Two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision champion South Dakota State added five student-athletes to its 2024 recruiting class Wednesday, the first day of the regular signing period for Division I football.
Four of the additions are high school standouts who have been accepted for admission to SDSU and plan to join the Jackrabbits in the fall. They include:
• Mac Muller, 6-1, 260, defensive lineman, Osage, Iowa;
• Rhett Schaefer, 6-3, 220, defensive end, Walcott, Iowa;
• Boden Schiller, 6-1, 195, linebacker, Volga, South Dakota;
• Jack Thue, 6-2, 190, quarterback, Brandon, South Dakota
Muller was honored three times on the all-district first team and finished his senior season at Osage High School with 24 solo stops, six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks among his 49.5 total tackles.
Also honored for his work in the classroom as a two-time academic all-district selection, Muller plans to major in either agricultural business or construction management.
Schaefer received all-district honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman his junior and senior seasons at Davenport Assumption High School. Over a three-year prep career, he tallied 111 total tackles with 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Inducted into the National Honor Society and an academic all-state selection, Schaefer will pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
Schiller repeated as an all-state selection and was named to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 this past fall at Sioux Valley High School. Defensively, he was credited with 59 total tackles and six tackles for loss, while also contributing 955 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball.
He plans to major in entrepreneurial studies after earning academic all-state recognition.
Thue earned all-state recognition after completing 106-of-191 passes for 1,807 yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions during his senior season at Brandon Valley High School. He also rushed for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
A member of the National Honor Society and an Academic Excellence Award winner, Thue intends to major in business. His father, Jeff, lettered as a defensive end for the Jackrabbits from 1990-93.
Also joining the Jackrabbits as a transfer is punter Max Pelham, who played the past two seasons at Minnesota State, Mankato. A 6-foot-1, 185-pounder originally from Ankeny, Iowa, Pelham averaged a combined 40.4 yards per punt during the 2022 and 2023 seasons and landed 25 of his 84 attempts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
Pelham is majoring in civil engineering and was honored on the All-Academic Team of Excellence during the recently completed 2023 season. He previously earned all-state honors as both a kicker and punter at Ankeny High School.
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