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Dickinson State announces 2019 recruiting class

For long-term Dickinson State football fans, there is one name that will jump out on the list of the 2019 recruiting class: Hofland. Linebacker Tanner Hofland is the son of former Blue Hawk Lance Hofland and the nephew of the longtime defensive c...

For long-term Dickinson State football fans, there is one name that will jump out on the list of the 2019 recruiting class: Hofland.

Linebacker Tanner Hofland is the son of former Blue Hawk Lance Hofland and the nephew of the longtime defensive coordinator Arlan Hofland. The Sundance High School (Wyo.) senior is one of 27 recruits announced by Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton and his staff on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Ramada in Dickinson.

"He comes from a great football family," Dickinson State offensive coordinator Michael McGuire said. "His dad was a great linebacker here. ... He's a kid, he's got a great nose for the ball. He will really get after you. He's physical when he gets there."

Hofland was a two-time All-State and All-Conference selection and was named to the Casper Star Tribune Super 25, as well as to the Wyoming Shrine Bowl roster.

Another familiar name on the list is Ray, as in Kellen Ray, younger brother of former Dickinson State quarterback Kaler Ray and current QB Kooper Ray.

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Kellen has two years of college football at Scottsdale and Phoenix Community Colleges under his belt and his large frame at 6-foot-5-inches, 210 pounds allows him to be slotted in at either wide receiver or tight end.

"He's a big, long wide receiver/tight end," McGuire said. "Coming out of high school, he was pretty thin. He's put some good weight on now and he's one of those guys that could be a matchup problem for us, whether we use him as an inline tight end, flex him out as a receiver, outside against smaller corners, put him in the slot. He's a kid that's going to be really, really versatile for us. As offensive coordinator, we love guys like that."

Linebacker Keaton Meschke also has a sibling on the current roster in wideout Gabe Meschke.

The Mandan native was selected to the First Team All-WDA on both offense and defense and was named to the Second Team All-State.

"Keaton was very contested in the recruiting process, so when we were able to solidify Keaton, that was a big day for us," Dickinson State defensive coordinator Jason Thier said during the presentation Wednesday.

Meschke is one of nine recruits from North Dakota. Zane Pittsley played on both lines at Killdeer, but will be on offense for the Blue Hawks. Coming from the backfield behind him will be Ephraim Yohan, of Williston, who was the Coyotes' leading rusher this past season. Additionally, Bradley Treiber, of Mandan, will play defensive back for Dickinson State and Evan Heiser, of Watford City, will join the linebacking corps.

As they have for many years, Stanton and his staff picked up plenty of players from Montana as well, bringing in four this year including Tayson Hoerster, who attended football camp at DSU last summer.

"The biggest thing about Tayson is he came to our camp last summer as an individual and talked to me right away and said, 'I want to come here. I want to play football here,'" lineman coach Jeff Miller said. "It's nice to get a kid that early on tells you, 'This is where I want to be, this is where I want to play,' and so we're excited about him."

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The Blue Hawks have two seniors that transferred from Pasadena City College in California in running back Amad Andrews and offensive lineman Matthew Perez. The two clearly shared good things about the program to former teammates, as four more Lancers have decided to become Blue Hawks.

David Zulalyan, who used to block for Andrews in California, will join the team in the fall, but the other three are already on campus, so spectators will see them during spring ball.

Andrew Madrigal will play defensive line, while Torus Stepney and Austin Adolphus are defensive backs.

Also already on campus is Randall Mincy, who previously played at Glendale Community College and will fill a need at tight end after the team graduated two at the position.

"He is a very versatile tight end," Thier said. "He has the ability to split out as a wide receiver, he can play off the ball as a (halfback) kind of guy, he can be on the ball as an inline tight end to be able to block. He's very athletic when it comes to running routes. You can use the entire route tree with him. ... He's done a lot of great things in our off-season program and we're very excited to see what Randall's going to do this next season."

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