Jordan Sommerville's unofficial visit to South Dakota back in early April made a big impression on him.
That, along with a strong connection to the coaching staff, led to the Lutheran North High School Class of 2017 cornerback making a verbal commitment to the Coyotes on Thursday.
“I loved the environment when I went on my unofficial visit,” Sommerville said. “All of the fans in the town have a great support system and school spirit. I also got along very well with the coaching staff and they made me feel very welcomed, Coach (Mark) Watson in particular. I felt like I’ve known him for years and he is a very cool person to talk to about anything. I also chose the University of South Dakota because of the tools they have to offer education-wise I think that would be very beneficial to me.”
Watson, who coaches cornerbacks for the Coyotes, is from the St. Louis area and played his high school football there. Sommerville was recruited by South Dakota to play cornerback.
“It’s nice because he was familiar on where I came from and familiar with the talent we have in St. Louis,” Sommerville said of Watson. “I could also ask him how was the change from St. Louis to South Dakota especially with South Dakota being very rural area when compared to St. Louis.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder said he also had offers from Indiana State, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay.
“One of the main reasons I chose USD is because it was my first offer,” Sommerville said, “and he offered while my grades weren’t too up to par and they believed in me the entire time and still sticking by my side and showed the most interest. Something that really caught my eye was the South Dakota dome it is very nice the facility as a whole is very nice.”
Sommerville was an impact player on both sides of the ball for Lutheran North during his junior season. He had 34 catches for 588 yards and eight touchdowns, ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and also recorded up 31 tackles and two interceptions.
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