Dordt College Football adds 15 Recruits

February 04, 2016

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Dordt College football coach Joel Penner has announced his initial group of recruits for the 2016 season. The group of 15 includes athletes from seven states and six Iowans.

“We are thrilled to announce a significant portion of our 2016 recruiting class is already signed,” said Dordt College football coach Joel Penner. “While there are still more recruits to go, the group that we are announcing today contains strong additions to Dordt College and our football team. Getting a late start on recruiting this year due to the coaching transition hasn’t seemed to hinder us all that much. Particularly noteworthy in this group of signees is the strong local presence that is represented in Taylor Miedema (Western Christian), Drake Granstra (Western Christian), Levi Schoonhoven (Unity Christian), Jake Dodge (Okoboji), and Luke DeSautel (Sioux Falls Christian). We believe that local recruits in increasing measure are seeing the upside of both a Dordt College degree and a Dordt College football experience. In addition to multiple standout recruits from out of state, Dordt football also has added three mid-year transfers to the roster. Our preliminary signing class is exactly the kind of start we were working towards and we believe this is an indication of the positive change we are expecting in the future.”

Penner was named Dordt College head football coach on December 15.

Elijah Boswell, North Salem High School (Oregon)

6-0, 280 pound offensive tackle, defensive tackle and long snapper…earned football all-conference honorable mention honors twice…son of Aimee Boswell-Rea and Mirsha Ortez of Salem, Oregon…plans to study civil engineering at Dordt College.

Tyler De Bruin; Pella Christian High School (Iowa)

6-2, 190 pound center, linebacker and defensive end for Pella Christian…earned all-district second-team honors in 2014 and was an honorable mention pick in 2013…served as a team captain in 2014 and was a varsity letter winner two times in football and three times in track and field…son of Steve and Amy De Bruin of Oskaloosa, Iowa…plans to study business administration at Dordt College.

Luke DeSautel; Sioux Falls Christian High School (South Dakota)

5-10, 195 pounds…played linebacker and on the offensive line for the Chargers this season as he helped Sioux Falls Christian to a Big East Conference Championship…led the Chargers in tackles and earned All-Dak 12 and All-Big East honors while also taking academic all-state accolades…son of Greg and Susan DeSautel of Sioux Falls, South Dakota…plans to study finance at Dordt College.

Jake Dodge; Okoboji High School (Iowa)

6-2, 200 pounds….played wide receiver, cornerback, kicker and punter for the Pioneers during his high school career…earned second-team all-state honors as a kicker and was twice named first-team all-district…was his team’s offensive mvp and was the “All In” team award winner twice…caught 36 passes for 444 yards and one touchdown and made 21 solo tackles on defense with an interception…converted on 18-22 point after attempts had a 34.6 yards per punt average on 29 attempts with a long of 74…also had a long field goal of 43 yards…son of Scott and Susan Dodge and Tri Dodge of Milford, Iowa…plans to study engineering at Dordt College.

Drake Granstra; Western Christian High School (Iowa)

6-0, 190 pound linebacker and fullback at Western…finished his senior season by claiming all-district second-team honors…was in on 57 solo tackles and had 20.5 assisted stops with four sacks and three fumble recoveries…ran for 102 yards on 28 attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns…caught four passes for 34 yards and two scores…helped Western to a district title and a 2015 Class 1A State Runner-up finish….son of Dolan and Cherish Granstra of Sheldon, Iowa….plans to study agriculture at Dordt College.

Blaine Hanson; Cass Midway High School (Missouri)

Earned all-conference and all-district honors in both 2014 and 2015 at linebacker….helped Cass Midway to its fifth consecutive conference title this season and its second straight district championship…is the son of Sherry Mullikan of Harrisonville, Missouri…plans to study criminal justice at Dordt College.

Holden Hooyer; Pella Christian High School (Iowa)

6-5, 215 pound, played left tackle for the Eagles…earned first-team all-district honors in 2015 while claiming academic all-district honors for a second time…served as his team’s captain as Pella Christian advanced to the second round of the state playoffs in 2015…earned all-district honorable mention in 2014…son of Curt and Julie Hooyer of Pella, Iowa….plans to enter the pre-veterinary program at Dordt and study animal science.

Spencer Hower; Ripon Christian High School (California)

6-0, 170 pound receiver and defensive back…caught 52 passes for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns over the course of his career…was a first-team all-league receiver as a junior and senior and earned second-team honors at defensive back this season as well…helped his team to a league championship in 2014 and a sectional semifinal berth…the 2015 Ripon Christian team was a section title runner-up and was runner-up in its league…son of Todd and Brandy Hower of Ripon, California…plans to study health/human performance at Dordt.

Jordan Kemp; Cass Midway High School (Missouri)

6-2, 240 pound offensive lineman at Cass Midway…was a three-year letter winner and a two-year starter…claimed all-conference and all-district honors at offensive line and was an academic all-state selection…helped Cass Midway to its fifth consecutive conference title this season and its second straight district championship…son of Robert and Karla Kemp of Drexel, Missouri…intends to study health/human performance with an emphasis on sports management at Dordt College.

Robert McKee IV; Stone Ridge Christian High School (California)

6-0, 205 pounds, offensive and defensive lineman…earned all-league honors for his offensive line play in 2015 and was a second-team selection in 2013 and 2014….helped his team to a Section D VII Championship in 2014 and 2015 and a Nor-Cal State Runner-Up finish…son of Bob and Kay McKee of Merced, California…plans to study Agri-Business at Dordt College.

Taylor Miedema; Western Christian High School (Iowa)

5-10, 165 pound wide receiver and defensive back at Western….caught 42 passes for 618 yards this season in helping Western to a Class 2A State Runner-Up finish…caught six passes for touchdowns and returned 16 punts, two of them for touchdowns and had a 14.5 yards per return average…also handled kick return duties and had a 25.1 yards per return average and returned one kick for a touchdown…had two interceptions and was in on 22 solo tackles in 2015…had 42 catches for 624 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014….earned second-team football all-state honors in both 2014 and 2015 and was a first-team all-district performer both seasons as well and earned team specialty MVP honors…holds school records for career interceptions, receiving yards, receiving yards in a game (197)…currently averaging 11.2 points per game for a Western basketball team that is 16-1…averaged 12.7 points per game for last year’s team that qualified for the state tournament and he averaged 13.1 points per game for a team that won the 2014 state title…is a two-time all-Lakes Conference basketball selection…career record holder at Western for three-point baskets made.

Levi Niesen; Olympia High School (Illinois)

5-10, 170 pounds…played safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver during his career…caught passes for more than 500 yards in 2015 and ran for over 300 yards…scored nine touchdowns and earned all-conference honorable mention honors from the Cornbelt Conference….twice earned letters in football and also earned a varsity letter in track and field in 2014…helped Olympia to a Class 4A football playoff appearance…son of Brian and Christi Niesen…plans to study civil engineering at Dordt College.

Levi Schoonhoven; Unity Christian High School (Iowa)

6-0, 205 pounds…played fullback and linebacker for the Knights…ran for over 1,300 yards during his career and had had 115 career tackles…was in on a Unity single season record 75.5 tackles in 2014….was twice named all-district first-team at running back in 2014 and 2015…son of Mike and Donna Schoonhoven of Hospers, Iowa…plans to study agri-business at Dordt College.

William Vander Woude; Stone Ridge Christian High School (California)

6-0, 245 pound offensive and defensive lineman at Stone Ridge Christian…earned first-team all-league honors in 2013 and 2014 and was a second-team selection in 2015…earned the “Tip of the Spear” award as his team’s best lineman from 2013-15…helped his team to a Section D VII Championship in 2014 and 2015 and a Nor-Cal State Runner-Up finish…son of Simon and Christine Vander Woude of Merced, California…plans to study agri-business at Dordt College.

Tanner Van Hofwegen; Northwest Christian High School (Arizona)

6-1, 170 pound safety, linebacker, running back and wide receiver at Northwest Christian…was a part of 2015 team that was the Arizona D4 state runner-up…son of Donald and Ingrid Van Hofwegen of Tolleson, Arizona…plans to study animal science at Dordt College.