WAYNE — Cedar Catholic’s Rex Becker is one of the 26 football players who signed letters of intent last week to play football at Wayne State College for new head football coach John McMenamin.
The list of high school signings and transfers includes 15 athletes from Nebraska — including three from Northeast Nebraska — four in South Dakota, three from Iowa and one each from Louisiana, Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin.
Besides Becker, other area athletes the Wildcats signed are:
Jaxon Johnson, Bancroft (B-R/L-D) — DE, 6-3, 235
Brogan Jones, Allen (Allen) — LB, 5-10, 170
Coach McMenamin is excited about this new class.
“It’s a great day to be a Wildcat,” McMenamin said of his first recruiting class at Wayne State College. “I would first like to thank our coaching staff as their tireless approach and attention to detail allowed us to recruit and sign the type of quality student athletes we need. Our staff has surpassed all expectations I had and have delivered an inaugural recruiting class second to none. I couldn’t be more proud of what they were able to accomplish in a few short weeks we had to recruit.”
“We went in and focused on both sides of the line of scrimmage,” he added. “We needed to address some size concerns and I definitely feel we accomplished that. We have signed a number of impactful young men that will help pave the future of the Wildcats. We also looked to add to our team speed. I feel that we hit some home runs here as the additions at the skill positions will provide some game-changing ability on both sides of the ball.”
Student-athletes who have signed with Wayne State are: Nebraska: Dylan Baker, Omaha (Omaha Central) — TE, 6-1, 220 Rex Becker, Hartington (Cedar Catholic) — DL, 6-1, 250 Gage Dengel, Bellevue (Bellevue East) — TE, 6-4, 200 Benjamin Flott, Papillion (Papillion-LaVista) — OL, 6-3, 260 Uzziah Freeman, Omaha (Boys Town) — WR, 6-4, 180 Nick Halleen, Lincoln (Lincoln SE) — RB, 5-10, 200 Jett Janssen, Lincoln (Lincoln East) — OL, 6-5, 250 Jacob Kuznia, Papillion (Papillion-LaVista) — OL, 6-2, 285 Shane Orr, Omaha (Omaha Roncalli) — WR, 5-10, 170 Barrett Skrobecki, Waverly (Waverly) — LB, 6-0, 195 Luke Stueve, Battle Creek (Battle Creek) — OL, 6-3, 260 Ciaran Thompsen, Elkhorn (Elkhorn South) — DL, 6-0, 250 Dawson Wright, Lincoln (Lincoln NE) — WR, 5-7, 157 South Dakota: Jacob Byrd, Sioux Falls (O’Gorman) — DB, 6-0, 170 Mohamed Ibrahim, Sioux Falls (Tri Valley) — LB, 5-10, 190 Alex Kowalczyk, Sioux Falls (O’Gorman) — LB, 5-11, 200 Lane VanderWal, Volga (Sioux Falley) — WR, 6-2, 180 Iowa: Trey Guerrero, Des Moines (Roosevelt) — WR, 5-11, 170 Noah Neofotist, Toddville (Alburnett) — DL, 6-3, 210 Louisiana: Jadon Johnson, Lake Charles (St. Louis Catholic) — WR, 6-0, 185 Minnesota: Dustin Sarvie, Buffalo (Buffalo) — LB, 6-1, 215 Transfers: Ijaaz Rashid, Renton, Wash. (LA Pierce College) — DB, 6-1, 185 Clarke Solo, Des Moines, Iowa (Iowa Western CC) — DB, 5-9, 190 Tysen White, McFarland, Wisc. (Minnesota Crookston) — DB, 5-10, 175