Success Has Locals Signing On At State

SDSU's 2015 Recruiting Class Heavy In Local Stars

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John Stigelmeier said that the senior class of Zach Zenner, Austin Sumner and Jason Schneider had made a lasting difference at South Dakota State. 

Perhaps we’re seeing that in SDSU’s latest recruiting class.

“Those guys were phenomenal.  It would be awesome to leave a legacy hopefully as good as them or if not better with winning a few championships.”  Roosevelt Senior WR/K Chase Vinatieri says.

In all the Jacks signed 21 to letters of intent, including five of the South Dakota’s top players in Taryn Christion, Chase Vinatieri, Brady Hale, Lorenzo Williams and Alex Wilde.  A number of other top South Dakota preps will join as preferred walk-ons.

“Pays a lot of dividends to have South Dakota and regional guys in terms of interest.  But they’re also really good football players.  So we got what we think are the cream of the crop.”  SDSU Head Football Coach John Stiegelmeier says. 

“In my opinion there’s been an exceptional crop of seniors in South Dakota that are Division One talents.  State’s success in the playoffs and how close they’re getting to North Dakota State has a lot to do with some of our guys wanting to stay closer to home and playing.”  Roosevelt Head Football Coach Kim Nelson says.

Much of this class came together through social media.

“Most of it is over Twitter.  We kinda connected through that way and then when we went up for our official visit.  And it was fun just getting to know them.”  Roosevelt Senior QB Taryn Christion says.

Drawn by victories and growth in the program, like the new stadium in 2016.

“That’ll be amazing.  SDSU has put a lot of money into their program and built it up to be a winning program.  And that was another big factor.”  Vinatieri says.

And they’re from South Dakota, or come from out of state like Sioux Center’s Christian Rozeboom, all seem to share one belief.

“They’re on the brink of doing some pretty big stuff.  So yeah, I’m excited to get up there and see what I can do for them.”  Rozeboom says.