NWU Football adds 39 recruits

Posted By: Brett Edwards

sports@klkntv.com

Head Football Coach Brian Keller has announced the names of 39 recruits who havesaid they will attend Nebraska Wesleyan University this fall and plan to participate in football for the Prairie Wolves.

 

Included in the group are 30 players from Nebraska, eight players from Colorado and one from Missouri.  Three recruits were named First-Team All-State in their respective classes, while eight of the recruits received All-State honorable mention recognition.

 

Nebraska Wesleyan will open the 2012 football season on Saturday, Sept. 1 when they host the University of SaintMary (Kan.) at Abel Stadium in Lincoln.  The Prairie Wolves are coming off a 5-5 season in 2011.

 

* Attention Media: Nebraska Wesleyan University is affiliated with the NCAA as a Division III member institution and does not give athletic scholarships or sign national letters of intent.

Here's a complete breakdown of Nebraska Wesleyan's 2012 recruiting class:

 

Corey Adcock, OL

Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

High School: Valor Christian

H.S. Coach: Brent Vieselmeyer

Parents: Jeff and Cathleen Adcock

Honors/Stats: 3-Year Varsity Letter Winner

 

Andrew Blocker, OL

Hometown: LaVista, Neb.

High School: Omaha Gross Catholic High School

H.S. Coach: Tim Johnk 

Parents: Scott and Deb Blocker

Honors/Stats: All-State HM, 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Conference

 

Wes Boettcher, DB

Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.

High School: Green Mountain High School

H.S. Coach: Tom Ward

Parents: David and Judy Boettcher

Honors/Stats: Defensive MVP, 2nd Team All-Conference

 

Eric Bostwick, DB

Hometown: Maryville, Mo.

School: Maryville High School

H.S. Coach: Chris Holt

Parents: Scott and Sue Bostwick

Honors/Stats: 38.5 tackles, 1 interception, 12 PBU; District and Conference Champions.

 

Drew Bryant, DB

Hometown: Kilgore, Neb.

High School: Cody-Kilgore High School

H.S. Coach: Chris Bode

Parents: Kerry and Tara Bryant

Honors/Stats: 2-Time Academic All State, 2nd Team All District 2011

 

Tyler Chamness, DB

Hometown: Grand Island, Neb.

Previous School: Peru State College

High School: Grand Island Senior High

H.S. Coach: Jeff Tomlin

Parents: Bennett and Peggy Chamness

 

Garrett Chelton, WR

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln High School

H.S. Coach: Mark Macke

Parents: Kevin and Jodi Chelton

Honors/Stats: 3 Varsity Letters in Football and Baseball

 

Connor Davis, WR

Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.

Previous School: Benedictine College

High School: D'Evelyn High School

H.S. Coach: Jeremy Bennett

Parents: Craig and Lisa Davis

 

Erik Decker, OL

Hometown: Canon City, Colo.

High School: Canon City High School

H.S. Coach: Chris Coppa

Parents: Jill Decker

Honors/Stats: 1st Team All South Central League, South Central League MVP at O-Line, 3A All-State Alternate

 

Garrett Farr, WR

Hometown: Stuart, Neb.

High School: Stuart Public School

H.S. Coach: Lance Howitt

Parents: Jack and Perri Farr

Honors/Stats: 2-time All-State HM, 367 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs, 118 tackles, 2-year 1st Team All-District Defensive Back.

 

Tyler Francis, QB

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

Previous School: Peru State College

High School: Lincoln Northeast High School

H.S. Coach: Justin Smith

Parents: Jon and Amy Francis

 

Angelberto “Tito” Gamboa, LB

Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colo.

High School: Basalt High School

H.S. Coach: Carl Frerichs

Parents: Angelberto Gamboa Sr. and Guadalupe Montoya

Honors/ Stats: 3-time All League. 2-year captain. 96 Tackles. 5 Sacks. 1 Int.  4-year varsity

 

Tyler Gibson, WR

Hometown: Ashland, Neb.

High School: Ashland-Greenwood High School

H.S. Coach: Ryan Thompson

Parents: Kevin and Tammy Gibson, Janelle Coyle

Honors/ Stats: Huskerland Prep All-State HM. Omaha World Herald All-State HM. LJS All-State HM 2nd Team Wahoo Area WR, C-1 & C-2 All-District WR HM. Omaha World Herald All-Area HM. 30 Receptions for 409 yds. 6 receiving TDs. 13.36 yds per catch. 61 Tackles

 

Bryce Halverson, DB

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School: Rampart High School

H.S. Coach: JJ Owens

Parents: Greg Halverson and Renee Tabet

Honors/Stats: 2nd Team All-Conference, 1st Team Hm, Eagle Scout

 

Hunter Hand, LB

Hometown: Springfield, Neb.

High School: Platteview High School

H.S. Coach: Adam Kuhl

Parents: Tyler Hand, Diane Warnke

Honors/Stats: Senior: 1st Team All-State Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AP. 1st Team All-Conference. 1st Team All-District. Team Defensive Player of the Year. 115 tackles, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles.

 

Cody Jones, DB

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln East High School

H.S. Coach: John Gingery

Parents: Ron and Kim Jones

Honors/Stats: 39 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1Ž2 sack, 4 pass break ups, 4 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble

 

Corey Jones, WR

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln Northeast High School

H.S. Coach: Justin Smith

Parents: Ron and Kim Jones

Honors/Stats: All-Conference. Senior year: 435 rushing yards, 220 receiving yards, 7 TDs. All-City HM

 

Weston Kallhoff, DL

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln East High School

H.S. Coach: John Gingery

Parents: Tony and Deb Kallhoff

Honors/Stats: Junior: 23 Tackles, 17 Unassisted, 6 Assisted. 1 TFL. 1 sack. 2 fumble recoveries. Senior: 48 Tackles, 31 Unassisted, 17 Assisted. 1TFL. 1.5 sacks. 2 fumble recoveries. All-City HM

 

Trevor Kuehn, DL

Hometown: Minden, Neb.

High School: Minden High School

H.S. Coach: Sam Dunn

Parents: Rick and Lynn Kuehn

Honors/Stats: 2-Time 2nd Team All-District

 

Caleb LackaFF, OL

Hometown: Bassett, Neb.

High School: Rock County (North Central)

H.S. Coach: Mike Sephen

Parents: Rich and Lora Lackaff

Honors/Stats: 1st Team All-District.  Selected to Nebraska/Kansas 8-man All StarGame and Nebraska Sertoma 8-man All Star Game

 

Ryan Larsen, WR

Hometown: Elkhorn, Neb.

High School: Elkhorn South High School

H.S. Coach: Trevor Longe

Parents: Greg and Marie Larsen

Honors/Stats: All-State HM, Academic All-State. Academic All-Conference. All-Conference. All District. All-Omaha Area Hm. Elkhorn South Offensive Player of the Year. 9 Offensive records: Receptions, Receiving TD's, Receiving yards, (game, season, career)

 

Adam LeGaretta, WR

Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.

High School: Green Mountain High School

H.S. Coach: Tom Ward

Parents: Ed and Sue Legaretta

Honors/ Stats: All-Conference HM. Offensive Back of the Year for the team

 

Sean Loken, DL

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Norris High School

H.S. Coach: Jim Jacobsen

Parents: Eric and Theresa Loken

Honors/Stats: Letter Junior and Senior Year. Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year. All-District

 

Max Lorence, DL

Hometown: Doniphan, Neb.

High School: Doniphan-Trumbell Public School

H.S. Coach: Brent Breckner

Parents: Sally Lorence

Honors/Stats: 1st Team All-District and HM All-Tribland

 

Zach Martin, WR/DB

Hometown: Eagle, Neb.

High School: Waverly High School

H.S. Coach: Mike Johnson

Parents: Randy and Carol Martin

 

Sheridon Mason, FB

Hometown: Papillion, Neb.

High School: Platteview High School

H.S. Coach: Adam Kuhl

Parents: Sandy and Ann Mason

Honors/Stats: All-State HM, Academic All-State, Academic All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, All-Conference HM

 

Jack McAreavey, TE

Hometown: Sidney, Neb.

High School: Sidney High School

H.S. Coach: Todd Ekart

Parents: Tim and Kathy McAreavey

Honors/Stats: All-Conference. 25 Unassisted, 23 Assisted, 48 Total Tackles, 1 fumble recovery. 3 forced fumbles. Selected to Western Nebraska All-Star Game

 

Brandon McGill, LB

Hometown: Waverly, Neb.

High School: Waverly High School

H.S. Coach: Mike Johnson

Parents: Jim and Becky McGill

Honors/Stats: 3-year letter winner. All District. All Conference. 4-year letter winner in Track. Academic All-State. Student-Athlete Lifter of the Year Award. 38 assisted tackles. 40 unassisted tackles.

 

Ben Minnick, WR

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

High School: Omaha Burke High School

H.S. Coach: Paul Limongi

Parents: Richard and Michele Minnick

Stats/Honors:  Varsity Letter for Football and Track

 

Justin Moerer, WR

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln Northeast

H.S. Coach: Justin Smith

Parents: Michael and Tracy Moerer

Stats/Honors: Academic All-State Track and Football, 2 Varsity Football Letters, 2 Varsity Track Letters

 

Drew Ongna, WR

Hometown: Parker, Colo.

High School: Ponderosa High School

H.S. Coach: Randy Huff

Parents: Greg and Peg Ongna

Honors/Stats: 2nd Team All-Conference

 

John Rieder, FB

Hometown: Ralston, Neb.
High school: Ralston High School
H.S. Coach: Tyler Zahn
Parents: John and Melissa Rieder
Honors/Stats: 2011 All-State HM, 3-Time Varsity Letterman, 2011 All-District FB/LB, 2011 All-Conference Team, Rushed for 310 yards, 2 TD's in high school on varsity.  Combined for 112 tackles in 3 years on varsity, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.

 

Cody Schneider, WR

Hometown: Pleasant Dale, Neb.

High School: Milford High School

H.S. Coach: Marty Hingst

Parents: Rick and Deb Schneider

Honors/Stats: All-State HM, 1st Team All-District running back, Academic All-State, Milford Offensive Player of the Year, 4-Time qualifier for playoffs

 

Josh Smith, RB

Hometown: Kearney, Neb.

High School: Kearney High

H.S. Coach: Brandon Cool

Parents: Scott and Lori Smith

Honors/ Stats: Junior: 42 rushes. 250 yds. Ave 5.9 yds. 14 Unassisted Tackles. 22 Assisted Tackles. Senior: 11 rushes. 77 yds. Ave 7.7yds. 3 Unassisted Tackles. 5 Assisted Tackles. 1 game senior year due to injury. 2-way starter senior year. 2-year varsity letter winner. 3-year letterman for varsity soccer. 2-year starter All-Conference soccer. Defensive MVP and team captain

 

Nick Smith, OL

Hometown: Springfield, Neb.

High School: Platteview High School

H.S. Coach: Adam Kuhl

Parents: Mike and Lori Smith

Honors/Stats: All-State HM, 2-Time All-District, 2-Time Academic All-Conference, All-Conference HM, 1st Team All-Conference, 2-Time Omaha Area HM, 2-Time team captain

 

Jarod Speer, DB

Hometown: Minden, Neb.

High School: Minden High School

H.S. Coach: Sam Dunn

Parents: Carl and Sherry Speer

Honors/Stats: 1st Team All-State. 9.1 yards per carry. 1041 rush yards. 25.9 yards per return. 1640 all purpose yards

 

Kalen Vandenberg, LB

Hometown: David City, Neb.

High School: Aquinas Catholic High School

H.S. Coach: Ron Mimick

Parents: Chris and Julie Vandenburg

Honors/Stats: All-State Senior year, All-State HM Junior year, 311 career tackles, 4 blocked kicks, 4 interceptions, 50 TFL, 8 fumble recoveries, 624 defensive points, All-District and All-Conference Senior and Junior year, All-District and All-Conference HM Sophomore year

 

Derek Virgl, TE

Hometown:  Wahoo, Neb.

Previous School: UNL

High School: Wahoo High School

H.S. Coach: Chad Fox

Parents: Robert and Renae

 

Blake Whitney, FB

Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

High School: Lincoln East

H.S. Coach: John Gingery

Parents: Ryan and Marietta Whitney

Honors/ Stats: Football Letter Winner