Here are some more thoughts from football signing day at South Dakota State.
I hope you like your leftover two-days old:
Although CB Jordan Brown comes to SDSU from a Phoenix area high school, he spent part of his childhood living in Omaha. In fact, he played youth hoops against future Jacks teammate Trey Carr. They’ve remained friends.
Moving was one of the secondary themes in this class. Tyler Weir, Malik Bondon, Trey Scott, Quinten Hunt and Christian Banasiak all switched high schools between their junior and senior seasons. In some cases, SDSU knew about them before and in others the Jacks found out about them through a new home.
Meanwhile, running back Isaac Wallace has lived in Japan. He’s from a military family.
Maybe unbeknownst to the staff, the Jacks were a part of a hat pull, the linebacker Bondon grabbing an SDSU lid instead of one from Austin Peay. The Illinois all-state linebacker gave the Jacks a verbal well in advance of signing day.
Assistant Jimmy Rogers wound up being the primary recruiter on the two Arizona and Florida commits. If you recall, the Arizona native played football for the Jacks and spent time as a coach at Florida Atlantic. He believes that going from Arizona to South Dakota to Florida and back to South Dakota is helpful in relating to players and convincing parents that SDSU is a worthwhile spot.
Graduate assistant Dan Jackson also emerged as a productive recruiter through his use of social media and his ties to the Omaha area. A former SDSU player, Jackson coached at Omaha Burke, the school that produced incoming CB Trey Carr and current CB Jimmie Forsythe. Jackson pointed out that Carr could be the next Forsythe in terms of his ability to have sway with future prospects in Nebraska.
How did Jesse Currier try to approach his first go as recruiting coordinator?
"I wouldn’t say our approach changed too much at all," he said. "It helped that this is my sixth year being here and having a good idea of what’s been successful and what hasn’t."
Don’t be surprised to see several players from this class make early impacts on special teams due to their general speed, size and athleticism. Ideally, there are some Charles Elmore types.
Before SDSU officially added this class it said goodbye to several from last year’s group: safety Bryson McCabe, tight end Stacy Keely (and twin Eron, a walk-on) and offensive lineman Joe Kupcikevicius are no longer with the program, according to coach John Stiegelmeier. He cited a combination of issues – a desire to leave, academic issues and team rules violations.
"Tremendously disappointed," Stiegelmeier said. "But we talked during the fall that our graduation rate is 81 percent, and that means in some cases guys fall through the cracks somehow."
McCabe was the biggest loss in terms of immediate impact. Stiegelmeier said the Iowan likely would have gotten reps for four years. To that end, McCabe wanted to go the juco route to see if he could play at a higher level.
In non-recruiting news, SDSU reps will go before the Senate Appropriations Committee today to discuss the football stadium proposal. Jacks All-American running back Zach Zenner is expected to be there, too.
Chase Kern, a defensive end from Sioux City East, isn’t even 18 yet. He scored a 32 on his ACT and played summer hoops with incoming SDSU hoops recruit Reed Tellinghuisen for Martin Bros.
Jacks defensive coordinator Clint Brown on incoming defensive athlete – he could play any number of positions – J.T. Hassell: “He plays violently. He likes striking people.”
And, finally, links to highlights from (most of the) recruits that were not reported in advance of signing day:
Christian Banasiak, 6-3, 230, DE, Cape Coral, Fla.
Emmanual Ehrich, 6-1, 200, Maple Grove, Minn.
Jackson Love, 5-10, 200, FB, Norfolk, Neb.
Trey Scott, 6-0, 200, LB, Lincoln, Neb.
J.J. Vanderheiden, 6-3, 250, OL, Hutchinson, Minn.
Keith Wolverton, 6-3, 185, athlete, Seward, Neb.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.