DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Football is excited to announce the signings of Dillan Jepson and Rope Smith. Both hail from Killdeer High School.
Jepson (5'11" – 190 lbs) was a standout athlete for the Cowboys, where he excelled as both a running back and linebacker. He was a three-time Class A All-State selection. In 2016 he was selected 1st team All-State as both a running back and linebacker. He was also named to the All-Region 1st teams in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In 2014 & 2015, he helped the Cowboys reach the Class A State Championship games.
Jepson is a four-sport athlete for the Cowboys, where he also participates in wrestling, basketball and track. He is a two-time placer at the State Wrestling Tournament. He is also a state qualifier in track and was on the state runner-up team in 2014.
"Dillan is a guy we have liked going back to his performance in the state championship game as a sophomore. He is a three-time all-state player, which you don't see often. He has the ability to play a number of positions, but we will have him at outside linebacker. Dillan is a fierce competitor who has a great feel for the game on both sides of the ball. We are very happy to have him join our program and know he has a bright future as a Blue Hawk,"said Blue Hawks Head Coach Pete Stanton.
Smith (6'2" – 210 lbs) anchored the defensive line the past two seasons where he was named All-Region in both 2015 & 2016. This past season he earned All-State honors on the defensive line.
Like Jepson, he was a key cog that helped the Cowboys reach the Class A State Championship games in 2014 & 2015.
Smith is also a state qualifier in wrestling.
"Rope is a player that really came on well this past season. He has good athleticism, body length, and a frame that he will continue to grow into. We feel these physical attributes will serve him well as he goes through our program. In addition he is a very hard worker and great competitor. He fits the mentality of what we want to see with players in our program, and are excited to have him be a Blue Hawk," said Blue Hawks Coach Pete Stanton.