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PREP FOOTBALL Area football players make commitments

WORTHINGTON -- Several area prep football players announced their college selections Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Central Lyon senior running back Josh Hunt is heading to the University of South Dakota, in Vermilion, S.D., this fall as a preferred walk-on.

In 2012, Hunt ran for 1,322 yards and 14 touchdowns on 197 carries. In 2011, he piled up 1,154 yards and 11 TDs on 195 rushing attempts. His longest run to the end zone during the last two seasons was 78 yards.

Thus far, Hunt is the only Daily Globe area player in this season's recruiting class who will attend an NCAA Division I school.

Edgerton/Ellsworth quarterback Isaac Heard and Hills-Beaver Creek running back Dalton Bass will become teammates this fall.

On Wednesday, they both signed letters of intent to attend the University of Sioux Falls.

Heard engineered the Flying Dutchmen's high-powered offense, which routinely scored more than 60 points each Friday night.

He was 112-for-171 passing with 2,067 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. Heard also gained 502 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns.

Selected as the Southern Confederacy Conference West Division's Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, Bass led the Patriots to a perfect 8-0 regular-season record.

He ran the ball 183 times for 1,513 yards and scored a total of 32 touchdowns (27 rushing, three receiving, one defensive, one punt return) this season.

Bass finished his stellar prep career with 3,961 yards rushing and 80 TDs (both school records).

Luverne tight end Matt Overgaard and Windom Area defensive back Michael Rivera will also become teammates at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall this fall.

Overgaard was a two-time letterman in football and also earned varsity letters in baseball and basketball.

Rivera, a three-time letterman in football, was an All-Southwest Conference selection.

Adrian linebacker Jake Tiede signed a letter of intent to attend Minnesota State University-Moorhead this fall.

Tiede was a two-time Daily Globe first-team all-area selection and also a two-time All-Little Sioux Conference first-teamer. He was picked as the co-Most Valuable Defensive Back in 2012.

Tiede finished with 165 total tackles from his middle linebacker position and also carried the ball 145 times for 715 yards and 12 TDs as the Dragons' fullback this season.

He finished with 375 career tackles, 9½ sacks and three interceptions. Tiede had a career-high 23 tackles in a game.

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock defenders Luke Grooters and Ben Starr will remain teammates this fall at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Grooters, who had one sack, led the Lions with 87 tackles in 2012. Starr, who made four sacks, chipped in 68 tackles.

NOTE: Daily Globe sports writer Lucas Knutson contributed to this report.