• Andrew Gibb

Briar Cliff Football Announces 2022 Recruiting Class

After coming off an improved season, the chargers are looking to reload as they head into Coach Shane Ladage’s second year at the helm.

“As of today, we have 34 signees, and are looking to sign another 10-12 through the remainder of the season,” Ladage said.

Briar Cliff’s focus this offseason was solidifying the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, adding 5 offensive linemen, as well as an additional 6 on the defensive side.

“We also signed 5 defensive backs that we feel good about as well as 2 new quarterbacks,” Ladage added.

The Cliff also took advantage of local recruits and was able to add 3 wide receivers from the Iowa and Nebraska area.

Some of the new recruits even decided to come at semester, after graduating high school early. One such player was offensive line recruit Dylon Braughton, who came to BCU early to get acquainted with his new school.

“When I first came to BCU I was instantly treated like family and not just another number on a roster like at other schools,” Braughton said.

After taking control of a program coming off a 1-8 season, Ladage knew that a change in the culture of the program would have to come not only from coaches but the players he would bring in as well.

“We are looking for young men who value their education and have a burning desire to compete. We also want guys who have a desire to change the culture of or program and be great ambassadors,” LaDage said.

Going along with this year’s recruiting class the charger’s offense returns their leading passer, Luke Davies, as well as Tim Brown who led the team in touchdown receptions.

The defense returns leading tackler Brett Tinker, as well as Mj Montgomery, who lead the chargers in sacks this last season.

Looking forward to the season the Chargers focus is growth both on and off the field.

“Our biggest goal is to continue to see daily improvement in our program. Our program numbers will be where we want them so it will allow us to have competitive practices that we strive to have daily. We also want to continue to keep our team GPA above a 3.0,” LaDage said.

The Chargers have started spring conditioning and will hold workouts and practices through the summer.

They kick off their 2022-2023 season August 27th, against Waldorf University in the fall.

Photo Credit: Shane Ladage / Twitter

Shane LaDage leads his team onto the field during his first season as Head Coach.

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