Posted On: 06/4/20 7:00 AM
For your Thursday morning reading at Prep Redzone Minnesota, we are taking a look at five programs and 16 Minnesota prospects that will be taking their talents to the Northern Sun next season. This batch of programs aren’t ones that loaded up on Minnesota talent but did get a few great names from our fine state. Here are the numbers. Upper Iowa (5), University of Mary (4), Augustana (4) Wayne State (1). Nate at Prep Redzone Minnesota will breakdown each player and give you why they will be an asset to their future team in the Northern Sun.
Coming off a senior season cut too short to injury, the 6’1 215-pound linebacker from Buffalo was the lone Minnesotan signed to the roster. Sarvie is a grinder at linebacker and his excellent vision allows him to take advantage of quarterbacks that don’t see him coming and is a man in pursuit of the ball carrier wherever he is on the field. Sarvie originally committed to St. Cloud State but after the program became defunct, Sarvie committed to the Wildcats of Wayne State, located in northeastern Nebraska. Career Tape
Dustin SarvieDustinSarvie6'1" | LBBuffalo | 2020StateMN, LB, Buffalo Coming off a senior season cut too short to injury, the 6’1 215-pound linebacker from Buffalo was the lone Minnesotan signed to the roster. Sarvie is a grinder at linebacker and his excellent vision allows him to take advantage of quarterbacks that don’t see him coming and is a man in pursuit of the ball carrier wherever he is on the field. Sarvie originally committed to St. Cloud State but after the program became defunct, Sarvie committed to the Wildcats of Wayne State, located in northeastern Nebraska. Career Tape Upper Iowa: Jaeden StovallJaedenStovallLBPark (Cottage Grove) | 2019StateMN, LB, Park of Cottage Grove (SCSU Transfer) You wouldn’t be crazy to think there’s another linebacker in the NSIC from the hotbed of linebackers that is the Wolfpack of Park of Cottage Grove. The 6’0 2020 bounceback from St. Cloud State has found a home at Upper Iowa in tiny Fayette, Iowa where he will continue at linebacker. Stovall plays with a strong edge at linebacker and is a very hard hitter that will cause havoc in the backfield and make you hear all about it. Senior Tape Noah Schirmers, TE, Blaine Schirmer’s tape took some time to find on Hudl, but I was able to grab his film. A big target to throw at with his 6’6 210-pound frame. I think he will be a project as a blocking tight end, but has nice hands to balance out his play. Schirmer on tape seemed to be the player that everyone forgot about, which hopefully it is the same case for the Peacocks. Senior Tape Cole Ewald, WR, St. Louis Park The 6’0 190 pounds wide receiver from the Orioles has blitzing speed and solid hands which should be a winning combo for the Peacocks offense in the coming years. Runs creative routes and has a great ability to find the hole in the secondary. Also a great basketball player with strong leaping ability. Senior Tape Isaac Durand, WR, Stephen Argyle Central (Minnesota-Crookston Transfer) Durand, a transfer from the defunct Golden Eagles program, is a 6’4 190-pound wide receiver that hasn’t yet taken the field in a college game. Durand did, however, impress me with his practice film from his days at Crookston as not being a receiver that’s afraid of a little contact from the defensive back. Wide receivers always get criticism of how some are always looking for the penalty, which doesn’t seem to be the case for Durand as he feeds off of it. Practice Tape from Crookston Aaron Billings, RB, Fergus Falls (Minnesota State CTC Transfer) Watching Billings on tape, he gives off a mix of a Tarik Cohen and Maurice Jones-Drew vibe to me at running back. At 5’7 210 pounds, Billings is rather undersized but is so fast if you blink he’ll run right past you. Billings went the JUCO route after his time at Fergus Falls and will now take his talents to Upper Iowa to see if his lightning speed can catch the eye of the Peacocks offensive coaching staff. Senior Tape University of Mary: Brock Johnson, WR, Champlin Park Johnson had over 700 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns for the state tournament participants from Champlin Park. Johnson is very effective over the middle of the football field. Within the first 30 seconds of his film, he burns past the strong Lakeville North defense for a touchdown. At 5’10 160 pounds the Marauders are getting a versatile slot receiver that can also line up outside. He runs a lot of slant routes and runs them extremely well. Senior Tape Jamire Jackson, LB, Minneapolis North (NDSCS Transfer) Watching Jackson’s sophomore take from NDSCS you get a feeling that Jackson is a player that not only wants to tackle you but wants you to stay on the ground as his strength on his tackles is second to none. Had 62 total tackles last season and one sack for the North Dakota State College of Science last season. A hard hitter that has two years left to make an impact for the Marauders defense. Sophomore JUCO Tape Paul Meyer, WR, Annandale I got to watch Meyer in person in Annandale’s whooping of Milaca last season in the playoffs. What I grasped in that game is the versatility he has in his game. You can line him up to block, you can line him up at tight end, and he’s also quick so you can have a fast 6’5 receiver on your toes. Although they were off the radar, Annandale is becoming a hotbed that everyone’s learning about in the NSIC as of late. Read all about it here in what Annandale has become for Minnesota high school recruiting. Tape against Dassel-Cokato Sean Davies, LB, Providence Academy Davies will make a position switch and will play linebacker for the Marauders. Was an explosive defensive end for Providence Academy. Played defensive end rather undersized at 195 pounds and probably still in the same wheelhouse at linebacker but his speed in pursuit will cause quarterbacks problems. Senior Tape Minot State: Luke Browning, OL, St. Michael-Albertville The three-sport athlete from the Knights will have success for the Beavers. Browning is not just a player that pushes players for his running back to get thru. What impresses me most with Browning is his pull blocking, as within the first minute of his senior Hudl tape you’ll see Browning readjusting to lay a hit to get his running back thru the hole. The 6’3 260 pounder will be a strong asset to the Beavers hog mollies up front for years to come. Senior Tape Sean Pugh-Sykora, DL, Woodbury At 6’3 230 pounds Pugh-Sykora is a work in progress as far as him being undersized for your average player on the defensive line at the college level. However, Sykora is an elusive run-stuffer that uses his versatility to free himself from the offensive line and make a play on the tailback. Pugh-Sykora does have the background, as he is a former tackle in his younger years for the Woodbury Royals. Senior Tape Augustana: Will DavisWillDavis6'4" | DLEdina | 2020StateMN, DL, Edina Davis in my opinion was slightly under-recruited and could probably play at the FCS level but with that being said, the Vikings got a steal getting him. Davis has absolute perfect size at defensive end and has quick feet you’d see at more of a linebacker position. Davis is not one that you want to find a hole in your offensive line, not at all. Senior Tape Jack Fisher, WR, Rochester Century Fisher, the top receiver for the Panthers last season, will be headed to Sioux Falls to join the Vikings. Had over 1100 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns from QB Nathan EberhartNathanEberhartQBRochester Century | 2021StateMN, who is ranked in our Class of 2021 rankings. Slot receiver that only gets faster in stride. Will be a nice under the radar add for the Vikings of Augustana. Senior Tape Zach Nickels, LS, Rochester Lourdes Long Snapper film, not sure that’s something I knew existed before watching Nickels tape! 4.5 Star (5 is the best) by Kohl’s Kicking. Captain of the Rochester Lourdes football program. Also a run-stuffing linebacker. Senior Tape Myles TaylorMylesTaylor6'0" | LBCoon Rapids | 2020StateMN, DL, Coon Rapids Taylor is another shocking signing to this Vikings class, as he is another player in that FCS category. At 6’1 255 pounds this kid is a workhorse at getting to the quarterback and stuffing the run. Taylor is one of the biggest reasons Coon Rapids was able to make the state tournament for the first time since the 1980s. His playmaking ability will do some damage in Sioux Falls. Senior Tape