(From the USD sports desk)
VERMILLION, S.D.–South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson is pleased to announce the signing of 13 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. In addition, Nielson announced that three other high school standouts have accepted an offer of admissions to the University of South Dakota and plan to join the Coyote football program.
Continuing on a theme from last year, offensive and defensive linemen compile nearly half the class in this first early signing period. The group also includes two linebackers, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, and one running back, tight end, and defensive back.
The class includes players from seven states including Missouri (4), Iowa (3), Wisconsin (3), South Dakota (2), Minnesota (2), Kansas (1) and Florida (1). The Coyotes return 52 of 71 letter winners from last year’s squad, which won eight games and competed in the FCS playoffs for the first time.
Included are seven returning starters on offense and nine on defense. The 2018 season opener is Sept. 1 at Kansas State. Class of 2018 recruits are the first to have the choice of utilizing an early signing period after the NCAA made the option available this past spring.
This first football signing period will last 72 hours from Dec. 20-22. The next available signing date for football players is Feb. 7.