Mar 20th, 2008 @ 3:17 pm | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Valley City, North Dakota- Valley City State University Head Football Coach Dennis McCulloch announces the signing of 39 prep standout football players to Dakota Athletic Conference Letters of Intent. The group includes 16 from North Dakota, five from Minnesota, six from Alaska and Florida, two from Texas and Hawaii, and one each from South Dakota and Ohio.

We believe we have added another strong foundation of recruits to our Viking Football Program. I feel good about the quality of young men who have committed to play football for us next fall. We've improved our depth in every position, but we still have needs in the defensive backfield and offensive line. So we are still making phone calls trying to solidify these areas. We are looking to sign 40 athletes so there still is some work to do, but we feel like we are off to a very good start.

I believe that we build our team with freshmen and let them grow up in our program. We will find out if that statement is true this year. We will depend on our depth to step up this year and fill some vacancies. We graduate eight seniors on defense and four on offense leaving some holes to be filled. I do expect our freshmen to come in and start but this year some may come in and compete for playing time. The nucleus of our team next year will be the 70 athletes working out this spring.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coaching staff. Gregg Horner, Steve LeGrand and Denny Ziegler put in the extra hours to get us to this point in recruiting. Recruiting would not be successful without them.

North Dakota (16)
Tommy Zinke, 6'3, 190, QB, Rolla High School, Rolla,NDö1st Team All-State QB, All-Region QBöTeam Captain, Hardest Worker (Both team awards)öson of Davy and Sheila Zinke

Aaron Freije, 6'2, 230, DL, Fargo Oak Grove High School West Fargo, N.D...Team Captain 2007, Oak Grove Defensive Player of the Year 2006 & 2007, Rookie of the year 2005öFirst Team All State 2006 & 2007, First Team All Region 2006 & 2007, Second Team All Region 2005öson of Steven and Rebecca Freije

Anthony Williams, 6'1, 250, OT, Jamestown High School, Jamestown, NDö4th in West RegionöPlayed in quarterfinals of the State AAA Tournamentöson of Ann and Steve Williams

Andrew Hemmah, 6'4, 265, DL, Northern Cass, Fargo, NDöTwo Time All-Region Honorable Mentionöson of Chris and Julie Hemmah/Jill and Dave Hudson

Dillan Ostrom, 6'4, 190, WR, Finley-Sharon, Finley, NDöCaptain, Shrine Bowl, All-Region 2006, All-Region 2007öMVP Defensive Line 2006, Most Hustle 2006, MVP Defensive Line 2007öSon of Mitchell and Bobbie Ostrom

Tyler Kosel, 6'0, 150, DB, Edgeley High School, Edgeley, NDö2nd Team All-State, 2 Time All-Region, All-ConferenceöTeam Iron Man Award, Team MVP Offensive and Defensive BacköSon of Todd and Loni Kosel

Jeff Van Rees, 5'9, 185, LB, Minot High, Minot, ND... All-state Linebacker, All-Conference Linebacker, All-Area Honorable Mention, Summer All-Star Games Participant for 2008öTeam Motivator Award, 2nd Place Lifting Award, Varsity Lettered 4 yearsöSon of Curtis and Amy Van Rees

Blake Eggl, 5'10, 163, RB, Bishop Ryan, Minot, NDöAthlete of the Week, Shrine SelectionöAll Conference, All Region, All State First TeamöSon of Kelly and Lisa Eggl

Cameron Lentz, 6'3, 235, OL, Valley City High School, Valley City, NDö2nd Team All-RegionöSon of Mike and Kathy Lentz

Dylan Hocking, 5'8', 170, RB, Valley City High School, Valley City, NDöMost Valuable Offensive Back, 2nd Team All RegionöSon of Tammy and Gary Hocking

Jake Olsen, 6'0, 210, DE, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, NDö2 Time All Region, 2nd Team All-StateöBurro Pride AwardöSon of Tom and Steph Olsen

Michael McAtee, 6'0, 200, RB, Rolla High School, Rolla, NDö2 Time Team Captainö3 Time All Region, 2 Time First Team All State, 2007 State Class A Senior Athlete of the YearöSon of Steve and Gail McAtee

Charlie Wellman, 6'3, 245, OT, Cavalier Public High School, Cavalier, NDö7-4 record in 2007, co-region championsöAll-Region, All-StateöInvitation to MonDak and Shrine BowlöSon of Paul & Adrienne Wellman

Marshall Krebs, 6'2", 215, LB, Beulah High School, Beulah, NDö2005 State Tournament runner-upsöTwo-time All-State, 3 year starter, Team M.V.P, Wrestling State Runner-up at 215öSon of Amos and Audrey Krebs

Blake Prosser, 5'10", 200, RB, Northwood High School, Emerado, NDöTransfer from NDSCSö All Region 1st team RB, All State 1st team RB, Defensive Player of the Year, Shrine BowöSon of Loree and Kieth Prosser

Rylan Gutzmer, 6'0', 180, DB, Richland High School, Colfax, NDö 2005 9-Man State Championsö2007 Captain, 2007 Colt Awardö Son of Tom & Genieve Thayer

Minnesota (5)
Cody Cox, 5'11, 205, FB/LB, Barnesville, Barnesville, MNöMVP Defensive Player in Northern Plains 2007, 3 year All Conferenceö3 year Most Valuable Player, 3 year Defensive MVPöSon of Patrick and Linda Cox

Patrick Pirner, 6'0, 225, DL, Champlin Park High School, Champlin, MNöNWSC All Conference Honorable MentionöLifter of the YearöSon of Tom and Tricia

Aaron Plath, 6'3, 260, DL, McLeod West, Brownton, MNöSouthern Minnesota Conference Lineman of the Year, All-ConferenceöTeam Defensive MVPöSon of Jim and Jan Plath

Zac Johnson, 5'10, 175, WR, Moorhead High School, Moorhead, MNöAll-Section Player, Team MVPöSon of Cherie Clark and Jason Praus

Tareq Abu-Hijleh, 6'0, 270, DT/OG, Champlin Park High School, Champlin, MNöHelped team to an 8-3 season, Section runner-ups last two seasons, conference champions the last three seasonsö All-conference honorable mentionö Son of Karla Durkot & Khalid Abu-Hijleh

Alaska (6)
Josh Denna, 6'3, 280, DL, Kasilof, AKöback to back state titlesöAll-State and Conference Lineman of the Year, most valuable offensive and defensive linemanöson of Laura Lahndt and Mel Denna

Shane Green, 6'0, 205, LB, Wasilla High School, Anchorage, AKö1st Team All-Railbelt Conference Tight End and Inside Linebacker 2007, 1st Team All-State of Alaska Tight End and Inside Linebacker 2007öson of John and Kathi Green

Richard Russell, 5'9, 205, FB, Wasilla High School, Wasilla, AKö2nd team all-conference FullbacköSon of Karen Punturo

Travis Pierce, 6'0, 200, LB, Kenai Central High School, Kenai, AKö1st team Northern Lights Conference/All-State Defensive Interior Lineman. 3 year LetteröTeam Captain, Coaches Choice AwardöSon of Valerie and Charlie Pierce

Daniel Paulson, 6'5, 315, DL, Chugiak High, Eagle River, AKö1st Team All-Conference Defensive Tackle, 2nd team All-Conference Offensive Lineman, 1st Team All-State Defensive TackleöSon of Bill and Patty Paulson

Matthew Strieby, 5'10, 205, LB, Soldotna High School, Soldotna, AK

Florida (6)
Axel Neree, 5'10, 198, LB, Ferguson Senior High, Miami, FLö leading season tackler, most single game tackles 16, All-Dade honorable mention, North vs. South All-Star nomineeöSon of Henri-Robert & Michaelle Neree
Chaviss Brownlee, 5'11 , 178, DB, American High School, Miami, FLö80 tackles during senior seasonöhelped HS team to 7-4 recordöson of Regina Harris

Ken Eliacin, 6'4, 200, TE, Braddock Senior High, Miami, FLö11 receptions, 311 yards, 6 touchdowns, All-Dade Honorable Mention, Outstanding Wide receiver awardö Son of Mitch and Irma Eliacin

Akiem A. Collier, 5'9, 170, RB, Miami Southridge Senior High, Miami, FLöSon of Marcia Wiggan

Charleson Clairmont, 6'0, 245, RG, Gulf Coast High School, Naples, FLöSon of Yphenia Clairmont

Rafael Angarita, 5'8, 185, QB, John A. Ferguson High School, Miami, FLö Doubled total rushing yards in senior yearöAthlete of the WeeköOffensive Captain, Off-Season AwardöSon of Rafael S. Angarita and Ana Calvo Angarita

Hawaii (2)
James Buchanan, 6'0, 170, WR, Aiea High school, Aiea, HIöAll Academic Team 2006/2007, OIA First Team Offense 2007, 2007 Senior Bowl All Star Offensive MVPöHawaii National Guard Most Inspirational Player 2007öSon of Antonio and Sheila Rico

Cody Kilthau, 5'10, 160, Cornerback, Mililani High School, Mililani, HIöP.I.A.A Top Defensive Back 2007, #50-Hawaii's Top 50, 2007 Honorable Mention All-Star Red West Honolulu Advertiser, 2007 All-State Honorable Mention Honolulu AdvertiseröImpact Player of Game and Katoosh Play of the GameöSon of Bruce and Margarita Kilthau

Texas (2)
Daniel Martinez, 6'2, 183, Outside Linebacker, Franklin High, El Paso, TXö Senior year helped team to 8-2 recordöLB of the Week, 1st Team All-District OLBöSon of Carlos and Maria Martinez

Jesse Telles, 6'0, 175, CB, Franklin High, El Paso, TXöSenior year helped team to 8-2 recordöAll-Star player, Player of the Week, DB of the weeköSon of Jimmy and Eva Telles

Ohio (1)
Nick Hunter, 6'0, 215, DE/LB, St. Peter Chanel High School, Cleveland, OHöIronman AwardöSon of Nick and Dayna Hunter

South Dakota (1)
Trent Nelson, 6'2, 175, WR, Sisseton High School, Sisseton, SDöAll-State, Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 honorable mention, elected to SD All-Star GameöSchool records: 212 yards in one game, career receiving TD's 13, longest reception 94 yards