VERMILLION, S.D. (USD) —South Dakota head football coach Bob Nielson is pleased to announce the addition of five student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. In addition, Nielson announced that five other high school standouts have accepted an offer of admissions to the University of South Dakota and plan to join the Coyote football program this fall.

The 10 newcomers join 14 student-athletes who joined the Coyotes back in December. Wednesday’s signees hail from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado and Georgia. They include six offensive players, three defensive players and one specialist.

“The second signing is an opportunity for us to put the finishing touches on the 2023 incoming class,” said Nielson. “We addressed a couple of positional needs and I’m very excited about the quality of young men that we have joining our roster for next season.”

In looking at the 24 signees for the 2023 class, South Dakota added at least two players to each position group on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football and also added to a special teams room that graduated three seniors. It is also the first set of signees with new offensive coordinator Josh Davis in place.

“Having Josh on board in early January allowed him to be involved in the recruitment of the offensive players that we are bringing in with this group and address our positional needs for the future,” said Nielson. “

The Coyotes are replacing 11 seniors who graduated this past season. Nielson said spring football is set to begin in late March. South Dakota opens the 2023 campaign at Missouri Sept. 2.

NamePos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
Dylan BirgeOL6-2290Olathe, Kan.West
Beau BushQB6-3205Pella, IowaPella
Grant ChapmanOL6-5270Andover, Minn.Anoka
Tyler GreenDB6-1175Atlanta, Ga.Hillgrove
Sam HollowayP/K6-3170Adel, IowaADM
Jase HoveyDB6-2215Louisburg, Kan.Louisburg
Mack NewellTE6-4250Louisburg, Kan.Louisburg
Jack RonsOL6-4280Littleton, Colo.Dakota Ridge
AuVon SagerDE6-5240Minneapolis, Minn.North
George WilliamsTE6-4225Des Moines, IowaRoosevelt