ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Northwestern College football coach Matt McCarty leaned heavily on his alma mater when compiling his latest recruiting class.

Of the 31 commitments announced on signing day Wednesday, five hail from West Lyon High School, where McCarty played before a stellar collegiate career at Northwestern.

They include defensive end Zach DeSmet (6-3, 240), linebacker Tanner Oleson (5-11, 200), linebacker Mitchell Rentschler (6-1, 195), wide receiver Dylan Snyders (5-10, 170) and safety Noah Van’t Hof (6-0, 185).

Daniel Donovan, a linebacker from Hull Western Christian; Conner Huss, a linebacker from MOC-Floyd Valley; Jaden Langenfeld, a linebacker from Denison-Schleswig; Cade Moser, a wide receiver from Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; Tyler Zeiman, a running back from Cherokee and Brendan Zuetenhorst, a tight end from Sioux Center, are the other recruits from Northwest Iowa.

In all, Northwestern brought in 17 athletes from the state of Iowa.

“We are extremely excited to have so many talented players joining an already special group of returnees in the fall,” McCarty said. “We were a young team this past fall and sometimes recruits are scared of competition, but this group wants to compete right away and push Northwestern football to new heights.”

The Red Raiders finished 10-2 last season and wound up ranked No. 8 in the NAIA coaches poll.

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