The significance was that he was a Rivals three-star recruit, the highest-rated recruit the Sioux have ever landed.
From what I can tell, it may be the first three-star player to go to any of the four Division I Dakota schools ever. The lone exception I’ve found is Kyle Sheehan, who was a three-star recruit in 2005. Sheehan originally went to Purdue, then transferred to South Dakota State.
So the real question is: “Is the Rivals star stystem a bunch of garbage?”
I would say it’s too early to tell. But I think as the Sioux continue into Division I, the Rivals rankings will be brought up more and more.
The Sioux have had roughly five two-star recruits in the past two years, including Cordero Finley, Marcus Binns, R.J. McGill, Trey Demler and Dwayne Pecosky.
We still haven’t seen how this group has panned out, but it already has a mixed bag. Binns already left the program, while McGill saw the field often as a wide receiver and kick returner as a true freshman.
The Rivals rankings are worth noting as a jumping-off point, but it’s important to remember the Sioux have hadÂ more success with walk-ons and local talentÂ than big-time transfers or highly touted recruits.