Feb 18, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBlack Hills State University has signed Lander Valley High School senior Jack Mazurie to be a part of the 2014 recruiting football class.
Mazurie was the No. 1 leader in defensive points in Class 3-A in the fall for the Tigers.
Lander placed second in the East conference but lost to Cody in the opening-round playoff game.
He started at linebacker and running back for Lander.
Black Hills State plays on the Division II level. The campus is located in Spearfish, S.D.
"Jack is just a tough kid," head coach John Reiners said. "We heard a lot of good things about him from his coach, Doug Hughes. Jack fits well into what we are accomplishing here at Black Hills State."
Black Hills State coaches watched a lot of game film on Mazurie.
"A lot of our coaches have Wyoming ties," Reiners said. "Jack's name was on the top of the list."
Mazurie is listed at 5-foot-10 and 198 pounds.
"Right now, we have him slated at linebacker," Reiners said. "He might be a little undersized, but that doesn't matter to us. Jack has some room to grow."
Mazurie was a Class 3-A all-conference and all-state player.
"I think that Jack is a year or two away," Reiners said. "When you step up to the college level, it's a whole different game. With that Jack is going to have to get into the weight room. He will have to understand the speed of the game at this level is so much faster. He will be up the challenge. We expect every kid, if you are a walk-on or a true freshman, everybody will compete for a starting job."
Mazurie was one of 31 players signed to play for Black Hills State in the fall.
Colorado had the most players ink deals at 11, followed by Wyoming with seven.
"We know that Wyoming kids are going to be the blue-collar kids," Reiners said. "They are coming in to work. For the most part they are not going to cause you any issues."
Other Wyoming players coming to Black Hills state are Garrett Boner (Douglas), Shane Brooks (Cheyenne), David Lee (Cody), Layne McGuire (Douglas), Justin Orum (Sheridan) and Judd Stewart (Cheyenne),
"There is good football in Wyoming," Reiners said. "We have a lot of kids that come to our camp. Wyoming is a great recruiting area for us."
Black Hills State plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
"I think that things are progressing well," Reiners said. "It doesn't come without growing pains and challenges."
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