· Shanks and White coach youth basketball teams at their schools.
· Running back Cameron Pudwill of Redfield-Doland holds the state 11-man record for most rushes (50) in a game.
· Because he is so fast, you might not see much of safety recruit LaVante Lewis of Surprise, Ariz. He can not only zip around a football field lightning fast, but he also was a member of his high school's Class 4A state track and field championship team in 2009.
· Wide receiver recruit and transfer Zach Rohlfs of Aberdeen Roncalli sat out the 2010 football season while going to school at South Dakota State.
· Linebacker recruit and Black Hills State transfer Thomas Tripp of Hartford was special teams player of the year for the Yellow Jackets for two years in a row.
Here are some interesting facts about other school's recruits:
· SDSU linebacker recruit Brandon Mohr of Sioux Falls Washington is likely the only incoming South Dakotan who will receive a scholarship from the Jackrabbits this year.
· The dad of Montana safety recruit Matt Hermanson of Sioux Falls Washington, SFW head coach Brian Hermanson, was college teammates at SDSU with Montana defensive coordinator Mike Breske.
· SDSU running back recruit Reginald Gandy of DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis rushed for 5,707 yards, the second-highest rushing total in Minnesota high school history. He had 89 career TDs.
· The Farniok family of Sioux Falls will have two offensive lineman sons playing major college football in the fall. The 6-foot-8, 317-pound Derek Farniok signed to play with Oklahoma while his older brother, Tom, is a 6-foot-3, 267-pound freshman at Iowa State.
· SDSU's 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive line recruit Luke Marks of Mendota Heights, Minn., not only led his high school team to a 32-4 record in the last three seasons, he also is captain of his lacrosse team.
· Twenty-five years ago, then-Southwest Minnesota State coach Ed Meierkort signed Troy Richardson. Wednesday, University of South Dakota coach Meierkort signed Richardson's son, St. Thomas More senior Tyler Richardson of Rapid City, to play either linebacker or strong safety for the Coyotes.
· SDSU linebacker recruit Ben Muff of Martell, Neb., qualified for the 100-meter dash in 10.9 seconds at the 2009 Nebraska state track and field meet only months after suffering a broken leg during basketball season.
· After winning two straight state football championships and going 26-0, Sioux Falls Washington has had 15 college recruits over the past two years.
· SDSU walk-on offensive lineman recruit Taylor Bloom of Madison is a second-generation Jackrabbit athlete. His dad, Tom, played football, and mom, Angie, played softball for the university in Brookings.
· USD's 6-foot-7, 291-pound offensive line recruit Chris Kruse of Lennox is known as much for his basketball ability as his football ability. Kruse is the nephew of former 1970s NSU basketball standout Gary Kruse of Alcester.
· SDSU walk-on kicking recruit Jay Carlson of Parkville, Mo., kicked a 52-yard field goal in high school.
· SDSU walk-on linebacker recruit Patrick Schuster of Watertown is not only a member of the National Honor Society, but the Spanish National Honor Society as well.
· SDSU walk-on wide receiver Trevor Sikkink of Castlewood, who was coached by former Jackrabbit player Doug Ruesink, is a state champion sprinter in track.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Readers tell and e-mail him with stuff plus he reads all the daily newspapers in South Dakota on a daily basis. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: aberdeensports.net/inthehuddle/.