Two Dickinson football standouts sign National Letters of Intent
Dickinson State University football will be boosting their roster with some local talent, as Max Wilkinson and Chase Selle sign their NIL to join the Blue Hawks team.
DICKINSON — National Letter of Intent (NIL) day is a special moment for high school football players, as it marks the crowning achievement of their career and sets the stage for the next level. On this day, talented athletes across the country sign their letters to continue their football careers at the collegiate level, committing to a specific school and officially becoming a member of the team.
For many players, NIL day is a dream come true, as it represents the hard work and dedication they have put in to earn this opportunity. The letters are often signed in front of the player's family, high school coaches and friends, making it a memorable and emotional moment.
This year, two local Dickinson High School standouts signed their letters to continue their football careers at Dickinson State University. Max Wilkinson and Chase Selle announced their move to join the Blue Hawks team.
Max Wilkinson, a lineman standing at a formidable 6'4 and 320 pounds, will be joining the Blue Hawks next fall. Wilkinson is known for his strength and quick feet, and has consistently dominated the line of scrimmage at the prep level. Using his power to overpower opponents, Wilkinson was among the very best offensive linemen in the state.
The highly-regarded offensive lineman will have his work cut out for him as he competes for playing time at Dickinson State University. The Blue Hawks are no strangers to an effective offensive line, having three starters named to the All-Conference team. Both Nathaniel Woodruff and Brandon Bennick are returning this season and a number of experienced players are vying for starting spots. Wilkinson could see defensive line play, but will need to bring his best game and work hard to earn a spot on the field. The impressive high school senior has all the potential and intangibles needed to make an impact for the Blue Hawks on either side of the ball, but will likely enter the season as a third string option unless he has an exceptional off-season and outperforms a stable corps of competition.
Also joining the Blue Hawks is Chase Selle, a wide receiver and explosive cornerback standing at 6'2 and 165 pounds. Selle is a dynamic athlete with a unique blend of speed, quickness and agility, making him a threat on both sides of the ball. On offense, he has the ability to stretch the field and create separation from defenders, while on defense he has the speed and agility to cover receivers and make plays on the ball.
Selle, despite being a highly-touted WR/DB out of high school, will have his work cut out for him as he competes for playing time at Dickinson State University. The Blue Hawks' depth chart at receiver is already stacked with talent, including Noah Sickler and Kaden Kuntz. Sickler topped 60 yards per game last season, while Kuntz made significant contributions. Two receiving spots will open up this season as graduating stand-outs Connor McCarvel and Isaiah Kludt, both proven reliable pass-catchers at the collegiate level, leave big shoes to fill and open the door for a shake up in the depth chart.
Selle will need to bring his A-game and work hard to earn his spot on the field, but with his speed, quickness and agility, he has the potential to make an immediate impact for the Blue Hawks. It is projected that Selle will see early special teams snaps as he begins to work his way up a talent rich depth chart.
The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks football team had a strong season in 2022, finishing with a 7-3 overall record and earning a spot in the NAIA Football playoff. While the team faced some tough losses, they also had some impressive victories, including a 48-14 win over Mayville State University and a 50-7 victory over Waldorf University.
The two new signees will join a Blue Hawks team that during the 2022 season had a strong statistical performance on both offense and defense. On offense, the team averaged 367.3 yards per game, with 155.0 of those yards coming from the rushing attack and 212.3 coming from the passing game. This translated to an average of 32.5 points per game for the Blue Hawks. Defensively, DSU allowed an average of 247.4 yards per game, with 83.7 of those yards coming from the rushing game and 163.6 coming through the air. This resulted in an average of 15.9 points allowed per game.
Both Wilkinson and Selle have proven themselves to be key contributors at the high school level and have the skills and dedication to see their game transition to the next level. The new faces on the roster are expected to provide additional tools to the Blue Hawks, as they look to continue their NAIA football playoff appearance tradition.