Notes From Signing Day

A few extra tidbits from USD’s 2009 football recruiting class that didn’t make it into today’s story.

  • When he was running down the recruits at last night’s signing day party in Vermillion, USD coach Ed Meierkort raved about Pierre quarterback Kyle Chicos (6-3, 205). Meierkort joked about how smart Chicos is — 31 ACT — and how much the new medical school played a role in landing the QB.
  • The coaches raved about “Touchdown Tommy Flanagan,” the 5-9, 180 WR from Lakewood, Colo. Flanagan scored 30 touchdowns as a senior and was listed as a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com.
  • The Coyotes landed three defensive players from Chamberlain HS in Tampa, Fla. The coaches call them the “Tampa Three.” FYI, Chamberlain was once rated No. 7 by USA Today and is sending a quarterback to Auburn.
  • Meierkort said Sioux Falls Washington’s Quintin McMartin (6-3, 220, TE) is “built like tarzan.”
  • Offensive lineman Marc Murtha (6-6, 265, OL) has a twin brother who is 5-foot-9. His dad played in the NFL and his cousin as at Nebraska.
  • Meierkort said Sioux Falls O’Gorman standout Mike Pharis (6-4, 244, DL) was the hardest player to recruit. Pharis’ father Mike is in the Coyote Hall of Fame and his son has been coming to booster club meetings since he was a kid. Meierkort said it was like recruiting his own son.
  • There was a story about Kelan Richardson (6-2, 202, LB) playing two games with a broken leg in Iowa.
  • With Florida quarterback Tyler Wilhelm (6-4, 205), Meierkort said USD would have had no shot if the kid hadn’t broken his collarbone. When that happened, Wilhelm fell off the radar of some big-time schools.
  • Asked how many of the 25 recruits will redshirt, Meierkort put the number at 22.
  • USD will be at 63 scholarships this season, up from 54-ish last year and 36 in 2007.
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