans to major in a health-related field.
RB, Freshman, 5-11, 190, Rosemead, Calif./San Gabriel High School
Played high school football for San Gabriel … was named All-Almont League co-Offensive MVP as a senior … ran for 1,121 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior … also caught 16 passes for one touchdown and threw 16 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns … earned First-Team All-Almont league honors in 2008 and 2009 … son of Tracy Prado … nephew of Tiger assistant coach Zeke Prado … plans to major in athletic training.
QB, Junior, 6-3, 200, San Jose, Calif./San Jose City College
Comes to DWU from San Jose City College … played in six games as a sophomore … completed 74 passes in 119 attempts with just two interceptions … threw for 990 yards and eight touchdowns, including a long pass of 44 yards … averaged 165 yards per game … finished the year with a quarterback passer rating of 150.0, good for sixth in the state of California … helped SJCC to the Coast Conference championship and earned Coast Conference Honorable Mention accolades … helped his team to the Living Breath Foundation Bowl championship … played high school football at Branham High School in San Jose … threw for 1,710 yards and ran for 1,000 more as a senior.
DB, Freshman, 5-9, 165, Sioux Falls, S.D./Sioux Falls Christian High School
A two-year starter and letter winner on the Sioux Falls Christian football team … named an All-City running back and earned first-team all-conference honors as a defensive back … also earned three letters in soccer and one in track … son of Leo DeVaney and Andrea Kuehn … undecided on a major.
CB, Freshman, 5-11, 175, Glendale, Ariz./Raymond S. Kellis High School
A two-year starter and three-time letter winner at Raymond S. Kellis High School … recorded 41 tackles and six interceptions and scored 51 points as a senior … twice named his team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back … also earned West Valley 4A Conference Second-Team All-Region honors twice … lettered twice in basketball and was a member of the honor roll as a senior … son of David and Jean Eberhardt … plans to major in education.
OLB, Freshman, 6-0, 185, Athol, S.D./Redfield High School
A three-year starter and four-time letter winner at Redfield High School … was second on the team in tackles and led the team in sacks … was a part of an offensive line on a team whose running backs led the state in rushing yards … a two-time all-conference pick … also a six-time letter winner in wrestling and three-time letter winner in track … son of Michael and Sandra Jungwirth … plans to major in wildlife management.
LB, Sophomore, 5-10, 220, Sioux Falls, S.D./University of Sioux Falls
Comes to DWU after one season at the University of Sioux Falls … played high school football at Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School … earned one varsity letter … son of Jon and Janine Krause … plans to major in exercise science.
OL, Freshman, 6-3, 265, Monroe, La./Wossman High School
A three-year starter and letter winner at Wossman High School … a 3-4A All-District offensive lineman … also earned All-Northeast honors … son of Jerry Jenkins and Patricia Winslow … undecided on a major.
DB, Freshman, 5-11, 165, Brandon, S.D./Brandon Valley High School
A two-year starter and three-time letter winner on the Brandon Valley football team … recorded more than 60 receptions, caught 12 touchdown passes and had four interceptions in three seasons on varsity … helped the Lynx to an 11-1 record as a junior … also lettered once in track … son of Todd Lee … undecided on a major.
RG, Freshman, 6-2, 310, Peoria, Ariz./Raymond S. Kellis High School
A three-time starter and letter winner for Ramond S. Kellis High School … also lettered once in wrestling … a member of the honor roll … son of Elizabeth Sabala … plans to major in sports management.
DB, Freshman, 5-10, 160, Sioux Falls, S.D./Lincoln High School
Earned three letters and was a two-year starter on the Lincoln football team … helped the Patriots to a 7-5 record as a senior … also lettered three times in track … son of James and Kimberlee McKnelly … plans to major in accounting.
WR, Freshman, 5-7, 140, Sioux Falls, S.D./Lincoln High School
Earned two letters for the Lincoln High School football team … named an All-City wide receiver … also ran track for three years … son of Virgil Noel and Julie Clay … plans to major in education.
LB, Freshman, 5-10, 210, Peoria, Ariz./Raymond S. Kellis High School
A two-time starter and letter winner on the Raymond S. Kellis football team … recorded 82 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two blocked punts/field goals … helped his team to 7-4 records as a junior and senior … earned 4A West Valley Honorable Mention accolades … also lettered twice in basketball … son of Steve and Kelly Busalacchi … plans to major in sports management.
ROBERT STRADER JR.
LB, Freshman, 5-10, 190, Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola High School
A three-year starter and four-time letter winner at Osceola High School … recorded 25 solo tackles and 24 assisted tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one blocked field goal as a senior … helped the team to a 14-1 record and a state runner-up finish in 2007 … a three-time all-conference selection … also a two-time player-of-the-game … earned four letters in wrestling and was ranked nationally … also lettered once in weight lifting … son of Robert Sr. and Colleen Strader … plans to major in secondary education.
LB, Freshman, 6-1, 165, Cheney, Wash./Cheney High School
A two-year starter and three-time letter winner on the Cheney football team … recorded 157 tackles as a senior … also ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns … earned All-Great North League first-team honors as a linebacker and honorable mention as a tight end as a junior and senior … nominated for East-West All-State Game … also lettered twice in wrestling and once in track … a scholar athlete for four years … son of Wayne and Callie Ward and Chris and Valerie Grover … plans to major in business law.