Thorn is a 6’3”, 280-pound offensive/defensive lineman who lettered three years for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School football team. Thorn helped pave the way for a rushing offense that totaled 2,807 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. On defense, Thorn totaled 36 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, and one sack. He was a second team all-district selection for the second straight year. Thorn plans to major in business and is the son of Brent and Kristin.
“We are really excited to have Evan join the Red Raider football family,” commented head coach Kyle Achterhoff. “He has great size for a high school offensive linemen and we are excited about his future in our program.”
Vander Stelt is a 6’1”, 210-pound defensive end/offensive lineman who played three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley football team. Vander Stelt earned first team all-district honors after recording 38 tackles in leading the Dutch to a 5-5 record last year. Voted the teams’ most valuable player on defense, Vander Stelt plans to major in business at Northwestern. He is the son of John and Denise.
“It is great to have Joe join our football team,” commented Achterhoff. “We look forward to his development at the linebacker position. He primarily played on the defensive line in high school but showed great potential when given a chance to play linebacker. Joe is an aggressive player and like to hit.”