Joe Glenn is entering his third season as head football coach of the Coyotes. Today he talked with USD supporters at Pizza Ranch about his 2014 recruiting class.
The Coyotes signed 30 players to help them rebound after their 4-8 season a year ago. Six of those players come from the Rushmore state and that's what Coach Glenn wants.
"We always start recruiting from the steps of Old Main and then we work out from there. There are some good football players in South Dakota. Their future is in front of them, but they are all good kids and they have a bright future at South Dakota if they pour their heart and soul into it," USD Head Football Coach Joe Glenn said.
Watertown native Shay Bratland ran wild his senior for the Arrows. He was 3 yards shy of reaching 3,000 total yards. The 5'10 senior also led his team to the 11AA title game where he ran back a kick on the field he will now call home for four years.
"One of the things we really liked about him was his kick off return ability. He is a big man, he can catch the ball well, and he has sprinters speed. He broke 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash at summer camp. He also averaged 36.6 yards per kick off return, so we are going to give him a chance to do that for us and see if we can't run through him like they did in high school," Glenn said.
Other notable recruits are Spencer Hopkins of O'Gorman, Kray Krolikowski from Winner, and 6'6 O-linemen Nick Jensen who will be playing for his home town. Although this class looks good on paper Glenn knows it can't be graded until they get on the field.
"I'll grade it in about two years, but honestly you don't always get everybody you go after, nobody does. Their backgrounds are terrific. We signed a great bunch of kids, good people, good football players of all shapes, sizes, and speeds. When I got done I realized what a great bunch of kids and athletes we had signed. I feel great about them and the fact that they chose our university," Glenn said.
The Coyotes biggest name entering camp will be Tacari Carpenter, a 6’0 game changing wide out from Robbins, Ill.