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Morningside football team thrives on local recruits

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Morningside football coach Steve Ryan says recruiting Siouxland players has helped his program. Morningside football coach Steve Ryan says recruiting Siouxland players has helped his program.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It's no secret that the best college football teams get the best recruits. That happens at every level, including the NAIA, where Morningside had a very good day on Wednesday.

The Mustangs earned commitments from Heelan's record setting duo of quarterback Trent Solsma and wide receiver Connor Niles. East senior Greg Kirwan, South Sioux's Carter Kiefer and West's Skyler Bauer also signed up.

Morningside recruits close to home and grabbed Lawton-Bronson running back Blake Sappingfield as well, who averaged nearly 10 yards per carry last season.

Signing local players has always been a priority for head coach Steve Ryan.

"Playing football at Morningside College is an amazing experience," said Ryan. "Not just the football and the winning and the championships we've been able to put together, but the crowd and the community support and the tailgating, the stadium, it's such an amazing experience. A lot of that comes from the local players we've had. They've been great players with a great following."

The Mustangs were ranked first for nine weeks last season.

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