The Valley City State University football team announced its newest additions on national signing day Wednesday.
The team announced the addition of five transfers, who joined the team this semester and are currently enrolled at the school, along with three high school students, including Valley City High standout Tayler Lentz.
Lentz, a 6 foot 2 inch linebacker and multi-sport athlete, had 52.5 tackles, three interceptions and a defensive touchdown last season. He also contributed to the Hi-Liners' state semifinal run as a wide receiver, getting 17 catches for 217 yards and four touchdowns in the run-first offense. He was named to the AA All-State 1st Team.
He's joined by high school recruits PJ Peterson, of Larimore, and Casey Kraska, of Stephen, Minn.
VCSU's transfers include quarterback Cameron Avery, receiver Cedric Chappell, linebacker Zach McBeain and offensive linemen Eric Philson and Gustavo Ramirez.
VCSU coach Dennis McCulloch said the transfers have already contributed positively to the team.
"I am very pleased with the hard work these young men have displayed in the weight room and during team workouts," he said. "They have all proven to be a great addition to our football family and community."
Cameron Avery QB (6'0 - 205)
Wingate University/Fike HS, Wilson NC.
Cedric Chappell WR (6'2 - 202)
North Dakota State School of Science/Minneapolis Washburn HS, Minneapolis MN.
Zach McBeain LB (6'1 - 240)
Dakota College at Bottineau/Shakopee HS, Shakopee MN.
Eric Philson OL (6'1 - 315)
American River College/Arlington HS, Riverside CA.
Gustavo Ramirez OL (6'3 - 297)
West Valley College/Sobrato HS, Morgan Hill CA.
High school commits
Casey Kraska LB (6'3 - 220)
Stephen/Argyle Central Schools, Stephen MN.
Honors: Team Captain
Tayler Lentz LB (6'2 - 180)
Valley City HS, Valley City, ND
Last Season's stats:
17 catches, 217 yards, 4 TD
52.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 defensive TD
Honors: Class AA Football 1st Team Offense All-State, East Region 1st Team, NDHSCA-Shrine Football, Alternate-Badlands Bowl
Awards: MVP-Defensive Back/Linebacker, MVP-Offensive Line, Hi-Liner of the Year Award, VCHS Training Award
PJ Peterson TE (6'4 - 220)
Larimore HS, Larimore ND.
Last Season's stats:
1470 rushing yards, 18 rushing TDs, 350 passing yards, 3 passing TDs
75 total tackles, 9.5 sacks
Honors: 4 time All-Region Player and 3 time All-State Player
Awards: 2012 Region 2 Player of the Year