STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
Feb. 4 marked the opening of the signing period for both soccer and football, and both teams saw a swell of new recruits.
The women’s soccer team received six commitments from excited Bulldogs-to-be.
Grace Myers is one of those high school seniors who will be joining the Drake Class of 2019. Myers is a three time state champ while also making two national championship appearances with the Indiana Fire Juniors club team as a midfielder.
A native of Chatham, Illinois, Maggie Juhlin has taken home the bronze, silver and gold in the state championship over the last three years as a defender and forward for Glenwood High School, while also earning all-conference honors twice.
Linda Fiorito was part of a state championship team the last two years with Blue Valley Northwest High School. This success is only matched by her play with the KC Metro Dynamos, the team winning the state championship for five years in a row.
Bulldogs football saw 20 new players commit from 10 different states.
Zac Rujawitz will be one of the leaders on the field for the class of 2019. A linebacker from Edwardsville, Illinois, Rujawitz led his team with 100 tackles, including six for a loss, in his senior campaign. Rujawitz was a first team selection in the Southwest Conference, St. Louis metro and all-area three years in a row. He also graduated as Edwardsville High School’s career leader with wins as a starter and tackles.
Jeremiah Peoples of Savoy, Illinois scored three touchdowns in his senior season from the defensive side of the ball, returning two fumbles and an interception. He also recorded 83 tackles in his senior campaign and allotted 900 yards on kick returns.
Offensive lineman Anthony Mooney was part of an 11-1 Ames High School team in his junior year, a team that would win the divisional championship. His efforts also got him noticed for all-conference honors and should be a contributing member to the MVC All-Academic Award winning Bulldogs, as he earned an all-academic award in high school.