CHADRON, Neb. — February 3. 2021 — Chadron State College Head Football Coach Jay Long announced on Wednesday the 27 names of high school student-athletes to sign National Letters of Intent to play for the Eagles, on the first day of the 2021 signing period.
“It takes an army to recruit student-athletes,” said Long, “and we’d like to thank the CSC admissions department, our faculty and staff, and our current players, for all their hard work. The coaching staff did a great job addressing needs. The thing that stands out to me about our class is speed. I’m also really proud that more than half of our signees qualified for academic scholarships.”
The 27 new players break down very neatly into position groups. There are two quarterbacks, two running backs, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, three linebackers, five defensive backs, two all-purpose athletes, and one kicking specialist.
The quarterbacks are James Opio of Portland, Maine, and Preston Pearson of Kearney, Nebraska. Opio was a participant in the 2020 Maine Elite Passing Camp. Pearson was a Lincoln Journal-Star First Team Super State member as an athlete.
Joining the running back corps are Kinyatah Morgan, of Brooksville, Florida, and Brock Ping, of Billings, Montana. Morgan averaged 10 yards per carry over three seasons at Nature Coast Technical High in Florida, including 12.7 per attempt last fall. Ping is an All-State selection whose team won state titles in 2017 and 2018, and finished as runner up last fall.
Four receivers signing up were Daniel Becerra of Tucson, Arizona, John Bennett, from Miami Springs, Florida, Jamal Browder, a North Miami native, and Jackson White, who hails from Lakewood, Colorado. Becerra was an Arizona 5A-6A First Team All-State selection last fall. Bennett made the All-Dade County First Team in 2020. Browder was recently named the MVP of his high school Hotbed All-Star Game. Finally, White was a 5A JeffCo League First Team player this past season.
The two tight ends are Rodarial Abercrombie and Braydon Rowe. Abercrombie, a San Bernadino, California, resident, played on the 2019 state runner-up team in his division in his most recent season, and he also made Team MVP on some very successful basketball teams. Rowe is a 2020 All-Conference honorable mention recipient from Erie, Colorado.
Four new offensive linemen set to join the team are Remington Ferree, of Thermopolis, Wyoming, Vincent Mosley, of Fort Collins, Colorado, Scott O’Dell of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jonathan Tejada of Los Angeles. Ferree is a two-time Wyoming 2A All-State lineman. Mosley earned First Team All-Conference at Fort Collins High in 2019. O’Dell was a All-State Second Team selection last fall, and was invited to the 2021 Shrine Game. Tejada last played in 2019, when he was a First Team All-Western League pick at Venice High.
On the defensive side of the ball, two student-athletes signed to play in the trenches. They are Isaiah Guerue, a two-time All-State honorable mention and Eight-man All-Star Game selection from Morrill, Nebraska, and Tanner True, a two-time Colorado 2A All-State selection and 2020 state champ at Eaton High in Colorado.
The linebackers are Brock Love, Logan O’Brien, and Saxon Wright. Love is an All-State honorable mention player at Lehi High in Utah. O’Brien earned the same honor, this past season at Kearney Catholic High. Wright was the No. 3 busiest tackler in all classes of Colorado football, as a junior in 2019, helping his team to the Class 3A title three times and the 4A finals his senior year.
In the final position group, five defensive backs, including four from Florida, will be in the mix this fall.
Dedric Hall and Kyle McIntosh are teammates, along with the running back Morgan, at Nature Coast Technical in Brooksville. Both boast impressive superlatives. Hall was his district’s overall Player of the Year and his league’s Offensive Player of the Year. McIntosh was his county’s Defensive Player of the Year and holds his school’s 400 meter dash record. The other Floridian in the group is Joshua Sink of Orlando, a six-foot-plus high jumper in track and field, who was invited to the 2020 Cure Bowl All-Star Game. Kenneth Norwood, a teammate of the receiver Bennett at Miami Springs, is a highly recruited cornerback prospect. Rounding out the list is Stanton, Nebraska, native Sutton Pohlman, who recorded 305 career tackles on defense and 40 career touchdowns on offense at Stanton High.
The kicker, Brodie Eisenbraun of Sturgis Brown High in South Dakota, is the lone native of the Mount Rushmore State to sign an NLI thus far in the 2021 class. Eisenbraun is a two-time Class 11-AA All-State punter, and simultaneously earned All-Conference honors in two seasons of soccer his final two years of high school.
A pair of all-purpose athletes, who may be relied on as return specialists, come from Colorado and Florida. “Abdi” Ali is a speedster who did it all for his high school of Crawford High in San Diego. As Ali enters his senior season, he has been named an “All-Prep” wide receiver by SDFootball.net. The other athlete is Daymond Hill of Cheyenne Mountain High in Colorado Springs. Hill totaled more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a junior in 2019, when he ran for 858 yards, had 415 yards receiving, and gained 268 yards on returns.
Long expects a few more players to register their paperwork in the following days, when they will be added to the roster.