BY JEREMY HOECK
A pair of all-state standouts for back-to-back state champion Sioux Falls Lincoln have verbally committed to play football at the University of South Dakota, according to their coach, Aaron Beavers.
Nickel Meyers, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, and Dylan Arntz, a 6-foot-4 defensive lineman, will continue their careers — on scholarship — at USD, according to Beavers.
Meyers committed to the Coyote coaching staff on Tuesday night and Arntz did the same on Wednesday.
Of the two, Meyers had the most Division I interest, including South Dakota State and North Dakota, Beavers said. Meyers had over 1,100 receiving yards with eight touchdowns as a senior, in leading the Patriots to a second straight Class 11AAA championship.
“He’s got size, speed, great hands and great leaping ability,” Beavers said. “He’s one of the finest athletes I’ve been around.”
A spot receiver for the Patriots in their state title run in 2013, Meyers eventually became the top target his senior season.
“One of the (college) coaches made the comment that it’s almost like he came out of nowhere,” Beavers said. “And really, that’s true.”
That improvement between Meyer’s junior and senior seasons should mean he’s still on the rise, Beavers said.
“Over the course of a year, he got a lot better, and he’ll only get better,” Beavers said. “He’s got a lot of talent that you’ll be able to see down there.”
In Arntz, the Coyotes are getting a defensive lineman who had 15.5 sacks as a senior — 26 in his career — and who also excels as a sprinter for the state champion track team.
“He’s got a great motor; the kid just has no quit,” Beavers said. “He’s a hundred miles an hour wherever he goes.”
USD previously got a commitment from Sioux Falls O’Gorman lineman Nathan Byrd.
Commitments are not binding until athletes sign their National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 4.
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