Showing posts from June, 2018

Who's Next?

The Jackrabbits stand at 13 verbal commitments  (11 known). The class is full of athletes but there are still positions where the Jacks will look to add a player or two. Here are a few players at each position that I am watching because of their performance at Prospect Camp or their film that I watched on hudl. Some of these athletes have announced they hold offers while others have not.  I belive these prospects would cap-off an outstanding 2018 class.

Quarterback: This is a position that the Jacks look to add a player every year.  They brought in some big names to both prospect camps and it was a mixed bag of results.  The Jacks currently have an offer out to Walker Kinney from Stillwell, Kansas.  Walker's highlights are filled with beautiful touch passes, good pocket awareness, and good accuracy on his deep throws.  He would certainly be a good addition to the quarterback room.

Offensive Line: The Jacks already have two offensive linemen (Alex Westendorf and Evan Beerntsen) in…

Know Your Future Jackrabbits: Quinton Hicks

It has been a few years since the Jacks had a Kansan on the roster but Quinton Hicks busted that trend on the last weekend in June.  Hicks, a standout from Hayesville, Kansas, was named an All-State linebacker and tight end in 2017.  However, Hicks will be switching to defensive end when he gets to campus in Brookings.

Only needed one offer to know where I want to continue my academic and athletic career... Committed SDSU — Quinton Hicks (@Quintonhicks2) June 24, 2018 For his senior season Hicks has the goal of again leading his team in tackles (3 years running) and getting seven sacks.  It will be harder to lead in tackles because he is moving to outside linebacker from middle linebacker.  Hicks says that with the position switch he will be working on using his hands more because he won't be able to just use his speed at the next level.

Quinton has had a busy summer both as a lifeguard at his local pool and by attending multiple camps.  In …

Know Your Future Jackrabbits: Baily Darnell

One athlete who got his name in before the rush of commitments this past weekend was Baily Darnell from Auburn, Nebraska.  Baily attended the SDSU Prospect Camp on  June 11th and received an offer shortly after.  His commitment continues the trend of find great talent in Nebraska.

Proud to announce that I have verbally committed to South Dakota State University! — Baily (@BailyDarnell) June 23, 2018 Baily rushed for over 1,100 yards last season and was named honorable mention All-State.  However, he can play over the field and plays linebacker for the Auburn Bulldogs.  Baily said his game centers around his speed and quickness.  Baily showed this quickness by running a 4.14 in the pro agility drill at  SDSU.  Baily said that he will need to continue to get bigger and stronger in all areas in order to ease the transition to college.

A few of the reasons why Baily chose SDSU were because of the beautif…

Know Your Future Jackrabbits: Canyon Bauer

The Jackrabbits continued their recruiting momentum from the weekend before by adding the electric Canyon Bauer from Sioux Falls O'Gorman.  The 6'0 receiver has had a busy summer but made a few minutes to discuss his recruitment and commitment to SDSU.

First, I want to thank my family for helping me be the best version of myself.. I would like to thank Coach Stiegelmeier and his staff for believing in me.. With that being said, I would like to announce my commitment to South Dakota State University๐Ÿฐ — Canyon Bauer (@canyonb123) June 26, 2018 Bauer prides himself on working hard and being a great teammate.  He holds high expectations for himself and for others.  Last year those high expectations helped him record 51 receptions for 853 yards and 8 touchdowns along with with 110 rushing yards.  For that production Bauer was selected as a Class 3A All-State Selection and was one of the few non-seniors selected on the Argus Lead…

Know Your Future Jackrabbits: Luke Reimer

Last week the Jackrabbits received a verbal from Luke Reimer a standout from Lincoln, Nebraska and part of the growing group of #NebraskaJacks at SDSU. 

Very excited to have verbally committed to South Dakota State University — Luke Reimer (@Ldreimer2) June 23, 2018
Reimer is a pure athlete that can play all over the field.  He prides himself on being versatile on offense and defense and playing wherever he is needed.  Luke said that his goal on the field is to play with great physicality and speed.  That speed has also translated to the track where Luke was clocked at a 10.9 100m dash this spring.  He also clocked a 4.53 40 at a UNL Friday Night Lights event this summer.  Like most young players, Luke wants to work on the mental side of the game and recognizing plays faster.

Luke had a busy recruitment process and held offers from Buffalo, UNI, USD, and Iowa Western Community College.  He chose SDSU because of the winning culture.  He knows the goal is t…

All Roads Lead to Brookings 2018

I like to take a look at the roster and breakdown where the players are from.  SDSU has grown its footprint greatly since going division 1.  However, the base of attracting players from a 4 hour radius of campus still holds true.  Lets see how the roster breaks down.  My information comes from and also the notes from the 2018 recruiting class. 

South Dakota- 30
Minnesota- 20
Nebraska- 19
Iowa- 9
Wisconsin- 7
Florida- 5
Arizona- 4
Colorado- 2
Missouri- 2
Indiana- 1
Arkansas- 1
Tennessee- 1
Michigan- 1
Kansas- 1

Just for fun I wanted to look at USD's roster breakdown as they frequently call themselves "South Dakota's Team."

They had 8 players from South Dakota on their 2018 spring roster and it looks like they signed 2 more players in the 2018 signing class bringing their total to 10.

Not only is SDSU dominating on the field, but they are doing it with local talent mixed in with talent from across the country.

Go Jacks!

Waterfall Weekend of 2019 Commitments

Last week the ice finally broke on the commitments for the class of 2019. That momentum continued into the weekend and the Jacks picked up multiple commitments on both Saturday and Sunday.  Lets take a look at who is in the boat and see what we know about them.

After talking with my family and coaches I would like to announce that I am verbally accepting the scholarship to play tight end for South Dakota State University. #getjacked ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› — Tucker John Kraft (@TuckerKraft) June 21, 2018Tucker Kraft- Tight End- 6'5, 226- Timber Lake, South Dakota
Attended SDSU's Prospect Camp on June 11 and ran a 4.43 pro agilityPlays 9 man football and rushed for almost 1,600 yards as a junior3 sport standout placing at State B 300m hurdles two years in a row
Very excited to have verbally committed to South Dakota State University — Luke Reimer (@Ldreimer2) June 23, 2018 Luke Reimer- Linebacker- 6'2, 205 -Lincoln, Nebraska
Outstanding ath…

Know Your Future Jackrabbits: Tucker Kraft

The Jackrabbit football team landed the first verbal for the class of 2019 this week.  The first player to commit is Tucker Kraft who will play tight end once he gets to SDSU.

After talking with my family and coaches I would like to announce that I am verbally accepting the scholarship to play tight end for South Dakota State University. #getjacked ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› — Tucker John Kraft (@TuckerKraft) June 21, 2018
The Timber Lake standout currently plays running back, which is unusual given that he 6'5 and 230 pounds.  Last year he rumbled for nearly 1600 yards leading his team into the playoffs.  Tucker is also a three sport standout.  This past winter he lead his team to a 5th place finish in the State B Basketball tournament, leading the tournament in rebounds.  This spring he qualified for the State B Track meet in discuss and the 300m hurdles.  He placed 8th in the hurdles, tripping on the last hurdle, after placing 5th the year before.  Tucker's dad was a …