Mount Vernon/Plankinton standout Jesse Hastings was among four players announced as walk-ons to the North Dakota State University’s signing class on Wednesday.
Hastings, who committed to the Bison in June 2019, was a four-year starter for Mount Vernon/Plankinton. A three-time all-stater, he racked up 6,008 career rushing yards out of the backfield and went for 1,970 yards as a senior. He set state records for touchdowns scored in a season (32) and career (90). He made 57 tackles his senior to finish his career with 205 total tackles.
The Bison have 30 total players in their 2020 class, including 24 from December’s early signing period.
Cheeseman joins USD as walk-on
McCook Central/Montrose standout Jake Cheeseman was one of four players to join the University of South Dakota football team as a walk-on Wednesday. He committed to the Coyotes in January.
A 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver, Cheeseman set school records in receptions (46) and touchdowns (eight), while amassing 945 receiving yards. He averaged 20 yards per catch and erupted for seven catches for 253 yards and three touchdowns in MCM’s playoff win over Stanley County.
Pranger, Leischner sign with Dakota State
Area standouts -- Parkston’s Rylan Leischner and Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Hunter Pranger -- were two of 49 players to sign with the Dakota State University football team on Wednesday.
A 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, Leischner is projected to play wide receiver for the Trojans. A 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, Pranger will play linebacker for DSU. He finished his senior season with 78 tackles (10.5 for loss), three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and one interception.
Hofer, Blare sign with Northwestern College
Jonah Hofer and Elijah Blare were announced as members of Northwestern College’s recruiting class on Wednesday.
A Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan standout, Hofer will play running back for Northwestern. He finished his senior season with 1,182 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 293 receiving yards and five more scores. He led the Seahawks with a team-high 1,877 all-purpose yards. Defensively, he had 44 tackles and two interceptions.
Blare, who hails from Winner, will play defensive line for the Red Raiders. Blare accounted for 27 tackles, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery in 2018.