DICKINSON, ND- Coach Pete Stanton and the Dickinson State football program would like to announce the signing of 27 student athletes. The group hails from 6 different states, including 9 athletes from North Dakota and 10 from Montana. The student athletes will be joining 85 current Blue Hawks who have won the past two North Star Conference championships and have qualified for the NAIA playoffs in 2015 and 2016.
"We are excited about the group of guys that have signed to be Blue Hawks," said Stanton. "As always, recruiting local and regional players is our number one priority and this class reflects that. 75 percent of our team is made up of student athletes from North Dakota and the surrounding states."
2017 Dickinson State University Football Recruits
Logan Aadnes Running Back Stanley, ND Stanley High School 5'11" 175
Class AA All-State 2015 & 2016, Class AA All-Region 2015 & 2016, All-Conference Basketball 2016
Coach Stanton: "Logan is a very good athlete. He plays very hard and was explosive when the ball was in his hands as a running back. He also had a great year on defense. He fits the bill of guys that we love to have on our team with his versatility and passion for the game. "
Michael Almodovar Linebacker San Marcos, CA Palomar Junior College 6'0" 230
32 Tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5 Tackles for loss and 1 INT his sophomore year at Palomar.
Coach Stanton: "Michael will bring a ton of experience and ability at inside linebacker to our team. He is very explosive and strong. He has a great feel for the game, whether it is getting under routes, stunting, or stopping the run. He has the physical maturity and passion needed to contribute to our team on defense."
Justin Bergquist Linebacker Bismarck, ND Bismarck High School 6'1" 215
2016 Class AAA 1st Team All-State, 2016 All-Region, Class AAA State Runner-Up, 137 Tackles, 2015 State Runner-Up Wrestler at 195 lbs., Montana / North Dakota Badlands Bowl 2017
Coach Stanton: "Justin is one of the best linebackers in the state who plays in one of the top high school programs in North Dakota. He plays very physical and with a high motor. He is very instinctive and tackles well. He is very athletic, excelling in multiple sports in high school. We feel Justin has a great future as a Blue Hawk."
Drew Boedecker Quarterback Sheridan, WY Sheridan High School 6'4" 175
Class 4-A Offensive Player of the Year, Class 4-A All-State, Class 4-A All-Conference, Back-to-Back State Champions, Casper Star Tribune 1st Team Super 25, USA Today All-Wyoming 1st Team, 1st Team All-Conference DB, 1st Team All-State DB, 32 Touchdowns senior year, Shrine Bowl
Coach Stanton: "We are very excited to have Drew join our program. He led his Sheridan team to a state title in the largest class in Wyoming. He has only played quarterback one year, and was a natural at it. He fits extremely well into what we like at the quarterback position. He is very athletic and intelligent. He is also an outstanding student and leader. "
Tyler Burk Wide Receiver Miles City, MT Custer County District High School 5'10" 170
Class A 1st Team All-State 2015 & 2016, All-Conference 2015 & 2016, 57 receptions in 2016, 3-year starter, 126 Career Receptions, Shrine Bowl
Coach Stanton: "Tyler will be a welcome addition to our program. He was a very productive player that plays in a great program. He has good hands and is efficient with his route running , which helped him to have the huge amount of receptions he had this year. In addition, Tyler is an outstanding leader and has a great work ethic."
Jameson Crisafulli Running Back Glendive, MT Dawson County High School 5'9" 180
Eastern A All-Conference 2016
Coach Stanton: "Jameson had a good senior year. He ran the ball very hard and made a lot of plays on the defensive side of the ball. We love his passion and work ethic. He is a good student and will be a good fit in our program. "
Hayden Hegg Defensive Line Billings, MT Billings Senior High School 6'1" 225
2016 Class AA 1st Team All State, 2016 Class AA 1st Team All-Conference, 2016 Class AA State Champions, All-State & All-Conference in 2015, Montana/North Dakota Badlands Bowl 2017, Shrine Game 2017
Coach Stanton: "We really like Hayden. He played on the best team in Montana, and was a main cog in the Senior defense. He is very disruptive and agile. He always plays with a motor and make things difficult for opposing offensive lineman. We think Hayden has a great future as a Blue Hawk on the defensive line. "
Colter Hickok Offensive Line Laurel, MT Laurel High School 6'1" 280
Eastern A All-Conference 2016
Coach Stanton: "We have been able to watch Colter the past 3 years in our camp. He is very consistent and reliable as an offensive lineman. He understands the game well and knows what it takes to be successful. Colter will be a great fit for our program. "
Reece Hoherz Safety Beulah, ND Beulah High School 6'3" 190
2016 Class AA All-State, 2016 Class AA All-Region, 2015 State Champions, Montana / North Dakota Badlands Bowl 2017
Coach Stanton: "Reece is a very good athlete. He is capable of playing a number of positions, but we will play him at safety. He is a great competitor who comes from a very good program. He is a 3 sport athlete and outstanding person and student. Reece has a bright future as a Blue Hawk."
Treven Hopfauf Linebacker Dickinson, ND Dickinson High School 6'0" 215
2016 Class AAA All-State, WDA All-Region 2016, 2016 WDA Special Senior Award, Montana / North Dakota Badlands Bowl 2017
Coach Stanton: "Treven had an outstanding senior year at Dickinson High. He was a team captain and great leader. He has the ability to play both fullback or linebacker. He has a very good feel for the game and piled up a lot of tackles in 2016. In addition, he is an honors student. "
Dillan Jepson Outside Linebacker Killdeer, ND Killdeer High School 5'11" 190
1st Team All-State 2014, 2015 & 2016, All-Region 2014, 2015 & 2016, State Runner-Up 2014 & 2015, State Qualifier Track,State Qualifier Wrestling
Coach Stanton: "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,"
Trace Jones Defensive Back Sidney, MT Sidney High School 5'10" 160
2016 Class A All-State, 2016 Eastern A All-Conference, 2x State Champion Wrestling, 2016 Eastern A Champions
Coach Stanton: "Trace is a very good athlete who excels in several sports. He had an outstanding senior year, playing very well as both a corner and receiver. He works hard and is very motivated. He will be a great addition to both programs."
Jordan Lawrence Offensive Line Rapid City, SD Stevens High School 6'4" 270
Team Captain, South Dakota All-Star Game, 2016 All-Conference
Coach Stanton: "We are very fortunate to have Jordan join our program. He is a very athletic offensive lineman who is also a basketball player. He has a great frame and displays the footwork and mindset needed to be a successful player. We feel he has the desire, athleticism, and size to be a very effective college offensive lineman.
Garret Leland Defensive Line Sidney, MT Sidney High School 5'11" 220
2016 Class A All-State 1st Team, 2016 Eastern A All-Conference 1st Team, 2017 Shrine Game
Coach Stanton: "Garret had a great senior year in helping Sidney to a semifinal finish. He plays very hard and is passionate about the game. He is strong and a good leader. He will be a great addition to our program. "
Tyrese Love Offensive Line Fargo, ND South High School 6'3" 240
2016 EDC All-Region Offensive Line/Defensive Line
Coach Stanton: "Tyrese had a very good year for one of the top programs in North Dakota. He is a late bloomer who is very strong and plays with much passion. He was a team captain for Fargo South. We feel he has great potential at the college level. "
Blake Murray Offensive Line Robertson, WY Mountain View High School 6'3" 280
2016 All-State, 2016 All-Conference, 2014 All-Conference, Class 1-A State Champions, Lineman of the Year
Coach Stanton: "Blake is a big, strong guy who we are very excited about. He has outstanding power, and does a good job of getting locked onto guys and getting them blocked. He was also an very good defensive lineman as well. We feel he has the frame, attitude, and athletic ability to have an outstanding future at the college level."
Pat Nevin Offensive Line Auburn, CA Sierra Junior College 6'3" 275
2016 Nor-Cal All-Conference, 2 year starter for Sierra College, Lineman of the Year
Coach Stanton: "We are very excited to add Pat to our program. He will make an immediate impact for us on the offensive line. He has good feet and plays with a ton of passion and with a high motor. He was an all-conference guy in a very good league. Pat will bring great leadership, work ethic, and attitude to our offensive line and team."
Caleb Petross Defensive Back Miles City, MT Custer County District High School 5'9" 175
2016 Eastern A All-Conference
Coach Stanton: "Caleb works hard on and off the field and is a very athletic for his size. He was injured much of his senior year so didn't have the numbers he had as a junior. He has a knack for making plays and being around the ball. We are pleased to have him join our program."
Kooper Ray Quarterback Phoenix, AZ Glendale Community College 6'2" 190
All-State and All-Conference at Barry Goldwater High School
Coach Stanton: "Kooper comes to us from playing two years of junior college in Arizona. Kooper throws the ball well and has done a nice job in the read running game. He has a lot of experience running similar offensive schemes. Kooper is very dedicated and motivated. In addition, he is an outstanding student. "
Cullen Roll Offensive Line Billings, MT Billings Senior High School 6'2" 230
Class AA All-State 2016 & 2015, Class All-Conference 2016 & 2015, 2016 Class AA State Champions, Shrine Game 2017, All-State Wrestling, 2016 State Champion Wrestling Team.
Coach Stanton: "Cullen has good feet and athleticism. He was a first team all-state player on the state championship team n the biggest division in Montana. He plays with great energy and passion. His frame and explosiveness will serve him well to help him be successful at the college level."
Matt Schnabel Linebacker Beulah, ND Beulah High School 6'1" 220
2016 Class AA All State, All Region—2015 & 2016, 3-year starter, Class AA State Champions 2015
Coach Stanton: "We are excited to have Matt join our program. Matt was a guy that made a lot of tackles for Beulah. He has been a big part of a very successful high school program. He plays with a purpose and has the ability to play inside or outside linebacker. Matt will be a great addition to our program."
Bryer Sims Offensive Line Gillette, WY Campbell County High School 6'0" 280
2016 All-State, 2016 All-Conference
Coach Stanton: "Bryer does a nice job with the run blocking scheme. He does a good job of getting off the ball and setting his feet in protection and on contact. He comes from a very good high school program. He will be a great addition to our offensive line. "
Rope Smith Defensive Line Killdeer, ND Killdeer High School 6'2" 210
2016 Class A All-State, Class A All-Region 2016 & 2015, Class A State Runner-Up 2014 & 2015, State Wrestling Qualifier
Coach Stanton: "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."
Jared Steinbeisser Defensive Back Sidney, MT Sidney High School 5'11" 170
2016 Eastern A All-Conference, 2016 Eastern A Champions
Coach Stanton: "Jared is good athlete and competitor. He had an outstanding senior year, playing well on both sides of the ball and long snapping as well. He is a multi-sport athlete, competing in track and field as well. His attitude and effort will serve him well in college athletics ."
Brady Wegh Wide Receiver Mott, ND Mott-Regent High School 6'2" 180
2015 All-State, All-Conference 2016 & 2015, All-State Track & Field
Coach Stanton: "Brady is a local guy we have liked for the last 3 years. He had a very good junior year, then had some injuries his senior year. He has been all-state in track and very successful as a three sport guy. Brady is extremely athletic and versatile. His explosiveness will help him be successful as a college wide receiver."
Hunter Weil Linebacker Billings, MT Billings West High School 6'2" 215
Class AA 1st Team All-State, Class AA 1st Team All-Conference, 105 tackles, 10 sacks
Coach Stanton: "Hunter had an outstanding senior year for Billings West. He was one of the top defenders in Montana. He plays as hard as you can possibly play. This passion has made him a disruptive force on defense. Hunter has a huge upside and a bright future as a Blue Hawk."
Hunter Woodard Defensive Back Upton, WY Upton High School 5'10" 170
Class 1A All-State 2015 & 2016, Class 1A All-Conference 2015 & 2016, All-State Track & Field 2014, 2015 & 2016, 64 Total TD's 2015 & 2016, State 1A Champions 2015 (MVP), Shrine Bowl, Basketball All-Conference 2014, 2015 & 2016
Coach Stanton: "Hunter was a top player on a successful program in Wyoming. He is very athletic and versatile. He is capable of playing a few different positions. He was an all-state athlete in track and field, and will be a great competitive spirit and work ethic to our program. "
"Our retention and success has been helpful in building our program as we have many of our top players returning for the 2017 season. This new class will help us to continue to build our team with players who are good athletes, students and citizens. Many of the guys that signed received academic awards as well. In addition, most of these guys are two or three sport athletes that are leaders in their high school and come from successful programs. We are very excited to have these men and their families join our Blue Hawk family," stated Stanton.