Five Bearcats ink football offers

Luke Worden was one of five Bearcats to ink football scholarship offers Wednesday

National football letter-of-intent signing day Wednesday was a big one for Scottsbluff High School Players. Five Bearcats inked with four-year schools.

The five include Ty Dunkel, Matt Klein, Jon Maag, Randy Wentz and Luke Worden.

Maag and Worden are headed to Vermillion, South Dakota to play for former Wyoming coach Joe Glenn at the University of South Dakota.

Glenn, a Lincoln native, is excited to have the two Bearcats as part of a 32-player class introduced to Coyote fans Wednesday.

"Jon Maag was someone who will play offensive line for us but we really like what we saw from him on defense. Probably the number one thing that stood out about him was his quickness and his ability to use his hands on his defensive film. He had over 100 tackles on defense, but we think he'll transition into a very good offensive lineman and a very aggressive blocker," Glenn said.

Worden, who also starred on both sides of the ball for the Bearcats, will settle in secondary for the Coyotes.

"Luke Worden is a really fast kid who comes from a talented family. He was a two-way player in high school and you see a lot of speed in everything he does. He's a very strong guy for his size and is just a dynamite package," Glenn said.

Second year head coach Jay Long, who directed Chadron State to a 9-3 record, and a NCAA II playoff bid, in his first season inked the other three Bearcats.

Dunkel will head to Chadron State to play defensive tackle. Klein, who rushed for over 2,600 yards the past two seasons for Scottsbluff, is penciled in as a wide receiver. Wentz is headed north to kick for the Eagles.

All three are happy to to head to Chadron. "It's a great opportunity," said Dunkel. "I hope I can help continue the great tradition they have."

Klein, has starred for the Bearcats in track and basketball as well as on the football field. "Football has always been my first love," he said. "Chadron is a great fit for me and I am excited to try wide receiver. I'll do whatever they want me to."

Wentz says he hopes to have a shot at kick-offs next year.

Scottsbluff head coach Joe Benson says all of the scholarship recipients are well deserving. "These are all great kids," he said. "They all worked hard and did whatever they were asked of. They all have a chance to be very successful on the next level.

Benson said the five signings are the most he can remember since maybe after the 1999 and 2000 seasons when the Cats made it to the Class B state championship games.

A sixth Bearcat, Taylor Winkler, is also looking at playing football next season. He is looking at Nebraska Weslyan, Concordia University in Seward and Doane College.

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