ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State University head coach Mike Schmidt announced the addition of 28 student-athletes for the fall 2020 season. The 2020 class hails from five states, with nine position groups in the mix.
“I am very excited to welcome a very talented group to Northern State football,” noted Schmidt. “We recruited some tremendous people who are great students. This signing day class will fit into the culture of solid character and high-achievers in the classroom.”
“We added some tremendous size to our roster with this group and were able to add some dynamic playmakers who will be electric with the ball in their hands. Signing day is just one step as we will continue to build the entire recruiting class of 2020 Wolves. We won’t stop recruiting high level athletes for this class. We’re just getting started.”
Vance Barnes (Bloomington, Minn.), John Berry (Brainerd, Minn.), Connor Bockorny (Aberdeen, S.D.), Nick Dengler (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Jacob Drietz (Baxter, Minn.), Kaden Eng (Castlewood, S.D.), Stanley Haskins Jr. (Britton, S.D.), Isaiah Issendorf (Fargo, N.D.), Daniel James (Madison, Wis.), Tyler Johnsen (Oshkosh, Wis.), Trevor Johnson (Buffalo, Minn.), Dylan Kaae (Owen, Wis.), Jacob Kaszuba (Neenah, Wis.), Brock Meyers (Rapid City, S.D.), Jackson Nibbelink (Winona, Minn.), Michael Norman (Rapid City, S.D.), Max Otto (Delano, Minn.), Logan Paulsen (DeWitt, Iowa), Zach Polzin (Baltic, S.D.), Clayton Randall II (Herreid, S.D.), Josh Schloe (Sauk Rapids, Minn.), Dillon Stoebner (Aberdeen, S.D.), Brodee Teveldal (Baltic, S.D.), Braden Tretter (Sauk Rapids, Minn.), Jared Vanderbush (Brandon, S.D.), Logan Visser (Clear Lake, S.D.), Chris Weber (Aberdeen, S.D.), and Rob Weber (Rapid City, S.D.) make up the first signing class of Schmidt’s career with the Wolves.
Schmidt continued, “I want to thank our assistant coaches for the work they put into this class. We built some really strong relationships in a short amount of time. That took a lot of attention to detail and dedication to the process. We put on some of the best official visits that I have ever seen and our assistants brought unparalleled energy throughout the past six weeks. I also want to thank Coach Dosch and the previous assistant coaches who built a great culture and gave us a tremendous head start once I got on campus. This was a total team effort and I am very thankful to everyone who had a hand in it.”
“Lastly, we have the best President and the best AD in the country. There’s no doubt about that. They helped recruit every single one of our signees. The vision and relationships that these two establish are incredible. We couldn’t have done anything without them.”
Vance Barnes • Bloomington, Minn. • Minnetonka HS • Minnesota State
Vance Barnes is a 5-foot-9, 190-pound graduate school transfer wide receiver out of Minnesota State University. As a prep, Barnes tallied 1,287 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns for the Minnetonka Skippers, led by head coach Dave Nelson. He earned all-conference accolades in his final season. Barnes appeared in 12 games for the Mavericks in 2018, notching 140 yards receiving, 169 yards rushing, and 406 all-purpose yards. In addition, Barnes is a track and field second team All-American. He is the son of Kelly and Dawn Barnes.
Schmidt on Barnes:
“Vance is one of my favorite people on this planet. I admire him as a man. He is a program-changing player. He knows what it takes to win this conference and he is a great leader for our team. Vance is going to have a monster season for the Wolves!”
John Berry • Brainerd, Minn. • Brainerd HS
John Berry is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end out of Brainerd High School. He was a starter for the Warriors under the direction of head coach Ron Stolski. Berry tallied 63 total tackles in his career, including 6.0 sacks. He added two blocked punts and five punt returns. As a senior Berry was named to the all-district team. He is the son of Yvette Stoliker.
Schmidt on Berry:
“John is a huge addition to our defensive line. This is a premier player who will be a tremendous presence on the edge of our defense. John plays so hard and has tremendous bend for a big guy. He will be an elite player in this conference.”
Connor Bockorny • Aberdeen, S.D. • Central HS
Connor Bockorny is a 6-foot-2, 275-pound offensive lineman out of Central High School. He was a 2-year starter and senior team captain for the Golden Eagles under the direction of head coach Mitch Kranz. As a senior, Bockorny was named to the Eastern South Dakota All-Conference team. He is the son of Mike and Kristi Bockorny.
Schmidt on Bockorny:
“Connor has some deep ties to NSU and to Aberdeen. He’s a great addition to this class. He’s a big kid who has good athleticism and good strength. He also comes from a great family who are proud supporters of Northern State.”
Nick Dengler • Mahtomedi, Minn. • Mahtomedi HS
Nick Dengler is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman out of Mahtomedi High School. He was a 2-year starter for the Zephyrs under the direction of head coach Dave Muetzel. Dengler tallied 30 pancake blocks in his tenure as an offensive tackle. He is a 2017 and 2019 Minnesota State Tournament participant with the Zephyrs. He is the son of Maria and Rob Dengler.
Schmidt on Dengler:
“Nick is another huge guy that we add to our offensive line in this class. He is a big guy who has played some good football. He is tremendously physical and plays hard.”
Jacob Drietz • Baxter, Minn. • Brainerd HS
Jacob Drietz is a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker out of Brainerd High School. He is a 2-year starter and senior team captain for the Warriors under the direction of head coach Ron Stolski. Drietz recorded 258 total tackles in his final two seasons, as well as eight fumble recoveries. He was a 2-time all-conference, all-area, and all-state selection and the 2019 North Central Red District Defensive Player of the Year. The Warriors reached the semifinal round of the Minnesota State Tournament in his sophomore campaign. He is the son of Lisa and Steve Drietz.
Schmidt on Drietz:
“Jacob is a tough, old-school linebacker. He plays physical and runs downhill. Jacob will be a force on the inside of our defense.”
Kaden Eng • Castlewood, S.D. • Castlewood HS
Kaden Eng is a 6-foot, 180-pound safety out of Castlewood High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Warriors under the direction of head coach Doug Ruesink. Eng tallied 285 total tackles, including eight sacks. In addition, he added 1,908 yards rushing with 32 touchdowns and 898 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns. Eng was a 3-time all-conference pick, 3-time all-state honoree, and multiple time recipient of the Public Opinion’s Player of the Week award. He is the son of Pete Eng and Tonya and John Schmit.
Schmidt on Eng:
“Kaden is the first to commit from this class. He loves NSU. We’re looking forward to Kaden being here. He’s a great player and a great teammate.”
Stanley Haskins Jr. • Britton, S.D. • Britton-Hecla HS
Stanley Haskins Jr. is a 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back out of Britton-Hecla High School. He was a 5-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Braves under the direction of head coach Pat Renner. Haskins Jr. recorded 5,115 yards rushing, averaging 108 yards per carry. He recorded 71 total touchdowns over his career and averaged 125.0 yards per game. Haskins Jr. was a 5-time all-conference honoree, 4-time all-state selection, 3-year member of the Argus Leader Elite 45 team, and 2018 NEC Player of the Year. In 2017, Britton Hecla won the South Dakota State Championship. He is the son of Stefanne Cahill.
Schmidt on Haskins Jr.:
“Mr. Electricity, Stanley is an elite talent from just down the road. He is such an electric player who will hit some big runs on defenses. Stanley is a huge get for us and player that we just couldn’t let out of the area.”
Isaiah Issendorf • Fargo, N.D. • Fargo Davies HS
Isaiah Issendorf is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound offensive lineman out of Fargo Davies High School. He was a starter for the Eagles under the direction of head coach Jason Thielges. In his senior campaign, Fargo Davies finished the year as a North Dakota State quarterfinalist. He is the son of Trisha and Eric Issendorf.
Schmidt on Issendorf:
“Our meeting rooms won’t be big enough to fit Isaiah’s personality into. He has great energy and will be an extremely positive teammate. Isaiah has a great upside and is a big addition to our offensive line.”
Daniel James • Madison, Wis. • Edgedwood HS
Daniel James is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback out of Edgedwood High School. He was a starter for the Crusaders. As a senior, James tallied 30 tackles and five passes defended, as well as 230 yards receiving with one touchdown. He is the son of Comfort James and Julius Kibua.
Schmidt on James:
“Daniel has great quickness and ball skills. He’s an extremely talented player from Wisconsin. He has a tremendous family. Daniel will develop into a tremendous defensive back.”
Tyler Johnsen • Oshkosh, Wis. • Lourdes Academy
Tyler Johnsen is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound kicker out of Lourdes Academy. He was a starter for the Knights under the direction of head coach Kevin Wopat. Johnsen is the Trailways Conference single season record holder for kicking points in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was a 3-time all-conference first team pick, 2-time WFCA All-Region first team selection, and 2-time WFCA All-State honorable mention kicker.
Schmidt on Johnsen:
“We love adding a great kicker to our program. Tyler has great leg talent. He’s a great athlete. Tyler is a big time addition to our special teams units.”
Trevor Johnson • Buffalo, Minn. • Buffalo HS
Trevor Johnson is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back out of Buffalo High School. He was a 2-year starter and senior team captain for the Bison under the direction of head coach Mark Lemen. Johnson recorded 60 career tackles and six interceptions, as well as 724 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He was a 2-time all-district selection. He is the son of Tammy and Brad Johnson.
Schmidt on Johnson:
“Trevor is a long, athletic cornerback. He comes from a strong program with good ties to Northern. He runs well and makes some great plays on the ball. He will develop into a great cornerback.”
Dylan Kaae • Owen, Wis. • Owen-Withee HS
Dylan Kaae is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman out of Owen-Withee High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Blackhawks under the direction of head coach Terry Laube. As a senior, Kaae tallied Cloverwood All-Conference honors and was named the most valuable lineman. The Blackhawks reached the Wisconsin High School Playoffs twice in his tenure. He is the son of Jenny Parsons and James Kaae.
Schmidt on Kaae:
“Dylan was our first to commit from Wisconsin in this class. He is a huge guy who has tremendous athleticism. Dylan has a very high ceiling. He will be a great offensive lineman in our program.”
Jacob Kaszuba • Neenah, Wis. • Neenah HS
Jacob Kaszuba is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound defensive end out of Neenah High School. He was a starter and senior team captain for the Rockets under the direction of head coach Steve Jung. In 2019, Kaszuba tallied 64 tackles, six tackles for a loss, and one sack. He was named to the 2019 VFA South All-Conference second team. He is the son of Peter and Jennifer Kaszuba.
Schmidt on Kaszuba:
“We’re really excited to add this Cheese-State defensive end. He is long and physical. He’s going to rush the quarterback really well and presents a problem for offenses because of how long he is on the edge.”
Brock Meyers • Rapid City, S.D. • Stevens HS
Brock Meyers is a 6-foot, 185-pound linebacker out of Stevens High School. He was a starter and team captain for the Raiders under the direction of head coach Steve Svendsen. In two seasons, Meyers tallied 81 total tackles, averaging 4.5 tackles per game, and five interceptions. He added 266 kick return yards in 2016-17. He is the son the Gary and Angie Meyers.
Schmidt on Meyers:
“Brock is a talented linebacker and a great late addition to the recruiting class. He fits our team and he fits northern. Brock will flourish in our program.”
Jackson Nibbelink • Winona, Minn. • Winona Senior HS
Jackson Nibbelink is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound quarterback out of Winona Senior High School. He was a 4-year starter and senior team captain for the Winhawks under the direction of head coach John Cassellius. Nibbelink tallied 1,500 yards passing, 665 yards rushing, and 34 touchdowns in his senior campaign. He was a 2-time all-conference selection and the 2019 Big 9 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He is the son of Tim and Kris Nibbelink.
Schmidt on Nibbelink:
“Jackson is a great athlete playing quarterback. He is great arm strength and makes a ton of plays with his feet. Jackson is a big tall guy who brings a lot of versatility to the quarterback position.”
Michael Norman • Rapid City, S.D. • Stevens HS
Michael Norman is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver out of Rapid City Stevens High School. He was a 4-year starter for the Raiders under the direction of head coach Steve Svendsen. In 2019 Norman tallied 600 yards receiving, averaging 12.5 yards per reception, with five touchdowns. He added 70 tackles, three interceptions, and two sacks. Norman was a 2019 all-state honoree. He is the son of Heidi Greseth.
Schmidt on Norman:
“We are so excited about Michael’s future with the Wolves. He’s a long, talented athlete who makes plays all over the field. Michael has tremendous upside for this team. He’s going to be a force on the field for us.”
Max Otto • Delano, Minn. • Delano HS
Max Otto is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback out of Delano High School. He was a 2-year starter and team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Merril Pavolich. Otto recorded 3,817 yards passing with 47 touchdowns in his final two seasons. He was a 2-time all-district and all-conference selection, as well as the District Quarterback of the Year. He is the son of John and Andrea Otto.
Schmidt on Otto:
“Max is a big guy with a huge arm. He is a great baseball player also. He has elite arm talent and is a very good athlete.”
Logan Paulsen • DeWitt, Iowa • Central DeWitt
Logan Paulsen is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wide receiver out of Central DeWitt. He was a 2-year starter for the Savers under the direction of head coach Ryan Streets. Paulsen recorded 762 yards receiving and five touchdowns, averaging 15.6 yards per reception. He was a 2-time first team All-Observer selection, 2-time Clinton Herald team member, and 2-time All-District second team honoree. He is the son of Jeff and Carrie Paulsen.
Schmidt on Paulsen:
“Logan is a big time get for our football program. He is so long and athletic. He is a huge guy and is a big-time playmaker from the state of Iowa. Logan will be a huge addition to our offense.”
Zach Polzin • Baltic, S.D. • Baltic HS
Zach Polzin is a 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back out of Baltic High School. He was 3-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Bulldogs under the direction of head coach Alan Baskerville. Polzin recorded 1,823 career rushing yards with 25 touchdowns. He added 1,107 yards receiving as a senior. Polzin is a 3-time all-conference pick and 2019 all-state honorable mention selection. He is the son of Scott and Marsha Polzin.
Schmidt on Polzin:
“Zach is a tough-nosed runner who pays downhill. I love his make-up as a player. He’s physical and plays hard. He will be a versatile player for us.”
Clayton Randall II • Herreid, S.D. • Herreid HS
Clayton Randall II is a 6-foot, 180-pound running back out of Herreid High School. He was a 5-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Yellow Jackets under the direction of head coach Clayton Randall. Randall II tallied 3,491 yards rushing and 940 yards receiving in his career with 62 touchdowns. He added 317 tackles, 17 interceptions, and nine forced fumbles. Randall II was a 3-time all-conference selection, 2-time Aberdeen American News All-Area team member, 2-time all-state honoree, and Argus Leader Elite 45 team pick. He is the son of former Northern State student-athletes Clayton and Holly Randall.
Schmidt on Randall II:
“Clayton is a tremendous football player. He plays the game the right way. He plays hard and physical football and is a great playmaker. He also comes from a family with deep ties to NSU. He’s a great addition to this recruiting class.”
Josh Schloe • Sauk Rapids, Minn. • Sauk Rapids Rice HS
Josh Schloe is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end out of Sauk Rapids Rice High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Storm under the direction of head coach Phil Klaphake. Schloe tallied 334 yards receiving in his career. He was a 2-time all-conference honorable mention selection and a 2019 recipient of the conference academic award. He is the son of Eric and Lorianne Schloe, and brother of Wolves freshman Jacob Schloe.
Schmidt on Schloe:
“Josh Schloe is a huge guy and great addition to our tight end position. He’s a tremendous athlete for his size. Josh is a great student, from a great family and his brother is also on our team currently. We’re excited to have such a big guy who is such a great athlete who can add great versatility to our tight end position.”
Dillon Stoebner • Aberdeen, S.D. • Central HS
Dillon Stoebner is a 6-foot, 190-pound linebacker out of Central High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Golden Eagles under the direction of head coach Mitch Kranz. Stoebner tallied 142 career tackles at CHS, including 19 tackles for a loss and three sacks. He was an academic all-state selection. He is the son of Heidee and David Stoebner, and brother of current Wolf Collin Stoebner.
Schmidt on Stoebner:
“Dillon is a physical, tough player from right here in Aberdeen. He has a brother currently on our roster. He has the toughness and athleticism to play multiple positions for us. We love his physicality.”
Brodee Teveldal • Baltic, S.D. • Baltic HS
Brodee Teveldal is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound wide receiver out of Baltic High School. He was a 3-year starter for the Bulldogs under the direction of head coach Alan Baskerville. Teveldal tallied 811 yards on 42 catches with nine touchdowns in 2019. He was a 2-time all-conference selection and all-state honorable mention pick. He is the son of Joni Lamber and Brett Teveldal.
Schmidt on Teveldal:
“Brodee can really do it all. He is a tremendous athlete. He also is a talented long snapper. We’re thrilled to watch Brodee develop into a great college football player here at NSU.”
Braden Tretter • Sauk Rapids, Minn. • Sauk Rapids Rice HS • St. Cloud State
Braden Tretter is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver out of Sauk Rapids Rice High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Bolts under the direction of head coach Phillip Klaphake. Sauk Rapids Rice won the section championship and advanced to the Minnesota State Tournament in Tretter’s junior campaign. Tretter spent a redshirt season at St. Cloud State in the fall of 2019. He is the son of Jody Stangl and Cory Lease.
Schmidt on Tretter:
“Braden is an explosive player from a great program. We were so excited to have Braden join our program. He’s a hard worker and will put in the time to be a great wide receiver.”
Jared Vanderbush • Brandon, S.D. • Brandon Valley HS
Jared Vanderbush is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound offensive lineman out of Brandon Valley High School. He was a 2-year starter for the Lynx under the direction of head coach Chad Garrow. Vanderbush was named to the 2019 Eastern South Dakota All-Conference team. Brandon Valley won the South Dakota State Championship in 2018 and finished as the state runner-up the following year. He is the son of Brian and Jill Vanderbush.
Schmidt on Vanderbush:
“We’re excited to watch Jared grow and develop at Northern. He’s a tough player who loves to put his facemask on guys. He’s physical and plays mean. I absolutely love his mentality on the field. He’s also coming from a premier football program in the state of South Dakota.”
Logan Visser • Clear Lake, S.D. • Deuel HS
Logan Visser is a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman out of Deuel High School. He was a 3-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Cardinals under the direction of head coach Dustin Hourigan. Visser tallied 27 pancake blocks in his final two seasons and was a 2019 all-state guard. Deuel reached the first round of the South Dakota State Tournament in his first three seasons with the program. He is the son of Kari and Ron Visser.
Schmidt on Visser:
“We are so excited to watch Logan grow and develop as a player. He is a huge guy with some long levers. He will develop into a great offensive lineman for us. We’re so excited to add Logan to this class.”
Chris Weber • Aberdeen, S.D. • Central HS
Chris Weber is a 5-foot-9, 155-pound wide receiver out of Aberdeen Central High School. He was a 3-year starter and senior team captain for the Golden Eagles under the direction of head coach Mitch Kranz. In 2019, Weber tallied 633 yards receiving and seven touchdowns, averaging 18.6 yards per reception. He added 320 yards rushing. Weber was an all-area and all-state selection. He is the son of Rick and Deb Weber.
Schmidt on Weber:
“The Aberdeen speedster is a dynamic player and great guy from a great family. Chris has tremendous speed and can bust off a long run when he gets in the open field. He will be a tremendous playmaker for our offense.”
Rob Weber • Rapid City, S.D. • Central HS
Rob Weber is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end out of Central High School. He was a 3-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Cobblers under the direction of head coach Erik Iverson. As a senior, Weber averaged 13.2 yards per reception. He is the son of Bob and Susan Weber.
Schmidt on Weber:
“Rob is a tall, long tight end who is a huge addition to that position group. He’s really long and athletic and runs well. He will really grow into his body and be a really talented tight end for us.”
BREAKDOWN BY STATE
South Dakota (13)
Stanley Haskins Jr.
Clayton Randall II
Minnesota (9), Wisconsin (4), North Dakota (1), an Iowa (1)
BREAKDOWN BY POSITION
Wide Receiver (6), Offensive Line (6), Linebacker (3), Running Back (3), Defensive Back (3), Defensive Line (2), Quarterback (2), Tight End (2), and Kicker (1)