Feb 8th, 2012 @ 10:56 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
Valley City State University Inks 27 Student-Athletes to Letter of Intent

For Immediate Release
Valley City, North Dakota - Valley City State University Head Football Coach Dennis McCulloch announces the signing of 27 standout prep football players to Letters of Intent. This is the first group of 2012 VCSU Football signees which includes 10 from North Dakota, 8 from Minnesota, 3 from Alaska, 2 from Arizona, and 1 each from Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington. This list includes 4 student athletes who transferred to VCSU at semester.

'We believe we are off to a great start in recruiting with this initial group of young men committed to play at VCSU. As always, we build our recruiting class from the inside out. Our priority is to work very hard to find the best student-athletes in the state first and expand recruiting from there. We will continue recruiting to solidify all position groups. We will announce the rest of our recruiting class in early March,' Comments head coach Dennis McCulloch.

'I believe a true test of a great recruiting class cannot be measured for a couple of years. We believe that these young men can come in and impact the football team in their first two years. I know our coaching staff has made a concerted effort to improve our talent level at every position. These young men are passionate about education, football, and VCSU. They have had very impressive high school careers and were leaders on their team, as well as within their communities. We will continue to recruit the best student athletes in our own backyard, as evidenced by the 18 young men from North Dakota and Minnesota.'

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coaching staff. Gregg Horner, Marty Costello, Marty Higgins, and John O'Day have put in extra hours to get us to this point in recruiting. Recruiting would not be successful without them.'

North Dakota (10)
Brady Anderson – 5'11'- 155 – Wide Receiver - Jamestown High - Jamestown, ND
Honors: All WDA in Football and Baseball, Team MVP in Football
Son of Kristi and Cory Anderson

Matt Bowers – 5'11" - 200 - Fullback – Bottineau High - Souris, ND
Honors: Selected to play in the North Dakota Shirne Bowl
Awards: Running Back of the Year Award for Bottineau
Son of Melonie and Robin Bowers

Alex Cundiff - 6'1" - 175 – Wide Receiver - Williston High - Williston, ND
Honors: All Conference & All State Football, Nominee for Senior Athlete of the Year
Son of Kelly and Jim Ellingson

Riley Hovland – 5'11" - 165 – Defensive Back – Fessenden-Bowden High - Fessenden, ND
Honors: 1st Team All Region, Team Captain
Son of Linda and Mark Hovland

Trevor Knutson - 5'11" - 220 – Defensive Line - Maddock High - Maddock, ND
Honors: Team Captain, Most Valuable Lineman, Hardest Worker, All Region
Son of Lori and Dean Knutson

Seth Leupp – 5'11" - 180 – Defensive Back - Stanley High - Stanley, ND
Honors: Class A State Champions, All Conference, All State
Son of Tammy and Mitch Leupp

Dusty Null - 6'1" - 195 – Line Backer - West Fargo High – West Fargo, ND
Honors: All Conference, Most Valuable Defensive Back
Son of Dawn Rheault

Ethen Preston - 6'0" - 195 – Line Backer – Maple Valley High – Tower City, ND
Honors: All State, All Region
Awards: MVP Defense, Team Captain, Team Leadership Award
Son of Tambara and Marvin Preston

Ty Smith – 6'1" - 175 – Wide Receiver – Maple Valley High – Tower City, ND
Honors: Team Captain
Awards: 2 time All Region
Son of Adele and Dennis Smith

Lex Tande – 6'3" - 215 – Defensive Line – Powers Lake High - Powers Lake, ND
Honors: Class A State Champions
Awards: All State
Son of Lori and Gary Tande

Minnesota (8)
Leon Adams - 5'9" - 160 – Defensive Back – Highland Park High – St. Paul, MN.
Son of Latisha Adams

Talon Frazier – 5'10" - 185 – Running Back – Robbinsdale Cooper High - Minneapolis, MN.
Awards: 3 year Letterwinner
Son of Beverly Frazier

Ryan Hutton – 5'11" - 170 – Wide Receiver – Lincoln High – Thief River Falls, MN
Son of Kathy Hutton and Clint Castle, Kent Hutton

Christopher Mitchell – 6'1" - 195 – Wide Receiver/Runningback – Highland Park High – St. Paul, MN
Honors: Coaches Leadership Award
Awards: All Conference
Son of Kelly and Jerald Mitchell

William Morris – 5'10" - 280 – Defensive Line – Rocori High – Cold Spring, MN
Honors: 4A State Champions
Awards: All Conference, All State
Son of Linda and Ed Morris

Mitchell Mueller – 6'2" - 190 – Line Backer – Rocori High - Cold Spring, MN
Honors: 4A State Champions
Awards: All Conference
Son of Arlene and Jerome Mueller

Nick Olson – 6'2" - 200 – Running Back – Tri-County High - Karlstad, MN
Honors: Team Captain
Awards: MVP, All Conference
Son of Kim and Steve Olson

Alex Schwendemen – 6'1" - 200 – Line Backer – Hawley High – Lake Park, MN
Honors: Conference Champions
Awards: All Conference, All Section
Son of Chris and Tim Schwendemen

Alaska (3)
Charles King II - 6'2" - 180 – Wide Receiver – Ben Eielson High - Fairbanks, AK
Son of Jeniffer Greer and Charles King
*Semester transfer

Daniel Diaz – 6'4" - 265 – Offensive Line – Skyview High – Soldotna, AK
Honors: Lineman of the Year
Awards: 2 time All Conference
Son of Dawn Burgett

Colten Growden – 6'0" - 200 – Wide Receiver – Ben Eielson High - Fairbanks, AK
Son of Shelly and Kelly Growden
*Semester transfer

Arizona (2)
Antwaun Jackson – 6'5" - 190 – Wide Receiver – Glendale CC – Peoria, AZ
Son of Tammy Jackson and Michael Greer

Mychael Bruce – 6'3" - 175 – Defensive Back – San Tan Foothills High – Florence, AZ
Honors: 1st Team AZFCA Division V Section II 1st Team DB AZFCA Division V Section II
Son of Tanya and Mark Bruce

Illinois (1)
James Reed – 6' - 185 – Wide Receiver – University City High – St. Louis, MO
Honors: Won 2 Junior College Bowl games.
Son of Dahana Singleton and Fredda Reed (Grandmother)
*Semester transfer

Michigan (1)
Jacob Boogaart– 6'6' - 270 – Offensive Line – Vermillion CC – Grand Rapids, MI
Honors: MCAC All Division
Son of Sheri and Phil Boogaart
*Semester transfer

Missouri (1)
DeAndre Williams – 6' - 185 – Quarterback – University City High – St. Louis, MO
Honors: All Conference
Awards: St. Louis Rams Player of the Week and St. Louis Post Dispatch Player of the Week
Son of Serena McCorvey

Washington (1)
Aleksey Lavochin – 6' - 178 – Wide Receiver – Wilson High – Tacoma, WA
Son of Svetlana and Mikhail Lavochin