WAYNE , Neb. – Three players from Wayne High School will stay at home to compete for the Wayne State Wildcats. Coach Dan McLaughlin announced a list of 27 recruits Wednesday on the first day of the 2018 signing period.

Beau Bowers was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Blue Devils and is the school’s all-time passing leader in career yards, touchdown passes and single season TD passes.

Ryan Jaixen is Wayne’s all-time leading receiver with over 2,000 career yards. Mason Lee, another wide receiver, set a new single season school record with 928 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Wayne High School finished with a 7-4 record last fall and picked up the school’s first playoff win in 34 years.

Wayne State’s incoming class includes 13 athletes from Nebraska, four each from Iowa and Missouri, two from Kansas and Illinois and one each from Florida and Louisiana.

“The 2018 Wayne State Wildcat football recruiting class addresses several needs that the coaching staff determined critical to the future success of the program,” McLaughlin said. “As we’ve always maintained, it takes one or two years to give a fair assessment of the quality of a recruiting class. Hopefully we have accurately evaluated the athletic skills, academic capabilities and character values of these young men.”

The list of signees from Nebraska also includes placekicker Ryan Brauer of Battle Creek and offensive lineman Alex Lindsay of Pierce.

Iowans who cast their lot with the Wildcats are defensive lineman Caleb Brouse from Harlan, linebacker Nick Joynt from Garner-Hayfeld, quarterback Bryan Kunde from Cedar Rapids Washington and wide receiver Anthony Lowman from Van Meter.

Wayne State finished the 2017 season at 6-5 overall and fourth in the Northern Sun Conference South with a 4-3 mark.

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