Wayne State College head football coach Dan McLaughlin announced that 18 student athletes have signed national letters of intent attend Wayne State College and continue their football careers with the Wildcats.
The 2009 recruiting class includes 15 high school recruits and three junior college transfers. Of the high school signings, 11 are from Nebraska, two from Iowa and one each from Florida and South Dakota.
The recruiting class covers 10 players on offense, seven on defense and one returner. Offensively, WSC inked four running backs, two offensive linemen, one quarterback, one wide receiver, one kicker and one tight end. On defense, the Wildcats signed four linebackers, two safeties and one defensive end. Wayne State College is expected to announce several more recruits in upcoming days.
Wayne State finished the 2008 season with a 9-3 record, advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history. The Wildcats finished in a tie for the NSIC South Division title with Minnesota State going 8-2 in league play and ended the season ranked 19th in the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The nine wins tied a school record for most wins in a single season, matching the 1949 (9-0) and 1993 (9-1) teams. WSC graduated 14 seniors from the 2008 team.
Andrew Bauer Safety 6-2, 190 Elgin, Nebraska (Elgin HS)
Bauer was a three-year starter in football and basketball at Elgin High School, earning Class D2 All-State honors as a junior and senior from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald while also being named to the Norfolk Daily News Top 20…named honorary captain of Class D2 All-State Team as a senior…helped team to 11-1 record as a senior and Class D2 semifinals and a 12-1 mark as a junior and Class D2 runner up finish.
Nick Bell Kicker 5-8, 180 Beatrice, Nebraska (Beatrice HS)
Bell was named Class B First Team All-State kicker by Huskerland Prep Report as a senior, helping Beatrice to an 11-2 record and Class B runner up finish…made 45 yard field goal as a senior and was named the Most Outstanding Kicker at Midwest Kicking Camp in Iowa City, Iowa…led Beatrice in tackles from linebacker position as a senior and led team in rushing yards at running back as a junior…was a two-time All-District and All-River Cities Conference selection and named honorable mention All-State.
Kyle Bertelsen Linebacker 6-2, 220 Waterloo, Nebraska (Douglas County West HS)
Bertelsen was a four-year starter, recording 320 career tackles at Douglas County West High School…was a two-time All-District selection and was named honorable mention All-State three years…selected to the Omaha World Herald All-Omaha area football team as a senior…set school records for tackles in a game (25) and tackles in a season (118).
Nate Bogus Tight End 6-6, 245 Milford, Nebraska (Milford HS)
Bogus was a four-year starter and letter winner at Milford High School…was a three-time All-District selection and earned honorable mention Class C1 All-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald two seasons.
Lee Horky Quarterback 5-11, 165 Fairbury, Nebraska (Fairbury HS)
Horky is a multi-sport standout at Fairbury High School, starting four years in football, basketball and golf…was a two-time All-District quarterback, completing 84 of 173 passes for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior…was Class B All-State quarterback as a junior, leading the state in passing yards, and finished career with 5,089 yards passing and 50 touchdowns…helped team to Class C1 football playoffs as a senior.
Coleman Hunter Linebacker 5-10, 200 Omaha, Nebraska (North HS)
Hunter was a linebacker at Omaha North High School, helping team to a 10-2 record and the Class A semi-finals as a senior.
Taylor McTavish Returner 5-5, 155 Wood River, Nebraska (Wood River HS)
McTavish was a two-time All-Loup Platte Conference performer at Wood River High School, helping team reach Class C1 playoffs during senior season with 6-3 record…had 1,284 total yards as a senior…three year starter in football and four year starter in track and field…placed fourth in Class C pole vault at State Track Meet as a junior, clearing 13′ 0″.
Michel Mikaya Running Back 5-9, 175 Lincoln, Nebraska (North Star HS)
Mikaya rushed for 1,040 yards on just 122 carries and scored six touchdowns to earn Lincoln Journal Star Second Team Super State honors as a senior, helping North Star High School to a 9-2 record and the Class A quarterfinals…was a two-year starter and football and basketball and a four year starter in soccer.
Layne Moore Running Back 6-0, 175 Wahoo, Nebraska (Wahoo HS)
Rushed for 1,133 yards during senior season, averaging 125.9 yards per game for Wahoo High School…helped team reach Class C1 playoffs as a senior going 6-3…earned All-Conference, All-Area and All-District honors to go with honorable mention All-State honors in football…also earned All-Area honors in basketball and track and field and All-Conference honors in track and field.
Austan Pomajzl Safety 6-1, 190 Grand Island, Nebraska (Northwest HS)
Pomajzl was a two-time MVP and All-District performer in football at Grand Island Northwest High School…finished career as all-purpose yardage leader at Northwest HS with 3,312 yards…averaged 25.7 yards on 16 kickoff returns during senior season…was a two-time Academic All-State selection…also a four-year letter winner in track and field…is the Central 10 Conference pole vault champion as a junior.
Ethan Stutzman Wide Receiver 6-4, 180 Grand Island, Nebraska (Northwest HS)
Stutzman was a three year starter in football at Grand Island Northwest High School, earning All-District and honorable mention All-State honors as a senior…had 40 catches for 586 yards receiving and three touchdowns during senior season and set school record for longest punt return…averaged 23.0 yards per punt return…helped Northwest HS to Class B runner up finish in track and field as a junior, running legs on second place 4 x 100 and third place 4 x 800 meter relay teams.
John Karakaris Offensive Line 6-6, 295 New Port Richey, Florida (Ridgewood HS)
Karakaris was a four-year starter in football and track and field at Ridgewood High School in Florida, earning All-Conference honors three seasons in football…earned First Team All-Suncoast as a junior and senior and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star Football Game…was also a two-year letter winner in weightlifting.
Devun Miller Offensive Line 6-3, 250 Des Moines, Iowa (Lincoln HS)
Miller was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Des Moines Lincoln High School, earning First Team All-Central Iowa Metro League honors as a senior and honorable mention All-Conference honors as a junior…selected captain in both football and basketball as a senior…member of National Honor Society from 2007-09.
Josh Riggle Linebacker 6-2, 215 Des Moines, Iowa (Roosevelt HS)
Riggle was a two-time All-Conference middle linebacker at Des Moines Roosevelt High School in Iowa…selected Most Valuable Player on defense during senior season.
Brock DeVries Linebacker 6-2, 215 Jefferson, South Dakota (Dakota Valley HS)
DeVries was a four-year starter and letter winner at Dakota Valley High School…helped team to a 7-3 record in senior season, reaching the second round of the South Dakota Class 11B playoffs…multi-sport athlete, starting four years in track and field and two years in baseball.
David Ferris Running Back 5-7, 190 Papillion, Nebraska (Iowa Central CC)
Ferris was a Second Team National Junior College All-American this past season at Iowa Central Community College, rushing for 1,252 yards in 10 games while scoring 10 touchdowns…averaged 125.2 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry while helping team to an 8-3 record this season…named First Team Midwest Football Conference All-Region and All-Conference in 2008…scored 20 touchdowns in two seasons at Iowa Central CC…has two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.
Isiah Grace Defensive End 6-3, 250 LaVista, Nebraska (Fort Scott CC – Kansas)
Grace played defensive end at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas last season, helping team to a 9-2 record and a #6 national junior college ranking…had 25 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one blocked kick and two fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown.
Vincent Patterson Running Back 5-8, 195 St. Petersburg, Florida (College of the Canyons – Calif.)
Patterson is a junior college transfer from the College of the Canyons in California…was a standout high school running back at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, rushing for 1,580 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and 1,781 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior in high school to earn Florida Class 1A All-State honors…was a team captain and Most Valuable Player for two years and named to the Pinellas County All-Star Team as a senior.