The first-year Bethany College football staff has announced its first ten recruits of the 2013 season.
New head coach Manny Matsakis is focused on recruiting locally in the Midwest, and the first recruits include seven from Kansas, two from Texas, and one from Missouri.
The new Kansas recruits include Seth Derr and Tad Thompson from Phillipsburg, Pratt’s Jarrod Gilmore, Austin Lloyd of Wellington, Hoisington’s Cody Richter, El Dorado’s Cole Reinhardt and Burrton’s Thomas Seymour.
"We are excited to capitalize on the recruiting efforts of the previous staff and secure some outstanding student-athletes to join the Bethany College family,” Matsakis said. “This initial portion of our recruiting class will enable us to reach out to other quality football players who we feel can have an impact on our football program."
The Texas recruits are D’Quileien Hil of Dallas and Zacchaeus Ponder of Arlington. Ryne Troy is the lone Missouri recruit out of Ozark High School.
Derr and Thompson both played wide receiver and defensive back for three years at Phillipsburg High School for three years.
Derr earned first-team all-league receiver and defensive back honors and all-state receiver honors and was a team captain. Derr also participated in track and field and basketball. He was the track state champion in javelin and 4x100m relay. Derr plans to participate in track at Bethany as well. He has a 3.5 grade point average and plans to major in sports management.
In addition to football, Thompson also played basketball for three years and participated in the triple jump in track. He has a 3.8 grade point average and plans to major in physical education.
Gilmore was a linebacker and offensive lineman for Pratt High School, where he earned all-league honors in both positions. Gilmore holds the high school record for most tackles in a game.
In addition to football, Gilmore also played baseball. He earned second-team all-league honors as a first baseman and pitcher. Gilmore has been on the honor roll all four years and holds a 3.8 grade point average and plans to major in criminal justice.
Lloyd earned second-team all-league honors as linebacker and first-team all-league honors as offensive lineman. In addition to football, Lloyd also played baseball and basketball. He has a 3.89 grade point average and plans to major in accounting.
Richter played football all four years at Hoisington High School, earning all-league defensive lineman honors two years and all-league offensive lineman honors three years.
In addition to football, he also played basketball and participated in track all four years. He has a 3.89 grade point average and plans to major in biology.
Reinhardt comes to Bethany from El Dorado High School where he played football as a defensive back, earning all-league honorable mention honors. Reinhardt also participated in wrestling all four years, earning all-league honorable mention honors, and tennis for one year. He plans to major in sports management.
Page 2 of 2 - Seymour was an offensive lineman for Burrton High School, earning second-team all-district honors as offensive lineman. In addition to football, Seymour also played baseball as a catcher for two years. He has a 3.3 grade point average and plans to major in sports management.
Hill, comes to Bethany from Berkner High School, where he played football earning 5A all-district and all-city honors. He also participated in track and field. Hill plans to major in physical education.
Ponder was a defensive tackle and an offensive lineman for James Bowie High School in Arlington. In addition to football, Ponder played rugby and participated in track and field and wrestling. He earned the Principal's Award his senior year and holds a 3.45 grade point average. Ponder plans to major in mathematics.
Troy was a tight end and defensive end for Ozark High School, earning all-conference honors. He has a 3.79 grade point average and is undecided on his major at this time.