DICKINSON, ND – Dickinson State Head Football Coach Pete Stanton is pleased to announce the 2016 Blue Hawk football recruiting class.
Tyler Henderson Tight End Temecula, CA Mt. San Jacinto C.C. 6’6” 245
American Mountain 1st Team All-Conference 2013 & 2014, Region IV All-California First Team Offense both his Freshman and Sophomore years, All-Conference & All State in junior and senior years of high school.
Coach Stanton: "We are thrilled to have Tyler join our program. He is the total package. Tyler has a great frame and length. He catches the ball well in traffic and blocks very well. He was a highly recruited guy who will be a perfect fit for our offense.”
Nick Kottre Wide Receiver Bismarck, ND University of Mary 5’9” 170
Member of 2012 Bismarck High School State Championship team
Coach Stanton: "Nick will add depth to our receiving core, which already has most of our key players returning. Nick comes from a winning high school program. He has great work ethic and understands what it takes to be successful."
Cody Johnson Kicker Sidney, MT Rocky Mountain College 5’10” 185
2013 & 2014 All Conference & All-State Kicker, also wrestling for DSU, State A Finalist in 2014 & 2015—won 160# class in 2014
Coach Stanton: “Cody is a guy that we really liked in high school. He has a great leg and has the ability to both punt and kick. In addition, he has played a lot of football as a receiver too. He has gotten off to a great start this semester as a Blue Hawk wrestler.”
Kimo Seau Defensive Line Las Vegas, NV Southeastern Oklahoma State 6’3” 250
2nd Team All-State 2012, 45 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL in Junior College
Coach Stanton: “Kimo is a perfect fit for us on the defensive line. He is big and physical. He has played a lot and is well experienced on the field. He will fit great into our rotation on the defensive front.”
Sifa Vea Linebacker Milpitas, CA Foothill College 6'1” 240
58 tackles, 1 sack in Junior College
Coach Stanton: “Sifa is a very physical player. He is a good tackler and pursues well to the ball. He didn't play last year so this spring will be very helpful for him to get ready to help him make an impact on our team at Linebacker in the fall.”
Una Masaniai Defensive Line Kapa’a, HI Foothill College 6' 2” 280
27 tackles, 2 sacks, 9 TFL in Junior College
Coach Stanton: “Una with a very high motor. Una is explosive and is very good at the point of attack. We like to play several guys on the defensive line. With the loss of a couple of All-Conference players, Una will no doubt be able to step into our rotation. His passionate play will be a big asset to our defense.”
Josh Kaiwi Defensive Line Anchorage, AK Mt. San Antonio College 6’4” 260
15 Tackles, 3.5 sacks, 6.5 TFL’s
Coach Stanton: “Josh is a big and physical player. He played well in Junior College at Mt Sac, a very successful program. He will be working his way back into playing shape this spring after being off a season. When he does this he will no doubt be an impact player on our defensive line. “
Deon Paulson Offensive Line Bismarck, ND University of Mary 6’4” 330
2010 All-State at Bismarck High, 3 year starter at U of Mary, All-NSIC in 2014, Preseason All-American 2014, 2011 Badlands Bowl
Coach Stanton: “We are excited to have Deon as a Blue Hawk for his last year of college football. He comes from a tremendous high school program, and had a lot of success on the field as a Bismarck Demon. He has played a lot of college football, and will give us a lot of experience on the offensive line. We look for him to make an immediate impact for our team.”
Quaid Larson Defensive Line Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6’3” 215
2015 1st Team All-State, All-Region Offensive & Defensive Lineman
Coach Stanton: "Quaid is a guy who just works really hard. He was an all-state first team player on the offensive line. We will look to play him on the defensive line. He is a good athlete who has made himself successful through hard work on the field and in the classroom.”
Dual Keck Offensive Line Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6’0” 270
2015 All-State, All-WDA 2015, Placed 3rd at State Wrestling Tournament as a junior at HWT.
Coach Stanton: "Drew is a talented player who has been all state two years. He is capable of playing on either side of the ball. We will have him play offense and he has the ability to play multiple positions. With his size, work ethic, and athleticism Drew has the potential to be very successful here."
Denzel Sanders Defensive Line Hazen, ND Hazen High School 6’1” 225
2014 2nd Team All-State, 3-time All-Region, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time state placer in wrestling.
Coach Stanton: “Denzel plays with a high motor. He has been very successful in high school in both football and wrestling. He is very explosive and has great balance. He is someone who will have a great future on the defensive line.”
Hunter Johnson Kicker Bismarck, ND Bismarck High School 5’11” 140
2015 2nd Team All-State, State Champion 200 m Dash, Runner up 100 m Dash, All-State Soccer 2013, 2014, 2015, All Region Football 2015
Coach Stanton: “Hunter is a big addition for our program. He is one of the top kickers in the state and will give us stability and consistency there. He is a multi-talented athlete as he is also the top soccer player in the state and won the state track championship in the 200 meters and got 2nd in the 100 meters. He plays at high level and will continue to do so in college, playing two sports. We couldn’t be happier to have him join us.“
Tyger Frye Wide Receiver Billings, MT Billings Senior High School 5’11” 165
2015 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference, 2016 East-West Shrine Game Selection, State Champion wrestler as junior, had 60 receptions as a senior.
Coach Stanton: "We are pleased to add Tyger to our program. Tyger is a playmaker. He understands spacing on offense well. He does a great job of catching the ball in traffic, and once he catches it is very elusive and does a great job with the ball in his hands. He comes from a great program in Billings Senior that just finished as State Runner-up in Montana. He is also a state champion wrestler that is a well-rounded athlete and great competitor. Tyger will be a welcome addition to our receiver group, and will fit in very well with what we do offensively.”
Aaric Spring Linebacker Joliet, MT Billings West High School 6’1” 200
All Conference 2015, Montana’s Bulsworth Character Award Winner
Coach Stanton: “Aaric is a perfect fit for our program in many ways. He fits well at our outside linebacker positon. He does a great job in the open field in coverage and tackling. He has a good feel for the game and plays very hard. He plays with passion and is very intelligent. Most importantly Aaric leads by example. He is a good student, dedicated athlete, and a relentless worker. He is the type of guy that is going to make our program better.“
Colter Peterson Offensive Line Joliet, MT Joliet High School 6’4” 260
All Conference 2014 & 2015, Shrine Game Alternate
Coach Stanton: "Colter is a guy we had our sights on for a long time. He has a great frame and the mentality to go along with it that will make him successful as a college offensive lineman. He is very passionate about playing and working hard and this will serve him well in our program."
Matt Dey Offensive Line Sidney, MT Sidney High School 5’11” 275
1st Team All-State 2015, 2016 East-West Shrine Game Selection
Coach Stanton: “Matt was first team all-conference player on both sides of the ball in a very tough league. He did a great job for Sidney at center. He is a physical player who understands the game and knows what it takes to be successful. He will be a great addition to our team and to the future success of our offensive line. “
John Suter Defensive Back Beulah, ND Beulah High School 6’0” 170
2015 2nd Team All-State, 2015 State AA Champion, 2015 All-Region
Coach Stanton: “John had a great year for Beulah who won a state championship. He has good ball skills in the secondary and has a great feel for the game. He is a successful multi-sport athlete which we really like. He has a great family history with our program as his father and brother both played for the Hawks. We are excited to have John join the program.”
Tanner Binstock Offensive Line Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6’3” 240
2015 Starter, competes in basketball
Coach Stanton: "We are pleased to have Tanner join our program. He has a good frame and a good upside. He is a multi-sport athlete which we really like. He plays on the basketball team and is involved with track and other activities. He had a good year for the Midgets on both sides of the ball. Tanner will have a year to red shirt and gain strength and add experience. We are excited to have Tanner in the Blue Hawk family."
Zeb Doe Linebacker Killdeer, ND Killdeer High School 6’1” 200
2015 1st Team All-State, 2015 All-Region, 2014 All-Region
Coach Stanton: “Zeb had an outstanding year. He is a physical player who is also athletic enough to do a great job dropping and in coverage as well. He is a guy who gets downhill at linebacker and tackles well. He is a good blocker and running back as well. We will use Zeb at linebacker. He is a tough and well-rounded football player.”
Trayson Marker Defensive Back Billings, MT Billings West High School 6’0” 165
2015 All State WR, All Conference Safety and Wide Receiver, Team MVP, Offensive MVP, State Champion wrestler junior year
Coach Stanton:"Trayson is a great competitor. His coaches had a hard time keeping him off the field. He is very tough and athletic. He is an outstanding wrestler as well. Trayson will play in the secondary where he has excelled with his sure tackling and outstanding play in space. His work ethic and resiliency will help him be successful at the college level."
Rourke McPeters Linebacker Upton, WY Upton High School 5’11” 180
2015 1st Team All-State, 2015 Wyoming Super 25, 2015 All-Conference, 2014 1st Team All-State
Coach Stanton: “Rourke is a good athlete and leader. He played in a very successful program that won a state championship. He gets off the ball well on defense and has a good feel on offense as well. He will fit in well at our outside linebacker position with his tackling ability and athleticism. He has been around Blue Hawk football a long time and we are happy to have him as a player now.”
Carson Oakland Defensive Back Glendive, MT Dawson County High School 6’3” 180
2015 State Class A Triple Jump Champion, All Conference Defensive Back 2014 & 2015, All-Conference Track & Field 2013, 2014, 2015
Coach Stanton: “Carson is very athletic. He has played quarterback but is capable of playing a number of positions including receiver and in the secondary. He is very explosive as proven by him being a state champion in the triple jump in track. With Carson’s length, work ethic, and upside, he will have a very bright future on the field.”
Jaden Senger Defensive Line Miles City, MT Custer County High School 6’5” 215
2015 1st Team All-State, 2016 East-West Shrine Game Selection, All-Conference 2014 & 2015, Team Defensive MVP
Coach Stanton: “Jaden is a guy we have had our eye on for a long time. He has a great frame and great athleticism to go with it. He is capable of playing a number of positions including either side of the line or tight end. He has good feet on the basketball court and has a big wingspan as well. We are elated to have Jaden join our program.”
Kenton Stradinger DL Broadus, MT Power River County High School 6’4” 240
1st Team All State, 1st Team All-Conference Offensive & Defensive Line, Class C All Star Game Selection
Coach Stanton: “We really like Kenton. He has a great frame and will have the ability to put on weight to help him at the college level. He moves around great on the basketball floor and has been very successful as an 8 man player. His upside is bright and we look forward to helping him get there. “
Derek Tabor Running Back Killdeer, ND Killdeer High School 5’9” 180
2015 1st Team All-State, 2015 All-Region
Coach Stanton: “Derek plays very hard. He is great in the open field both running the ball and tackling. He is very passionate about football and plays with a high motor every day. He is tough and resilient. Derek is a great addition to our program.”
Paxton Miller Outside Linebacker Savage, MT Savage High School 6 ’0” 185
2015 1st Team All-State, 2014 All-State, 2014 & 2015 All-Conference
Coach Stanton: “Paxton is a good athlete. His 6 man teams have been very good, and he has been a big part of it. He has outstanding skills as he has played quarterback but has also carried the ball a lot. He also does a good job on defense and has a lot of experience in space. He has a great work ethic and is passionate about playing. “
Drew Heiser Offensive Line Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6’1” 250
All State 2014 & 2015
Coach Stanton: "Drew is a talented player who has been all state two years. He is capable of playing on either side of the ball. We will have him play offense and he has the ability to play multiple positions. With his size, work ethic, and athleticism Drew has the potential to be very successful here.”
Jacob Weidner Outside Linebacker Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6’2” 220
2015 All Conference
Coach Stanton: "Jacob is a well-rounded player who had a great senior season. He is capable of playing a number of positions. He has the ability to block and play TE well. He can line up on defense and rush the passer but is also capable of dropping into coverage. He has great potential at the college level with his size and athleticism."
Steven Largent Linebacker Huntsville, TX Huntsville High School 5’11” 210
All-Conference 2015, 160 tackles combined his junior and senior seasons, team qualified for the 5A play-offs his junior year
Coach Stanton: “Steven is very active on the field on defense. He has a great feel for the game. He plays with a high motor and tackles very well. He is a guy that will fit in the linebacker position for us very well. We are impressed with how hard and well Steven plays and we look forward to him joining our program.
Gabe Meschke Defensive Back Mandan, ND Mandan High School 5’10” 160
2015 All-WDA, 2nd Place 2015 State A 400 m dash—49.3, starter on basketball team
Coach Stanton: “Gabe is a guy capable of playing an inside receiver or corner. He has outstanding speed and does a good job of utilizing that speed on both sides of the ball. Gabe is a well-rounded athlete who starts on the basketball team and was a state runner up in the 400, running a sub 50. Most importantly Gabe is an outstanding student and citizen.”
Jason Thibault Defensive Back Glasgow, MT MSU- Billings 5'11 185
Coach Stanton: "Jason is a good athlete who we recruited out of high school. He had a desire to continue to play both baseball and football so he made the move here in January. He is a well rounded athlete and great competitor. He will be a good fit in both of our programs."