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Mehrer signs with Blue Hawks

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Mitchell Mehrer, right, prepares for a tackle during a West Region game against Williston on Oct. 25 at the Biesiot Activities Center. Mehrer has signed to play football at Dickinson State.

Dickinson High senior Mitchell Mehrer is trading in his time at the Biesiot Activities Center on Friday nights for Saturday afternoon.

The All-West Region first-team selection and All-State second-team selection signed his letter of intent to play for the Dickinson State football team for the fall 2014 season.

“I like it here,” said Mehrer, who finished his senior season with 35 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. “It isn’t too big or too small of a town. With (DSU) changing conferences, I think a lot of things are going to change and they are going to have a bright future. I want to be part of that.”

Mehrer is the first Dickinson player to sign with the Blue Hawks under incoming head coach Pete Stanton. Mehrer plans to redshirt his first year and major in business.

Needless to say, Stanton is excited to have Mehrer join the Blue Hawks.

“Mitch is someone that we’ve targeted for a long time,” Stanton said. “He’s a very good player and he’s a good athlete that we think has really good potential at the college level. Mitch is one of the top guys that we looked right from the beginning. We felt he’s a guy that could come and help us down the road. We are elate to have Mitch sign with us.”

Since his sophomore season at Dickinson, Mehrer has been a starter at the varsity level. Throughout his three years on varsity, both of his head coaches — Dennis Morris and John Tuchscherer — have been former DSU football players.

Tuchscherer, who finished the 2013 season with a 5-4 record in his first year as the Midgets’ head coach, said Mehrer has the tools to play at the next level.

“I’m very proud of all the things Mitch has accomplished,” Tuchscherer said. “Anywhere that he is going to go and play football that school was going to get a good player on and off the field. We are lucky enough that he’s staying in Dickinson. We will be able to watch him grow as a player throughout his college years.”

Mehrer had been on DSU’s radar for quite some time, but so were a couple of other teams. The Dickinson senior also received interest from University of Mary, Northern State (S.D.), Valley City State, Presentation College (S.D.) and Concordia College (Minn.).

However, he said the Blue Hawks were just the right fit.

“DSU was the first school that started talking to me,” he said. “Coach Stanton talked to me and he is really respectful and an unbelievably nice guy. I just think it was the best fit for me.”

Stanton said he wants to continually sign players from southwest North Dakota — especially in Dickinson.

“One of our goal is to recruit athletes from southwest North Dakota and particularly in Dickinson,” Stanton said. “We feel that the foundation of our program has to be southwest North Dakota guys.”