Official visits for USD men

BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

A pair of 6-foot-9 post players continued their recruitment by spending a little bit of time on campus at the University of South Dakota last weekend.

Dylan Miller (Hillsboro, Illinois) and Dan Jech (Rochester, Minnesota) made official visits to USD, and according to one, got a ‘homey feeling’ from Vermillion.

While neither have made their final decision as of Tuesday night, the visit was at least successful in some ways, according to Jech.

“I loved the campus, it was very nice,” he told the Press & Dakotan. “Vermillion is a nice town. It gave you a homey feeling.”

Of the two, Jech has been the most highly pursued recruit. The senior at Rochester Mayo High School boasts Division I offers from Green Bay, Lafayette, Lehigh, Montana State, New Hampshire, North Dakota State, South Dakota and Wofford. Jech said he also has D-II offers from 7-8 schools.

Thus, the recruiting process has been a whirlwind for him, Jech said.

“It’s all very cool; a once in a lifetime experience,” he said. “(I have) nothing but good feelings.”

Miller, who didn’t return calls Tuesday, reportedly has scholarship offers from SIU-Edwardsville, North Dakota State and Northern Illinois, as well as South Dakota.

Jech and Miller were in attendance for Saturday’s home football opener against William Penn — an experience Jech called “really interesting.”

“I love the student section there,” Jech said. “It seems like they have a great fan base. Everywhere we went (in Vermillion), people were wearing red.”

Jech said he plans to wait until after an Oct. 11 official visit at North Dakota State to make his ultimate decision. What he is looking for in a school?

“I’m looking for a good business school and a team with a winning attitude,” Jech said. “Somewhere with a good, hard work ethic, and somewhere I can strive.”

As to where South Dakota fits in that mix, Jech said he has been impressed with first-year head coach Craig Smith. Jech was offered a scholarship following an unofficial visit, and Smith has stayed in contact almost daily, according to Jech.

“He’s very energetic, very outgoing,” Jech said. “I’ve never seen him mad. He’s always in a good mood.”

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