BROOKINGS, S.D. -- Fresh off its best football season in school history South Dakota State University announced a 21-member signing class during the early-signing period.
The 21-member group includes a trio of Northwest Iowans among four total from Iowa that will join a program that fashioned a 11-3 record this fall and advanced to the FCS national semifinals for the first-time ever.
All three Northwest Iowans are interior linemen as Garret Greenfield, Trajan Walhof and Ryan Van Marel all inked national letters of intent to attend SDSU and join the football program.
Greenfield, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive linemen from Rock Valley where he paved the way for a Boyden-Hull Rock Valley team that won the 2016 state title and advanced to the semifinals this fall and finishing 10-2.
Van Marel, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive tackle from Sheldon, earned first team INA-All State honors in Class 2A. He registered back-to-back 100 tackle season, including 101 with 19 for loss in 2017.
Walhof is a 6-5, 250-pound defensive tackle from Sioux Center, who was a two-time all-district selection. He recorded 10.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this season when he was an all-Iowa selection by the Des Moines Register.
The 21-member class is broken down evenly with 11 on offense and 10 on defense.
"We are excited as a coaching staff to add these 21 student-athletes to our football family," head coach John Stiegelmeier said. "I am truly blessed by a great staff — the amount of work our assistant coaches do to recruit a class of this quality through our season and playoff run is phenomenal. I expect each of these student-athletes to have a huge impact on our program at some point."