Wayne State Football Lands 26 Recruits
Posted: 07 February, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State College head football coach Dan McLaughlin announced yesterday that 26 student athletes have signed national letters of intent and/or written offers of admission and financial aid to attend Wayne State College and continue their football careers with the Wildcats. The 2013 recruiting class includes 26 high school recruits. 12 of the 26 signees are from Nebraska, six from Iowa, seven from Washington and one from California. 10 of the 26 recruits are on the offensive side of the ball and 16 are defensive recruits.
Offensively, WSC signed five wide receivers, three running backs, one tight end and one offensive lineman. Defensively, Wayne State brought in six defensive backs, five defensive linemen and five linebackers.
“Overall I am really pleased with this group,” remarked Coach McLaughlin “We really stressed the linebacker and wide receiver areas and felt we met our needs not only for quality but quantity. This recruiting class has some kids that can play right away, some that will give us depth and some that are a year or two away and need some maturity and work in the weight room to get ready to play.”
Wayne State finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record. It was the sixth straight winning season for the Wildcats under eighth year head coach Dan McLaughlin, marking the first time in 97 years of football that Wayne State has had six straight winning seasons. WSC graduated 16 seniors from last year’s team. Wayne State College is a NCAA Division II school from Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16 team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Jonathan Bland Linebacker 6-4, 200 Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln Northeast HS)
Bland was a two year starter in football and wrestling at Lincoln Northeast High School. He was an All-Heartland Athletic Conference honorable mention selection for football as a senior and a three-time Lincoln Public Schools Scholar Athlete. Bland was named team captain in football and wrestling while being named Lincoln Northeast’s Most Valuable Lineman in 2012. In his senior season, Bland recorded 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Taylor Clark Linebacker 6-1, 217 Waverly, Nebraska (Waverly HS)
Clark was named All Eastern Midlands Conference and Class B All-State honorable mention during senior season at Waverly High School. He started and lettered three seasons in football while also competing in basketball and track and field.
Hunter Henry Wide Receiver 6-2, 185 Albion, Nebraska (Boone Central/Newman Grove HS)
Henry helped Boone Central/Newman Grove to an 11-2 record last fall and a Class C-1 runner up finish. He was a Class C-1 All-State honorable mention selection and was named to the Norfolk Daily News Class C All-Area Team and All-Heartland Second Team by the Grand Island Independent (punter) this season. Henry had four catches for 101 yards in the Class C-1 state championship game vs. Norfolk Catholic.
Tyler Hoppes Tight End 6-4, 225 Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Hoppes earned All-City and All-Heartland Conference honors as a senior, recording 15 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns while helping Lincoln Southwest to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class A state playoffs. Defensively, Hoppes had 53 tackles and tackles for loss as a senior. During junior season, had 52 tackles with seven sacks and was All-City honorable mention while helping team to a 9-2 record in 2011 and second round of Class A playoffs.
Eddie Key III Defensive End 6-2, 270 Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln North Star HS)
Key was a two-year starter at Lincoln North Star High School. During senior season, earned Second Team All-Nebraska and Super State honors as an offensive lineman helping Lincoln North Star High School to a 7-3 record and Class A playoff appearance. Key was also an All-Heartland Conference and All-City selection.
Benjamin Olson Running Back 5-8, 180 Omaha, Nebraska (Millard South HS)
Olson was a two year starter and lettered three years while at Millard South and was a two-time Class A All-State honorable mention running back in 2011 and 2012. He was named Second Team All-Metro Offense in 2012 and was voted Millard South Offensive Player of the Year by his teammates. Olson had 158 rushing attempts for 1,012 yards in his senior season and carried the ball 104 times for 775 yards as a junior.
Steven Price Defensive Back 5-10, 180 Omaha, Nebraska (Millard North HS)
Price has been a part of two Class A state championship teams at Millard North in 2010 and a perfect 13-0 season in 2012. He was a two year starter and three year letter winner while being named Class A All-State honorable mention in 2011 and 2012. Price was also named All-District as a senior last fall.
Nathan Rogers Wide Receiver 6-4, 182 South Sioux City, Nebraska (South Sioux City HS)
Rogers was a two year starter in both football and basketball at South Sioux City HS where he was named Class B All-State by both the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. He was also named Second Team Super State by the Lincoln Journal Star, All-River Cities Conference, All-District, All-Metro Sioux City Journal and team MVP in 2012. He helped the Cardinals to a 6-4 record last season and a Class B playoff spot. Last fall, Rogers recorded 11 catches for 310 yards against Platteview to set a Class B single game record for receiving yards and the second-most yards in Nebraska high school history. In 2012, he rewrote South Sioux City High School’s receiving record books setting new marks in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,112) and receiving touchdowns (17).
Nicholas Roth Wide Receiver 6-0, 175 Omaha, Nebraska (Millard North HS)
Roth was a starting wide receiver the past three seasons at Millard North, helping team to an unbeaten 13-0 record last fall and a Class A state title. He also played on the 2010 Class A state championship team. Roth was an All-District selection in football as a senior and is a two-year starter and three-year letter winner in basketball at Millard North High School.
Justin Saunders Linebacker 6-3, 213 Laurel, Nebraska (Laurel-Concord/Coleridge HS)
Saunders was a four year starter at Laurel-Concord/Coleridge and received numerous individual honors. His senior year he was named First Team All-District, First Team All-Area and Class C-2 All-State honorable mention while earning First Team All-District recognition as a junior. Saunders was ranked as one of the top 30 players by Huskerland Prep as a senior. During junior season, Saunders had 20 catches for 356 yards and also averaged 22 yards on kickoff returns while helping Bears reach the Class C-2 playoffs. He also excels in track and field, qualifying in the 400 meter dash and 4 x 100 meter relay last spring as a junior.
Rashad Trimble Running Back 5-11, 220 Omaha, Nebraska (Bellevue East HS)
Trimble was a two year starter for the football team and ran three years of track while at Bellevue East. During his senior season, Trimble was an All-District running back and set a new school record for the most rushing yards in a single game with 292. He averaged 112 rushing yards per game his senior season and scored nine touchdowns. For his career at Bellevue East, Trimble racked up 1,136 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Travis Wright Linebacker 6-1, 210 Battle Creek, Nebraska (Battle Creek HS)
Wright is a three sport star at Battle Creek High School. In football as a senior, he earned All-District and All-Mid States Conference honors while also being selected Class C-2 All-State honorable mention. As a wrestler, Wright is a three-time state qualifier and this season is ranked second in Class C at 220 pounds while surpassing 100 career wins. In track and field last spring as a junior, Wright qualified in three events at state, helping Battle Creek win the Class C 4 x 100 meter relay. He also placed eighth in the 100 meter dash and was a state qualifier in the shot put.
Randolph Bryan Defensive Lineman 6-1, 215 Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls HS)
Bryan was a two year starter for Cedar Falls and helped team reach Class 4A state semi-finals the last two seasons, going 11-2 both years. As a senior, Bryan was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 4A All-State Second Team defense while leading the state of Iowa in sacks with 13 to go along with 78 tackles. He was a two-time All-Metro selection and had 158 career tackles with 22 sacks, 20 more tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Nicholas deBuhr Defensive Back 5-11, 180 Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls HS)
deBuhr was a two year starter on the football team and ran track all four years at Cedar Falls where he was named First Team All-Mississippi Valley Conference, All-Metro and “area prep to watch” during the 2012 season. deBuhr helped lead Cedar Falls to the Iowa Class 4A State semi-finals in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, going 11-2 each year. deBuhr finished his career at Cedar Falls with 101 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three fumbles forced and three blocked punts (one returned for a touchdown). In track and field, deBuhr ran on the 2011 state championship team and the 2012 state runner-up team and he ran a leg on the second place 4 x 400 relay team in 2011. His relative, Dean deBuhr, played basketball for Wayne State from 1962-66 and is currently fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,492 points.
Marcel Dunson Wide Receiver 6-2, 205 Sioux City, Iowa (East HS)
Dunson is a three year starter in both football and basketball at Sioux City East High School. As a senior, Dunson had 47 catches for 551 yards and eight touchdowns earning All Missouri River Conference honors. On the basketball court this season, he is averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game while leading Sioux City East to a current 18-0 record and #5 ranking in Class 4A. As a junior, Dunson had 25 catches for 256 yards and five touchdowns and started on the boys basketball team that was Class 4A state runner-up last season. Dunson ranks fifth in career receptions and receiving yards at Sioux City East High School.
Cody Kahl Offensive Lineman 6-7, 270 Manning, Iowa (IKM Manning HS)
Kahl was a three year starter in high school where he was named Des Moines Register Class 1A First Team Offensive Lineman and was also Iowa Newspaper Association Second Team Offense during his senior season. He was First Team All-District three years in a row from 2010-12 while also being named All-District Academic Team and received Distinguished Academic Achievement during those three years as well. Kahl was part of a state playoff team all four years in high school reaching the semi-finals in 2009, were state qualifiers in 2010 and 2011, and the team reached the quarter finals in 2012 after going undefeated in the regular season. Kahl also recorded 74 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack as a defensive lineman during the 2012 season. He has also started two years in basketball while receiving All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2010-11 and was Second Team All-Conference in 2011-12.
Jacob McDonald Safety 6-0, 195 Sioux City, Iowa (East HS)
McDonald is a three sport standout at Sioux City East High School, starting two seasons in football, track and field and baseball. He was a First Team All-District selection in football this season after recording 67 tackles, helping the Raiders to an 8-3 record and the second round of the Iowa Class 4A state playoffs. In 2011 as a junior, McDonald had 58 tackles and in track and field was a state track qualifier in the 4 x 100 meter relay.
Trey Sampson Defensive Back 5-11, 160 Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS)
Sampson is a two year starter in football and basketball while at Cedar Rapids Xavier Hgh School and raked in individual accolades in 2012. Sampson was named Iowa Newspaper Association First Team All-State, Sports Spotlight First Team All-State, IowaPreps First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro, All-Area and All-Mississippi Valley Conference Second Team after recording eight interceptions with one return touchdown and 24 tackles during senior season. He helped team to a 13-1 record in his senior season and finished as Class 4A State runner-up. He is also the starting point guard on the Xavier basketball team averaging a team-high 13 points per game while also leading the team in steals and assists and is second in rebounding at 3.4 rebounds per game.
Tyri Bethea Defensive Back 5-11, 175 Lynnwood, Washington (Kamiak HS)
Bethea was a three year starter on the football team at Kamiak High School where he was named First Team All-Wesco Conference, First Team All-Area and was selected to play in the East vs. West Washington All Star game this summer. As a junior he was also named First Team All-Wesco Conference and as a sophomore was Second Team All-Conference. He led Kamiak in tackles during his junior and senior seasons while also leading the team and conference in interceptions during his senior year. Bethea was also a two year starter in lacrosse and ran one year in track.
Anthony Davis Defensive Back 6-2, 200 University Place, Washington (Curtis HS)
Davis was a four year starter in both football and track at Curtis Senior High. He led the team in tackles three of his four seasons and was a All-South Puget Sound League selection at defensive back two seasons and helped Curtis High School reach the Washington Class 4A state playoffs as a junior and senior. In track and field, Davis was a four-time state qualifier in the triple jump.
Gerald Goldwire Defensive End 6-2, 240 Lakewood, Washington (Lakes HS)
Goldwire was a two year starter and three year letter winner at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington. He was an All-SPSL Conference selection and finished his senior season with 54 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and two sacks. Goldwire also started three years in track and field and was a starter and letter winner in basketball for one season.
Robert Howard Jr. Wide Receiver 5-10, 175 Poulsbo, Washington (Olympic HS)
Howard was a three year starter on the football team at Olympic High School where he earned All-Olympic League honorable mention honors. He had 41 receptions for 553 yards and five touchdowns last season.
P.J. Loko Defensive Lineman 6-2, 250 Puyallup, Washington (Puyallup HS)
Loko was a three year starter on the defensive line for Puyallup High School where he was named an All-South Puget Sound League honorable mention. During senior season, Loko had 55 tackles averaging 7.9 tackles per game. He helped his team reach the Washington Class 4A state playoffs two out of three years he was a starter.
DeWayne Scott Linebacker 6-2, 215 Renton, Washington (Governor John R. Rogers HS)
Scott was a two year starter in high school and received honors as a Second Team South Puget Sound League All-League linebacker in 2012. His team ranked in the top 16 in the state of Washington while advancing to the state playoffs. Scott averaged 13 tackles per game as a senior and 10 tackles per game as a junior while finishing his career with 15 fumbles forced and four interceptions.
Peau Seigafo Defensive End 6-1, 260 Tacoma, Washington (Lincoln HS)
Seigafo was a four year starter for Lincoln High School where he was named Athlete of the Year and received the Scholar Athlete award in both 2011 and 2012. He was named First Team All-Narrows League offensive lineman in the 2010 and 2011 seasons while receiving First Team All-Narrows League defensive lineman honors in 2011 and 2012. As a team, Lincoln High School was crowned city champs in 2012.
Alexander Kline Running Back 5-11, 210 Artesia, California (Gahr HS)
Kline was a four year starter at Gahr High School in California where he was named All-San Gabriel Valley League, Second Team All-Area and team captain during the 2012 season. During his senior year, Kline set a single season record for rushing yards with 1,263 on 117 carries and had 10 rushing touchdowns. He also added 20 receptions for 254 yards in 2012.