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Morningside Announces 26 Football Recruits

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SIOUX CITY - Morningside College head football coach Steve Ryan has announced the names of 26 high school recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2010 season.

The recruits are:

J.J. Amick, a 6-1, 180 lb. wide receiver from Johnston, Iowa. Amick is a senior at Johnston High School, where he was one of the state's top receivers in the Class 4A ranks this past season when he caught 53 passes for 599 yards for an average of 11.3 yards per catch with six touchdowns for Johnston's state playoff team.

Cole Boger, a 5-11, 190 lb. defensive back from Battle Creek, Iowa. Boger, the brother of Morningside freshman linebacker Austin Boger, is a senior at Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School. He had 37 solos and 20 assists for 57 total tackles and an interception this past season en route to second-team Class 2A all-state honors from the Des Moines Register. Boger rushed for 473 yards and six touchdowns in 77 attempts for an average of 6.1 yards per carry and caught 16 passes for 169 yards for an average of 10.6 yards per reception with two touchdowns. Boger averaged 15.8 yards per punt return with one touchdown, 30.3 yards per kickoff return with two touchdowns, and 35.3 yards per punt.

Josh Crowell, a 5-10, 175 lb. wide receiver from Ravenna, Neb. Crowell is a senior at Ravenna High School, where he played quarterback and earned first-team Class C-2 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as both a junior and senior. Crowell rushed for a school-record 3,815 yards and scored a school-record 61 touchdowns during his career. He also had 10 career pass interceptions.

Crowell averaged a whopping 11.2 yards per carry this past season when he rushed for 1,865 yards and 29 touchdowns in 167 attempts. He also passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns, intercepted seven passes, and averaged 22.7 yards per punt return and 25.1 yards per kickoff return. Crowell rushed for a school-record 1,867 yards as a junior. He ran for 27 touchdowns, averaged 11.5 yards per carry, and passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns during his junior campaign.

Pat Curry, a 6-2, 205 lb. running back-linebacker from Dell Rapids, S.D. Curry is a senior at Dell Rapids High School, where he earned Class 11A all-state and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader Elite 45 honors this past season. Curry rushed for 1,048 yards in 130 attempts for an average of 8.1 yards per carry and scored 17 touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for 106 points. He also returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown.

Bret Doorenbos, a 6-2, 230 lb. defensive lineman from Boyden, Iowa. Doorenbos is a senior at Sheldon High School, where he was an Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Des Moines Register second-team Class 2A all-state linebacker for an Orab team that finished 8-3 and qualified for the state playoffs. He led the Orabs with 79 solos and 28 assists for 107 total tackles to go along with eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage and a fumble recovery he returned 22 yards for a touchdown. Doorenbos was a second-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa linebacker as a senior and a third-team offensive lineman as a junior.

Scott Finke, a 5-8, 170 lb. running back-defensive back from York, Neb. Finke is a senior at York High School, where he rushed for 165 yards and collected 34 tackles this past season.

Logan Franck, a 5-8, 175 lb. wide receiver from Seward, Neb. Franck is a senior at Seward High School, where he earned Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star honorable mention Class B all-state honors for Seward's state playoff team. Franck caught 22 passes for 324 yards for an average of 14.7 yards per catch with one touchdown and rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns in 38 attempts for an average of 5.7 yards per carry. He had 26 solos and 24 assists for 50 total tackles and six interceptions on defense. Franck averaged 18.0 yards per kickoff return and 7.3 yards per punt return. As a junior he caught 35 passes for 590 yards for an average of 16.9 yards per catch with six touchdowns.

Mike Hamsa, a 6-1, 200 lb. linebacker from Valley, Neb. Hamsa is a senior at Douglas County West High School, where he collected 226 tackles and 9.5 quarterback sacks during his career. Hamsa earned honorable mention Class C-1 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star this past season. He had 34 solos and 47 assists for 81 total tackles to go along with two quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries, plus rushed for 413 yards in 97 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry.

Preston Ives, a 5-10, 170 lb. wide receiver from Sioux City. Ives is a senior at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, where he earned second-team INA Class 3A all-state honors in addition to Sioux City Journal first-team All-Metro and second-team All-Northwest Iowa honors for a Crusader team that finished 10-2 and reached the state playoff quarterfinals. Ives caught 34 passes for 690 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 20.3 yards per catch. He rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns in 26 attempts for an average of 5.8 yards per carry and was also a standout for the Crusaders' special teams. Ives had five kickoff returns during the 2009 season and returned four of them for touchdowns. His five returns went for 357 yards for an average of 71.4 yards per return. Ives had 11 solos and eight assists for 19 total tackles along with a pass interception for the Crusaders' defensive unit.

Levi Keleher, a 5-9, 180 lb. running back-linebacker from Lawton, Iowa. Keleher is a senior at Lawton-Bronson High School, where he was limited to three games this past season due to an injury. Keleher rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns and had 22 solos and 13 assists for 35 total tackles.

Keleher earned third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors as a junior when he rushed for 1,320 yards and 15 touchdowns in 136 attempts for an average of 9.7 yards per carry. He collected 63 solos and 21 assists for 84 total tackles to go along with an interception for the Eagles' defensive unit.

Josh Meredith, a 6-4, 190 lb. wide receiver-defensive back from Le Mars, Iowa. Meredith is a senior at Le Mars Community High School, where he had 32 solos and 17 assists for 49 total tackles in the 2009 season.

Elliot Mitchell, a 6-0, 200 lb. linebacker from West Point, Neb. Mitchell is a senior at West Point-Beemer High School, where he had 62 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and six quarterback sacks this past season.

Jordan Nelson, a 5-10, 180 lb. running back-defensive back from Crofton, Neb. Nelson is a senior at Crofton High School, where he helped lead the team to a 10-2 record and the Class C-1 state quarterfinals. Nelson was an Omaha World-Herald first-team Class C-1 all-state linebacker and a Lincoln Journal-Star honorable mention all-stater. He rushed for 1,117 yards in 197 attempts for an average of 5.7 yards per carry and had 91 tackles for Crofton's defense.

Max Renning, a 6-0, 185 lb. quarterback-linebacker from Emerson, Neb. Renning is a senior at Emerson-Hubbard High School, where he helped lead the team to a Class D-1 state playoff berth this past season. Renning passed for 302 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards and four touchdowns as the team's quarterback. He collected 35 solos and 37 assists for 72 tackles for Emerson-Hubbard's defensive unit and averaged 35.6 yards per kick as the team's punter.

Kyle Schuck, a 6-2, 190 lb. wide receiver from Cherokee, Iowa. Schuck is a senior from Cherokee Washington High School, where he earned first-team Des Moines Register and second-team INA Class 2A all-state honors for the Braves' state playoff team. Schuck, who also earned third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors, caught 35 passes for 704 yards for an average of 20.1 yards per catch with seven touchdowns. He returned three interceptions for 27 yards and a touchdown, averaged 34.0 yards per kick as the Braves' punter, and averaged 8.3 yards per punt return and 17.6 yards per kickoff return.

Bo Shepard, a 6-2, 185 lb. quarterback from Gretna, Neb. Shepard is a senior at Gretna High School, where he was a Lincoln Journal-Star honorable mention Class B all-stater this past season after he passed for 1,083 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 245 yards and five touchdowns.

Jordan Sitzmann, a 6-1, 185 lb. wide receiver-defensive back from Le Mars, Iowa. Sitzmann is a senior at Le Mars Gehlen Catholic High School, where he earned second-team Des Moines Register and third-team INA Class A all-state honors in addition to fourth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors as a kicker for a Jays team that had a 10-2 record and reached the state playoff quarterfinals. He averaged 32.9 yards per punt and made 40 of 46 PATs and two of five field goal attempts with a long of 39 yards. Sitzmann also rushed for 950 yards and eight touchdowns in 162 attempts for an average of 5.9 yards per carry and caught 10 passes for 99 yards. Sitzmann's defensive statistics included 33 solos and 18 assists for 51 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and two interceptions he returned for 47 yards.

Trevor Strong, a 5-11, 180 lb. defensive back from Fremont, Neb. Strong is a senior at Fremont High School, where he had 11 solos and 10 assists for 21 tackles and two interceptions in 2009. He also completed 46 of 102 pass attempts for 696 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 444 yards and eight touchdowns in 111 attempts for an average of 4.0 yards per carry as the team's quarterback.

Tyler Thrift, a 5-10, 175 lb. running back from Onawa, Iowa. Thrift is a senior at West Monona High School, where he rushed for 1,353 yards and 16 touchdowns in 143 attempts for an average of 9.5 yards per carry to earn third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors. He had 22 solos and nine assist for 31 total tackles and an interception with a 17-yard return for West Monona's defense.

Wayne Toft, a 6-2, 230 lb. offensive and defensive lineman from Hawarden, Iowa. Toft is a senior at West Sioux High School, where he earned second-team Class 1A all-state honors as an offensive lineman from both the INA and the Des Moines Register for the Falcons' state playoff team. Toft, who was also a third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa selection, had 33 solos and 25 assists for 58 total tackles and seven tackles for a loss.

George Wakeman, a 6-1, 210 lb. linebacker from Sioux City. Wakeman is a senior at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, where he earned first-team INA Class 3A all-state and first-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa and All-Metro honors this past season. Wakeman was Bishop Heelan's leading tackler each of the past two seasons. This year he had 81 solos and 75 assists for 156 total tackles, including 34 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Wakeman intercepted two passes and returned them for nine yards.

Wakeman earned third-team All-Northwest Iowa and first-team All-Metro honors from the Sioux City Journal as a junior when he had 117 tackles and 11.5 tackles for a loss for Bishop Heelan's Class 3A state championship team.

Tyler Wattier, a 6-0, 180 lb. quarterback-defensive back from Osmond, Neb. Wattier is a senior at Plainview High School, where he passed for 328 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 328 yards and six touchdowns in 2009. He had 26 solos and 23 assists for 49 total tackles with two interceptions, two pass breakups, and one blocked kick.

Derek White, a 6-0, 180 lb. wide receiver-defensive back from Plainview, Neb. White is a senior at Plainview High School, where he earned honorable mention Class C-2 all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star during the 2009 campaign. White caught 14 passes for 181 yards for an average of 12.9 yards per catch with one touchdown. His defensive statistics included 34 solos and 38 assists for 72 total tackles with two interceptions and two pass breakups. White averaged 23.1 yards per kickoff return and 35.5 yards per kick as the team's punter.

Chaps Wilcke, a 6-0, 200 lb. linebacker from Battle Creek, Iowa. Wilcke is a senior at Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School. Wilcke earned third-team INA Class 2A all-state and third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors as a running back this past season after he ran for 1,337 yards and 17 touchdowns in 152 attempts for an average of 8.8 yards per carry. He had 32 solos and 12 assists for 44 total tackles on defense.

Isiah Williams, a 6-3, 240 lb. offensive and defensive lineman from Madison, Neb. Williams is a senior at Madison High School, where he was a three-year starter. He had 53 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, and one quarterback sack this past season en route to Class C-1 all-state honorable mention honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star.

Zach Yoerger, a 5-9, 185 lb. running back-defensive back from Sioux City. Yoerger is a senior at Hinton High School, where he helped lead the Blackhawks to an 8-3 record and a Class 1A state playoff berth in 2009. He was Hinton's leading rusher with 647 yards and six touchdowns in 113 attempts for an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Yoerger also caught 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown and had 25 solos, 16 assists, 41 total tackles, and one interception for Hinton's defense.

Morningside had a 10-2 record in 2009 for its second highest victory total in school history. The Mustangs, who were ranked fifth nationally in the NAIA post-season poll, made their sixth consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championship Series, where they have advanced to at least the quarterfinals for five years running. The Mustangs have a 58-14 record for a .806 winning percentage since the start of the 2004 season.



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