Augustana Football Recruits

Augustana Football Recruits

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana head football coach Jerry Olszewski announced the addition of 27 student-athletes to the incoming class on National Signing Day 2018, all of whom signed national letters of intent, indicating their plans to enroll at Augustana and compete for the Vikings football team.

“First, I want to officially welcome all the commits and their families to the Augustana University Football family. Our staff did a tremendous job attracting the Best and Brightest to AU from around the country, with 10 different states represented in this signing class,” Olszewski said. “Im also incredibly proud of the job we did in our own city, state and region, as many of the best players in South Dakota and our region are staying home to build on the tradition of Viking Football. Lastly, we addressed the needs at every position with great balance of 13 offense/13 defense and one athlete that can play on both sides of the ball.  We raised our athleticism, depth and football talent within our team in this 2018 signing class. Big things coming from this group for years to come. Fight On!”

Augustana football fans can join coach Olszewski and his staff on Wednesday afternoon at Shenanigan’s Bar and Grill at 1903 S. Ellis Road in Sioux Falls from 4-7 p.m. to learn more about the incoming class of Vikings.

 

Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown / High School / Previous School Highlights
Trevor Burkhart OL 6-4 300 Sioux Falls, S.D. / Washington WATCH
Peyton Zabel QB 6-6 220 Pierre, S.D. / T.F. Riggs WATCH
Logan Uttecht WR 6-0 175 Sioux Falls, S.D. / Washington WATCH
Blake Larson OL 6-6 275 Brandon, S.D. / Brandon Valley WATCH
Braiden Petersen RB 6-1 182 Brandon, S.D. / Brandon Valley WATCH
Riley Zuhde WR 5-11 170 Waunakee, Wis. / Waunakee WATCH
Matt Chitty DL 6-4 250 Nevada, Iowa / Nevada WATCH
Jake Lynott ATH 6-0 180 Hawarden, Iowa / West Sioux WATCH
Jonathan Lee DL 6-2 250 Milwaukee, Wis. / Pius XI WATCH
Connor Neill QB 6-0 190 Rockwall, Texas / West Mesquite WATCH
Sean Engel WR 6-5 205 Chaska, Minn. / Chaska / North Dakota State WATCH
Riley Donovan DL 6-2 292 Kewaskum, Wis. / Kewaskum WATCH
Hakeem Ricketts DL 6-2 290 Tampa, Fla. / Chamberlain WATCH
Tyl Woelber WR 6-2 175 Pipestone, Minn. / Pipestone WATCH
Jack Wilson DL 6-3 280 Sioux Falls, S.D. / Washington WATCH
Joel DeHaai DL 6-5 220 Sioux Falls, S.D. / Sioux Falls Christian WATCH
Seth Baker DB 5-11 170 Apple Valley, Calif. / Apple Valley WATCH
David Addo RB 6-1 200 Wylie Texas / Wylie WATCH
Curtis Haugen DB 6-1 175 Minnetonka, Minn. / Maple Grove WATCH
Coleman Worsley TE 6-2 210 Gillette, Wyo. / Thunder Basin WATCH
Tanner Kippes OL 5-11 260 Harrisburg, S.D. / Harrisburg WATCH
CJ Christian DB 6-1 185 Normal, Ill. / Normal Community WATCH
Brayden Hoops LB 6-1 195 Storm Lake, Iowa / Storm Lake WATCH
Dameon Moser DB 5-10 165 Sanger, Texas / Sanger WATCH
Franky West DB 5-11 170 Bloomington, Ill / Normal Community WATCH
Jake Zeplin DB 6-2 160 Omaha, Neb. / Skutt Catholic WATCH
Jason Seitz WR 6-2 185 Kearney, Neb. / Kearney Catholic WATCH
27144Trevor Burkhart, OL, 6-4, 300, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Washington High School for coach Chad Stadem … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter on three state 11AAA championship teams … earned an all-state honorable mention selection and the teams’ Ready Warrior Award as a senior, and the Coca-Cola Unsung Hero Award as a junior

Personal: Son of Tracy and Sheryl Burkhart … born on April 16, 2000 … plans on majoring in biochemistry

Highlights: Click HERE


27145Peyton Zabel, QB, 6-6, 220, Pierre, S.D. (T.F. Riggs H.S.)

High School: Prepped at T.F. Riggs High School for coach Steve Steele … two-year letterwinner and starter … two-time all-conference and all-state selection … completed 207 of 324 passes, 30 of them for touchdowns, adding 62 carries for 390 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in leading the Governors to a Class 11AA state title … earned Midco SN Class 11AA Player of the Year, Argus Leader Elite 45 and academic all-state honors … set school records for passing yards and total yards in a season well as points in a game

Personal: Son of Mark and Tanna Zabel … born on Jan. 23, 2000 … plans on majoring in optometry

Highlights: Click HERE


27143Logan Uttecht, WR, 6-0, 175, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Washington High School for coach Chad Stadem … two-year letterwinner and starter … three-time state 11AAA champion … caught 38 passes for 607 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, adding 25 tackles and five interceptions … hauled in 43 passes for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, with 11 tackles and a pair of interceptions … set school records for career receptions with 110, career receiving yards with 1,929 and career touchdowns with 24 … named first team all-city, all-state, all-conference and to the Argus Leader Elite 45 in both his junior and senior years

Personal: Son of Dale and Amy Uttecht … born on April 27, 1999 … plans on majoring in business

Highlights: Click HERE


27113Blake Larson, OL, 6-6, 275, Brandon, S.D. (Brandon Valley H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Brandon Valley High School for coach Chad Garrow … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … earned all-conference and academic all-state honors as a senior

Personal: Son of Chris and Shannon Larson … born on March 26, 2000 … undecided on a major

Highlights: Click HERE


27114Braiden Petersen, RB, 6-1, 182, Brandon, S.D. (Brandon Valley H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Brandon Valley High School for coach Chad Garrow … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … posted 316 carries in 2017 for 2,241 yards and 31 touchdowns, and set school’s single-game rushing record with 340 yards rushing in 2017 … named all-Eastern South Dakota Conference, all-Metro Conference, all-state and South Dakota 11AAA Coaches All-American in 2017 … rushed for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2016

Personal: Son of George and Christy Petersen … born on Jan. 6, 2000 … plans on majoring in biology

Highlights: Click HERE


27146Riley Zuhde, WR, 5-11, 170, Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee Community H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Waunakee Community High School for coach Pat Rice … three-year letterwinner and starter … finished with 40 receptions for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, when the team posted a perfect 14-0 record and won the D2 State Title … unanimous first team all-conference and all-region selection as a senior … earned second team all-conference as a junior after catching 10 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown

Personal: Son of Dave and Jackie Zuhde … born on Sept. 19, 1999 … plans on majoring in psychology

Highlights: Click HERE


27127Matt Chitty, DL, 6-4, 250, Nevada, Iowa (Nevada H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Nevada High School for coach Andrew Kleeman … four-year letterwinner and starter … posted 41 tackles, 14 for loss, with seven sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries and a touchdown as a senior captain, which earned him first team all-district and Ames Tribune All-Area team … notched 29.5 tackles, 6.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks, as a junior … also caught eight passes for 134 yards as a junior, when he earned second team all-district and Ames Tribune all-area selections as a team captain

Personal: Son of Martin and Jennifer Chitty … Born on Dec. 31, 1999 … plans on majoring in exercise science

Highlights: Click HERE


27123Jake Lynott, ATH, 6-0, 180, Hawarden, Iowa (West Sioux H.S.)

High School: Prepped at West Sioux High School for coach Ryan Schwiesow … four-year letterwinner and starter … two-year team captain … racked up 7,281 career all purpose yards with 4,129 rushing, 1,375 receiving, 1,042 passing and 736 punt return yards … scored 49 career touchdowns … set records through all 11-man classes in multiple categories … led his team to the playoffs in all four years and to two district titles, before capping his career with a Class A state championship … named first team all-district in both his junior and senior seasons, adding district MVP and first team all-state as a senior … named second team all-state as a junior

Personal: Son of Jerrod and Wendy Lynott … born on Aug. 3, 1999 … plans on majoring in biology

Highlights: Click HERE


27126Jonathan Lee, DL, 6-2, 250, Milwaukee, Wis. (Pius XI H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Pius XI High School for coach Craig Swaback … four-year letterwinner and two-year starter … averaged nine tackles and 7.7 yards per carry as a senior in 2017, which earned an all-conference runner up nod … earned all-conference honorable mention after averaging 40 yards receiving per game as a junior in 2016 … also averaged 20 yards per game receiving as a sophomore in 2015

Personal: Son of Latanya Lee … born on Dec. 19, 1999 … plans on majoring in sports science

Highlights: Click HERE


27117Connor Neill, QB, 6-0, 190, Rockwall, Texas (West Mesquite H.S.)

High School: Prepped at West Mesquite High School for coach Jeff Neill … three-year letterwinner and starter … completed 62 percent of his passes as a senior captain for 1,734 yards and 21 touchdowns … named first team all-district and second team academic all-state

Personal: Son of Jeff and Ashlei Neill … born on July 21, 1999 … plans on majoring in sports management

Highlights: Click HERE


27129Sean Engel, WR, 6-5, 205, Chaska, Minn. (Chaska H.S.) 

Before Augustana: Spent one season at North Dakota State before transferring to Augustana

High School: Prepped at Chaska High School for coach Bryan Dahl … two-year letterwinner and starter … caught 28 passes for 569 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … named offensive MVP and earned all-conference and academic all-conference as a senior

Personal: Son of Joel and Karen Engel … born on Sept. 12, 1997 … business major

Highlights: Click HERE


27128Riley Donovan, DL, 6-2, 292, Kewaskum, Wis. (Kewaskum H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Kewaskum High School for coach Jason Piittmann … three-year letterwinner and starter … earned East Central Conference First Team, all-region and all-state honorable mention honors on both the offensive and defensive line as a senior … also tabbed the Washington County Defensive Player of the Year

Personal: Son of Todd and Amanda Donovan … born on Dec. 26, 1999 … undecided on a major

Highlights: Click HERE


27121Hakeem Ricketts, DL, 6-2, 290, Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Chamberlain High School for coach Jason Lane … team captain and starter as a senior, when he posted 53 tackles, 20 of them for a loss and five sacks … earned first team all-conference and first-team all-state on the field, and first team all-academic off the field

Personal: Son of Paulia White … born on Feb. 11, 2000 … plans on majoring in criminal justice

Highlights: Click HERE


27132Tyl Woelber, WR, 6-2, 175, Pipestone, Minn. (Pipestone Area H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Pipestone Arena High School for coach Clay Anderson … three-year letterwinner and starter … team posted a 29-8 record in his three years … finished as the Class 2A runner-up in 2017 with a 13-1 record … caught 40 passes for 860 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 2017, when he also recorded 67 tackles from his cornerback position … two-time all-district selection … earned all-state and named to the South All-Star team in 2017

Personal: Son of Tad and Heidi Woelber … born on Oct. 27, 1999 … undecided on a major

Highlights: Click HERE

27122Jack Wilson, DL, 6-3, 280, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Washington High School for coach Chad Stadem … three-year letterwinner, starter and Class 11AAA state champion with a combined record of 35-1 from 2015-17 … named team’s most valuable defensive lineman twice … all-metro selection in both 2016 and 2017 … added all-state honors in 2017 … finished his senior season with 41 tackles and five sacks

Personal: Son of Chris and Alice Wilson … born on July 15, 1999 … plans on majoring in business

Highlights: Click HERE

27125Joel DeHaai, DL, 6-5, 220, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sioux Falls Christian H.S.) 

High School: Prepped at Sioux Falls Christian High School for coach Jake Pettengill … four-year letterwinner and starter for the Chargers, who captured the 2017 Class 11B state title with an 11-1 record … posted 64 tackles, nine sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries in his senior season, when he earned all-conference, all-city, all-state and Class 11B Outstanding Lineman and All-American selections, as well as a place on the Argus Leader Elite 45 … earned an all-conference nod as a junior

Personal: Son of Brian and Glenda DeHaai … born on March 11, 2000 … plans on majoring in elementary education

Highlights: Click HERE

27130Seth Baker, DB, 5-11, 170, Apple Valley, Calif. (Apple Valley H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Apple Valley High School for coach Matt Rohrbaugh … three-year letterwinner and starter … recorded 186 tackles, with three interceptions and two forced fumbles, adding 202 all purpose yards and three touchdowns as a senior … named Mojave River League Defensive Player of the Year and second team all-San Bernardino as a senior … racked up 939 all purpose yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, adding 101 tackles, with an interception and a forced fumble on the way to earning all-league running back and defensive back of the year honors … posted 145 tackles, with four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a sophomore … named all-league defensive back of the year as a sophomore

Personal: Son of Jerry and Stacy Baker … born on April 30, 2000 … plans on majoring in sociology

Highlights: Click HERE

27119David Addo, RB, 6-1, 200, Wylie, Texas (Wylie H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Wylie High School for coach Bill Howard … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … posted 700 yards rushing and 112 yards receiving with four total touchdowns as a senior captain in 2017 … named second team all-district and a place on the honor roll as a senior … combined for 885 yards rushing, 123 yards receiving and five touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons, with an all-district honorable mention nod and honor roll selection as a junior

Personal: Son of Sam and Tina Addo … born on Sept. 5, 1999 … plans on majoring in computer science

Highlights: Click HERE


27118Curtis Haugen, DB, 6-1, 175, Maple Grove, Minn. (Maple Grove H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Maple Grove Senior High School for coach Matt Lombardi … two-year letterwinner, starter and captain … threw for 1,319 yards and seven touchdowns, adding one on the ground as a senior, when he also posted 20 tackles and four passes defended … recorded 65 tackles, with four interceptions and six passes defended as a junior … earned all-district honorable mention in both years, with an all-conference selection as a junior

Personal: Son of Jennifer and Peter Haugen … born on June 5, 1999 … plans on majoring in chemistry

Highlights: Click HERE


27150Coleman Worsley, TE, 6-2, 210, Gillette, Wyo. (Thunder Basin H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Thunder Basin High School for coach Trent Pikula … caught 41 passes for 622 yards and four touchdowns as a senior captain in 2017 … unanimous all-conference selection … also earned all-state and All-USA Wyoming Football second team honors … academic scholar athlete selection

Personal: Son of Leigh Worsley … born on Nov. 30, 1999 … plans on majoring in pre-med/biology

Highlights: Click HERE


27131Tanner Kippes, OL, 5-11, 260, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Harrisburg H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Harrisburg High School for coach Brandon White … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … named first-team all-conference and Argus Leader Elite 45 honorable mention as both a junior and a senior, adding academic all-state as a senior and all-state honorable mention as a junior

Personal: Son of Jason and Carmen Kippes … born on Aug. 17, 1999 … plans on majoring in biology

Highlights: Click HERE


27116C.J. Christian, DB, 6-1, 185, Normal, Ill. (Normal Community H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Normal Community High School for coach Wes Temples … recorded 55 tackles, 21 of them solo and three of them for loss as a senior starter in 2017 … added one 30-yard touchdown reception and 260 punt return yards … named second team all-conference for Ironmen, who posted a 10-1 record in 2017

Personal: Son of Michelle Doage and Courtney Christian … born on March 9, 2000 … plans on majoring in business

Highlights: Click HERE


27115Brayden Hoops, LB, 6-1, 195, Storm Lake, Iowa (Storm Lake H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Storm Lake High School for coach Rudy Wieck … three-year letterwinner and starter … recorded 87 tackles as a senior, 70 solo and nine of them for loss, adding 571 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns … named first team all-state, first team all-district, area player of the year and Iowa Radio District 1 Defensive Player of the year in 2017 … posted 87.5 tackles, 72 of them solo and seven for loss as a junior, which earned him first team all-district, second team all-Northwest Iowa and third team all-state honors … kicked off his high school career with 41 tackles and an all-district honorable mention as a sophomore in 2015

Personal: Son of Brian Hoops and Tonya and Dave Archer … born on May 5, 2000, plans on majoring in business

Highlights: Click HERE


27151Dameon Moser, DB, 5-10, 165, Sanger, Texas (Sanger H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Sanger High School for coach Cole Ford … three-year letterwinner and starter … three-time first team all-district selection … posted a career total of 2,379 yards on 366 carries in three seasons, with a high of 994 yards in 2016 … also caught 69 passes for 763 yards and added 303 return yards over his final two seasons

Personal: Son of Wendy Moser … born on Nov. 29, 1999 … plans on majoring in business

Highlights: Click HERE


27120Franky West, Jr., DB, 5-11, 170, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Normal Community High School for coach Wes Temples … two-year letterwinner, starter and team captain … unanimous selection for both all-area and all-conference following his senior season, when he picked off two passes, returned two kickoffs and one punt for a touchdown, forced six fumbles and recovered five of them, broke-up 11 passes, blocked seven punts and blocked three field goals … forced eight fumbles as a junior, adding one interception, seven pass breakups and six each in fumble recoveries and blocked kicks

Personal: Son of Frank and Nicole West … born on Aug. 20, 2000 … plans on majoring in sports management

Highlights: Click HERE


27124Jake Zeplin, DB, 6-2, 160, Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic H.S.)

High School: Prepped at Skutt Catholic High School for Matt Turman … three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … picked off four passes as a senior captain on his way to earning first team all-district, all-conference honorable mention and all-state honorable mention … added a trio of picks as a junior

Personal: Son of Mike and Robyn Zeplin … born on July 31, 2000 … plans on majoring in pre-physical therapy

Highlights: Click HERE

27152Jason Seitz, WR, 6-2, 185, Kearney, Neb. (Kearney Catholic)

High School: Prepped at Kearney Catholic High School for coach Rashawn Harvery … two-year letterwinner … grabbed 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown as a senior captain in 2017 … caught six passes for 80 yards and a score as a junior in 2016, adding a forced fumble

Personal: Son of Mark and Jean Seitz … born on May 15, 2000 … plans on majoring in exercise science

Highlights: Click HERE

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