Football Announces Initial Signees

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Football Announces Initial Signees

(Wednesday, December 16; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt University football program has announced commitments by 33 individuals from 15 different states to join the Defenders in the fall of 2021. 

"The response and receptivity of the class of 2021 has been outstanding.  Our recruiting footprint continues to expand; especially regionally. The young men we’ve signed so far have been very intentional about choosing a school and football program that they would thrive in.  Similarly, our staff has been very selective in building relationships with prospects who fit Dordt academically, spiritually, and athletically.  I can’t wait to welcome these guys onto campus next fall," said Dordt football coach Joel Penner.

Brody Ash is a 6-4, 235 pound offensive and defensive lineman at Milaca High School (Minnesota).  He totaled 25 tackles with two sacks and eight tackles for loss in 2020 and was a three-year starter on the offensive line while helping Milaca to 6,076 rushing yards in 27 games.  Ash was an all-section and all-district pick in 2020 and was also named academic all-district and helped Milaca to a Section 5AAA runner-up finish and the team was named a District Academic Champion in 2020. He plans to study Agri-Business.

Cody Boender is listed as a 5-10, 185 pound linebacker from Pella Christian High School (Iowa) where he totaled 102.5 tackles with 85 solo stops and three interceptions.  He also played running back for the Eagles and had 841 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns and claimed second-team all-state honors and first-team all-district accolades. He plans to enter the Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Matthew Bomgaars is a senior at Sioux Center High School (Iowa) where is listed 5-11, 190 pounds and has played running back, wide receiver and defensive back. He rushed for 1,217 yards with eight touchdowns during his career and caught passes for 401 yards and three scores.  Bomgaars totaled 146 tackles during his career with 19 tackles for a loss and six sacks.  He was a second-team all-state selection at defensive back and is a three-time first-team all-district honoree and is an academic all-district selection.  He plans to study Engineering or Agriculture.

Josh Bush played for Sprayberry High School (Georgia) and is listed as a 5-5, 145 pound running back and wide receiver. In 2020 he ran for 127 yards and caught 35 passes for 605 yards while scoring a total of seven touchdowns. In 2019 he ran for 372 yards and caught 42 passes for 638 yards and scored nine total touchdowns.  He’s earned all-region first-team honors and was an honorable mention all-county pick.  He plans to study Business/Finance.

Jake Cochnauer is a 6-1, 205 pound safety, linebacker and wide receiver from Farmington High School (Minnesota).  He had 80 tackles with eight tackles for loss and six interceptions in 2019 and 2020 and he had four sacks.  Cochnauer was a second-team all-metro pick and first-team all-district selection while earning defensive mvp honors for Farmington. He plans to enter the Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Landon Cooper is a 6-3, 180 pound quarterback at Sutter Union High School (California) who passed for 1,072 yards with 13 touchdown passes.  He earned all-league honors and was a part of a section champion team. He plans to study Biology.

Earnest Gregory is a senior at Elko High School (Nevada) where he is a 6-2, 300 pound offensive lineman.  He’s a three-time letterman who was an academic all-state selection and he helped Elko to the state playoffs. He plans to study Electrical Engineering.

Eric Gustafson is a senior at Ethan High School (South Dakota) where he is listed as a 6-3, 190 pound tight end and linebacker.  He caught 11 passes for 262 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020 and totaled 55 tackles with a sack, 10 ten tackles for loss and three interceptions. He caught 17 passes for 370 yards during his career and totaled 119 tackles with four interceptions and two sacks with 14 tackles for loss.  Gustafson was a Class 11B All-State selection and Big East All-Conference selection. He was a part of teams that totaled a 42-6 record the last four years. He plans to study Civil Engineering.

Tyrell Hulshof is a 6-4, 170 pound wide receiver and cornerback from Unity Christian High School (Iowa).  He caught 13 passes for 179 yards with 22.5 tackles in 2020. He plans to study Ag Business.

Lucas Huttinga is a senior at Unity Christian High School (Michigan) where he is listed as a 6-4, 175 pound safety and tight end.  He has nine career interceptions, two forced fumbles and two touchdowns and was a first-team all-conference selection and a first-team all-region honoree.  He’s been a member of two regional and conference title winning teams.  He plans to study Education.

Evan Jordahl is a senior at Milton High School (Wisconsin) where he helped his team to a 2019 conference title.  He is listed as a 5-19, 170 pound quarterback and wide receiver and he has passed for 1,156 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 635 yards and five touchdowns. He plans to study Engineering.

Konner Knauf is a senior at Edgerton High School (Wisconsin) and he is a 5-10, 165 pound wide receiver. As a junior Knauf caught 36 passes for 491 yards for Stoughton High School (Wisconsin) and scored three touchdowns.  He claimed first-team all-conference honors as a junior along with honorable mention all-area.  He was also picked as a preseason first-team all-state honoree this year.  Wisconsin will play its high school football in the spring. He plans to enter the Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Dawson Lee attends Cole Valley Christian High School (Idaho) and is listed as a 6-2, 205 pound offensive and defensive lineman and he has played linebacker during his career. Lee was selected first-team all-conference as both an offensive and defensive lineman and he has been selected to play in the 2020 East-West Idaho Shrine All-Star game.  He was an academic all-conference selection three times and was named team mvp in 2020.  In 2019 he was a second-team all-conference pick. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Evan Letellier, a senior at Spring Hill High School (Kansas), is listed as a 6-2, 190 pound quarterback. He was 40-76 passing for 401 yards with five touchdowns in four games. He plans to study Civil Engineering.

Joshua Manwiller is a 6-0, 205 pound senior at Homer High School (Alaska) where he played linebacker and offensive line. He was in on 90 solo tackles on defense with five quarterback sacks during his career and was a first -team all-conference pick on both offense and defense and earned all-state honors on defense. He plans to enter the Pre-Med program.

Westin McCormick attends Brimfield High School (Illinois) where he played quarterback, running back and linebacker.  He’s listed 5-8, 190 pounds and missed 2019 with an injury.  He plans to play his senior season in the spring. He plans to study Criminal Justice.

Kade McDaniel is a senior at Platte Valley High School (Colorado) where he is listed as a 5-11, 170 pound quarterback. He passed for 1,122 yards and rushed for 923 in 2020 and accounted for 930 passing yards in 2019 with 496 rushing yards.  McDaniel claimed all-conference honors at cornerback in 2018 and was an honorable mention selection in 2019 at quarterback at both the conference and state level. He plans to enter Dordt’s Pre-Med program.

Sterling McKinley is a 6-0, 170 pound senior who has played quarterback, safety, linebacker and punter.  He accounted for 1,439 yards as a senior with 13 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns and helped Grantsburg High School (Wisconsin).  He was a first-team all-conference selection and also claimed WFCA All-Region accolades. He plans to study Business.

Garrett Meyer played offensive line and defensive end for Newell Fonda High School (Iowa) where he helped the Mustangs to state playoff berths in 2017, 18 and 20 when they claimed district runner-up each season. Meyer is listed 6-5, 220 pounds and claimed Storm Lake Times First-Team All-Area honors along with First-Team honors from the Storm Lake Tribune.  He’s a four-time academic all-district honoree and he was listed on Iowa Preps Top-25 Defensive Lineman Class of 2021. He plans to enter the Pre-Veterinary program.

Patrick O’Neal played offensive and defensive lineman for Sutter Union High School (California) and is listed 6-0, 205 pounds.  He was a second-team all-BVL selection in 2019-20 and played on a North Section CIF Championship team that year.  He has started 33 games for Sutter on the offensive line. He plans to study Journalism.

Aaron Ortega is a student at Kerrville Tivy High School (Texas) where he played offensive line.  He’s listed 5-11, 250 pounds and was twice named all-district.  Ortega’s 2019 team was a district and bi-district champion. He plans to study Education.

Matthew Peters is a 6-0, 285 pound senior at O’Gorman High School (South Dakota). He’s played both offensive and defensive lineman and was an all-conference honoree. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Aidan Platon is a student at Lake Nona High School (Florida) and played quarterback and wide receiver.  He’s listed 6-1, 175 pounds and in 2020 was named offensive back of the year and claimed the attitude and commitment award.  In 2019 he was team mvp, second-team all-district and all-conference honorable mention.  He plans to study Nursing.

Easton Prins played linebacker for Sioux Falls Christian (South Dakota) and is 5-11, 200 pounds. He was the Chargers’ leading tackler as a junior and senior and earned all-conference and all-state honors while also earning academic all-state honors.  He is a National Honor Society member and earned the Unsung Hero Award. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Gabe Ramirez is a senior at Central Hardin High School (Kentucky) and he’s listed as a 5-8, 185 pound running back and linebacker.  He ran for over 10 yards per carry in 2019 and was an academic all-state pick three straight years. Ramirez has also competed in Weightlifting-Powerlifting and claimed fifth place in the state competition as a sophomore. He earned three letters in both football and wrestling. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Josiah Rosario is a senior at Churchill County High School (Nevada) where he played defensive back and running back.  He’s listed 5-8, 160 pounds and had 34 tackles with two forced fumbles and one interception as a junior. Churchill County was the 2019 Nevada State Champion runner-up and the 2018 Nevada State Champion.  Nevada did not play a high school football season in fall 2020. He plans to study Exercise Science.

Jackson Smith is a senior at Abilene-Wylie High School (Texas) and is listed 5-9, 185 pounds.  He’s played every skill position on offense and has played linebacker and safety on defense.  He was a recipient of the Don Mouser Award and was a 2017 Top Big Country linebacker and served as a team captain. He plans to study Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Kobe Turner is a senior at Wichita Collegiate School (Kansas) where he had 37 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries and was twice named all-league honorable mention.  Turner is listed as a 5-10, 170 pound defensive back. He plans to enter the Pre-Physical Therapy program.

Jackson Vander Kooi played for Lincoln-Way East High School (Illinois) where he was a part of two state championship teams in the last two years.  He’s listed as a 6-1, 185 pound defensive back. He plans to study Business.

Nathan Van Langingham is a senior at Pierce High School (California) where he played offensive line and is listed 6-6, 220 pounds.  He was a part of a SVL Championship team and a SVL Runner-up team during his career. Van Langingham earned a Scholar-Athlete award and plans to study Ag-Business.

Nathan Warner is a 6-3, 280 pound offensive and defensive lineman at Glencoe Silverlake Senior High (Minnesota). He totaled 35 tackles in seven games and had one sack and has earned all-district honors during his career. He plans to study Computer Science.

Tyler Wieringa prepped at Unity Christian High School (Iowa) and has played linebacker, defensive end, slot receiver and tight end during his career.  He had 40 tackles, nine for loss with two sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries in 2020 when he was named all-district first-team and academic all-state.  Wieringa was also an honorable mention all-district pick and helped Unity to back to back winning seasons for the first time in over a decade. He plans to study Health and Human Performance and Biology.

Jackson Wiggins played for Normal Community High School (Illinois) where he’s a 6-0, 180 pound wide receiver.  He started every game as a junior and plans to play his senior season when Illinois plays high school football in the spring. He plans to study Exercise Science.