USD football announces 2005 recruiting class of 20; VHS senior among signers

USD football announces 2005 recruiting class of 20; VHS senior among signers Twenty student-athletes, including Ben Oberle, a senior at Vermillion High School, have signed national letters of intent to enroll at The University of South Dakota and participate in the Coyote football program beginning in the fall of 2005, according to an announcement by South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort.

Oberle was an all-state and all-conference performer for Coach Gary Culver at Vermillion High. Oberle was named honorable mention on the Argus Leader Elite 45 Team. He has also starred in basketball and track at Vermillion High. The son of Rodney and Susan Oberle, he plans to study health, physical education and recreation at USD.

The 2005 class includes nine student-athletes from South Dakota, four from Minnesota, three from Nebraska, two from Iowa and one each from Colorado and California.

Meierkort and his staff focused on the offense, primarily on the offensive line, quarterback and wide receivers. Of the 20 recruits, 13 are offensive players with seven on the defensive side of the ball. A recruit position breakdown includes six offensive lineman, three quarterbacks, three wide receivers and one tight end along with three defensive lineman, three linebackers and a defensive back.

"Because of the late start last year, we consider this our first recruiting class as we have put things in place as a program and identified players in specific areas," Meierkort said. He led his record-breaking team to a 9-2 record and 4-2 in the NCC for second place. USD set 26 school records a year ago.

"We have addressed the future needs of the program with outstanding recruits on the offensive line, quarterback and wide receiver. We have several recruits from South Dakota, which is exciting because we are able to continue to give young men in this state to opportunity to play in the NCC for their university," Meierkort noted.

"I believe we are bringing in a highly-skilled and talented group of receivers and quarterbacks. One of these young men will be able to take over for our starting quarterback Wesley Beschorner after next season. The offensive line recruits are big, strong and individuals with outstanding talent. We addressed our defense needs last year but were able to add to our depth at the defensive line and linebacker," Meierkort added.

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