Killdeer’s Jepson, Smith will now be teammates at Dickinson State

The Dickinson State University football program is excited to announce the signings of Dillan Jepson and Rope Smith.  Both hail from Killdeer High School.

Jepson, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds was a standout athlete for the Cowboys, where he excelled as both a running back and linebacker.  He was a three-time Class A All-State selection.

In 2016 he was selected First team All-State as both a running back and linebacker.  He was also named to the All-Region First teams in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2014 and 2015, he helped the Cowboys reach the Class A state championship games.

Jepson is a four-sport athlete for the Cowboys, where he also participates in wrestling, basketball and track.  He is a two-time placer at the State Wrestling Tournament.  He is also a state qualifier in track and was on the state runner-up team in 2014.

“Dillan is a guy we have liked going back to his performance in the state championship game as a sophomore. He is a three-time all-state player, which you don’t see often. He has the ability to play a number of positions, but we will have him at outside linebacker. Dillan is a fierce competitor who has a great feel for the game on both sides of the ball. We are very happy to have him join our program and know he has a bright future as a Blue Hawk.”said Blue Hawks Head Coach Pete Stanton.

Smith, 6-2, 210 POUNDS, anchored the defensive line the past two seasons where he was named All-Region in both 2015 & 2016.  This past season he earned All-State honors on the defensive line.

Like Jepson, he was a key cog that helped the Cowboys reach the Class A State Championship games in 2014 & 2015.

Smith is also a state qualifier in wrestling.

“Rope is a player that really came on well this past season. He has good athleticism, body length, and a frame that he will continue to grow into. We feel these physical attributes will serve him well as he goes through our program. In addition he is a very hard worker and great competitor. He fits the mentality of what we want to see with players in our program, and are excited to have him be a Blue Hawk.” said Stanton.

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