“We are thrilled to announce a significant portion of our 2016 recruiting class is already signed,” said Dordt College football coach Joel Penner. “While there are still more recruits to go, the group that we are announcing today contains strong additions to Dordt College and our football team.
Jake Dodge; Okoboji High School
6-2, 200 pounds….played wide receiver, cornerback, kicker and punter for the Pioneers during his high school career…earned second-team all-state honors as a kicker and was twice named first-team all-district…was his team’s offensive mvp and was the “All In” team award winner twice…caught 36 passes for 444 yards and one touchdown and made 21 solo tackles on defense with an interception…converted on 18-22 point after attempts had a 34.6 yards per punt average on 29 attempts with a long of 74…also had a long field goal of 43 yards…son of Scott and Susan Dodge and Tri Dodge of Milford, Iowa…plans to study engineering at Dordt College.
Drake Granstra; Western Christian High School
6-0, 190 pound linebacker and fullback at Western…finished his senior season by claiming all-district second-team honors…was in on 57 solo tackles and had 20.5 assisted stops with four sacks and three fumble recoveries…ran for 102 yards on 28 attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns…caught four passes for 34 yards and two scores…helped Western to a district title and a 2015 Class 1A State Runner-up finish….son of Dolan and Cherish Granstra of Sheldon, Iowa….plans to study agriculture at Dordt College.
Taylor Miedema; Western Christian High School
5-10, 165 pound wide receiver and defensive back at Western….caught 42 passes for 618 yards this season in helping Western to a Class 2A State Runner-Up finish…caught six passes for touchdowns and returned 16 punts, two of them for touchdowns and had a 14.5 yards per return average…also handled kick return duties and had a 25.1 yards per return average and returned one kick for a touchdown…had two interceptions and was in on 22 solo tackles in 2015…had 42 catches for 624 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014….earned second-team football all-state honors in both 2014 and 2015 and was a first-team all-district performer both seasons as well and earned team specialty MVP honors…holds school records for career interceptions, receiving yards, receiving yards in a game (197)…currently averaging 11.2 points per game for a Western basketball team that is 16-1…averaged 12.7 points per game for last year’s team that qualified for the state tournament and he averaged 13.1 points per game for a team that won the 2014 state title…is a two-time all-Lakes Conference basketball selection…career record holder at Western for three-point baskets made.
Levi Schoonhoven; Unity Christian High School
6-0, 205 pounds…played fullback and linebacker for the Knights…ran for over 1,300 yards during his career and had had 115 career tackles…was in on a Unity single season record 75.5 tackles in 2014….was twice named all-district first-team at running back in 2014 and 2015…son of Mike and Donna Schoonhoven of Hospers, Iowa…plans to study agri-business at Dordt College.