Local athletes sign letters of intent for college

Kimberly running back D.J. Stewart signed his national letter of intent to play at North Dakota State on Wednesday. (File photo)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Wednesday some notable football players made it official as to where they will continue their careers in college.

Kimberly's D.J. Stewart, Boyd Dietzen and Tanner Johnson and Bay Port's Jack Plumb and Green Bay Preble's Henry Geil signed national letters of intent. There were no surprises as each announced their intentions before Wednesday.

Stewart will head to North Dakota State and Dietzen to Wisconsin, while Plumb and Geil will become teammates at Iowa.

Geil, who rushed for 1,479 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, said his decision came down to two Big Ten schools.

"It was between Iowa and Michigan State and at the end of the day I went with what my gut told me and my gut told me go with the people you feel comfortable with and Michigan State has a great pedigree and so does Iowa, but as far as player development and as far as a good staff that likes to work with the people Iowa's second to none," Geil said. "It wasn't a very hard choice for me once I narrowed it down."

Plumb will move from tight end to offensive line and someday should block for Geil. He said the connection he had with the coaching staff convinced him the Hawkeyes were the right team.

"Just the family feeling when I was a on campus," he said. "I just felt every single second I was there it felt right and the stability of coach (Kirk) Ferentz you know he's not going to go anywhere so you can just work once you get there."

Stewart and Dietzen led Kimberly to a fifth straight perfect season an fifth straight state title. Stewart rushed for 2,299 yards and 29 total touchdowns (28 rushing), while Dietzen recorded 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks as the defensive end was basically unblockable one on one.

"They were my last offer, but I knew I really wanted to go there," Dietzen said of Wisconsin. "To have it official is a dream come true."

Johnson, who's headed to Minnesota State, caught 12 passes for 188 yards and scored four touchdown as a tight end.

Other signees:

  • Bay Port: Sydney LaPoint, softball. St. Cloud State; Jed Baranczyk, golf, North Dakota State; Calvin Schilz, swimming, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Preble: Paul Stefuik, baseball, Bradley.
  • Notre Dame: Michael Gregoire, football, Wisconsin (preferred walk-on)

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