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It’s national signing day and that means players from South Dakota will be committing to their college programs and our South Dakota colleges will be announcing their recruits.
We will have separate signing day shows for University of South Dakota, Augustana College, University of Sioux Falls and South Dakota State University. Carol plans to host Presentation coach Jacob Plocher by Google Hangout. We’ll be bringing you the South Dakota School of Mines press conference and whatever else we can gather for information.
Let’s talk about the players we know about who have committed to colleges. A lot of these players are Elite Eleven players and those who are not were on the short list.
On the boys side – there is not much news about what’s happened. There are still a lot of players uncommitted at this point.
We want to talk about Soccer605 Elite Eleven large program player of the year Daulton Keiser who has committed to Hastings College. We expect Daulton will fit in real well into the Hastings scheme and I’m sure he’s ready to play for the perennially ranked team and national champion.
It’s great to see a player who can play at a high level and a player who can think at a high level all in one package. This describes Elite Eleven player Lane Schroeder. Lane is taking his talent to South Dakota School of Mines, where he will fit into the team’s high work rate culture and will fit into the school, too.
Two-time Elite Eleven player Derek Brenner heads to Atchison, Kansas to bring his force to perennial national NAIA powerhouse Benedictine College. Derek joins a strong recruiting class from around the Midwest, with two new transfers from Brazil and Poland.
Derek was the first member of South Dakota United’s US Club Soccer national champion Barcelona team to sign.
On the girls side –
One of the few small program players to make the college leap is 2012 Elite Eleven player Madison Huffman from Belle Fourche. Madison will be taking her speed and endurance to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, where her abilities and left foot should contribute right away.
In Aberdeen, we know that both Alison Byrd and Paige Sommers have committed to Northern State University. Coach Steve Kehm knows both of these players well and we expect that Alison and Paige will be able to contribute to the Wolves program almost immediately. Alison is a 2013 Elite Eleven player and Paige is a two-time Elite Eleven player as a 2013 player and the 2012 large school player of the year.
Two-time Elite Eleven Player – 2013 as a player and 2012 Elite Eleven small program player of the year Morgan Darner will take her work ethic and scoring ability from Harrisburg high to Southwest Minnesota State.
Lincoln’s Kami Miller, a 2013 Elite Eleven player, will join the Wartburg College program, where her super work rate and ability to distribute the ball under pressure is sure to get her noticed immediately.