Football

2017 Recruit Class at 31 by National Signing Day

Northwestern College and head football coach Matt McCarty announced the addition of 31 recruits to the Red Raider program on Wednesday, Feb. 1.  The list includes seven athletes that won state titles this past fall at Boyden Hull/Rock Valley (2A) or Western Christian (1A).

“We are extremely excited about the talent and competitiveness of this initial group,” commented McCarty. “We have a group of players who know what it takes to win championships and understand what it means to pursue excellence in all that they do. We will continue to add key players to the 2017 class in the coming weeks as we build a class of 40-45 athletes for the fall.”

Quarterback is a position group that will see an influx of talent for the Red Raiders. McCarty indicated this was a key goal in this class. “We feel we have strong incoming talent to push our current quarterbacks, and more importantly, a group of young men who know how to lead their teammates and win football games.”

The recruiting class also has a strong focus on talent from the area, something that McCarty sees as crucial for future success.  “Our staff values the quality coaching found at area high schools and we feel that local recruits will always be the foundation for our teams.”  In addition to local athletes, the Red Raiders have signed recruits from Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, California and Washington.

Below is the full list of 31 recruits that have signed to play football at Northwestern College. More information can be found in a separate release about each recruit:  Recruits!

      *Riley Andersen               Defensive Line                                    Okoboji

      Jaydon Baker                    Linebacker                                          Central Lyon/George-Little Rock

      Matthew Baumgartner      Running Back                                     Madelia (Minn.)

      DeMarcus Benjamin         Defensive End                                    Manvel (Texas)

      Carter Bock                        Wide Receiver/Tight End                   Nicollet (Minn.)

      Drake Brezina                   Running Back/Linebacker                Clear Creek Amana

      Dustin Brown                    Offensive Line                                      West Lyon

      Cody Cooper                     Offensive Line                                    Sheldon

      Logan Dodd                       Safety                                                  Centennial (Texas)

      Jake Farley                        Wide Receiver                                    Denison

      Canon Flores                     Wide Receiver                                    Gretna (Neb.)

      Justin Grevengoed            Wide Receiver /Defensive Back    Western Christian                  

      Colton Hage                      Free Safety                                          West Lyon

      Jacob Hommes                  Quarterback/Athlete                          Lynden (Wash.)

      *Jackson Kleinwolterink  Linebacker                                          Western Christian

      Tyson Kooima                  Quarterback/Defensive Back             Western Christian

      Zach Lindsey                    Defensive Line                                     Elmwood-Murdock (Neb.)

      Isaac Loe                           Quarterback/Athlete                            Lakeview (Minn.)

      Adam Miller                      Offensive Line                                      Canton (S.D.)

      Brett Moser                       Quarterback/Linebacker                     Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

      Austin Moss                      Offensive Line/Defensive Line          Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

      Tyler Olivares                   Outside Linebacker                             Buena (Calif.)

      Matthew Reese-Walker  Offensive Line                                      The Villages (Fla.)

      *Garrett Sayler                  Defensive Back                                   Sibley-Ocheyedan

      Shane Solberg                 Wide Receiver/Defensive Back        Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley

      Andy Swartz                      Linebacker                                           Thomas Jefferson

      Dominque Taylor              Linebacker/Defensive Line               Dawson (Texas)

      Jon Todd                            Running Back                                      DeSmet (S.D.)

      Ross Van Heuvelen          Wide Receiver/Defensive Back       Western Christian

      Braxton Williams              Kicker/Punter                                         Fort Madison

      *Kent Woeste                   Offensive Line                                        Humboldt

* already signed a letter of intent and were announced in an earlier release.