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DWU football team landing area recruits

With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, some area high school football players are starting to think deeper about the offers they've received to play collegiately.

On Feb. 6, Dakota Wesleyan University will have a signing day party from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Sherman Center on the school's campus, and head coach Ross Cimpl said the Tigers have already signed 20 players to join the roster this fall.

Although he wouldn't name all of the players the Tigers have signed, he said the positions they recruited most were wide receiver, defensive backs and offensive and defensive lines. Cimpl only confirmed some of the players when asked specifically by The Daily Republic.

"We're hoping to get a few more guys," Cimpl said. "We have a good number of offers still out there."

Corsica/Stickney's Adam Bormann and Canistota's Alex Robertson have each signed with Wesleyan. Bormann and Robertson were each members of the 9A all-state football team after their senior season this past fall.

Bormann, an all-state linebacker, said he hasn't been notified what position he'll play for Wesleyan. He confirmed by phone he has signed with DWU. Robertson was Canistota's leading rusher and helped the Hawks win three straight state football championships. He also confirmed by phone he's signed with DWU. Canistota coach Lenny Schroeder said senior quarterback and defensive back Cody Bunger, another 9A all-state selection, has an offer from DWU. Schroeder added Bunger is waiting until after the basketball season to make his decision.

Bon Homme football coach Byron Pudwill said three of his former players will likely be joining Wesleyan this fall. Pudwill was "99 percent certain" running back/defensive back Kodi Larson and running back/linebacker Sawyer Fridrich will be playing for Dakota Wesleyan.

Pudwill added Jared Van Winkle, a safety who originally started at DWU but transferred to the University of South Dakota, is transferring back to play for the Tigers.

Another player who is transferring to Wesleyan is former Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan standout Tyson Kayser, who played for Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, last year. Kayser helped BEE win a state championship.

Kayser, a former 9AA all-state player, said he and Van Winkle are already back at Wesleyan and will be playing football in the fall.

After the football season, Cimpl said he was interested in adding Gregory senior quarterback Jaden Bartling to his team. Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger said Bartling is "looking pretty hard at DWU" right now. Howard coach Pat Ruml said senior tight end/defensive end Andrew Schwader is also looking "heavy at DWU at the defensive end position."

In other local recruiting:

n Schroeder said Eric Tieszen and Dylan Seubert have each signed with Dakota State. He added Jason Van Winkle has an offer from the University of Sioux Falls. All three players were on Canistota's state championship team this past fall.

n Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan coach Jeff VanLeur said linebacker and running back Anthony Huber is considering Morningside, Augustana and South Dakota State University.