Howard’s Jace Sifore chooses South Dakota State for faculty soccer
Howard defensive lineman Jace Sifore announced this week that he has accepted a scholarship offer to play at South Dakota State University. Sifore said the chance to play at SDSU is pursuing a career goal of his.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play at SDSU,” said Sifore. “It always had a place in my heart and I have always been inclined to it.”
Sifore, who will be a senior this fall, made its announcement on June 27th. He selected the Jackrabbits – the 2021 national runners-up – ahead of rivals from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, North Dakota and North Dakota State and Division II Augustana University and University of Sioux Falls, among others.
Sifore, listed at 6-foot-4,265 pounds, had a visit to campus on June 23 and attended an SDSU camp the following day that consisted of stretching, weight lifting, and drilling. SDSU trainers, Sifore said, contacted him in February about his interest in the school.
“I just wanted to see how the coaches train the players,” he said of the prospect camp. “I like the way they train, I like their coaching staff, I like Brookings. Just everything, especially the way they treat their players like family. “
After Sifore made his decision, he called all the trainers in the schools who were interested in him and informed them that he was committed to the SDSU. He said it was important for him to complete his college decision before his senior year of high school.
“I just wanted to get it out of the way and focus on my season and not worry about impressing and deciding on all of the college coaches while I’m in my senior season,” said Sifore.
The Tigers, who play in Class 9A and were a state semi-final team with a 9-1 record in 2020, have big goals for the 2021 high school season. Sifore said he had with SDSU’s current defensive lineman, Xavier Ward, who also played nine-man soccer in high school with rival Canistota, talked about the successful transition to FCS Division I soccer.
Sifore said Ward told him to keep exercising to gain body weight. He also suggested focusing on his footwork and mobility.
Sifore was also featured in the Mitchell Republic in 2020 with his twin brother Jevyn, who was born prematurely and shared a Leap Day birthday when he said his goal was to play college football.
Sifore can sign its national letter of intent in December, making its college plans official.